Khuda Kay Liye a trailblazer for Pak films

Written by Shaheen Mansuri | Mumbai, Jun 6 | Updated: Jun 7 2008, 06:15am hrs
Following the success of the Pakistani film Khuda Kay Liye ( KKL ) in India, which has completed ten weeks on Friday, production houses and distributors foresee a trend of joint ventures between Pakistani film-makers and the Indian film fraternity. Directed by Shoaib Mansoor, KKL was distributed by Percept Picture Company across 100 theatres in 20 cities.

Ashok Ahuja, director, Percept Picture Company, told FE , KKL has grossed Rs 3.5 crore at the domestic box office since its release on April 4. This is a decent sum, considering that the film had a small budget, despite being shot in locales like London and Chicago, other than in Pakistan, and was not advertised heavily.

Explaining the reasons for the films success, Ahuja said, The director has dealt with an issue that is being debated across the globethe way Muslims are being viewed in large parts of the world post-9/11. The script, screenplay, cast and the direction pulled the thinking audiences to the cinema. In 2003, Khamosh Paani, also a Pak film, was released in some theatres in a limited manner, but could not pull on for more than a week.

Ahuja is very hopeful that another Pakistani film, which Percept shall distribute, will go great at the box-office the much-awaited Ramchandra Pakistani, directed by Mehreen Jabbar, featuring some Indian actors like Nandita Das.

The film, based on cross-border issues, will hit the screens in India some time in July, said Ahuja.