Please see special acknowldgements to film historian Mr Omar Khan in the end. Click on the photos to get enlarged views and also to reach their source website
A very unique thing about Pakistan is the prevalence of billboard paint art. For example, look at the photo to the right. In this billboard of movie called ‘aurat raj’ (rule of women) a gladiator lady (actress Rani) is shown controlling a 4-horse chariot. All the 4 horses have faces of men. The second horse from the right is by the way none other than our Lollywood’s mega hero of 70s Waheed Murad. I think this poster/billboard is very creative.
In Karachi, Marston Road is a big center of this form of art. My father’s office used to be near Marston Road and whenever I went to his office, I invariably wandered off to watch these street artists bringing larger than life images to life on billboards. Most of these billboards belonged to local cinemas advertising oncoming movies. The use of extra bright colors, colorful language and extra emphasis on body muscles is all an essential ingredient of this form of art. Continue reading