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A box-office hit Pakistani film “Khuda Ke Liye” was released in more than 100 cinemas of twenty cities of India on Friday. This is the first time a Pakistani film has been released in India after 43 years.

The last Pakistani film was released in Indian cinemas before the 1965 Pak-India war.

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Khuda Ke Liye is about the difficult situation in which the Pakistanis in particular and the Muslims in general are caught up since 9/11. There is a war going on between the Fundamentalists and the Liberal Muslims.

This situation is creating a drift not only between the Western world and the Muslims, but also within the Muslims. The educated and modern Muslims are in a difficult situation because of their approach towards life and their western attire. They are criticized and harassed by the fundamentalists and on the other hand the Western world sees them as potential suspects of terrorism just because of their Muslim names. This paradox is resulting in great suffering for a forward looking Muslim.

While the script and the direction is said to be very good, the music is certainly not upto the mark.

The cast includes Mansoor, Sarmad and Marie Sayre. The movie is directed by noted international director Shoaib Mansoor.

After Welcome and Race, Taare Zameen Par has hit theatres in Pakistan this week while Khuda Ke Liye releases in India simultaneously. Its clear that times are changing and filmmakers from both the countries are ready to explore new markets.

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