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Jinnah (1998)

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The story of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

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Shashi Kapoor ...
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Shireen Shah ...
Fatima Jinnah
Robert Ashby ...
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Ruttie Jinnah
Sam Dastor ...
Yousuf Kamal ...
Liaquat Ali Khan (as Shakeel)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vaneeza Ahmad ...
Dina (Older)
Nafees Ahmed ...
Younger Dina
Roger Brierley ...
Judge
Rowena Cooper ...
Lady Willingdon
James Curran ...
Colonel Knowles
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Biography of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of modern Pakistan is told through flashbacks as his soul tries to find eternal rest. The flashbacks start in 1947 as Jinnah pleads for a separate nation from the Muslim regime, infuriating Lord Mountbatten. Mountbatten then tries to enlist Gandhi & Nehru to persuade Jinnah to stop his efforts. Gandhi sides with Jinnah, which upsets Nehru. However, Jinnah turns down the offer to become prime minister and the film takes another slide back to 1916, which reveals all of the political implications that have occurred. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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He fought for justice, and made Pakistan.

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2 September 1998 (Canada)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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In a press conference at the Brussels Fantastic Film Festival 2002, Christopher Lee referred to his performance in this film as being "by far the best thing I've ever done". See more »

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In the scene where Jinnah visits Karachi after independence radiators of split air conditioners can be seen. See more »

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Mohammed Ali Jinnah: [to a fundamentalist] You are an ignorant fool. I have fought for your mother, your sister, and your children's children to live in dignity. Islam doesn't need fanatics like you, Islam needs men of vision who will build the country. Now grow up, and serve Pakistan!
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All the controversy was for naught...
5 July 2000 | by (Lahore, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

This film has been in the news since the cast was finalized. some people objected to a hindu (Shashi Kapoor) playing an angel, some objected that the role of Jinnah was given to an actor who played Dracula, and still others objected to the director, since he is persona non grata in Pakistan, because more than 2 decades ago he made the film that defied martial law regimes and made a monkey out of a certain general (now deceased). there were Pakistani directors, p***ed off that a banished director was preferred to their lot. yeah right, guys(i'm sorry u lost the chance to cast Babar Ali as Jinnah and Reema as Ruttie, and have them run around trees, singing in the rain), just give it up. artistic stuff of this calibre is WAAAAY out of your grasp. leave it to the experts.

Despite these and other difficulties the film got made, and despite numerous delays, the film was released. even though u can feel that some parts have been re-edited, it still leaves u with an intellegent and moving piece of cinema. kudos to the whole team and cast, especially Christopher Lee who positively SHINES in the role of Jinnah. Mr.Lee, i apologize on behalf of my countrymen. forgive them, for they r morons.

By no means a perfect film, this is FAR superior to the fodder that keeps coming out of Lollywood. before i go, just one last thing to say:

HURRAH !!!

rating: 8/10


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