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Khuda Ke Liye is a Pakistani movie directed by Shoaib Mansoor. It has Shaan, Fawad Khan, Iman Ali & Hameed Sheikh in lead roles. A few days back I found this movie on YOUTUBE & since I am currently watching some Pakistani shows & dramas I decided to give this a try. Of course Fawad Khan had a major role to play in making me come to this decision 😛

I loved the movie. The actors, the direction & dialogues were just perfect. Though the ending baffled me, the over all story was pretty much true to reality.

Things which I loved:

  • The actors: While I already knew that Fawad was a good actor, Shaan who plays his brother was excellent as well. But even better than them all was the Maulana brainwashing people into religious extremism. He was good! REALLY GOOD!
  • The dialogues: Having powerful dialogues which are made more effective by talented actors is a huge plus for this movie. I loved the “All Muslims are not terrorists, but then how come all terrorists are Muslim” dialogue. Also, the court statement of Maulana Wali (Naseeruddin Shah) was very nicely written & then enacted by the actor.
  • The songs & music: Ironically many times in the movie we hear statements from the extremist leaders that music is forbidden in Islam. However the music of this movie is very melodious. Even the background score in some scenes is very well done. I loved the songs Shaan played in the US college. The “Allah Allah” background score which was played many times in many of Fawad’s scenes helped convey the precise emotion of the scene & characters.
  • The genuine attempt of the team to convey the truth: It was a movie which touched on many sensitive issues. The US & its treatment of Muslims after 9/11, the brainwashing which the so called devout carry out of young minds, how brain dead terrorists truly can be, how religion is perceived differently by everyone & according to their own convenience. Must have required some courage to make & then show this movie in the theaters, especially in countries which are ever so sensitive to all these topics.

Things which I did not like:

Many things about the end struck me as odd & disturbing in some parts.

  • Sarmaad: Was he forgiven by the law? Wasn’t he a terrorist? Do they forgive terrorists in Pakistan so that they can go home & lie down in their mother’s lap & start life afresh? The case on him was of a forced marriage but shouldn’t he have been tried for terrorism as well? The family just accepts the poor little baby back? How? When he set off on that path he wasn’t a milk sucking babe. He was a college student. How can such a person be “misled” so much that he thinks killing others is OK? Yes, he did not kill anyone himself but he was with the group of people who do that on a regular basis & instead of turning them in he joined them.
  • Maryam: She stayed back? I can understand she felt she could serve a greater purpose by staying back in Pakistan, but to go back to the very place which is infested with terrorists? A lone woman? How wise is that? And what about her boyfriend? Didn’t he just arrange so many things for her to get her back safely? I would have understood if she took up a job as a teacher in some city school in Pakistan, but a lone woman teaching in a terrorist area is beyond my understanding.
  • The court scene: I was shocked to see the terrorists just beating up Sarmaad to a pulp right in front of the judges. Forget arresting them, forget punishing them the judges fled the scene? Is this how judges behave in Lahore? Disturbing!

The movie is really good. During a war there can be good people on the opposite side too. This was nicely conveyed by the movie.