This film is based on the short story Gandasa (Punjabi Machete) which describe the tale of rivalry in Gujranwala between the Malik clan and Maula's clan. The film differs from the short ... See full synopsis »
Pakistani General Zia's military government of the day tried to get the film stopped weeks after its release but Sarwar Bhatti managed to get a stay order which allowed the film to remain in cinemas for a two year period. See more »
Maula Jat (Sultan Rahi) with very huge moustache and an axe like blade (called Gandasa) is a good guy but seems very bad. People are afraid of him but like him and seek his help against their enemies.
A group of his enemies attacks his village when he is in jail. Noori Nath (Mustafa Qureshi) is Maula's enemy and has never seen him. He was once helped by Maul (as Maula too has not seen Noori). Noori asks Maula if he could take him to Maula Jat.
Maul Jat doesn't tell him that he is the one. Maula is very famous for his bravery and fearlessness; even police is afraid of him that's why Noori wants to meet him.
The most unrealistic thing in this movie is the shriek of Maula's Bharjai (a word used for brother's wife for respect). She comes in the street and screams to Maula for help. Wherever Maula is, he listens the cry and arrives on time.
Fight scenes have been badly filmed. Film is too loud. In the end, Maula Jat kills a whole group of 20 to 30 armed men and with his blade (gandasa) but he gets only some minor injuries.
The writer has tried to portrait the blade (gandasa) of Maula Jat as a legendary thing as it was buried and Maula Jat digs it up for emergency use after many years.
Story can be described as total fantasy and fiction. The writer has tried to terribly exaggerate the old violent culture of Punjab province of Pakistan. This culture was a minority in cultures but this movie with too much violence, became a pioneer of violent Punjabi movies. This movies is still considered best in violence based Punjabi movies in Pakistan. Both, Sultan Rahi and Mustafa Qureshi, became very popular and got recognition with this movie.
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