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As a Westerner, I was only exhibited to one person in recent South Asian history, and that was Gandhi. Call it a media bias but M.A. Jinnah was never mentioned, let alone portrayed in a good or bad light. This film, beautifully pictured as well acted by the honorable Christopher Lee, embellishes historical facts that the West and India ignores. The scenery is excellent, as well as certain key points in the film exclaiming award worthy. A great scene is when Jinnah is talking to a little girl near the end. The humanity is simply awe inspiring. This is a factual portrayal of M.A. Jinnah. You will see others on this site praise or malign M.A. Jinnah, which is obvious of the hatred between some Indians and Pakistanis. Watch this film and read history and be the judge of it yourself.
While I can't comment on the absolute historical accuracy, this film
certainly taught me a lot more about the founding of Pakistan and
many things I had wondered about in the conflict. Christopher Lee's
excellent performance goes a long way towards making Jinnah a sympathetic
character despite the controversial decisions he takes; I would say that
this is some of his finest acting and I found the final scenes very moving
The flashback technique works well most of the time, although it's not always clear where some scenes are set (England, India, Pakistan or the imagination). This device packs a lot more information into scenes between the characters than a more realistic timeline would and sets the questions of the founding of Pakistan in the context of ongoing conflicts rather than leaving it as historical curiosity. The cinematography is excellent and you wouldn't know this wasn't a Hollywood film except for the thought-provoking treatment and lack of easy answers. One to look out for.
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
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,
more than 2 decades ago he made the film that defied martial law regimes
made a monkey out of a certain general (now deceased). there were
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
Reema as Ruttie, and have them run around trees, singing in the rain),
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:
Best work under wraps - Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee may be starring in the forth-coming Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Star Wars: Episode II, but the lack of distribution for his 1998 film Jinnah continues to be a source of frustration for the actor.
Lee who plays the title role of Mohammed Ali Jinnah who founded the nation of Pakistan in 1947 shot the film on location there over a ten-week period in 1997 amid significant controversy (including attempts to have him arrested and deported). Since then, however, the film has never had a proper theatrical release and the ongoing potential for controversy could well be the reason.
At a special screening of Jinnah at the Barbican, Lee told Empire Online that he has been informed that distributors are afraid to show the film, fearing the possibility of terrorist repercussions from Muslim Fundamentalists. He was keen to point out, though, that this would be an unlikely reaction:
"[Jinnah] is the antithesis of that. It is the story of a remarkable man: a husband, a father and a brother who founded a nation. It has absolutely nothing to do with Fundamentalism," said Lee, adding that the film was not a political movie and had"played in Pakistan for a couple of months to packed houses and there was not one dissenting voice."
Lee did hit out at the portrayal of Jinnah in Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning movie Gandhi, however, telling Empire Online: "The presentation of him in the film Gandhi was on the level of distortion. It was wildly inaccurate." Despite his long career, which includes over 200 screen credits, Lee considers Jinnah to be his best work to date.
"I'm very proud of this picture, and it should be shown," he said. "It must be shown. But what can we do about people who, I'm told, are afraid to show it?"
Source : Empire Online UK
Jinnah the movie has some artistic beauty in it, even the blowing of sand
desert at the end of the movie leaves a deep impact over the viewer.
Actors have acted superbly but Talat Hussain has been wasted. He could have unleased his talent in the small role he had, like Om puri did in Gandhi.
Its no match for Gandhi,the story telling is different the personalities are different and the camera work is different. There are no negative characters in the film. Very neutral film, without making Jinnah an angel and Hindu's or British the scapegoat.
I only feel sorry for my country men , majority of whom will not be able to understand the story telling technique.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jinnah and it told the truth unlike Ghandi. The film never got the distribution it deserved in the USA nor surprisingly in England. Why is it that Christopher Lee, the most underrated actor of all time, was never nominated for an award for his superb portrayal of Jinnah? Why was it that this excellent film was passed over? I found it compulsive and once I got used to the strange beginning (angel debating whether Jinnah goes to Heaven or Hell)I was hooked. I would have given it 10 but for the silly scene (location in between Heaven and Hell) with Nehru and Ghandi looking at computer screens..... The trial of Mountbatten. however, was very interesting and clever. If you haven't seen this movie you need to and it is now available on DVD in UK and USA.
I tried to do as much research on the man, Mr. Ali jinnah, before i
wrote this review. and even though i was not very well versed with the
history of Pakistan, (in fact i wasn't even sure where Pakistan was
exactly before seeing this movie), what i found was a series of reports
by great biographers and historians, who have instead of being factual
have decided to be emotional to the point of being ridiculously biased.
i still, do not, know the reason why jinnah was hated by so many,
because frankly no one seems to be able to prove a valid point, its all
just bickering and bitterness.
However, i have gained respect for the man, in his unflinchingness, and "man of steel" attitude, a man who would bow to no one, and would never stoop below his standards and principles, if that made him cold and calculated, fine, at least he had fiber. Mountbatten is quoted as saying about Jinnah; "...That son of a Bit--, could turn you to stone with one look..." sounds like he was scared?
but its much easier to praise a movie like "gandhi" whose hero is such a simple case study, perfect in his nature and morals..etc etc... thats not a very hard case to sell, no wonder people liked it, it appealed to their sensibilities. Jinnah, may have been a man of steel, cold, unflinching, calculated, but how much do we really know of the man? we have on one hand reports by British journalists like Mr. Payne, whose "eyewitness" was just a bunch of idle thoughts and gut feelings with no real substance, but tainted by the inherent fear of the man (Jinnah), and on the other hand by embittered Indian writers who saw this man break up their country for an ideology they could never even hope to understand.
Jinnah was much deeper, i believe, a man who refused treatment for chronic tuberculosis, cause he believed that the Moslem's would never get their homeland, if he was viewed as weak, therefore he kept on going, steadfast, strong, like a locomotive, and in the end he died for it. No one knows the real Jinnah, but many have formed opinions based on 'stories' with no real truth behind them.
i read a excerpt from an article written by an Indian author, who wrote that in a rally held in 1930's, Jinnah was giving a speech in English and almost no one in the predominantly Hindi speaking crowd understood what he was saying, but when a British journalist queried a bystander on this he replied; "Its Mohammed Ali Jinnah, we trust him, whatever he says is right"
i don't think a man described in an unkind and biased history, as something close to Hitler, would command such respect and admiration from his people. He was, passionate, unflinching, upright, in short... a Great Man.
Matthew Davison New Jersey.
The movie tells the story of the leader of PAKISTAN, the great QUAID E AZAM
MOHAMMAD ALI JINNAH, and the creation of PAKISTAN.
A cinematic masterpiece, it brought tears to my eyes and effected me deeply.
This movie sets the record straight about THE GREAT JINNAH, after the biased potrayal of him in the movie "gandhi".
The film is very good and brings out the best about Jinnah- a leader
who sacrificed his home, family and love for his people. A must watch
for every person who believes in freedom, equality and justice for
mankind. I would recommend this film to every person, Pakistani or not.
Also show this to your children, to make them understand the true
virtues of a gentleman, an honest, brave and selfless leader. As
Stanley Wolpert wrote in his book ' Jinnah of Pakistan', "Few
individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still
modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with
creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three."
When ever you feel low and doubt your capabilities, sit down and watch this great movie. It will make you believe that honesty, integrity of character and determination can work wonders.
well, when the movie was in process, even the general public in
Pakistan was having certain reservations about it. however, it looks a
fine product once it comes out. i think apart from certain aspects
which can be presented more efficiently, the film is a good
presentation of the life of Jinnah.
the movie has portrayed the life of a politician who never went to jail during a whole revolution. it shows that with statesmanship and with logic of your opinion, you need not to be violent to prove your point and thats what exactly done by Mr Jinnah. he never called for civil dis obedience or violent aggression against the rulers, he never called for bloodshed or violence and still managed to create a country on the map of the world. a good learning for all the current dispute holders in the world.
lee was superb, his gestures, his moves and his style shows his research on Jinnah. he shows his skill and his grip on the characters. other actors were OK but the screen play can be more strong. over all a good film, some people may disagree with the creation of two nation theory but no body can object the personality of Jinnah as a law abiding and man of principal politician.
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