The 1950s thus represented a time when the initial foundations of the industry were first being laid.
In the early years, many actors and actresses rose to fame.
This included Sabiha Khanum, Santosh Kumar and of course, Noor Jehan.
Pakistan's first formal feature film was made in 1948, called "Teri Yaad"
(1948), but it's first proper success was "Do Ansoo"
(1950), which lasted 25 weeks at the box office.
By 1958, a mere 11 years after the events of the partition, Pakistan even ended up collaborating with India (and later what was to be known as Bangladesh) to create "Jago Hua Savera"
The film was about the lives of typical fishermen communities, and was thus the first neo-liberal commentary on Pakistan. Unfortunately, government meddling by coup-leader Gen. Ayub Khan, lead to accusations that the writers and actors were communists (Faiz A. Faiz, who wrote the script, dialogue and songs was, however, a known communist revolutionary).
With all of the surrounding controversy, the film would have been a success, but after a few weeks had passed was forever buried from the public eye.
The film would not see the light of day until over 50 years later, when it was exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
It was rescued when researchers travelled throughout Pakistan and Bangladesh to locate copies of the film, visiting also Pune, London and Paris.
Most copies were found in Karachi, some in France and some in the UK.
The film was sent to a recovery lab in Chennai, India, and then because of the delays by Indian customs, taken to London for restoration.
It took approximately two years for the film to be restored from the damage it had accumulated over time.
On May 15th, 2016 it was showcased at the Bunuel theatre, at the "Palais des Festivals"
venue of Cannes.