Jinnah: The Movie And The Reality

By D. Asghar

Many years ago, I sat in one of the artsy movie theatre of the town, along with my wife and young lad, witnessing the history unfold on the screen. I was ecstatic and welled up with tears of joy.

Professor Ahmed and his team, did a phenomenal job in bringing the heroes of Pakistan movement to the silver screen. Christopher Lee did justice to the role of Mr. Jinnah and portrayed the founder of our nation, with utmost honesty and clarity. “Jinnah: The Movie” was one of the finest movies I have seen and I will treasure it forever.

Every single scene of the epic, was crafted and executed with perfection. The opening scene of the movie will kind of said it all, about us as a nation. Quaid’s plane is on Karachi Airport and his struggle to make it to the hospital, so truthfully depicted. That opening scene gave you the glimpse of what was about to go wrong.

The movie did not do well in Pakistan. The masses objected to an actor who portrayed “Dracula”, playing as the great leader. There were other lame excuses. It was expected, as we are the master of rituals and tend to lack the real substance.

The message of the movie was to give the viewer an opportunity to see the trials and tribulations the man went through to gain freedom for us. The least we could do was to accept and respect this courageous man. Undoubtedly, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to him and his companions.

Those who do not respect their past and their leaders, tend to be as lost as we are. On his 134th birthday, we owe an apology to him. Sorry Sir, your vision and hopes were spot on, but we were not able to follow any of your course. Please forgive us as we are still in a state of confusion. Happy Birthday to you Sir and may your soul rest in peace forever.


D. Asghar is a Pakistani American. A Mortgage Banker by profession who loves to write as well. He blogs frequently at popular South Asian websites. A repository of some of his scribbles is http://dasghar.blogspot.com/. He can be reached at dasghar@aol.com.

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