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Dracula in Pakistan (1967)

Zinda Laash (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 7 July 1967 (Pakistan)
A rendition of the Dracula tale with many similarities to the British 1950s Dracula.

Director:

Khwaja Sarfraz (as Kh. Sarfraz)

Writers:

Bram Stoker (adapted from the novel by), Naseem Rizwani (dialogues)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yasmeen Shaukat Yasmeen Shaukat ... Shirin (as Yasmeen)
Deeba Begum Deeba Begum ... Shabnam (as Deeba)
Habibur Rehman Habibur Rehman ... Aqil's Brother (as Habib)
Asad Bukhari Asad Bukhari ... Dr. Aqil Harker (as Asad)
Allauddin Allauddin ... Parvez (as Ala-Ud-Din)
Nasreen Nasreen ... Vampire Bride
Sheela ... Ghazala
Cham Cham Cham Cham ... Nightclub Dancer
Baby Najmi Baby Najmi ... Baby
Rehan Rehan ... Prof. Tabani / Dracula
Nazar Nazar ... Bandmaster
Agha Talish Agha Talish ... Doctor (as Talish)
Rangeela Rangeela ... Guy at Nightclub
Munawar Zarif Munawar Zarif ... Guy at Nightclub (as Munwar Zarif)
Latif Charlie Latif Charlie
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A rendition of the Dracula tale with many similarities to the British 1950s Dracula.

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Dracula in Pakistan!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Pakistan

Language:

Urdu

Release Date:

7 July 1967 (Pakistan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula in Pakistan See more »

Filming Locations:

Lahore, Pakistan

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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Trivia

In its original release, all of the dance sequences were deleted because the censors felt that the women were shown to be too sexually provocative. See more »

Goofs

Several night scenes, especially the one near the end, were clearly recorded during daytime under bright sun. This fact was clearly noticeable by the shadows of people and trees, and intensity of light compared to the shadows. In order to make the time in such scenes appear to be night, the picture was drastically dimmed out. See more »

Crazy Credits

"adopted from the novel by Bram Stoker" See more »

Connections

Version of Count Dracula (1977) See more »

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In a Persian Market
Written by Albert W. Ketèlbey
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A most unique and original (and musical) take on Dracula lore
14 August 2013 | by Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiSee all my reviews

Just when you though it safe to visit Pakistan, out of the crypt flaps this obscure adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel. Scientist tries to develop a potion to defy death and make him immortal (shades of Jekyll and Hyde) which succeeds only in turning him into a vampire.

There are a certain amount of atmospherics and lighting, creep nighttime cemetery walk, well done sets, as we enter the Count's sprawling abode, and we're introduced to him flowingly walk down large staircase toward protagonist. It is interesting to see how Bram Stoker's Dracula translates to Pakistani culture, and in Urdu, sixty years after it was written, but this long-thought lost and only recently rediscovered version suffers most from terrible acting, and cannot decide if it wants to be an adaptation of its original source novel, or a surreal horror, or a musical. Maybe that had something to do with Pakistani censors? The cast is bland, their acting is even worse. Nasreen (female vampire dancer) veers wildly from sensual, to silly. Dracula has an impressive look here in the form of actor Rehan, tall and darkly mysterious, but like most of the rest of the cast, Rehan has little acting capabilities. My Urdu is a bit rusty, so I cannot comment on how well or poorly the dialogue translates into Urdi from English.

This film is interesting, a curio, but nothing to really get one's hopes up about locating.


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