The Pakistani movie industry, commonly known as Lollywood (contraction of Lahore and Hollywood) was gradually disintegrated in the late 90s, particularly because of the measures taken by the government. If, since the atmosphere is rather gloomy, the film Khuda Ke Liye restores a semblance of life to this once prolific film (up to 100 films a year). Thus, it stands out from the usual productions (often influenced by Hindi cinema but with ridiculous budgets and very limited resources), which offer only little thin films, and often full of clichés.
Shoaib Mansoor's film is different because it explores the political dimension of a very serious matter, and that in fine enough so not to look like a series B. While Khuda Ke Liye is his first film, Shoaib Mansoor n is not a novice in the art world. Having collaborated strongly and even produced the rock band Vital Signs, he directed music videos and quite a successful series on PTV, Pakistan's state television.
The story takes place in Pakistan where Mansoor (Shaan) and Sarmad (Fawad) are two brothers from a wealthy family sharing their passion for popular music. They try to mount performances, often aborted by radical Islamists, who advocate the prohibition of music for Muslims. One day, one of two brothers sympathize with radical cleric Maulana Taheri (Rasheed Naz), who will find the words to gradually bring the young musician to join his family to join the holy war.
This then renounce his passion and will engage with the Taliban to pass a regressive post by the violence and hatred of others. His brother will follow a diametrically opposite way, since share his musical passion in music theory school in the United States, countries of the own freedom to the cultural mix. Alongside their history, Leila, a young Pakistani girl by her father and by his mother American, wants to marry her college boyfriend, a young average American. His father has other plans for his daughter, since he will enjoy his visits to Pakistan to marry Leila force to Sarmad.
But the events of September 11 will disrupt the lives of these three people, and insecurity will be experienced on both sides of the globe, Pakistan as the United States, where the concept of rights is no longer the same as before ...
Khuda Ke Liye (translatable For the Love of God and the name of God ), is a strong film, engaged, sobering. It depicts two completely different lifestyles, and raises questions about the representation of Islam in the world. The methods used by radical groups to recruit active members with the consequences of an event like September 11 on Muslim populations in the US, the film presents the facts and avoids Manichaeism. The good and the bad are everywhere and on both sides. We are therefore very quickly sickened by the tragic destinies of the protagonists of the main story.
Obviously, in images which one has been watered since September 11, either during newscasts, or in reports, the Pakistani point of view has rarely been exposed, and the film is an opportunity to have a different view of the events that preceded and followed that date rooted in memories.
Driven by an original music inspired merger, the soundtrack gives another dimension to the film. Some key scenes are gaining emotion through music Rohail Hyatt. The Pakistani composer is not a novice, having been one of the founding members of the Pakistani group Vital Signs, which reached its heyday in the late 80s from 1987 to 1995, the pop band released four albums, all produced by Rohail Hyatt, including containing the song ultrapo-pulaire Dil Dil Pakistan . We can not say, however, that the entire soundtrack is homogeneous because some errors of taste come scuttling pretty compositions that dominate the album.
The benefit side of the entire cast, it's solid. Without being either extraordinary, each player just plays.
The veteran actor Shaan offers simple game that is completely integrated to the tone of the film. Fawad Afzal Khan, the founder of the original singer of Pakistani rock band Paradigm (later Entity Paradigm) plays his score seriously, interpreting a weak and impressionable character. The former model Iman Ali has successfully converted because it hypnotizes the camera with her eyes and expressions.
A revelation that has already received proposals to play in Hindi films. The icing on the cake of this homogeneous cast is probably the presence of Naseeruddin Shah, which makes us the grace of an appearance towards the end of the film, with some really memorable scenes and speeches on his vision of Islam. The scene in the courtroom, where he refutes the allegations by Maulana Taheri, is a summit. One can also note that the English cast is competent, and does not irritate the viewer in stereotypical roles as is usually the case in many Indian productions.
Overall, Khuda Ke Liye is a successful film, full of highlights, including the political message is commendable. An important work that many people should see, and shows us the contradictions of a country and the dilemmas of his people. Note that the film was released there a few months in India, where he has enjoyed considerable critical success, especially in multiplexes, where he made unexpected scores.