A new blog featuring hits from Pakistani movies golden age. First instalment.
Kora Kaghaz (Blank Page) was an Urdu movie released in 1978.
Pakistan and India are arch rivals in every sphere of life: war, cricket, nationalistic governments and possession of Kashmir, to name just a few. While you could say the Pakistani film industry was never large enough to be a serious rival to what has come to be known as Bollywood, across the border, there was always plenty of artistic appropriation going on between both industries.
Pakistani singers crossed back and forth across borders having hits and fans in both countries. Story ideas and plot lines were pinched without compunction by and from each other. The studios in Lahore and Karachi regularly remade mega-hit Indian films. By appending the same titles to their own creations they no doubt hoped to strike similar box-office gold as the originals.
Kora Kaghaz was the name of an Indian movie released in 1974 which itself…
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