Wednesday, December 05, 2007


This movie was recommended to me by a Pakistani friend. I could not find it on DVD, but Google video hooked me up. Hollywood gave "Gandhi"(more fiction then fact) wide exposure, but how many people know anything about Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan? Was he an opportunist or a man who despite failing health and extraordinary odds managed to bring about the creation of the largest Muslim nation at the time? Partition is neither glossed over not are the complexities of the relationship between Jinnah, Nehru and Gandhi presented in black and white. I generally don't like learning history through movies but found this film to be a great introduction on Quaid-e-Azam. He would no doubt be disgusted by the criminals running Pakistan today.


Meg said...

Salam. I saw the movie also, but on a DVD I ordered from Christopher Lee's website.

Overall, I thought it was a good introduction to the man for people not familiar with Jinnah (and that includes a whole lot of Pakistanis who seem to have their own myths about him). He is presented as neither angelic (as Gandhi was in the Hollywood version, which I also recently watched) nor evil, as he was in the Gandhi movie.

I liked the fact that this movie presented a Muslim leader who is not the "Oriental despot" that most Westerners perceive our leadership to be. Rather, he was committed to democratic principles from the start, and although he was a bit stiff and formal, he held a deep love and concern for Muslims and their fate post-independence, as well as for minorities who would live in the nascent Muslim state.

The scenes with Shashi Kapoor were kind of hokey, but at the same time, they provided some much needed comic relief and explanation.

I wish this movie had come to the big screen, instead of being left to collect dust because of squabbles among those involved in making it.

I also agree with you that partition was presented fairly. A scene of a Hindu train massacre of Muslims is followed by one showing Muslims attacking a Sikh encampment.

I would recommend buying this movie, as well as Pakistani associations across the US holding video discussions (of course, with the required permission) about it on campuses and other venus. It will make not only interesting conversation about what has gone wrong in Pakistan, but also provide some much needed upliftment to Pakistanis, expat or not, as they watch the founder of their country struggling tirelessly to establish their homeland.

Jinnah was no angel, but he was a decent, honest Muslim leader. May God forgive his sins and guide the nation he helped found.

lwtc247 said...

Interesting point about Democracy and Jinnah, in that many Muslims protest against Democracy as the method of rule for Muslims.

It would make for a great debate. If anyone's interested I'll try and blog about it in a few weeks when my schedule is less frantic.

Keep up the good work Dr. M and nice post meg.


Anonymous said...

Can't wait for your 10 Pro-regressive Muslims list :-)

DrMaxtor said...

Asalamu Aliakum,

I agree with you, Meg. This movie presents partition far more accurately then "Gandhi" did. Jinnah saab was a titan of his era. Shashi Kapoor is cool.

lwtc247, inshallah I will be checking your blog on this subject. Looking forward to it.

Gess, I wont be doing a pro-regressive idiots list this year. Maybe something else...

Anonymous said...

About Gandhi, he is not well seen in India as we think here in the West. I think you will enjoy this book very much.

Even in South Africa, people are getting to know the mask behind Nelson Mandela, and I say, it is about TIME!

MTAkbar said...

How does one contact you? I like your investigation into the Islamophobes and sell outs or as I term them quasi-Muslims. Check out who Zuhdi Jasser is working for, as though we didnt know already,
MT Akbar