Jinnah (film)

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Jinnah movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jamil Dehlavi
Produced by Jamil Dehlavi
Screenplay by Akbar S. Ahmed
Jamil Dehlavi
Narrated by Shashi Kapoor
Music by Nigel Clarke
Michael Csányi-Wills
Cinematography Nicholas D. Knowland
Edited by Robert M. Reitano
Paul Hodgson
Goldcrest Films
Distributed by Dehlavi Films Productions
Release date(s)
  • 7 November 1998 (1998-11-07) (UK)
Running time 150 minutes
Country Pakistan
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $6 million (estimated)

Jinnah is a 1998 epic biographical film which follows the life of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It was directed by Jamil Dehlavi; and written by Akbar S. Ahmed and Jamil Dehlavi. The film was released in 1998 in the United Kingdom and Pakistan.


The film follows the life of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan (formerly part of British India). When Jinnah dies, he is taken to a heavenly anteroom where a decision will be made on his fate, but the file on his life has gone missing, and Heaven's Guide must question him about his life to fill in his story. Jinnah and the guardian travel back in time to examine Jinnah's life and watch Jinnah's role in creating the nation of Pakistan.



Despite the early criticism of the movie, it received an overwhelmingly positive response in Pakistan. Christopher Lee has spoken highly of the film, calling his performance in it by far the best of his career as well as stressing the importance of the film.[1][2]


Jinnah received the Silver Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in 1999.[3]



  1. ^ Lindrea , Victoria (11 October 2004). "Christopher Lee on the making of legends". BBC. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE_1ofnBFos
  3. ^ "Past Remi Winners". WorldFest. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 

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