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Jinnah-The Movie: Watch it here

Posted on June 20, 2006
Filed Under >Adil Najam, History, People, TV, Movies & Theatre
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The greatly trumpeted, fairly controversial, and mostly disappointing movie Jinnah was released in 1998 to even lesser acclaim than it deserved.

Despite all its flaws–especially its overly convoluted and philosophical plot which contributed much to its failure to excite ordinary non-Pakistani film-goers–it was thought-provoking rendition for Pakistanis: for those who liked the movie, and even more for those who did not.

It is sad that it ended up being seen by very few Pakistanis. The movie’s distribution was extremely sloppy, mostly due to the bickering between the principals of ‘The Quaid Project’. It played in Pakistan (in Urdu and in English) but very briefly and in very few theaters, and was never picked up for serious distribution abroad. Many who wanted to see the movie could not, simply because there was no place to see it at.

That has–belatedly–changed. Someone (it says Jamil Dehlavi) has recently placed the entire movie on where it can be viewed if you have a reasonably fast Internet connection.

You can view it here by clicking on the image below, or go to The movie is just under 2 hours long, and in two parts.

For Part 2, click for rest of this entry.

35 Comments on “Jinnah-The Movie: Watch it here”

  1. haider says:
    August 29th, 2006 4:07 am

    great find.. thanks for posting it here

  2. Umera says:
    September 9th, 2006 10:33 pm

    Thanks for the link. Personally, I really like the movie especially the fact that it emphasised on Jinnah as a person rather than mainly focusing on his political life.

  3. Talha says:
    November 15th, 2006 3:40 pm


  4. November 16th, 2006 5:06 am

    The pTv drama JINNAH SE QUAID was infinite time better and clsoed to reality than the mentioned movie.

    p.s: an intresting YT video about Jinnah’s radio address

  5. Umar Shah says:
    December 21st, 2006 3:21 am

    I watched this movie at the Mill Valley film festival (CA) back when it was released. I remember Jamil Dehlavi was there to open it and take questions from the audience afterwards. I also remember local journalists asking questions about the Quaid and a Pakistani gentleman arguing with Jamil Dehlavi that he had watched a censored version of the movie in Governor House, Sind at which Mr Dehlavi said, “I made the movie and I assure you there are no two versions of this movie”. At this one would expect the discussion to stop but the gentleman kept insisting. The other interesting thing I remember is that the Pakistani audience showed utter disregard for the rest of the audience by being noisy, late, standing up and blocking others view and showing up dressed like it was eid. I have nothing against that, it could be taken as a sign of respect for our beloved Quaid but the problem is I was sitting in an aisle seat and everytime a lady with gota laden ( I know ladies will tell me no one wears gota today :) ) heavy duty dupatta on would pass by (and there were many of those), it would scratch my face because these fancy dupattas are not meant to be left flowing in narrow aisles of a rickety theater. Bottom line is, it was a disgrace in front of foreign press some of whom turned around and told people to keep it low at times. We Pakistanis are definitely not image conscious.

    On to the movie…it was nothing like Gandhi, actually quite comical. Its a shame that even after 60 years (less when the movie was released) of singing songs and claiming to be more patriotic than any other race on the planet we couldnt come up with a decent movie about the man who gave us an identity and a chance to be a nation. That also explains the botched up distribution of this movie.

    I feel the movie can still be edited to remove all the comical scenes with Shashi Kapoor and the trial in the end, made better and re-released. From a Pakistani perspective the Quaids name evokes emotion which alone can make this movie a blockbuster in the Pakistani market if redux’d.

  6. Greywolf says:
    December 21st, 2006 4:30 am


    The movie Gandhi was made in 1982 with a budget of 30 million dollars (1/3rd GOI funded) and the complete support of the Indian government which saw to it that the script had no objectivity and no controversial issues of Gandhi’s life were discussed. Infact, it had large tracts of fiction that never really happened.

    The movie Jinnah was made in 1997 with a budget of little of 4 million Dollars and was faced with immediate bans and hinderances from the ideologically charged Pakistani government (their problem was that Jinnah in the movie as a tolerant and progressive man did not fit the state sponsored version)…

    Furthermore despite poor cinematic quality, not only is Jinnah the movie more accurate, does not demonise Jinnah’s opponents like gandhi the movie did, but in the movie things do go wrong for the man…and the movie leaves a lot of room for dissent.

    However… the movie left a lot to be desired and I think the definitive movie on Jinnah’s life is yet to be made.

  7. madiha says:
    January 11th, 2007 11:23 pm

    oh my God……..

    great job!!!!!

    it is awesome!!!!!


    it made me cry again though i watched a lil scene.


  8. RAI.T.U.KHAN says:
    January 19th, 2007 6:55 pm

    we must be thankful to QUAID-E-AZAM that today we have pakistan,our independence and honor.many nations in the world still fighting for it.he was the great leader in the history of pakistan and india.he is the legend for all the time even in his our leaders must fullfill there promises what they made with the nation of pakistan.once BABA-E-QAUM said’if u ever make a promise,think a hunderd times,but once you make a promise,honor your promise.the government of pakistan should make a movie about QUAID and give the better prospective.i salaam to QUAID-E-AZAM,and may ALLAH bless him in heaven.

  9. Bushra says:
    February 23rd, 2007 9:34 am

    Thanks for putting this here.

    It is interesting for us Pkaistanis but really as a film not that good.

    I wish someone will make a better movie on him soon.

  10. adnan says:
    March 8th, 2007 12:40 pm

    very good.

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