February 14, 2010

Khuda Kay Liye

Khuda Kay Liye (Translation: In the name of God) is a Pakistani Urdu-language movie directed by Shoaib Mansoor. The film is a joint venture of Pakistan, India, and the United States. Iman Ali makes her cinema debut with this film, and enacts the character of a Pakistani Britisher. Shaan's wife is played by Austin Sayre whilst the young music prodigy Ahmed Jahanzeb along with Shuja Haider (composer of anti-terrorism song Yeh Hum Naheen) produced the soundtrack of the film.


The movie Khuda Kay Liye revolves around a young Pakistani man named Mansoor (Shaan) who goes to the United States for higher education. During his study years, the tragic events of 9/11 take place during which the World Trade Center is turned into dust. In a long array of investigations and arrests, the young man gets arrested by the American authorities; and his younger brother Sarmad (Fawad Afzal)is being motivated by his old extremist friend Shershah (Hameed Sheikh) on the path of God and to quit all musical activities in favor of the straight path. Meanwhile, his uncle (Humayun Kazmi) arrives from the UK with his only cousin Mary (Iman Ali) who wanted to marry her non-Muslim boyfriend back in the UK against her father's wishes. He brings her to Pakistan where Shershah trucks them to their village in a tribal area near Afghanistan and leaves Mary after forcibly getting her married to Sarmad. She tries to escape but Shershah and Sarmad follow her and brings her back to the village. This film also stars Bollywood legend Naseeruddin Shah in a short but powerful cameo where he plays a Muslim scholar who clarifies oft misunderstood and misinterpreted tenets of Islam during the course of a court case.

Shaan - Mansoor
Fawad Afzal Khan - Sarmad
Iman Ali - Maryam
Naseeruddin Shah - Maulana Wali (Special Appearance)
Hameed Sheikh - Sher Shah
Austin Marie Sayre - Janie
Larry Neumann
Rasheed Naz - Maulana Tahiri
Naeem Tahir
Seemin Raheel
Humayun kazmi
Najeeb Ullah Anjum
Ayub Khosa
Rufus Graham
Angela Williams
Alex Edwards

Background Music: Rohail Hayat
Vocals: Ahmad Jahanzeb, Shuja Haider, Farah Zala, Ammar Hassan, Khawar Jawad, Faiza Mujahid, Saeen Zahoor, Zara Madani and hadiqa kiyani
Lyrics: Shoaib Mansoor, Buley Shah, Faiza Mujahid
Compositions: Ahmad Jahanzeb, Shuja Haider, Lagan Band, Khawar Jawad, javed bashir, Kamijee
Recorded at Gravity Studio in Chicago by Kamijee
Soundtrack: July 7, 2007
Movie: July 20, 2007 (Pakistan)

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