Cowboy Flicks Quick Draw McGraw

‘Draw pardner!’ The voice echoes in the head, with the chic-click of the pistol coming into revolution after leaving the holster; and you can picture the ruggedly handsome Clint Eastwood crouching to fire away, twice or thrice! It was the good old 60s that saw the westerns hitting our classy cinemas on Mohammad Ali Jinnah road, like Bambino, Capri, and Reno. Other cinemas like Ritz and Capitol also sported these hits, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. And who can forget that classic western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Palace cinema near the marhoom Metropole Hotel also screened lots of cowboy films. The last one, before Palace was turned into some commercial office was Clint Eastwood’s Every Which Way But Loose! Probably, the cinema mistook the title, taking loose for lose. Both, India and Pakistan have had their own local westerns, including the greatest of all films, Sholay! Feroze Khan, too, indulged in the genre with Janbaaz. Mithun Chakraborty had his Wanted: Dead or Alive, also. Pakistan had its fair share of westerns, with Allauddin starring in Bara Baje and Shake Hand in the 60s. When Badar Munir and Asif Khan started their Urdu ventures, they went for their versions of the riders, they had a romp in Dulhan Aik Raat Ki and Meri Dushmani. Why can’t they do it now? Won’t it be great watching Fawad Khan and Hamza Abbasi in saddles? Just think!