Jinnah (The Movie) – was it a “revolution”?

There have been some discussions on the movie revolutions on LMB. Some suggested Khuda Ke Liye being the revolution in the Pakistani Movie Industry. While others termed Sargam as a milestone. One referred about Zinda Laash terming it a rebellion which pushed a bunch of people to make a cult out of that dead cow :)

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How about Jinnah (The Movie). Jinnah was a movie which was indeed a big change to the Pakistani Movie Industry. But being most of its work was not/by Pakistani(s).

The director himself was an Indian Born Briton. Jamil Dehlavi is British film director/producer. He was born in Calcutta, India to an Indian father and French mother. Out of the cast of numerous Foreign artiste: James Fox, Maria Aitken, Shashi Kapoor, Richard Lintern, Robert Ashby, Indira Varma, Sam Dastor, Roger Brierley, Rowena Cooper, …

Lee-2.jpg … James Curran, Vernon Dobtcheff, Michael Elwyn, Ian Gelder, Christopher Godwin, John Grillo, John Nettleton, David Quilter, David Sterne, Marc Zuber only Shireen Shah, Shakeel, Vaneeza Ahmed, Talat Hussain, Khayyam Sarhadi were a few that belong to our Nation. Christopher (Frank Carandini) Lee, being a good fit was actually from Great Britain as well. In contrast, KKL is basically bringing up most of the Pakistani Talent and Work with ‘some’ outside help. While Jinnah, I believe was significantly a foreign effort with ‘some’ domestic help.

Lahoris being major movie watchers market in Pakistan. What do you say: Can Jinnah actually be termed as a Pakistani movie which was a revolution to Pakistani Movie Industry in its kind? If no, why not. If yes, bring it on! Speak your thoughts.

8 Comments so far

  1. iblees (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 6:34 am

    Definitely not the first movie to make a kind-of revolution; Blood of Hussain, an earlier film of Jami Dehlavi, was much better, imho, but hugely ignored and banned, mostly due to political references to that government. anyway, a great film, see if you get a chance or get a copy from somewhere.

  2. Opee (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 6:44 am

    Great info Iblees. The movie now under discussion was released back in 1981. I wonder why this movie was banned. Was it because it could have create problems among Shia and Sunnis. I also wonder if this has to do with the recent Marshal Law imposed at that time and Zia-ul-Haq was backing up the system which didn’t promote cinemas and movies? It might be obvious for such movie to get banned at that tenure. I am not sure. Any info that you can provide Iblees on Why and how it got vanished?

  3. Jamela Sheikh (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:09 am

    What kind of crappy nick is ‘IBLEES’. And why is iblees talking about the blood of Hussain. You should select a more appropriate nick

  4. Opee (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 9:24 am

    “Iblees” is not more than just a nick. Just like we call naughty guys, “Bara Shaitaan Hai”. Its not in the literal meaning. “Blood of Hussain” is a movie and iblees talks about it without referring or associating it with his nick. I find it totally appropriate.

    Others, please stick to the topic. I would definately appreciate your valuable input. If you want to have discussion on anything that you feel a need to be discussed, then kindly suggest a story. Thanks very much again.

  5. iblees (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

    Blood of Hussain was less about religion (as its vastly and wrongly assumed) but more about politics of early 80s; using the story of Hussain, direct references has been made toward dictatorship (i.e. General Zia) and political situation of that time. If i remember correct, the movie got banned as soon as it came out, never reached cinemas; The film was eventually released and shown on British television (Channel4). From a recent news, it seems that BFI still has a copy of it. Click here for BFI link.

    Had a 25 year old VHS copy of it back home, don’t know it where it is now, or if it will work, but i could, i would have definitely shared it. :(

  6. Rubab (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 4:11 am

    well Khuda key leay can be a milestone in Lollywoood

  7. TREETOP (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

    Have they done justice to Jinnah in this movie,not an easy thing to do.
    @IBLEES i like Miltons Paradize lost.

  8. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

    Anyone watched Javed Jabbar’s movie? How was it?

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