Samandar (1968)


Directed by Rafiq Razvi. Produced by Waheed Murad. Music: Deebu. Lyrics: Sehba Akhtar. Story: Agha Nazir Kawish. Cast: Shabnam, Waheed Murad, Hanif, Rozina, Rashid, S. M. Saleem, Nirala, Qurban Jilani, Aftab, Rahila, Naz Begum, Agha Sarwar, Hamid, Hasan Pahari, Ansari . B&W. 37 (9) Weeks. March 10, 1968

Two best friends in a fishers' colony become estranged due to political ambition and outside interference, until one of them finds a solution in the social application of the age-old message of the Sufis. The movie is now becoming widely recognized as a thinly veiled allegory about the complex relationship between West Pakistan and East Pakistan (following a newspaper article by Khurram Ali Shafique in 2010 in which this interpretation was first suggested).
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