|Directed by||A. Rauf Khalid|
|Produced by||A. Rauf Khalid
|Written by||A. Rauf Khalid|
|Music by||Amjad Bobby|
|Edited by||Zulfiqar Zulfi|
|November 26, 2003|
Laaj (Urdu: لاج) is a 2003 Pakistani Urdu language film written and directed by Rauf Khalid. The film features Zara Sheikh and Imran Khan in lead roles. Film's music is composed by Amjad Bobby.
The story is set in old India under British rule, in the 1920s. The warring Pathans of the North West region of India had become more aggressive towards the ruling Britain. The Fakir of Ippy was already a living legend before he started a war that was fought over the love of a couple that knew no bounds of religion, cast, color or language.
A wealthy Hindu girl named Ram Kori, using the alias Chand Bibi, runs away from her home with a Pathan boy Noor Ali Khan and meets a mystic Muslim leader called the 'Fakir of Ippy'. The Fakir marries Noor Ali Khan and Ram Kori after she accepts Islam and agrees to be renamed as Islam Bibi.
The influential and rich Hindus of the area go to the British Court run by an English Political Agent involved in both the executive and the judiciary. The agent is, in actuality, against the warring Pathans, and he intends to teach them a lesson. In the court, the political agent decides against the couple's case. Since Islam Bibi had become a Muslim, she was to be tried under Muslim Law, where a girl of fourteen years is adult and can choose her husband. However, according to the political agent's decision, since under the English Law a girl is considered minor till she reaches the age of eighteen, both her acceptance of Islam as well as her marriage are made void.
The Muslim lawyers representing Islam Bibi insisted that the court also decree that the girl will not be taken away from the city Bannu, which was granted. However, Islam Bibi was secretly taken away to Hoshiarpur where the girl's parents lived. Noor Ali Khan, at the behest of the faqir, goes to Hoshiarpur. He exchanges hot words with Islam Bibi's family, resulting in his stabbing a man and then his arrest. He eventually broke out of the jail, picked up Islam Bibi and come back to Waziristan area.
The British, after a failed dialogue, attack the village. The Fakir, unhappy with the attack, wages a holy war against the English. Backed by German aid, he starts Guerilla warfare against the British.
- Zara Sheikh
- Imran Khan
- Talat Hussain
- Najeebullah Anjum
- Rashid Mehmood
- Usman Mughal
- Afshan Quershi
- Nayyar Ejaz
- James Kavaz
- Pat Kelman
- Abdul Mannan as captain
- http://cineplot.com/laaj/, Film review of 'Laaj' (2003) on cineplot.com website, Retrieved 13 March 2017
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1594924/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt, Film cast of Laaj (2003) on IMDb website, Retrieved 13 March 2017
- http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b8a465aa7, Film 'Laaj' (2003) on British Film Institute website, Retrieved 13 March 2017
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1594924/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt, Film 'Laaj' (2003) on IMDb website