The only feature length biopic of Muhammad Ali Jinnah to be made in Pakistan, ‘Jinnah’ is set to be re-released later this year. After the producers of the film went bankrupt, director Jamil Dehlavi eventually bought the rights to its international release a few years ago. Now he plans to digitize the content so that it can be released at leading multiplexes across Pakistan.
Prints of the film, which was released in Pakistan and UK in 1998, at one time were only available in 24 and 35 mm prints at Nishat Cinema, all of which were destroyed in a fire after protestors torched the cinema on Ishq-e-Rasool day. Fortunately, Jamil Dehlavi possessed a format of the film that enabled him to go forward with the project.
The aim of re-releasing the film, according to Dehlavi, is to educate today’s younger generation about the personality of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the struggles he went through in order to create a separate nation for the Muslims. Although no date has been set, there is some speculation that the film will be released on August 14, 2015, Pakistan’s independence day.