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½ April 21, 2015
Unreal acting & moderated way of judgment couldn't fade away the theme which is politically correct.
December 14, 2012
This is one of the most eye-opening and yet at the same time touching movies.
November 19, 2012
I saw this one in Aug 2007. Its a courageous effort by the Pakistani director, Shoaib Mansoor to highlight the plight of those marred by fundamentalism. Its an eye-opener for people with blind faith on religious priests. This shows how a young, educated and liberal youth can be brainwashed and made to do things one normally won`t in the name religion. A must watch which will leave a long-lasting impact and compel you to question your blind faith...
½ April 25, 2012
its gud to watch ............u will be shocked wat people do in name of god...must watch
March 10, 2012
If given a choice between Pakistani movies and Pakistani TV shows/serials, I'd settle for the small screen any day. Not that all serials ['dramas' is what they call them in Pakistan] are engaging, but I am hooked to a few shows. From whatever I've seen of Pakistani movies, my ratings would not exceed 1 on a scale of 10. But Khuda Kay Liye, the first Pakistani film to release in India, is also the first Pakistani film that moved me.Shan is a fine actor, but he has put on a lot of weight and it shows. Imad Ali could've been more effective. Fawad Khan is strictly okay. Rasheed Naz is excellent. Naseeruddin Shah is the scene stealer. His portions are simply outstanding!
½ January 23, 2012
good movie, some weak scenes but were still executed well
November 5, 2011
I dont ever remember watching a Paki movie, but this one definitely touched my heart. It brings together 2 different lives of the brothers, but these lives are also so similar. Shaan is a great actor! I loved the lessons taught in this movie too, cause to be honest, living in the western world you tend to forget the the deeper meanings and reality!
September 17, 2011
Liked it, didn't love it. 5 stars for concept and intention, minus half a star for acting (disappointing from some of the leads) and another half a star for production values, which were all too often amateurish. Still, an important film, and more so for having come out of Pakistan in the crucial year of 2007.
September 11, 2011
Brilliant acting, brilliant story and a brilliant film. This is probably the best film the pakistani film industry has ever produced. Deep drama with light comedy and good music. Nothing overdone, overall great film.
½ July 17, 2011
The first decent movie on Terrorism and how the lives of the other innocent people are affected by it, is explained clearly in this film without any gimmicks, though the song are felt unwanted at certain scenes in the movie. But the Song 'Badeiya Ho' is a must watchable.
Super Reviewer
½ February 16, 2011
A powerful drama portraying culture clashes within Pakistanis both inside and outside their country. The film starts with minor issues that gradually gets bigger and goes completely out of hand post 9/11. First thing you notice about the film is that it never shies away from the depiction of fanatic and sexist elements in Pakistani society. Writer-director Shoaib Mansoor's layered and multi-threaded treatment of the complex subject matter is gripping and poignant. The music comprising of an array of genres adds up the impact of the film. I'm all eyes for Shoaib Mansoor's next film Bol reportedly "about Sunnis and Shias" slated for release in April 2011
September 28, 2010
Inilah film produksi Pakistan yang sempat menjadi buah bibir di kalangan khalayak maupun insan perfilman internasional, dikarenakan film ini menyajikan kisah yang sangat provokatif mengenai identitas dalam sebuah negara mayoritas Muslim masa kini, terlebih setelah dunia sempat terguncang hebat pasca tragedi kemanusiaan yang dikenal dengan nama peristiwa 9/11.
Tidak jauh berbeda dengan film Bollywood berjudul New York yang boleh dibilang berlatarkan peristiwa yang serupa, Khuda Kay Liye menyoroti dilemma serta kesulitan yang harus dihadapi golongan kaum liberal Pakistan yang berpendidikan tinggi dan berpikiran progresif serta modern, sesudah peristiwa yang menyebabkan luluh lantaknya gedung menara kembar WTC itu.
Melalui penggalan-penggalan adegan yang secara sekilas mengisyaratkan siapa-siapa saja tokoh sentral yang akan memainkan peranan besar di dalamnya, Khuda Kay Liye bergulir dengan dua inti cerita terpisah yang akan saling berkaitan di pertengahan kisah.
Dua orang musisi kakak beradik Mansoor (Shan) dan Sarmad (Fawad Khan) dengan masa depan musik yang cerah harus berpisah kala Sarmad terpengaruh dengan pandangan fundamental seorang tokoh agama berpandangan ekstrim; Moulana Tahiri (Naz), yang membuatnya menjadi pribadi yang sangat berbeda dan mencuci otaknya menjadi percaya bahwa bermusik bertentangan dengan agama Islam, sedangkan Mansoor yang berpandangan liberal, terus berusaha melanjutkan musiknya sebagai karir dan pergi ke Amerika untuk mengembangkan talentanya, di mana peristiwa 9/11 merubah drastis perjalanan hidupnya, di mana karena statusnya yang seorang Muslim membuat ia dituduh terkait dengan organisasi teroris.
Selain itu ada pula kisah mengenai sosok seorang ayah Pakistan; Hussain Khan di kota London yang menentang keras kala mengetahui putri semata wayangnya; Mary (Ali) menjalin hubungan dengan pemuda Inggris, meski sang ayah sendiri tengah hidup bersama dan sudah lama menjalin hubungan khusus dengan seorang wanita Inggris, sepeninggal istrinya.
Dari inti cerita ini, Shoaib Mansoor sukses mengemasnya menjadi sajian yang menarik dan cerdas. Betapa tidak, tidak hanya sekedar menyoroti tentang konflik pribadi yang dihadapi tokohnya, di sini juga Mansoor menyisipkan kisah cinta antara dua insan berbeda latar dan budaya, serta pandangan betapa berbahayanya apabila suatu ajaran agama diikuti secara mentah-mentah tanpa adanya pemahaman moral di dalamnya. Adegan adu argumen pandangan antara perwakilan Islam konservatif dengan Islam modern serta penjelasan pandangan bagaimana ajaran suci Islam telah dinodai atas nama perang dan kebencian yang ditanamkan segelintir kelompok berpandangan sempit dengan fanatisme yang berlebihan, yang menyebabkan ajaran Islam seakan-akan lekat dengan kekerasan, melalui argumen yang dikemukakan tokoh ulama Maulana Wali yang dimainkan dengan sangat apik oleh Naseeruddin Shah, juga menjadi kekuatan tersendiri dari film ini. Akibat adanya adegan itulah, tidak mengherankan pula kalau film ini sempat dikritik dan tadinya akan diboikot oleh kalangan ulama konservatif di Pakistan.
Sebagai informasi, film yang memiliki judul internasional In The Name of God ini sudah menuai banyak pujian dan sambutan yang sangat menyenangkan di berbagai festival film internasional serta sudah mengantungi berbagai penghargaan yang prestisius, baik untuk filmnya sendiri maupun individu-individu yang ambil bagian di dalamnya.
August 29, 2010
KHUDA KE LIYE means "For God" but generally in means For The Sake Of God. Directed by Shoaib Mansoor is a very rare movie with a golden heart. Its provoking, eye-opening and make you think of any bad thing about humans emotions.
Its a story of two Muslim brothers enthusiastic for music, however one of them who is very religious and get influenced by an Islamic activist. And the elder brother (Mansoor) who is broad minded and flies to United States for his music studies.
Between this the younger (Sarmad) brother is being married to a Britain born girl, who is not willing to marry him but due to her family pressures she has to and becomes a slave, like most of the womans. Now she has to find his way her out and substantially Mansoor is being mis-identifies is U.S.A as an being a culprit of 9/11.
The narration of this hear-breaking movie has full mind and heart in it. Music is brilliantly crafted good, and technically movie looks very good.
In fact, on the technical note KHUDA KAY LIYE is THE BEST movie from Pakistan, however, its not about technique but its about story telling and acting.
Watch it to believe it.
Its VERY BEST...
½ June 28, 2010
a very nice and important movie from pakistan.


Khuda ke Liye means "in the name of god" deals with the problems muslim youth facing today and the most important of them is culture clash between generations.beside being a very important movie,to see to understand many situations under which peoples life get affected wrongly,it is a very daring and couragious efort from makers of the movie.the main problem with cinema of india and pakistan, they don't deal with problem of their own country but this movie does.

the story of the movie revolves around a pakistani muslim family,two brothers,one living in pakistan have two sons who want to become famous singers and another one have daughter living in america, i will not tell rest of story as i want you peoples from differant countries to see this movie so that you can undertand and this movie can give you lots of answers about terrorism and the situations and conflicts that affect the life of innocent peoples,how they are forced to do what they don't want to do,how a innocent man can accused of crimes he did not commit in a country like america.

beside being based on such a nice story,the movie is filmed very beautifully and perfectly.i am still wondering how they achieved such level production quality.great acting and direction.

a must watch,very important movie to understand what is going on "in the name of god"
June 28, 2010
Most beautifully made movie.Touching all the sensitive issues regarding 9/11 and Pakistanis...
June 28, 2010
so good movie
pakistani made it
how can
June 28, 2010
khuda ke liye not only describes the real situation and happenings but also inscribes true picture about harsh and false forces that have surrounded Pakistan. There is a real need to find this movie and watch it...
½ June 28, 2010
A gem of a movie that is must watch movie for everyone in today's day. Realistic potrayal of the war on terror and its human costs. Acting is a bit shaky, but with the heart of the director in the right place it works brilliantly. The camera work is absolutely stunning in some parts and the music is to die for. In the "name of god" watch this movie.
½ June 28, 2010
I was drawn to see the movie after hearing CNN-IBN excellent review by Rajeev Masand. First the story and later my critic.

The story is about two families - one in UK and other in Pakistan. In UK family, the father forcibly takes the daughter Mariyam (Iman Ali) to Pakistan to get married to a Pakistani Muslim boy. In the Pakistan family, from two singer brothers ? the younger brother Sarmad (Fawad Khan) is attracted to a Maulana Tahiri (Rasheed Naz) and joins the fundamentalist movement and marries the UK girl in a village near Afghanistan. The elder brother Mansoor (Shan) goes to US and is arrested by US cops as suspected terrorist; he is tortured and deported back to Pakistan. It requires a court case and a correct interpretation of Quran by Maulana Wali (Naseeruddin Shah) to deport the girl back to UK. In the end, the girl opens a school in the village and the brothers unite with their family.

No doubt, this is a good thing to happen to Pakistani cinema. As rightly advertised by movie?s promos ? it is ?Revival of Cinema in Pakistan?. The technical production values of the movie are excellent ? especially the cinematography is brilliant. The acting is also up to the mark. The transitions between UK, USA, and Pakistan are also dealt with ease. The music by Rohail Hyatt is quite soothing to hear. The story when read on paper also sounds good. The debutant director Shoaib Mansur does a sincere job in putting enough of relevant contemporary issues facing Pakistan on the plate.

I hear the movie has created lots of controversy in Pakistan ? good that is successful. Yes, it is also much better than lots of Bollywood movies too. Its narration is much different from usual stories coming out of Asian cinema.

However, except the last 10-minute speech by Naseeruddin Shah in the court, the movie is a disappointment. I found not a single scene touching my heart let alone bring tears to my eyes. The other actor who leaves a high mark is Rasheed Naz who portrays the character of Maulana Tahiri with such haunting voice and conviction that it is hard to forget. I found the issues tackled too superficially and treatment of it a bit immature. The result was clichéd caricature of modernism v/s traditional culture. I laughed at some dialogues and scenes too. Especially the scenes when Shan writes on the prison walls ? I love USA ? made me roll to the floors. The message one gets out of the movie is ? if you are imitating to be western society, then things are fine otherwise not.

The movie could have been much better. But I hope this is a good beginning of new era of cinema for Pakistan.

(Stars 4.5 out of 10)
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