for god’s sake

having just returned from the premiere of shoaib mansoor’s new movie, khuda kay liye – something the alarmists were advising against, what with the security threats and all – i can safely say the public needn’t worry about getting killed by suicide bombers blowing themselves up during the movie. the sight of the dirty premises might kill you though.

i hadn’t been to a mainstream cinema in karachi for so long i’d almost forgotten why i stopped going. it came back to me suddenly though during the second scene when i heard the guy behind me clearing his throat and spitting the stuff he cleared his throat of somewhere. i don’t think he used a spittoon. a fight broke out shortly after the intermission somewhere in the lower area when someone ejected the remnants of the paan he was chewing on someone else. another one almost broke out in the row before mine when someone fired up a cigarette and refused to put it out. and the hooters and catcallers were there in full force to add to the ambience. small wonder then that they keep it dark during the time you enter and try to find your seat. you might gross out when you realise you’ve stepped on something disgusting.

don’t get me wrong though. despite the rotten ambience, the nutcases who leave their cellphones on so that you can hear their ringtones during the movie, the bigger nutcases who actually answer and talk during the movie, the broken down projector which keeps you squinting to make out some traces of colour and the lack of a good sound system – watching the movie means watching what is probably the best movie to come out of lollywood in the past thirty odd years if not the best ever.

i don’t want to spoil the fun by writing about the plot but i will say this. this has all the “classic-ness” of any of shoaib mansoor’s work. and the acting is way above par for something gracing our pitifully unfortunate cinema screens. all in all, great movie. go book your ticket now.

just be sure to wear a raincoat. its raining paan ki peek in there…

29 Comments so far

  1. Ahmed (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    its raining paan ki peek :)
    which cinema was it. Prince?

  2. h (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 9:46 pm

    was isint cineplex not showing this movie>>>???

  3. zee (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    Cineplex is also showing the movie don’t worry. WE SHOULD ALLLLLL GO TO SEE THIS PIC! But oh yes, I am also a bit scared of the suicide bombers that might wana join the show to blass their asses!

  4. Ahmed (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    Bombers have better things to do than ruin movie theatres. They need to announcments to turn cell phones off.

    It would be nice to have a super bight light on the persons head whomever answers their phone in the midst of the movie.

  5. Syed Johny r (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 2:11 am


    You should have named the Cenima!
    Cause I have been to cinema twice only , and only to Nishaat Cinema, For war of The worlds last year and Awarapan two days ago, and found the atmosphere there normal !!

  6. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 2:15 am

    it was prince. i don’t think they’re showing it at cineplex just yet.

  7. Faruk Lania (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 4:36 am

    but i don’t understand why mullas are running fatwa moments against shoaib mansoor and his movie i received around 150 fatwa papers today at my office

  8. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 6:10 am

    We’ve got a brand new place in Lahore that opened with ‘Die Hard 4.0’ and ‘Khuda Kay Liye’

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

    @Faruk Lania, idher ao mey tumhe ek patay ke baat bataoun. Dekho, jab koi baat samjh na aye tu mehnat karna chahye such jannay k liye. jo tum ne parha paper mey, ab tumhe chahye k concerned books mey search karo k kia sahe hay aur kia ghalat. Yehi tareeqa Amerikio ne 9/11 k baad kia jab anti-Islam propaganda kia gaya aur hazaroun musalman hogaye. Haan wohi ameriki jinhey ham apna “Mai Baap” Samjhtey hain. Tumhe bhe wohi approach azmana chahye.

  10. Mudasser (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:43 am

    I watched the film tonight in Prince Cinema and the film is absolutely brilliant. For me, Rasheed Naz as Maulana Tahiri and Fawad as Sarmad, really stand out and the rest of them were really good too. Some of the songs in the audio track were not in the movie though but that doesn’t take the gloss off the movie. Only if Cinema’s management could have been a bit better…anyways thanks a ton to Shoman for this wonderful effort…a must watch for all…and in Cinema too, as bad as it is…still is an experience in itself

  11. A fully informed idiot (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    I want to watch this very badly but am not taking my family to this crappy cinema. Anyone know if Univeral Cineplex has plans for this movie? TIA

  12. Syed Johny r (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

    @ A fully informed idiot

    Go to Nishaat Cenima !!
    it is very clean !! *personal experience !
    but if u r wid familly take the tickets of the Galley only !!

  13. Kamran (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    I was there in the same show as you were, where the couple of guys fought. But please man, the venue was nice and not that rotten as u’ve framed it enough importance to put it in the first few lines.

    For the movie, Awesome stuff!! ShoMan has shown once again that mashaAllah he is an awesome soul! I’ve been waiting for this movie and doesnt that touch me deep inside now that i’ve seen it.

    A must see for all! No worries families, you can go see the movie in a relaxed manner. There were lots of families there in the show. ShoMan rocks!

  14. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:37 am

    the first show at cineplex was supposed to start at eleven tonight. the ambience there is way better than the other cinemas in karachi, but the “families only” thing spoils the fun for guys who want to go alone or in a group.

  15. Owais Jamali (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:05 am

    Hey! Looks like Pakistan will finally have a documantary style movie worth presenting at the International Film Festival. Or maybe even the Academy Awards. Now guys dont go cheap on this. I havent seen the movie but look forward to it being on one of the screens in Toronto. If Shoaib is reading this, dude please press the Geo group and the govt to help you promote this movie for Grammys and Golden Awards for the foreign film category (if you think its good enuff). Last year Mira Nair was nominated for Water (not sure if she won). If you plan on promoting it on tv in Canada get in touch with me.

    Hey Faruk! where u at??? didnt know you could read fatwa’s. hehehe. anyways keep in touch! Salams to Girz and kids.


  16. Abdullah (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:00 am
  17. Sofia (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    VV Good. Atleast gotten rid of typical stories shown in Pakistani cinema from decades. Just think somthing different go to the cinema and you will feel the diffrence. Good job done by Shoaib Mansoor

  18. Arif (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

    Hey “Xill-e-Ilahi”! You need to get an education – Grammy’s are for music not for movies. Movie soundtracks have their own category at the Oscars. Also, where did you learn to spell? “documentary???”

  19. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    and you, my child, need both a decent pair of spectacles and a lesson in manners. enough said. get a life.

  20. br0ke (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 12:40 am

    im gonna download it when its dvd comes out….
    lets hope sumbody rips it and uploads a torrent..

  21. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 1:26 am

    we should support our industry by saying NO to piracy.

  22. afzal (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

    yeah say NO to piracy zille ilahi.. sharam karo.. naam dekho aur kaam dekho ;)

  23. Omer (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

    wheres the movie in all this hehe ;)

  24. Omer (unregistered) on July 24th, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

    wheres the movie in all this hehe ;)

  25. Hamza (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 10:33 am

    i live in dubai …….i want to see the movie really badly………….

  26. Basic looser (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

    WOW!!!!Another thing that adds to my jealousy for lucky people living in Pakistan….. U GET TO WATCH THIS AWESOME MOVIE IN THEATER!!! RIGHT AWAY ON THE RELEASE DATE!! GREAT! i live in canada and i don’t get to watch it until i comes on DVD! which is no time soon… boohoo ussss!!!

  27. azeem ahmad (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    i have already watched twice this movie,bought sound tracks really a typical shoaib mansoor wonder work . he has done invaluable service to pakistanis . a must see thriller.

  28. Balma (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    I am sorry to bring this up in this thread, but my request for discussing this topic was ignored by people monitoring ‘suggest a story’ space.

    Following is from The News, and is a very threatening development.

    Blasphemous writer gets life term
    By our correspondent


    The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), on Monday handed down a blasphemous writer a life term as well as other sentences, having found him guilty of the offence of defiling a copy of the Holy Quran, outraging religious feelings and propagating religious hatred among society.

    The ATC judge, Syed Saghir Hussain Zaidi sentenced Younus Sheikh to life imprisonment under section 295-B of the PPC, awarded 10 years in prison under section 295-A with a fine of Rs50,000, ordering that, in default, he shall have to suffer a further six-month term. The court also sentenced him to five years in prison under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) with a fine of Rs50,000.

    Sheikh was arrested by police in January 2005 for writing a book against the Islamic laws deviating from the teaching of Quran and Sunnah. The accused had negated the punishment of Rajam (Stoning to death in case of adultery) in his book and wrote contemptuous remarks against Imams of Fiqah.

    – rest of the article deleted, please visit the URL above –

  29. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

    @ afzal, dude, you on lsd? when did i ever condone piracy?

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