|Biographical detail : ||Pakistan’s filmmaker
Khalique whose career began in Bombay moved to Karachi in 1953 and excelled as the pioneering documentary filmmaker of Pakistan. His films were exhibited world over including at Cannes, Paris, London, Berlin, Moscow, Leningrad (St Peter’s Burg), New York and Beijing during the 1960s and 70s.
His major films include ‘Ghalib’, ‘Pakistan Story’, ‘Pathway to Prosperity’, ‘One Acre of Land’, ‘The Coconut Tree’, ‘Cultural heritage of Pakistan’, ‘Architecture’, ‘Journey Through Darkness’, ‘Buddha in Stone’ and ‘Quaid-I-Azam ‘(banned under General Ziaul Haq).
Khalique was an acclaimed poet and writer of Marxist persuasions and his memoirs, Manzilein Gard Ke Manand, gained special recognition apart from Ujalon Ke Khwaab (Poetry), Pakistan Story (History), Kamyab Nakam (Short stories), Aurat Mard Aur Dunya (Drama), Urdu Ghazal Ke Pachchees Saal (Criticism) et cetera.
He won more than 20 prizes including merit awards from international festivals, Tamgha-I-Imtiaz in 1969 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Karafilm Festival in 2003.
Khalique was born into a clan of Kashmiri Brahmins who had converted to Islam and settled in Lucknow.