Khuda Kay Liye

Khuda Kay Liye (also released as For the sake of God in international markets)[9] is a 2007 Pakistani drama film[3] directed by Shoaib Mansoor, and stars Shaan Shahid, Fawad Khan and Iman Ali in pivotal roles, with a cameo appearance by Naseeruddin Shah. The film follows Mansoor and Sarmad (played by Shaan and Khan), two singers whose lives change after the events of 9/11 attacks in America and misinterpreted teachings of Jihad.

Khuda Kay Liye
Theatrical poster
Directed byShoaib Mansoor
Produced byShoaib Mansoor
Written byShoaib Mansoor
StarringShaan Shahid
Iman Ali
Rasheed Naz
Naseeruddin Shah
Fawad Khan
Naeem Tahir
Hameed Sheikh
Music byRohail Hyatt
CinematographyDavid Lemay
Ali Mohammad
Neil Lisk
Ken Seng[1]
Edited byAli Javed
Aamir Khan
Distributed byGeo Films
Percept Picture Company (India)
Release date
  • 20 July 2007 (2007-07-20) (Pakistan)
  • 4 April 2008 (2008-04-04) (India)
Running time
171 minutes[2]
Budget 6 crore[4]
Box office 15.06 crore (US$2.51 million) (Worldwide)[5][6]  5.50 crore (US$1.1 million) (Pakistan) [7][8]

Khuda Kay Liye was released on 20 July 2007 in Pakistan and on 4 April 2008 in India, as well as the screenings at various international film festivals. The film subsequently won a number of awards for its acting, notably three Lux Style Awards, one Silver Pyramid Award at Cairo International Film Festival, one Roberto Rossellini Award, Italy and one Fukuoka Audience Award at Fukuoka International Film Festival, Japan. The release of the film was historic for two reasons: it was the first Pakistani film to be released in India in almost half a century, and secondly it was the first ever Pakistani film to be included in the official selection of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).[10]


Mansoor and Sarmad are two successful singers from Lahore. Sarmad eventually gets influenced by an Islamic activist Maulana Tahiri, as he begins to practice Islamic way of living and gives up his music career as it is considered "haram" by the Islamic activist. Maryam (Mary), a westernised British Pakistani girl, falls in love with Dave from the British community. However this displeases her father, who is hypocritical, despite himself being in a live-in relationship with a British woman.

Meanwhile, Mary's father plans to take her for a trip to Pakistan to meet Sarmad and Mansoor. While touring FATA, she gets deceived by her father to marry her cousin, Sarmad. Mary is forcefully married off to him and abandoned in their household. In an escape attempt, Mary tries to run from the village but gets caught by Sarmad. He eventually consummates their marriage by force as a sort of punishment so that Mary would not escape again.

Mansoor goes to a musical school in Chicago, where he meets Janie. They both eventually fall in love with each other and Janie stops drinking alcohol for him. However, shortly after the events of 9/11, Mansoor gets arrested by FBI due to his Islamic background and gets detained for a year in Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Mary is rescued by Sarmad's father under the protection of the British government. A devastated Mary takes her father and cousin to court in Pakistan for justice. Wali (Naseeruddin Shah), a Maulana, then explains to the court how Islam is being misused in the name of war and hatred, bringing the religion forward in a believable and peaceful manner. Traumatised by all the suffering he has seen and caused, Sarmad withdraws from the case. He also realizes the damage that he was made to inflict in the name of religion. Mary is now free and returns to the village where she was kept prisoner so she can educate the girls there. Meanwhile, Mansoor is still in FBI custody after a year of torment; the last torture session having inflicted permanent brain damage. After a failed rehab attempt, he is deported and reunited with his family in Pakistan where he begins to recover.




The way America and the West are dealing the problem is very wrong — they are just trying to kill and suppress those Muslims who are being labeled as terrorists. And it will not solve the problem because if you will kill 10, a hundred more will emerge.

—Shoaib Mansoor during an interview for the film.[11]

Shoaib Mansoor, the director of the film, developed the idea after the misconceptions about Pakistan in Pakistani diaspora and India.[12] Mansoor stated that the film will clear the irrelevant thinking of Indians towards the Pakistani community.[11]


Principal photography of the film took place in Lahore, where most of the parts were filmed. Besides, the film was also shot at Chicago, London and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[13]

Box office

Khuda Kay Liye is one of Pakistan's highest-grossing films, with a domestic gross of $1.1 million and a worldwide gross of $2.1 million.[14]


Khuda Kay Liye
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedJuly 7, 2007
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelRepublic Music Group, Huqa Entertainment Corp, Sony BMG
ProducerRohail Hyatt

The music of the film was released on July 7, 2007. The soundtrack album of the film was composed and produced by Rohail Hyatt.[15][16] All songs were written by Shoaib Mansoor with an exception of "Mahi Way" and "Bandeya".

1."Duniya Ho"Shoaib MansoorAhmed Jahanzeb; Shuja Haider3:57
2."Hamaray Hain"Shoaib MansoorAhmed Jahanzeb; Shuja Haider3:49
3."Bandeya-I"Bulleh ShahKhawar Jawad; Farah Zalah3:38
4."Tiluk Kamod" Ahmed Jahanzeb4:37
5."Janie Janie"Shoaib MansoorAhmed Jahanzeb; Lagan the Band6:01
6."Allah Hoo" Saeen Zahoor; Zara Madani 
7."Mahi Way"Faiza MujahidKhawar Jawad; Faiza Mujahid3:10
8."Khuda Ke Liye"Shoaib MansoorAmmar Hassan3:33
9."Bandeya-II"Bulleh ShahKhawar Jawad; Faiza Mujahid3:34

See also


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  2. "Khuda Kay Liye - In The Name of God - BBFC". BBFC.
  3. "KHUDA KAY LIYE (2007) - BFI". British Film Institute. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  4. "Khuda Kay Liye thaws 43 years of India-Pakistan screen chill". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  5. "Top 10 Highest Grossing Pakistani Movies of All Time". Brandsynario. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  6. "Khuda Kay Liye box office collection". 20 August 2015.
  7. "Khuda Kay Liye box office Pakistan". 27 December 2013.
  8. "Khuda Ke Liye". Box office MOJO. 2008.
  9. "Khuda Kay Liye Movie Review - A fantastic film from across the border". IndiaGlitz. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  10. "Khuda Kay Liye thaws 43 years of India-Pakistan screen chill". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  11. Schifrin, Nick (8 April 2008). "'Lollywood' Hits Bollywood". ABC News. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  12. "Q&A: 'Khuda Kay Liye was born out of anger'". The Times Group. The Times of India. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  13. "▼ 10 PAKISTANI FILMS THAT INDIAN'S MUST WATCH". The Ghaziabad Live. 21 July 2015. Archived from the original on 17 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  14. "Khuda Ke Liye (2007)". 20 July 2007. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  15. "Exclusive: The life and times of Rohail Hyatt". Dawn. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  16. "Laili jaan". The Friday Times. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
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