‘Jin­nah’ Back

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

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.

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