Tuesday Photo Challenge – Ancient Matinee

The glitzing blockbusters of the past!

Once upon a time, the quantity of small sized cinemas in Karachi was very high. They used to show new locally made films, along with B-grade western flicks, which was attractive enough for those looking for some pastime during an afternoon.


Local flicks usually revolved around good guy vs bad guy.Β  The good guy wining in the end and getting the girl of his dream. Added up some songs and dance routines to accompany the story, these flicks were quite popular among those who can afford a less than a $ ticket on afternoon.


Along with local flicks, B-grade movies from the West were also quite popular. Kung fu movies from Hong Kong were quite popular because of all the wild action sequences and crazy stunts, some of which were even copied by local film makers here but that didn’t pleased the viewers much.


Back in the 80’s and 90’s, local newspapers used to dedicate one whole page for such flicks in the city. All above snaps here are taken from an old newspaper from 1991 I found in my storage room back in 2017.

Upon seeing that after such a long time, I realized that I’m also becoming ancient.

For Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Ancient


15 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Ancient Matinee

  1. calmkate June 11, 2019 / 2:46 AM

    lol they were very elaborate ads! I remember catching the Delhi to Dharamsala bus with loud Hindi movies on the ‘deluxe’ bus … deluxe meant you had a reserved seat and not a crowd on the bench πŸ™‚

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    • Hammad Rais June 11, 2019 / 10:43 AM

      Such “deluxe” buses are very common on both sides of the border here. And the drivers love to play old local classic hits on the stereo, whether you like it or not.

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    • calmkate June 11, 2019 / 12:27 PM

      yes very loudly so that they stay awake thus disturbing our nap πŸ™‚

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    • Hammad Rais June 12, 2019 / 1:27 PM

      Which is good in a way if one cares about his/her valuables on such “deluxe” buses.

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    • calmkate June 12, 2019 / 2:12 PM

      lol I always had a backpack with nothing of value πŸ™‚

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  2. Kunal Thakore June 10, 2019 / 7:13 PM

    I’m one the few not on Netflix or Amazon Prime or any other OTT platform… multiplex big screens for me, although I rarely see Bollywood

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    • Hammad Rais June 11, 2019 / 10:50 AM

      I’m also not subscribed to any either. Life is already filled up with other dramas and actions. And wow for living in India and rarely seeing Bollywood, which is very much odd πŸ™‚

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    • Hammad Rais June 10, 2019 / 3:55 PM

      I love to look through old stuff, so finding out this one was really special. Thanks for liking this πŸ™‚

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  3. Muntazir June 10, 2019 / 5:29 AM

    Interesting! Old always attracts me.

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    • Hammad Rais June 10, 2019 / 1:17 PM

      A way to connect with a long gone past πŸ™‚


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