Islamabad - National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa here Saturday screened super hit Punjabi film Chooriyan in a sing along and dress along event highlighting the Punjabi culture.

The colourful event invited the fun lovers of twin cities by wearing rural Punjabi clothing shown in Choorian while Film Director Syed Noor and Actress Saima were special guests on the occasion to share their experience in the making of Choorian.

Choorian is a 1998 Pakistani Punjabi-language action-romance film directed by Syed Noor and produced by Haji Faqir Mohammad starring Moammar Rana and Saima. It was Pakistan’s second highest-grossing film of all-time.

The film has a simple love story. A city boy Bakhtu (Moammar Rana) is sent to live with his uncle back in the village. He soon falls in love with his uncle’s older daughter Billo (Saima). Billo is a servant in her own house, and does all the chores which are overseen by Bahar, her stepmother.

Bahar treats her like a slave throughout the movie while her two daughters live like queens. Bakhtu declares his love for her, which is not going down well with Bahar, who having seen Bakhtu, wants her own daughter Nargis married to him.

The film won various awards of Nigar including best film, best director, best script writer, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best musician, best lyricist, best cinematographer and best playback singers.

Choorian opened in 22 screens across Pakistan and earned a total of 200 million in its one-year run. It became the third highest grossing film on 23 November 2013 after record being broken by Waar and Khuda Kay Liye.

“The Mandwa film club of Lok Virsa is an initiative taken by the institute to revive the classical cinema in the twin cities and involve the fun lovers in healthy activities that keep alive the dying the culture and traditions among the young generation,” said Fouzia Saeed, Executive Director, Lok Virsa while talking to APP.

The Lok Virsa screen national and international classical hits on every weekend and invite audience from all walks of life to entertain them as well as engage them in cultural programmes, she said.