The World Unseen
9 March, BAFTA, 8 p.m.
23 March, Watermans, 7:30 pm
(South Africa/UK 2007)
Runtime: 99 minutes
Director: Shamim Sarif
Cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas
In the backdrop of apartheid South Africa, two women meet and their worlds are turned upside down. Miriam (Lisa Ray) is a traditional Indian mother - hardworking and self-effacing. Amina (Sheetal Sheth) breaks all the rules by driving a taxi and setting up a cafe with a local black man. In the face of outraged disapproval, their friendship flourishes. But the price, for Miriam, is the discovery of impossible truths about her marriage. In a system that divides white from black, black from Asian and the women from men, what chance is there for an unexpected love to survive?
The screening at Bafta will be followed by a Q&A with director Shamim Sarif and producer Hanan Kattan
Evergreen Pakistani Songs
Film : Saiqa(1968)
Cast : Mohammad Ali, Shamim Ara
Singers : Ahmed Rushdi, Mala
Composer : Nisar Bazmi
Buy the DVDs!! There are some interesting traks :)
Both ICTS and The World Unseen dvds are available the Enlightenment Productions website
The DVDs will be in PAL or NTSC format.
The World Unseen - What a difference a day makes - with a deleted scene
Writer/Director Shamim Sarif
Producer Hanan Kattan
song :Nigahen Mila kar Badal jane waale...film : Mehboob (1962)
Singer : malika-e-tarranum Madam Noor Jehan
Music :Rasheed Attre
Cast : Rani, Shamim Ara, Habib, Yousuf Khan, Talis( Mehboob is first film of rani)
Director : Anwar Kamal
Producer : G. A. Gul
About : Noor Jehan the queen of melody .. malika-e-tarranum :-
Noor Jehan (Punjabi, Urdu: نور جہاں) was the adopted stage name for Allah Wasai (September 21, 1926 December 23, 2000) who was a singer and actress in British India and Pakistan. She is renowned as one of the greatest singers of her time in South Asia and was given the honorific title of Mallika-e-Tarranum (Urdu: ملکہ ترنم, English: the queen of melody).
Born in a family of musicians, Wasai was pushed by her parents to follow in their musical footsteps and become a singer but she was more interested in acting in films and graced the earliest Pakistani films with her performances. She holds an astounding record of 10,000 songs to her singing credits in various languages of Pakistan including Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi languages, she is also considered to be the first female Pakistani film director.
In 1957, Jehan was awarded the President's Award for her acting and singing capabilities
In 1945, she achieved a milestone, when she sung a Qawwali with Zohrabai Ambalewali and Amirbai Karnataki which was "Aahen Na Bhareen Shikave Na Kiye". This was the first ever Qawwali recorded in female voices in subcontinent films.After quitting acting she took up playback singing.
She made her debut as a playback singer in 1960 with the film Salma. Her first initial playback for a Pakistani film was for Jan-e-Bahar (1958), in which she sung the song Kaisa Naseeb Layi Thi, picturised on Musarrat Nazir. She received many awards, including with the highest Pakistani honour in entertainment, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (The Pride of Performance) in 1966, Pakistan's top civil award.
In the 1990s Jehan also sang for then débutante actresses Neeli and Reema. For this very reason, Sabiha Khanum affectionately called her Sadabahar (evergreen). Her popularity was further boosted with her patriotic songs during the 1965 war between Pakistan and India.
Jehan visited India in 1982 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Indian talkie where she met Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in New Delhi and was received by Dilip Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar in Mumbai.
Noor Jehan's last film in India was Mirza Sahibaan (1947) which starred Prithviraj Kapoor's brother Trilok Kapoor. Noor Jehan sang 127 songs in Indian films and the number of talking films she made from 1932 to 1947 was 69. The number of silents was 12. Fifty-five of her films were made in Bombay, eight in Calcutta, five in Lahore and one in Rangoon (now Yangon), Burma.In 1986,
On a tour of North America, Jehan suffered from chest pains and was dignosed with angina after which she underwent a surgery to install a pacemaker. In 2000, Jehan was hospitalised in Karachi and suffered a heart attack. On Saturday afternoon, December 23, 2000, Noor Jehan died from heart failure. Her funeral took place at Jamia Masjid Sultan, Karachi and she was buried at the Gizri Graveyard near the Saudi Consulate in Karachi.
Singer : (Late) Ahmed Rushdi & (Late) Mala
Actors : (Late) Waheed Murad & Shamim Ara
Movie : Dil Mayra Dhardkan Tayri (Heart is mine & beat
Hello everyone!! Well I have been feeling pretty uninspired recently, that is until I watched this film (and The World Unseen)!! Yay! :) Two great films, with two fabulous leading ladies.
This is from Leyla's point of view and how when she meets Tala the fog infront of her eyes is lifted, to reveal the truth to herself about her sexuality, that she can no longer ignore.
Thanks to Shamim Sarif for her creation and to Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth for their portrayal of two characters with great chemistry!
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I came across this sales tool for the film, it looks great! It gives away a lot though, so consider this a spoiler alert.
Trailer of "I Can't Think Straight"
-- with Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering, Dalip Tahil and Nina Wadia
Tala, a London-based Jordanian prepares for an elaborate wedding with her fiancé, when she encounters Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend Ali. Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other but the attraction is immediate. Talas feisty nature provokes Leyla out of her shell and soon both women reveal their feelings for each other. But Tala is not ready to accept the implications of the choice her heart has made and escapes back to Jordan where her chain-smoking high-brow mother finishes preparations for an ostentatious wedding. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, simmering family tensions come to boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself. Meanwhile heartbroken Leyla relishes her newly found sense of identity and self-respect and moves on with her new life much to the shock of her tradition-loving Indian parents. Single again, Tala flies back to London but it will take more than just a date set up by Ali and Leylas sister Zara to win Leyla back.
Last & best song from Aiman Udhas with beautiful landscpae of my village Mian Khan Pukhtoonkha.
She has been killed by her kanjur brother Allah Duha hay k Aiman Udhas ko Allah Janat Atta permayah Amin
Mujha arzoo thee jis keewo piyam aa gaia ha....
Note:- To know about the film "Naila" and to under stand these scenes , please read its summarized story in description available in the "1 " of the above title
Folk Dance From Bangla By NRITYANCHAL
PAKISTANI OLD URDU SONGS
PAKISTANI OLD URDU SONGS