‘The Man Who Would Be King’; a masterpiece featuring Lahore

This suggestion by one of our visitors sparked deep interest in my heart to find out and watch this movie. Based on a story by Rudyard Kipling with the same title, ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ was filmed at places no closer to its described locations. That, for the matter, made me imagine if they could have managed to film on original locations. Or, perhaps, we could ever have a remake of this 1975 movie.

Faraz Khalid gives his views like this;

“Very few people seem to know this, so I thought I should bring it to light. Some of the extremely brilliant hollywood movies in the past have featured Lahore. One such treasure of a movie is called The Man Who Would Be King.

Based on a Rudyard Kipling story (for the uninitiated, Kipling was a famous british writer who lived in Lahore for few years), the film is directed by John Huston (a highly acclaimed director / writer, nominated during his career for 10 oscar awards, winning 1).

The Man Who Would be King was released in 1975 and went on to get 4 oscar nominations in 1976. An adventure saga and a captivating story from start to the end, the film is about two britishers (played brilliantly by none other than Sean Connery and Michael Caine), who, while in Lahore, made a pledge with the narrator (Kipling, played by Christopher Plummer) that they would set off to the unreachable mountaineaous region of Kafiristan (a snow studded wilderness in Kailash Valleys in north, believed to be inhabitted by the decendents of King Alexendar).

The story is about how these two britishers reached the proimised land of Kafiristan, and what happened next. I would not reveal the entire story as its worth watching on your own. On of the hallmarks of the film are its crisp, witty and spontaneously funny dialogues. Indian Actor Saeed Jaffrey also plays an important role. DVD of The Man Who Would be King is available in Pakistan. Its a must watch for a number of reasons, but mainly for being a masterpiece from a master director, and wonderful actors.”

For more information on the movie, check out the IMDB link.

I’m so very much tempted to watch this stuff. You also try it out and send your reviews of the movie over here.

Story Suggestion by Faraz Khalid (farazkhalid.blogspot.com)

2 Comments so far

  1. Sa'ad (unregistered) on September 1st, 2006 @ 6:42 pm

    Will post review after watching it. Would be nice to know of other movies that feature Lahore.

  2. Rana Mian (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 8:53 am

    This movies only features Lahore (as u have mentioned) but was not SHOT in Lahore physically.

    There is One English movie that was actually “shot in Lahore” and its name is Bhowani Junction (1956.

    Here are the serach results from IMDB about the filming locations:

    Filming Locations for
    Bhowani Junction (1956)
    Lahore & Northwestern Railway, Pakistan

    MGM British Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK

    Shah Alam Market, Lahore, Pakistan

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