Khuda Ke Liye : First Pakistani Film for Indian Theatres


Depicting the difficult situation in which Pakistanis – and the Muslims in general – found themselves in after 9/11, registering its outright success in Pakistan, Dubai and London,  Pakistani film ‘’Khuda Ke Liye’’ is the first film from that country to invade into the Indian theatres from March 28. 

The interesting thing about the film, produced and directed by Shoaib Mansoor, is how it connects the happenings in three continents. Unlike the usual Indian and Pakistani films based on romantic sagas, dances and songs, this film is based on some very serious issues, raising a lot of controversial questions engaging the Muslim minds these days. It helps the Muslim youth find a direction … the right direction, for which  all are looking towards. 

The film’s themes include the role of muslim in Islam and the balance of Muslim values with moderate Western enlightenment. 

Khuda Ke Liye (In The Name of God)  has Pakistani actors Shaan and Iman Ali in the male and female leads, while India’s Naseeruddin Shah appears in a prominent role of a Muslim cleric. 

This low-budget film, covering a vast canvas, stresses on the fact that it is more important to be a true Muslim at heart, than to just proclaim your faith by growing a beard, or by keeping your women in a veil (purdah) or wearing a kurta pyjama. 

The story of film revolves around two young Muslim musician brothers. One is settled in the US and the other is being led by fundamentalists. 

Audiences and art critics across Pakistan have loved this film, but the conservative religious clergy have criticized it severely. However, the movie has been well received by overseas Pakistanis.  

Last year, the film was also screened at the Goa Film Festival and was hugely appreciated. Percept Pictures is distributing the film in the Indian circles and the music is being released on Sony BMG