The Pakistani Urdu-language movie ‘In the name of God’ (‘Khuda Kay Liye’) has won several awards, including the Award for Best Picture at the 31st Cairo International Film Festival. It is directed by one of Pakistan’s most renowned tv producers, Shoaib Mansoor. The film had a fatwa (religious edict) issued against it by radical clerics in Pakistan, and had the director of the movie fleeing the country as soon as the movie was released in July 2007, fearing for his life.
The movie revolves around two musician brothers who grew up in a well-to-do family of Lahore – Mansoor (Shaan) and Sarmad (Fahwad Khan). They run their own popular music group. Then, in very short span of time, their lives change as the younger brother, Sarmad, suddenly chooses a path for himself that none of his family members ever thought he would: Sarmad is inspired by a Maulana of the local mosque, Maulvi Tahiri (Rasheed Naz), and joins his ranks as a fundamentalist, giving up music and all other things which are perceived as forbidden by the fundamentalists.
‘In the name of God’ was released in India (courtesy Percept Picture Company) in April 2008.
Pakistani pop star Salman Ahmed:
‘Aalim Online – Controversial Parts of “Khuda ke Liye” (3/5)’
6 August 2007
Discussion on controversial parts of Shoaib Mansoor’s film.
Five teasers from ‘In the name of God‘ (‘Khuda Kay Liye’)
‘In the name of God’ official website – 2007:
Media coverage – links to articles:
IndiaGlitz – 2 April 2008:
‘Khuda Kay Liye – A fantastic film from across the border’
Dawn – 1 August 2007:
‘SHC asks for Quranic order against music’
The Internet Movie Database – 20 July 2007:
‘Khuda Ke Liye’
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