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

ATP’s Other Movie Posts:
(1) Khuda ke liye,
(2) Aina, and
(3) Lollywood Billboard Art

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

  1. Arif Bhatti says:

    Assalam Alaikum Warhamtullah Wabarakattuhu:

    Dear sir or madam:

    My name is Arif and i reside in New York City. I was going through this site and i must say this is very pleasurable and exquisite site. It has alot of memoirs about the movie that i have seen aina when i was a young boy. I haven’t seen the bandish but i know the story and theme. Sir i would like to request you if you have the song lyric word by word in the movie aina and the movie bandish sung by Aklaq Ahmed sona aur chandi because i am having the difficult time in locating it. If you don’t have it you can make a web site for it, i will really appreciate. The other song lyric is the movie Heer Ranjah and it sung by madame Noor Jehan and the singer Ahmad and Ali. Please read it over very meticulously and get back to me. Thanks and i pray for your wonderful work and accomplishment in the project and in near future.

    Allah Hafiz

    Your brother Arif

  2. Anila Yasmin says:

    It was really a wonderful film. i still remember all lovely songs. I dont not why such movies are not being made/produced these days???

  3. Sohaib Mirza says:

    Bandish is not the copy of Indian movie. Infact, India copied it. Do you recall the story of indian movie “Hina”? Does it strike chord?

    If you are thinking what I am thinking Hina is the copy of “Bandish”. In Hina, rishi kapoor was a rich man and was getting married to some girl. On his way home, he has an accident and got saved by a “pahari” family. He looses his memory and you can tell how the rest of the film was like.

    The copy was not verbatim but the main idea was definitely copied ie guy engaged/married to a woman has accident, loses memory, saved by “tribal” people, has affair with the local girl etc.

  4. Azam says:

    such a wonderful film, my date of birth is 1982 but today i saw that movie it very good all the songs are very meaning ful i love that movie guys and gals there is also a hit movie AINA starring Shabnam and nadeem it also very great movie. thanks

    Love you all.

  5. Umair Asif says:

    Bandish is such a great movie and its songs are so beatiful specially do pyase dil is so beatiful song .Pakistani old movie are so beautiful and conceptial movies …………………….Nadeem is a best actor .

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