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Naseeruddin Shah Hails ‘Khuda Kay Liye’ as an Important Film

Naseeruddin Shah Hails 'Khuda Kay Liye' as an Important Film

Naseeruddin Shah, renowned for his candidness, recently shared his keen interest in exploring the nuanced dynamics of religion through cinema. In an interview with Brut India during his presence at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, the veteran actor highlighted his desire to create films that delve fearlessly into the complex and omnipresent influence of religion in contemporary society.

When asked about a current issue he would address through filmmaking, Shah unequivocally pointed to ‘religion.’ He emphasized the necessity for courageous narratives that confront the powerful role of religion today, stating, “I think courageous films should be made about this factor which seems to be on all our minds.” This declaration underscores the significant impact he believes such themes can have when depicted on the cinematic canvas.

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Shah reflected on his previous work in the 2007 Pakistani film “Khuda Kay Liye,” directed by Shoaib Mansoor, and compared its importance to that of his 1976 film “Manthan,” which was screened at Cannes. He remarked that “Khuda Kay Liye” was “an important film, equally as important as Manthan,” highlighting its relevance in addressing sensitive religious themes.

The actor acknowledged that while some filmmakers are beginning to tackle these contentious subjects, the journey to producing unapologetic and direct narratives remains challenging. He noted, “Some people are attempting to do that, and gradually their numbers may multiply but it’s still not easy to make a direct statement and one has to couch one’s message in a palatable form.” This comment reflects the inherent difficulties filmmakers face in articulating bold statements within the cinematic landscape, particularly in India’s politically charged environment.

Shah’s remarks emphasize the urgent need for films that sincerely and courageously examine the intricacies of religious ideologies. His vision for cinema transcends entertainment, aiming to spark thought-provoking discussions and introspection on issues of profound societal relevance. His perspective is especially pertinent given the recent trend in Indian cinema, where Muslims and Pakistanis are frequently portrayed as villains, reflecting broader political and social biases.