Unique in every aspect there is, Lahore is a city bound to be filled with the most colourful and often untold stories. Here are 5 exceptional films about Lahore that everyone should watch once:
- Kya Dilli Kya Lahore (2014)
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore addresses the subject of Indo-Pak partition. Set in 1948 post-Independence India and Pakistan, the film features Vijay Raaz, Manu Rishi, Raj Zutshi and Vishwajeet Pradhan in the lead roles, with Gulzar presenting and narrating the film. Shot at Wagah border in Lahore, the film is about two soldiers from either side who happen to connect amidst artillery fire. The film premiered with a screening at Wagah border alongside Gulzar’s live poetry recital.
- Donkey In Lahore (2008)
Donkey In Lahore is a documentary by Faramarz Rahber about the life of an Australian who falls in love with a Pakistani woman and decides to marry her. While visiting Lahore in Pakistan to perform at a puppet festival, Brian meets Amber, 17 and what ensues is the cross pollination of cultures from
Brisbane and Lahore and Christianity and Islam. Donkey in Lahore is an observational style documentary and spent five years in the making being shot in both Lahore and various parts of Australia.
- Lahore (2010)
Directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan and produced by Vivek Khatkar and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the movie is loosely based on American martial arts movie Best of the Best. The film stars debutants Aanaahad and Shraddha Das in lead roles and has veteran actors like Farooq Shaikh, Nafisa Ali, Nirmal Pandey, Sushant Singh and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty. An Indian kickboxer defeats a Pakistani kickboxer in an international tournament, but the event ends in tragedy due to the Pakistani player’s enraged defeat. The Indian challenger’s brother is intent on taking revenge at the next international bout scheduled in Lahore. Besides Lahore, the film has also been shot in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ladakh, Lonavala, Malaysia, Bhiwandi, Chembur, Ghatkopar, and Chinchpokli.
- Song of Lahore (2015)
Song of Lahore is a documentary which focuses on the music community of Lahore, which until the late 1970s, was world-renowned for its music and talent. Directed by Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken, “Song of Lahore” turns the spotlight on Sachal Studios and charters the ensemble’s journey to reclaim and reinvigorate an art that has lost its space in Pakistan’s narrowing cultural sphere. In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots. After convincing a number of master musicians to pick up their instruments again, they quietly released some classical and folk albums, but an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments brought Sachal Studios worldwide acclaim.
- Dadra – Official Music Video (2016)
The official music video for Zeb and Haniya’s Dadra features the work of filmmaker Lahore native Umar Riaz. The video opens to Lahore at night showing scenes of traffic from the iconic Mall Road, showcasing snippets alongside of old Lahore and modern Lahore, flyovers and all. It has managed to isolate and give a melancholy quality to the incongruous hustle and bustle of the city. Barber shops and old wedding photos make this video a walk down the lane of Lahore’s history and provides heart-warming nostalgia for Lahoris having lived through any time.