Watched two movies back-to-back last week -- SHAURYA and KHUDA KAY LIYE, which, incidentally, happens to be the first Pakistani film to release in India. Both tackled serious issues. Both spoke of the injustice meted out to Muslims. Both have been helmed with utmost maturity and sensitivity by directors Samar Khan and Shoaib Mansoor, respectively. Let's begin with KHUDA KAY LIYE. I've watched several Lollywood movies of late, but I'd like to reserve my opinion about them. But KHUDA KAY LIYE was a refreshingly different experience altogether. Of course, a detailed review will appear on the day of its release in India, but I'd like to say that the director has the courage to present the viewpoint of the fundamentalists as also the liberated Muslims in the most convincing manner. It's the penultimate 20 minutes [Naseeruddin Shah's bravura performance] that bowls you over. Years ago, the courtroom sequence in B.R. Chopra's INSAAF KA TARAZU was the talk of town. KHUDA KAY LIYE will be talked about for various reasons, but mainly for the courtroom sequence in the finale. Here's a director to watch out for! I was disappointed with Samar Khan when I watched KUCHH MEETHA HO JAYE. Perhaps, I expected more from him. But Samar has taken a giant leap in his second outing SHAURYA. Sure, it has an army backdrop, but it's not a war film [let me clear this misconception]. SHAURYA has a tight script, great performances [Rahul Bose and Kay Kay Menon are outstanding] and an explosive climax. In fact, the penultimate portions are simply hair-raising. As for Samar, this film will earn him tremendous respect. In times to come, Samar should rank on the wish-list of many actors!
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