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Khuda ke liye: Breaking barriers April 19, 2008

Posted by lollywoodhungama in Uncategorized.
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Till date, most of us have not seen a mainline Lollywood or Pakistani film in India but next week’s release Khuda Kay Liye will change all that.

In this path breaking film, first time director Shoaib Mansoor takes up the sensitive & often volatile issue of the way Muslims, especially Pakistani Muslims are perceived by the US in a world post 9/11.

The cast includes the very popular actor from across the border Shan & Naseeruddin Shah from India but what makes this film stand apart is its rather brave attempt to question religious extremism & from the reactions it’s been getting from global audiences, seems like this effort has paid off.

Naseeruddin Shah, who plays a small but enlightening role in the film throws light on its purpose, “This film will clear many misconceptions about Pakistan which is necessary…even Pakistan doesn’t want to be perceived as a country that promotes fundamentalism.” He adds, “I am proud of this film. I stand by it & I agree with everything that this film says.”

Pakistani model and actor Iman Ali plays a British-born Pakistani who is forced to marry a radical Muslim, even though she is in love with a Britisher. Iman who’s always wanted to do meaningful cinema is only delighted to be a part of this daring venture.

Iman explains, “In Pakistan certain people, certain producers and directors they have done this to us. They said people want to watch mindless entertainment. & this is anything but mindless entertainment.” She stresses, “You see what I like about this film is even if it hasn’t changed the way people think it has at least started a dialogue which is very important.”

In a world where terrorism & Islam are now perceived as being hand in glove, Khuda kay Liye succeeds in answering a few difficult questions of our time, if not all. Rasheed Naz who plays an Islamic extremist in the film points out, “A film that forces you to think is a successful one. This is one such film.”

Adds a proud Naseer, “If a story is narrated with honesty, it becomes a universal story. KKL has that quality.” At the same time, Iman voices her nervousness as far as the cross over of the film to an Indian audience is concerned. “I am a little nervous because your cinema industry is so big & people are used to a certain kind of mindset. The global audience could relate to it because of the kind of thing they have to face everyday.”

With commercial cinema in India getting more than it’s due around the globe, it’s only fair that the attention now shifts to our neighbour Pakistan. For sensible cinema is always welcome, from any corner of the world!

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