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Location, Location, Location

January 27, 2011

Hello World! Its not a writer’s block, but more like a lack of interest from my side. Also, my laptop got all screwed up, and I’m still going through setting my new baby “Mah-raani” with the all softwares, and other “entertainment contents”.

Though I thought I should try and rekindle this blog thing.

For some odd reasons, I was thinking about the most oft used locations in Pakistani media contents. (especially the Lahore based ones). Apparently there is a lack of grand locations to shoot in the country, and most directors end up using the same locales. Ofcourse, nobody has never asked anyone to list these, but I’m still doing it. Because nobody’s gonna be this lame.

Mian Salli’s Haveli – Lahore

Where you might have seen it: Khuda Kay Liye, Tere Pyaar Main, A billion music videos.

Located somewhere near the inner Lahore, this Haveli is a landmark (it has certainly has become one recently though) in Pakistani entertainment circle. I think I have been there once, but its all a haze, so I do not know where exactly it is. But that is not important, right here, right now.

Owned by Yousuf Sallauhuddin, this haveli has been a part of more social events than Sunday page 6 pages, than my limited memory can ever process. The images of the said Haveli is so ingrained in my mind by so much exposure that I might unfavorably judge something which might feature it.

It was Naseeruddin Shah’s haveli in Khuda Kay Liye. It was Shaan’s residence in Tere Pyaar Main, which was the ancestoral home of Zara Sheikh before her family moved to India at the Partition (It was also when Shaan’s character saw Zara Sheikh’s character naked, and he fell for her)* It was also featured in numerous music videos, including Hadiqa Kiani’s Boohay Barian and Abrar-ul-Haq‘s Punjabi Touch (or was it Nach Punjaban/Nach Majajan).

It also holds random music performances – which apparently are so common, there is a whole page dedicated to it.

* As a side note, I have a new found respect for the movie Tere Pyaar Main, because it was the debut of Veena Malik! And also it had an adorable attempt to have a Taj Mahal replica in a song sequence, which was hilariously screwed up when the director decided to include day shots in the video.

King Edward Medical College, Lahore

Where you might have seen it: Khuda Kay Liye, Jinnah, Jal, Faraz Khosa

Certainly a very odd place to be used that often for shooting purposes. The old British Raj era King Edward Medical College building, located next to the Mayo Hospital, Neela Gumbad and Anarkali Bazaar in Lahore, is a classic example of Anglo-Indian architecture. I wouldn’t have known about this building being involved in these projects if some members from my immediate family were not associated with the said college. Also, it was a pit stop to many a trips to Anarkali and its’ diarrehea inducing Dahi Bhallas. Its an amazing parking spot, bitches!

If one remembers a movie called, Jinnah (and who does?), which featured Christopher Lee**. I donot remember the movie that much, but there was a rioting scene in a movie which was filmed in the said location. The only screen caps I can actually get is from that Junoon’s OST of the said movie.

Then it was again featured in Khuda Ke Liye, where it was masqueraded as a court house. WTF is the deal with the big Pakistani flag in the background, man!!

It was also used in Faraz Khosa’s video, and then in Jal’s Ek Din Ayega. To be fair, in the later, it was used for what it was.

** How will the maulvis’ react, when they see the same Christopher Lee who played Jinnah, doing Gothic Metal Rock?! Yay!

National College of Arts, Lahore

Where You might have seen it: So much good shit that I once wanted to study there, just for the campus.

Do I have to say anything about it? It is one of the most influential college campuses, as far as Pakistani cultural domain is concerned- from when Nayyara Noor and Arshad Mahmood were students there, to when Video Junction took off and it changed the media landscape of the country. It was in so much good shit. Over the recent years talent like the guys from Video Junction (Dr. Aur Billa, Faisal Qureshi, Ahsan Rahim), and Kollege Jeans, and they used their college in what they made. Also, this very fun song was shot there as well, from Shaan directorial venture Mujhe Chand Chahiye.

Honorable Mentions:

The Worn-Down Mansion, Karachi Jal’s Aadat (with Atif Aslam), Kaavish’s Bachpan, Numerous TV shows

The House with weird windows: It has been a staple for cheap sitcoms out of Lahore since PTV World began transmission – most notably in Family Front.

If you guys have more suggestions, just let me know in the comment sextion.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Fizzah permalink
    May 7, 2012 12:22 pm

    FYI…the picture you have used as NCA is actually the picture of Punjab University (Mall road campus aka old campus) building which is directly opposite to NCA..

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