Saya-e-Khuda-e-Zuljalal: What Went Wrong?

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Saya-e-Khuda-e-Zuljalal: What Went Wrong?

Saya-e-Khuda-e-Zuljalal: What Went Wrong?

Saya-e-Khuda-e-Zuljalal Movie Review

Patriotic movies are no stranger to the Pakistani cinema; and here is yet another called “Saya-e-Khuda-e-Zuljalal” (SKZ). Based around the great sacrifices of many Historic heroes such as Major Shafqat Baloch (Asad Malik), Major Shabbir Shareef (Shaheed) (Arbaaz Khan) and Major Aziz Bhatti (Shaheed) (Kamran Mujahid), and the corrupt rule of the Public Defenses, this movie reminds us of how the younger generations have forgotten the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors in the making and protection of Pakistan. The 2 hour 50 minutes long movie was released on December 16th, 2016 in cinemas nationwide.

The movie stars many actors and actresses such as Javed Sheikh, Firdous Jamal, Moammar Rana, Arbaaz Khan, Sohail Sameer, Kamran Mujahid, Aamir Qureshi, Afzal KhanShafqat Cheema, Asad Malik, Nayyer Ijaz, Iftikhar Thakur, Umar Cheema, Ahsan Najam, Hassan Khan, Essa Chaudhary, Saleem Albela, Amna Malik, Jia Ali, Rachel Gill, Nimra Khan and Noor Bukhari.

It revolves around Hamza (Javed Shaikh), a retiree from the army, writing a diary to tell his son, Haider (Moammar Rana), about the challenges faced by the Pakistani Force during Partition and the 1965 War in order to warn him to mend his ways as a corrupt SP officer. There were several highlights of the movie, but one in particular was when there was a flashback to Quaid-e-Azam and Gandhi having a conversation about the purpose of Pakistan and the confidence he had in telling Gandhi that if Muslims were give their own land, they will prove to be a great community.

Movie Review of Saya-e-Khuda-e-Zuljalal

The producer, Dr Tauseef Razzaque, and the director Umair Fazli claimed, ‘It isn’t just another war movie,” and so right they are. The movie does revolve around the events of 1947, the War of 1965 and the War of 1971, but it doesn’t just stop there. The movie exploits the corrupt thinking and acts of the public police and politicians and how this has led to a downfall in Pakistan’s “unity”. From showing the massacres during the Partition to the way the Pakistani Army fought against enemies in the 1965 War, Saya-e-Khuda-e-Zuljalal teaches the young generation to never forget the sacrifices made to protect Pakistan, even if it meant leaving your personal affairs to attend to duty.

Obviously, there were some drawbacks: in such movies “love interests” are kept aside so as to not distract the audience from the main theme of the story. However, toying around with it in the movie killed the momentum for a spec of time. Moreover, the weak delivery of dialogues by the characters made it seem a little difficult to establish the setting properly. Irrelevant events were added to the storyline which extend the movie a little but these mistakes were minute overall.

SKZ is a really good film. The course of the plot was well established. Although the script was written beautifully the delivery of it was not kept upto the standard. The framing and cinematography of the scenes were portrayed in a wonderful manner. Ensuring a sense of patriotism, watching this movie is a win-win situation. Do go watch it to know the true love for the soil of Pakistan.

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