Edited By Anas Khwaja
When was the first time Ahsan Manzil was caught on a movie recording camera? The shooting of the Last Kiss or Sumumari did not take place in or around Ahsan Manzil. Later on in the sixties three movies from Dhaka either were shooted in or around Ahsan Manzil or had scenes with Ahsan Manzil in the background. The movies are discussed below.
Naachghar (1963) Cast: Shabnum, Mustafa, Nasima Khan, Abdul Ali Lalu, Saifuddin Ahmed. This was directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan who had earlier got a diploma from Ahsanullah Engineering School in 1941. Music director was Dhir Ali Miah. The negative of the flop film is either lost or destroyed.
Shooting of a dance sequence inside Nachghaar of Ahsan Manzil took place. K.M. Halim a prominent family member hosted the crew members with Naasta Paani ,fan etc.
Shaheed Titu Mir (1968) :Historical Film directed by Ibne Mijan
Couple of scenes were shooted near Astabal (stable) situated on the southern edge of the Ahsan Manzil palace, presently the Municipal Market. Sets for Killa were erected with bamboo. With late night shootings couple of young Nawabbarian’s got a first time chance in the role of extra artists.China Man (Khwaja Afsaruddin) was riding horses in couple of scenes.
Chakori (1967) This film was released on March 23, 1967 on Eid-ul-Azha Day in Dacca (Dhaka), East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Distributors in West Pakistan were not interested to release this Dacca made film in Karachi or Lahore circuits due to poor reports of new comers Nadeem and Shabana. But after success in Dacca, this film was released on May 19, 1967 in Karachi. First few days film business was very bad but then local boy Nadeem became the hero of cinegoers in Karachi and this film celebrated platinum jubilee – the only second platinum jubilee Urdu film in Pakistan and a new success record for a new pair. (thanks to Mr. Aqeel Abbas Jafri, Karachi).
Actors: Shabana, Nadeem, Mirza Shahi, Mustafa… Producer: Mustafiz, Director: Ehtasham, Music: Robin Ghosh, Singers: Firdousi Begum, Ahmad Rusdhi, Mujeeb Alam and Nadeem.
The song “Pyaray Pyaray Yaar Hamaray, Haat Dikhate Jana” from this movie was pictureized with Ahsan Manzil in the backdrop. Singer Ahmad Rushdi, Music Robin Ghosh, Lyrics Akhter Yousuf, Actor Nadeem & Mirza Shahi.
Enjoy the 3.52 minutes long song where first 2 miniutes have scenes of Ahsan Manzil-
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Extra Tips **Dhaka film industry produced 210 movies, 49 Urdu and 161 Bengali from 1956-71. Jago hua svera (1959) was the first Urdu film from Dhaka and Pail (1970) was the last released film.