Mushtaq Gazdar

Mushtaq Gazdar (Urdu: مشتاق گزدر‎) was a Pakistani cinematographer, who during his lifetime scripted, directed and produced around 190 short feature films, documentary films and newsreels on subjects like poverty-stricken women, especially those abused, bought and sold in open flesh markets as well as for helpless children.[2][1]

Mushtaq Gazdar
Died15 November 2000(2000-11-15) (aged 59–60)
Karachi, Pakistan
OccupationCinematographer, Documentary film maker, Film historian
Known forPublishing the book Pakistan Cinema (1947-1997)
AwardsPride of Performance Award in 1990[1]
2 Nigar Awards[1]

Early life and careerEdit

Mushtaq Gazdar was born in 1940 in Karachi.[3] He did his MSc. degree in physics from the University of Karachi. He held diplomas in film-making technique from London and Tokyo, and founded his own production house in Karachi. He also worked as Production Assistant with the UK-based TV film mini-series, the Emmy Award winner Traffik (1989).

He was a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. He also wrote articles on social issues for newspapers. Mushtaq Gazdar personally had politically progressive ideology and associated with people like Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sibte Hassan and Dorab Patel.[1]

He had also to his credit a voluminous book Pakistani Cinema: 1947-1997, a historical and critical study of Pakistan's film industry, published in 1997 to commemorate Pakistan's 50th anniversary. Before he suddenly died on 15 November 2000, he was elected the honorary secretary of the Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi.[1]


Mushtaq Gazdar was married to Saeeda Gazdar, a short story writer and a poet, and they both had a son and a daughter.[1] His daughter, Aisha Gazdar, had worked and learned from her father during his lifetime. She followed in his footsteps after his death, and now is a short documentary film maker in Pakistan in 2010.[4]


  • Pakistan Cinema (1947-1997) by Mushtaq Gazdar (published in 1997, Oxford University Press)[5]

Awards and recognitionEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Profile and obituary of Mushtaq Gazdar Archived from the original on 10 March 2007, Retrieved 13 April 2018
  2. ^ Nadeem F. Paracha (9 June 2012). "Smokers' Corner: Projecting the bizarre". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ Profile of Mushtaq Gazdar on website Retrieved 13 April 2018
  4. ^ Saadia Qamar (4 December 2010). "The relentless filmmaker". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ Book Review of Mushtaq Gazdar's book Pakistan Cinema (1947-1997) on GoogleBooks website Retrieved 13 April 2018