Khuda Kay Liye
|Khuda Kay Liye|
|Directed by||Shoaib Mansoor|
|Produced by||Shoman Production|
|Written by||Shoaib Mansoor|
Fawad Afzal Khan
|Music by||Rohail Hyatt|
|Edited by||Ali Javed
|Distributed by||Geo Films
Percept Picture Company (India)
|Budget||₨6 crore (US$590,000)|
|Box office||₨25 crore (US$2.5 million) (worldwide)|
Khuda Kay Liye (also released as In The Name of God in international markets) is a 2007 Pakistani drama film directed by Shoaib Mansoor, and stars Shaan, Fawad Afzal Khan and Iman Ali in pivotal roles, with a cameo appearance by Naseeruddin Shah. The film follows Mansoor and Sarmad (played by Shaan and Khan), two singers whose lives changes after the events of 9/11 attacks in America and misinterpreted teachings of Jihad.
Khuda Kay Liye was released on 20 July 2007 in Pakistan and on 4 April 2008 in India, as well as the screenings at various international film festivals. The film subsequently won a number of awards for its acting, notably three Lux Style Awards, one Silver Pyramid Award at Cairo International Film Festival, one Roberto Rossellini Award, Italy and one Fukuoka Audience Award at Fukuoka International Film Festival, Japan.
Apart from international accolades, Khuda Kay Liye received mixed reviews, with critics praising the story and acting, but criticising the script and direction. Commercially, the film became the highest-grossing Pakistani film of 2007 domestically, was declared "hit" by the Pakistani box-office, earning ₨11.5 crore (US$1.1 million) during its theatrical run.
Mansoor and Sarmad, the two successful singers from Lahore. Sarmad eventually gets influenced by an Islamic activist Maulana Tahiri, as he begins to practice Islamic way of living and gives up his music career as it is considered "haraam" by the Islamic community. Maryam (Mary), a westernised British Pakistani girl, falls in love with Dave from the British community. However this displeases her father, who is hypocritical, despite himself having a live-in relationship with a British woman.
Meanwhile Mary's father plans to take her for a trip to Pakistan to meet Sarmad and Mansoor. While touring FATA, she gets deceived by her father to marry her cousin, Sarmad. Mary, forcefully gets married and abandoned in her household. In an escape attempt, Mary tries runs from the village but gets caught by Sarmad. He eventually consummates their marriage by force as a sort of punishment so that Mary would not escape again.
Mansoor goes to a musical school in Chicago, where he meets Janie. They both eventually fall in love with each other and Janie even leaves alcohol for him. However shortly after the events of 9/11, Mansoor gets arrested by FBI, due to his Islamic background and gets detained for a year in Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
Mary is rescued by Sarmad's father under the protection of the British government. A devastated Mary, takes her father and cousin to court in Pakistan. Wali (Naseeruddin Shah), a Maulana, then explains to the court how Islam is being misused in the name of war and hatred, bringing the religion forward in a believable and peaceful manner. Traumatized by all the suffering he has seen and caused, Sarmad withdraws from the case. He also realizes the damage that he was made to do in the name of religion. Mary is now free and returns to the village where she was kept prisoner so she can educate the girls there. Meanwhile, Mansoor is still in FBI custody after a year of torment; the last torture session having inflicted permanent brain damage. After a failed rehab attempt, he is deported and reunited with his family in Pakistan where he begins to recover.
- Shaan as Mansoor
- Fawad Afzal Khan as Sarmad
- Iman Ali as Maryam (Mary)
- Naseeruddin Shah as Maulana Wali
- Austin Marie Sayre as Janie
- Naeem Tahir as Mansoor's father
- Rasheed Naz as Maulana Tahiri
- Simi Raheel as Mansoor's mother
- Hameed Sheikh as Sher Shah
- Humayun Kazmi as Mary's father
Shoaib Mansoor, the director of the film, developed the idea after the misconceptions about Pakistan in Pakistani diaspora and India. Mansoor stated that the film will clear the irrelevant thinking of Indians towards the Pakistani community.
|Khuda Kay Liye|
|Soundtrack album by Various artists|
|Released||July 7, 2007|
|Label||Republic Music Group, Huqa Entertainment Corp, Sony BMG|
The music of the film was released on July 7, 2007. The soundtrack album of the film was composed and produced by Rohail Hyatt. All songs were written by Shoaib Mansoor with an exception of "Mahi Way" and "Bandeya".
|1.||"Duniya Ho"||Shoaib Mansoor||Ahmed Jahanzeb; Shuja Haider||3:57|
|2.||"Hamaray Hain"||Shoaib Mansoor||Ahmed Jahanzeb; Shuja Haider||3:49|
|3.||"Bandeya-I"||Bulleh Shah||Khawar Jawad; Farah Zalah||3:38|
|4.||"Tiluk Kamod"||Ahmed Jahanzeb||4:37|
|5.||"Janie Janie"||Shoaib Mansoor||Ahmed Jahanzeb; Lagan the Band||6:01|
|6.||"Allah Hoo"||Saeen Zahoor; Zara Madani|
|7.||"Mahi Way"||Faiza Mujahid||Khawar Jawad; Faiza Mujahid||3:10|
|8.||"Khuda Ke Liye"||Shoaib Mansoor||Ammar Hassan||3:33|
|9.||"Bandeya-II"||Bulleh Shah||Khawar Jawad; Faiza Mujahid||3:34|
- 2008 Lux Style Awards
- Best Film
- Fukuoka Audience Award
- Swarovski Trophy for Best Cinematography
- List of highest-grossing Pakistani films
- List of Pakistani films of 2007
- List of cultural references to the September 11 attacks
- New York (2009) - A Bollywood film depicting lives after 9/11 attacks.
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