ShoMan’s “Khuda Kay Liyay”: Ready & Hyped Up

Khuda Kay Liyay

Ever since the news of Khuda Kay Liyay‘s completion and release in 3rd week of July came out, I’m all puffed up to grab it and see. Being a lover of the ShoMan Shoaib Mansoor’s works, I possess a definite liking whether it is An Kahii, Fifty Fifty, Gulls n’ Guys, songs, JJ’s songs, or Alpha Bravo Charlie … (I used to watch all three telecasts of the drama every week :-)). So, the movie is for sure spreading a HYPED UP anxiousness en masse in Pakistan.

ClassyAudio of the movie was released earlier this month … a complete sold out the first day… and don’t ask how I got my hands on the music (without spending a single penny ;-))

The movie is finally UP and RELEASED en masse in Pakistan today …!

And Islamabad is sans any cinemas … can you imagine … the plight of entertainment seekers and lovers in the capital won’t be able to see the film on big screen … we’ll have to wait for DVD’s *sigh* …!

Shaan looks classy, Fawad Khan (of EP) just a blast and Iman Ali simply ravishing … Naseer ud Din Shah’s appearing on Pakistan Silver Screen for the first time …!

RavishingBut the film arouse many objections on the story line and image of Islam being presented in lately … making the film CONTROVERSIAL … with people even demanding a ban.

The www of Khuda Kay Liyay narrates the story line as:

The film is about the difficult situation in which the Pakistanis in particular and the Muslims in general are caught up since 9/11. There is a war going on between the Fundamentalists and the Liberal Muslims. This situation is creating a drift not only between the Western world and the Muslims, but also within the Muslims. The educated and modern Muslims are in a difficult situation because of their approach towards life and their western attire. They are criticized and harassed by the fundamentalists and on the other hand the Western world sees them as potential suspects of terrorism just because of their Muslim names. This paradox is resulting in great suffering for a forward looking Muslim.

Controversies associated with the film can be seen on Talha’s blog or Adnan siddiqi’s stance on Shoaib Mansoor … or maybe Have Your Say here!!!

Enchanting
Regarding the Music of the movie, Opee covered details on Lahore Metroblog in such a well-designed manner … I need to say no more. But the musical credentials go like this:

Background Music: Rohail Hayat (Vital Signs)
Vocals : Ahmad Jahanzeb, Shuja Haider, Farah Zala, Ammar Hassan, Khawar Jawad, Faiza Mujahid, Saeen Zahoor, Zara Madani
Lyrics : Shoaib Mansoor, Buley Shah, Faiza Mujahid
Compositions : Ahmad Jahanzeb, Shuja Haider, Lagan Band, Khawar Jawad, Javed Bashir

Happy Viewing!

Quick Clicks for our readers:

All Things Pakistan follows up Khuda Kay Liyay as a probable Cinema revival in Pakistan
Khuda kay Liyay on wikipedia

25 Comments so far

  1. SELF (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    “And Islamabad is sans any cinemas”

    last one in melody was burnt by lal masjid guys, killing one person…


  2. Phil (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    Fix:

    The movie is finally UP and RELEASED en masse in Pakistan today …!

    To:

    The movie is finally UP and RELEASED en masse in Pakistan san Islamabad today …!

    Makes me wanna kick the wall… but no…!


  3. IUnknown (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    some body stop these kinda movies in Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


  4. Ahmed (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

    Oh for the love of “balanced reporting”, you had had to mention the stance of a nut case like Adnan Siddiqi.


  5. Sameer (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    ufff mujhe pahle se hi pata tha kah hum kitnay “talented” hain keya kisi film kah leye RDB, chak de india, vampire bats paychecks and so on jaisay topics hamare pass nahin hain?


  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

    Thanks Ahmed, a nut case is better than an ignorant like you. Have fun kid *grin*


  7. Phil (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

    LOL @ Ahmed’s comment :P you notty little fella…


  8. JayJay (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    Maulvi Rasheed had opposed this film. It is enough to give you an idea that the theme of the film will be realistic and rational — simply anti-jihadist and anti-suicide-bombing.


  9. Opee (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

    The thing is – watch it and make up your opinion. To me, the movie explains different mind-sets of common people that belong to Pakistan. In Pakistan, you will find, Maulvies, Hard Religion Followers, people with moderate views and who pray 5 times a day but still stay away from the concept of Jihad that our current system has pushed forward and also Girls and Boys who go to colleges and universities who have theeir own thinking as well as the Residents of Pakistan who are living abroad now. All this is the mixture which makes up today’s Pakistani culture. And the same has been shown in the movie.

    You will see hard rigid people in the form of Pathans. You will moderate in the form of Nasser Ud Din Shah. You will see person in late twenties as Shan who is confused that where things are going? And you will see people living abroad including kids who think that I’m muslim because I was born in a Muslim Family.

    See, we are all mixture of different thoughts. And this is exactly what is being shown in the movie. So watch it – make up your own opinion – don’t just relate it to ghamidi or musharraf or lal masjid. If people can make movies like Murder a hit, I mean what the point – I just merely can’t understand!

    Adnan Siddiqi has his own point. He opposes because the director has opposed music and targetted Junaid Jamshed. But movie itself is a different issue. Like, movies like Salakhain, if they can’t be banned with all those vulgar dances, I don’t know how a movie which shows a mix of cultures in our society can polute a mind of a normal Pakistani Citizen and Salakhain won’t?


  10. Opee (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    @AFP: Thanks a lot for mentioning me in your blog. Appreciated! :)


  11. iqbal kardamay (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

    Assalamu alaikum, i didn’t watch. can anybody tell from where i can download. I heard too much rumour about this film. Building a hatered against Islamist extremist, Isaminiac bla bla bla. Anyway i’ll love to pass comments once i watch. LOVE TO ALL, HATE FOR NONE. Iqbal


  12. Opee (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    Thats the spirit Iqbal. But comments should not be for the sake of hatredism. They should be on the basis of Improvements. Improvements to the society and to the Media (and the movie industry)! Cheers.


  13. thanos (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 8:15 pm

    Does anyone know if there will be an English version? I would be interested in seeing this.


  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

    Came across thie Interview of JJ and after watching this, I am more convinced that He did the right thing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-kX6nYM2AE


  15. michael (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    This film looks really fascinating. Can’t wait to see it. Great title!
    http://www.motherjones.com/news/update/2007/07/rohail_hyatt.html

    Is it true that there are no theaters in Islamabad? And that “the last one was burnt by lal masjid guys”?


  16. michael (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    Doh… Warning, I just noticed a spoiler (tip about the end of the story) in the link to the motherjones article. You many want to skip the paragraph that starts with ‘He played the film’s final scene’.


  17. Talha (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    Nice coverage :D


  18. SELF (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

    “And that “the last one was burnt by lal masjid guys”? ”

    Michael, it is quiet true and it was in newspapers and media at the time. It is also true that lal masjid supporters would still like lal masjid terrorists to go scott free and would blame government for not allowing so. We can very well see what sort of shariat these Scoundrel are going to bring.


  19. SELF (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

    I wonder if JJ has criticised the unprovoked killing of law enforcement official by lal masjid guys. If not, JJ is a hypocrite like the rest of them.


  20. WK (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    YEAH SURE !

    IS IT IS THIS PIC IS FOR GHUDA KAY LEYE ???
    I DOUPT EEMMM because I guess shan is wearing US Flag on his ??

    Peace


  21. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 2:13 am

    self right on spot .. it was burnt just few days before it’s final inauguration :|

    Phil hehe :P

    IUKNOWN OK … go ahead … !!

    JayJay: and there’s nothing much PROVOKING in the film … I’ve said much coz knowing our people you never know :)

    Opee totally agree to you man; you’ve to see the film to make an opinion. We’re bunch of those confused minds who love having an opinion without experiencing life …!

    We can see many people amongst us as the characters are showing (played by Shaan and fawad)!!!

    & my pleasure – yours was a source of writing up this post too :)

    Thanos Well half of it is in english anyways ; but I guess you’ll get your hands on one anyways :)

    Adnan Umm OK …!!

    Michael Yup no cinemas … :\

    Talha Thanks, dude :”)

    WK YES it is from the same movie … you’ll have to see the movie to know how come he’s wearing the flag !

    **Detailz Later ** Stay Tuned!


  22. Abdullah (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 10:30 am
  23. IUnknown (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

    @Kami: who says im jamattee??? i hate all politicians including jamattee

    The book will be published when Ghamdi ( so called scholar in islam) will learn to write arabic

    @Claude: welcome to the Pakistan (land of the pure previously, but now Land of sold out and dishonest ppl)

    the link u have mentioned does not contain the translation of his poem.

    His poem has nothing to do with suicidal bombings and other propaganda etc. Instead he says that dont foget the blood of the martyrs and act on islam.


  24. Fauzan Sohail (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 12:09 am

    I saw the movie at a private viewing in Islamabad a few days back and being from Isloo, I wouldn’t want to give out the story just as yet.

    I would however want to say, rather request, that you go see this movie with an open mind. It raises a lot of questions in your mind and makes you curious about certain norms of our society and at times strikes at the heart of extremism as it is. I was never surprised when I first heard that the lal masjid folks have spoken strongly against the movie. They had every reason to be because if you have heard some of Maulana Abdul Aziz’s friday prayers sermons, you can well relate to them in the movie.

    It is a brilliant effort by Shoaib Mansoor and I believe it is a huge step towards a more educative and responsible cinema in Pakistan. It’s ventures like these that can change and soften the hard and brainwashed mindset of our youth and masses with a lot more conviction than any lengthy speeches by our leaders.

    For any one who thinks otherwise… please… appreciate the fact that someone (if only one) in our dying film industry has the vision (and the balls for the matter) to give to you something different than the usual larger than cows actresses jerking and rotating their respective bodies to the tunes of soppy songs in an enticing manner that unfortunately is a turn on for our masses.

    Think different… be different. It’s about time we do.


  25. Fauzan Sohail (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    I saw the movie at a private viewing in Islamabad a few days back and being from Isloo, I wouldn’t want to give out the story just as yet.

    I would however want to say, rather request, that you go see this movie with an open mind. It raises a lot of questions in your mind and makes you curious about certain norms of our society and at times strikes at the heart of extremism as it is. I was never surprised when I first heard that the lal masjid folks have spoken strongly against the movie. They had every reason to be because if you have heard some of Maulana Abdul Aziz’s friday prayers sermons, you can well relate to them in the movie.

    It is a brilliant effort by Shoaib Mansoor and I believe it is a huge step towards a more educative and responsible cinema in Pakistan. It’s ventures like these that can change and soften the hard and brainwashed mindset of our youth and masses with a lot more conviction than any lengthy speeches by our leaders.

    For any one who thinks otherwise… please… appreciate the fact that someone (if only one) in our dying film industry has the vision (and the balls for the matter) to give to you something different than the usual larger than cows actresses jerking and rotating their respective bodies to the tunes of soppy songs in an enticing manner that unfortunately is a turn on for our masses.

    Think different… be different. It’s about time we do.



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