Lovely little melody from Miss Hong Kong (1979)
Miss Hong Kong is an Urdu movie released in 1979.
The first in a series of ‘Miss’ films (Bangkok, Singapore, Istanbul, Colombo) this film starred Babra Sharif (if you don’t know by know, the biggest female star of the late 70s and 80s) in the title role. You can see her doing a jig with a couple of sailors on the album cover above.
While the films were not necessarily huge hits the series represent an important development in Pakistani cinema: the feminist film. Now let me immediately qualify that statement by confessing I do not mean this claim to stand up to academic rigour. I have not seen this film and have no real idea what messages it does or does not send regarding women.
The reason I use the word feminist is more straightforward. The Miss series, as well as a whole raft of other films with…
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