Islamabad: A Pakistani film starring Naseeruddin Shah, which was termed “blasphemous” by the radical clerics of Lal Masjid now involved in a bloody stand-off with security forces, has been released here.
‘Khuda Kay Liye´ (For God’s sake), which confronts the “myth” of Islamic fundamentalism being espoused by radical clerics issuing fatwas against music and paintings was premiered on 7 July, disregarding threats by deputy cleric of Lal Masjid Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who declared the movie as “blasphemous”.
Geo TV, which promoted the movie that questioned the premise that music and painting were forbidden in Islam, held the premiere for the local and foreign media.
In the film, Naseeruddin Shah played the role of a moderate Islamic cleric questioning the premise of a hardline cleric weans innocent youth away to jihad.
“The film is against Islamic norms and traditions and is being released on a private TV channel without prior approval from a censor board. We won’t allow this,” Ghazi, holed up along with a band of militants in Lal Masjid, told media two days before security forces moved on to lay siege of the mosque.
The producer of the movie, Shoib Mansoor, said he got the inspiration to make the film when his close friend and popular Pakistani pop singer Junaid Jamshed, after coming under the influence of a radical cleric suddenly gave up music saying that it was un-Islmic.
The film is set to be released in the theatres of Pakistan later this month and negotiations were on to release it in India.