Muhammad Ali Jinnah: In his own words: By Khurram Ali Shafique
I am glad to share with you Jinnah: The True Story, a feature-length experimental film (and not a documentary) that presents the story of Jinnah from his own point of view. He claimed that he did not only create Pakistan but also liberated the entire subcontinent whereas Gandhi, Nehru and other such leaders were striving to keep the region under British rule. The film can be watched on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nN6VvdLSVg8
It is currently in Urdu (with all the textual content in English), but subtitles in English will also be introduced soon.
In presenting this film to you, Allied Marketing have partnered with Marghdeen, my official website. Many concerned Pakistanis from across the world have also supported us in the making of this movie. We have all been moved to take up this endeavour because we found it extremely unfortunate that Jinnah’s life had never been portrayed from his own point of view, neither in print nor in any other form. This biography was originally conceived to be published as a book but I changed my mind because I felt that presenting it in the digital format can make it more effective, entertaining and accessible in this manner, and without losing its authenticity.
We employed some of the leading artists of the national industry. The voice cast includes artists who are dubbing some major characters in the Urdu version of the blockbuster Turkish drama serial, Ertugral Ghazi. Veterans of the Pakistani cinema, such as the superstar Faisal Rehman and the director Ehteshamuddin (who directed the highest grossing Pakistani movie of the last year) were on board as technical consultants. The soundtrack consists entirely of period music, mainly Western classics, that were actually popular in the times of Jinnah.
We have no doubts in our minds that many people from all over the world are going to enjoy this movie. It has much to offer and not only to the people of Pakistan. In the narrative of Jinnah, Muslims and non-Muslims appear to be working together for the common cause of the Indian independence right upto 1927, just twenty years before independence. They include not only Hindus, Muslims and Parsis, but even some of the most well-respected British luminaries, such as Queen Victoria and King George VI.
Hence, although the movie does not present Gandhi in a very flattering light (and it could not have done that without distorting history), it builds many new bridges across cultures – not only between East and West, but also between the eight countries of South Asia. The “Great Leader” that he was, Jinnah showed the nations of the world how they could move forward without bitterness about the past or apprehensions about the future. This film attempts to deliver this message of his in an engaging, entertaining and effective manner.
We have undertaken it as a service to humanity. It is a non-commercial presentation.
I request you to please take a look at it and let me know. Hearing from you will help us a great deal in deciding if we should carry out more projects like this in the future.
I thank you for reading this email, and will be very glad if I could get a reply from you.
Link for watching the movie on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nN6VvdLSVg8
Link of the author’s website, where the film is embedded prominently: https://marghdeen.com/
A highly recommended and a very special page about the background of every soundtrack used in the film, and explaining why and how it has been used in the film: https://marghdeen.com/jts/soundtrack/
Detailed page about this film on the author’s website, providing lot of information and complete list of credits: https://marghdeen.com/jts/
Detailed introductions of the team members: https://marghdeen.com/jts/personnel/
Detailed introductions of the supporters: https://marghdeen.com/jts/supporters/
Khurram Ali Shafique