The great Tafo Brothers score one with Nahid Akhtar
Cheeta Chaalbaaz (Crafty Cheetah) is a Punjabi film released in May 1978.
By the mid-70s Pakistan was one of the world’s most prolific film-producing countries holding steady at #4 on the league table. In 1978 when this rather obscure feature was released the local film industry released 99 other films, not bad for a country (and industry) that had just a few years earlier been severed in half.
Punjabi films have always been popular in Punjab (duh!) and even enjoy some success with audiences in Karachi and elsewhere. Indeed, while Urdu is the official national language and promoted by the government as the language of culture and education, in and around Lahore, Punjabi is the spoken vernacular. During the Golden Age the film makers of Lahore worked primarily to this Urdu speaking middle class and most of the biggest earners were Urdu social/family dramas. But there has always existed a second…
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