Did you know? Pakistan’s first sci-fi film ‘Shanee’ released today in 1989
Turns out Pakistani director Saeed Rizvi loved them a little more than the rest. The veteran director released Pakistan’s first sci-fi film Shanee,complete with special effects, on March 10 in 1989.
The story revolves around a couple: Babra Sharif as Hina and Sherry Malik as her beau, Shanee. However, a notorious villain kills Shanee and Hina is left only to hope that her beau will return one day. During this time, a spaceship visits earth and leaves behind an alien. This alien decides take on Shanee's physical appearance then, well, marries Hina.
Babra Sharif in an oncoming train's path — Screen grab from Shanee
But that’s not it — the film uses special effects that weren't seen in Pakistani films before 1989. During a fight sequence, Shanee breaks and then yanks off someone's arm and prevents a train from running Hina over — thanks to his super vision.
Shanee in a fight sequence — Screen grab from Shanee
It becomes really amusing when it turns out that Hina's pregnant and has her baby in a moving train without any help whatsoever. We won't say whether Hina finally realises who Shanee really is... we're not a fan of spoilers! That being said the film totally fits the bill if you want to laugh all day long.
The melodramatic sci-fi is flick bagged seven Nigar Awards and was a hit in its time.