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|Directed by||Jamil Dehlavi|
|Produced by||Jamil Dehlavi|
|Written by||Akbar S. Ahmed
|Distributed by||Delhavi Films|
|Release dates||November 7, 1998|
|Running time||110 minutes|
Jinnah is a film about 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. He tells of the key point in 1947, when India was about to get independence from Britain, and Jinnah advocated a separate nation in which the Muslims will be in the majority.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi suggests Jinnah be made prime minister of the new India, as a compromise, but Jinnah rejects his suggestion and Nehru is handed the job. Jinnah's nemesis is Lord Louis Mountbatten, the British viceroy who opposes the idea of Pakistan. As well as this historical turning point, Jinnah recalls his youth, and formative relationships with his sister Fatima and his marriage to a former Parsi converted to Islam before marriage.
- Christopher Lee as Mohammed Ali Jinnah
- Shashi Kapoor as Narrator
- James Fox as Lord Louis Mountbatten
- Maria Aitken as Edwina
- Richard Lintern as Jinnah (Younger)
- Shireen Shah as Fatima Jinnah
- Indira Varma as Rattanbai ('Ruttie') Jinnah
- Robert Ashby as Nehru
- Sam Dastor as Mahatma Gandhi
- Shakeel as Liaquat Ali Khan
- Vaneeza Ahmed as Dina Wadia (Older)
- Roger Brierley as Judge
- Vernon Dobtcheff as Lord Willingdon
- Rowena Cooper as Lady Willingdon
- James Curran as Colonel Knowles
- Michael Elwyn as Sir Cyril Radcliffe
- Ian Gelder as The English police officer
- Christopher Godwin as Recruitment officer Incharge
- John Grillo as Sir Dinshaw Petit
- Talat Hussain as Refugee
- John Nettleton as General Gracie
- David Quilter as Porrit
- Khayyam Sarhadi as Abdur Rab Nishtar
- David Sterne as Birtwhistle
- Marc Zuber as Muhammad Iqbal
- Shahid Iqbal as Barrister M. C. Chagla
- Mervyn Hosein as Abul Kalam Azad
- Stephen Mortlock as English Reporter
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.
|“||The most important film I made, in terms of its subject and the great responsibility I had as an actor was a film I did about the founder of Pakistan, called Jinnah.
It had the best reviews I've ever had in my entire career - as a film and as a performance. But ultimately it was never shown at the cinemas.
- Troubled Jinnah movie opens (BBC News, September, 1998)
- IO Film Reviews
- Close-up Film Review: Jinnah
- "Jinnah the Movie" reviews by Rizwan
- Jinnah at the Internet Movie Database
- Jinnah at allmovie
- Christopher Lee on the making of legends and Jinnah
- Christopher Lee launches film about Jinnah in London (Asians in Media Magazine)