Khuda Kay Liye, became the first ever movie from Pakistan to be released in the country as it hit the screens here today.
The film directed by Shoaib Mansoor and featuring Naseeruddin Shah along with Pakistani actors depicts the difference of opinion between liberal and fundamental Muslims.
It deals with the problems of the Muslims in general and Pakistanis in particular post-9/11. It also highlights the divide not only between the western world and the Muslims, but also among the Muslims.
The premiere of Khuda Kay Liye held in Mumbai last night, was attended by Bollywood filmmakers Mukesh Bhatt, Subhash Ghai, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ashok Pandit along with the cast and crew of the film from Pakistan.
The movie, being distributed by Percept Picture Company (PPC) with 65 prints, opened to some rave reviews. Trade analyst Amod Mehra described the film to be a well- made and hard-hitting one. But at the same time he was sceptical about its box office success.
"The movie will be liked by lovers of good cinema. I wonder whether the college-going crowd, that frequents multiplexes, will enjoy a serious film like this," he said.
Filmmaker Ashok Pandit lauded the finesse with which director Shoaib Mansoor has handled a sensitive subject.
"The fact that this film makes a bold statement against fundamentalism and comes from Pakistan is a very good achievement. It is well-directed and takes a balanced view. The look of the film is also mind blowing, he added.
Film critics were also divided over the fate of the film at the box office given the fact that cinema is entertainment-driven.
They felt that a theme like the one depicted in Khuda... is more for the thinking viewer, who loves to ponder over the movie after watching it.