A noir classic
Chingari (Spark) is an Urdu film released in 1964.
As a commercial venture, Chingari, whose star-studded cast included, Shamim Ara, Ejaz, Santosh Kumar, Deeba and Talish, was an average picture. It didn’t sink like a stone to the bottom of the Ravi River but it didn’t get much wind under its wings either.
But as is frequently the case many box office failures contain lots to be admired and treasured, and such is Chingari.
Khawaja Khursheed Anwar was the one-man force behind this film. In addition to producing and directing the feature, he wrote the screenplay and composed the wonderful music.
Born into an educated, upper class Punjabi family from Mianwali (western Punjab), Khursheed Anwar followed in his father’s footsteps by studying the Law. At Punjab University he was friends with the great Urdu poet/writer Faiz Ahmed Faiz with whom he shared a passion for literature and music. Interestingly, at college
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