Bandish: Pakistan’s Superhit Movie

Posted on August 25, 2007
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Music, TV, Movies & Theatre
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In May 2007, we had introduced Pakistan’s greatest blockbuster Movie called Aina. Today we are back with yet another superhit movie of Urdu cinema called bandish.

Bandish was released on November 1, 1980 and it was a co production between Pakistan and Indonesia. Besides completing a 81 consecutive week (platinum jubilee) screening in Pakistan, the movie did very good business in Indonesia too. Music of the movie was given by Robin Ghosh and following evergreen song from the movie became very famous. It is titled as sona na chandi and was sung by Akhlaq Ahmed.

The story of the movie revolves around 3 main characters which are: Nadeem, who is a Pakistani businessman with some real estate in Indonesia, Shabnam, who is an air stewardess and meets Nadeem in a flight from Karachi to Singapore and Diana Christina who is an island girl in Indonesia.

During the course of the movie, Nadeem is seen taking a leisurely cruise on his business trip to Indonesia. His boat suddenly catches fire and he fells down in water. Eventhough he survives the accident and reaches ashore on an island but due to trauma he suffers memory loss. On the island he meets Jotia (Diana Christina) who brings him home and takes care of him. Days pass by and Jotia starts learning Nadeem’s bhasha (language). Few scenes later the following song takes place where Nadeem is seen trying to correct Diana‘s Urdu grammar and pronunciation. The song is titled acha acha lage re and is sung by Nayyara Noor and A Nayyar.

some key information about the movie is here:

Director: Nazr-ul-Islam
Writer: Basheer Niaz
Music Director: Robin Ghosh
Song Writers: Saeed Gilani and Tasleem Fazli
Cameraman: Kamran Mirza
Producer: Ahmed Shamsi
Actors: , Nadeem, Shabnam, Diana Christina, Roy Martin, Talish, Alauddin and Talat Hussain

Following is another famous song from Bandish. It is titled tujhe dil se and is sung by Mehnaz.

Bandish won 6 Nigar Awards in 1981 which are the most prestigious movie awards in Pakistan. These awards were given to Bandish in following categories:

Best Supporting Actor: Alauddin
Best Song Writer: Tasleem Fazli
Best Cameraman: Kamran Mirza
Best Female Singer: Mehnaz
Best Male Singer: Akhlaq Ahmed
Best Editor: K.D. Mirza

Following song is titled do pyase dil eik and is sung by Mehdi Hassan and Mehnaz

Following are a couple of historic photos of Bandish. First photo is a movie scene with Shabnam and Nadeem and the second photo is a poster in sepia with cinemascope aspect ratio of Shabnam, Nadeem and Diana.


Reference: Pakistan ki 100 shahkar filmen by Yasin Gorija

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23 responses to “Bandish: Pakistan’s Superhit Movie”

  1. Azher says:

    I agree to Mr Mahfooz who is an Indian and yet has the Brain to appreciate good things from across the border. He’s absolutely write whatever he said. We do have a ‘majority’ of ignorant and foolish people like wajahat pseudo-itellects…and they watch hindi movies and say that they are the best. Here I don’t want to go into details how the film indutry deteriorated over 60 years due to political and economic turmoil and yet survived with movies like choorian, majajan, khuda kay liye and may be more to come.
    Mr. Wajahat and others of same clan…..please understand, we are from a small, poor country…our resources are limited. If India has reached that far it was not a miracle…they struggled alot by CONSUMING THEIR OWN PRODUCTIONS…they still feel proud of whatever is Desi and on the other hand we feel ashamed of ourselves. Please please be sure of your strength…try to appreciate even if its just a small footage of a pathetic movie…I’m sure your (mr Wajahat) level of appreciation starts and end at comparing stories, thumkas, gana etc. Watch movies and see other things as well…may be you would like lighting effects, some different camera angles???

  2. ASIM BILAL says:

    Bandish was a really great movie with excellent performances and very strong direction and above all Nadeem a real legend of Pakistan.

  3. mahfooz ahmad says:

    i am an indian , and i have very closely watched the evolution of the pakistani cinema and television right from the 60s 70s ,till date ,,,what i feel is that due to ignorance which these pakistanis have regarding their own country , they fail to appreciate all the good things which pakistan posesses,,same is the case with films and television ,,,pakistani cinema has given out great movies and music whcih has been copied in india , it has got great artists who r far ahead of india in their artistic and intellectual pursuits,,,the pakistani television has been a store house of intellect and it cannot be compared with the idiot box known as doordarshan ,,,there is no shortage in pakistan of people like wajahat who have been so busy watching hindi movies that they have never ever tried to research the good work done in the field of art in pakistan ,,they have taken the easy road of joining the current fashion of abusing and finding fault in everything pakistani , it is a pity that pakistan was made for such people

  4. Wajahat says:

    From what i have heard, back in the 70s, some of the Pakistani filmmakers used to go to Kabul to watch the Indian movies in theaters, just to come back and make a Pakistani version of it. In some of those ‘charba’ movies even some of the dialogues were found verbatim.

    I guess when Lahoris started receiving the Doordarshan T.V. signals, and mainly due to the arrival of VCR during those days, many of such movies were ‘exposed’. But nonetheless, Bandish does have some very good songs.

  5. Owais Mughal says:

    Shahran, second song in this post is ‘acha acha laage re’

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