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Jinnah is a film about the life of the founder of Pakistanmarker, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It was directed by Jamil Dehlavi and written by Akbar S. Ahmed and Jamil Dehlavi. The film was released in 1998 in Londonmarker, United Kingdommarker and Pakistanmarker.

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The film follows the life of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistanmarker (formerly part of British India). When Jinnah dies, he is taken to a heavenly ante-room where a decision will be made on his fate, but his file has gone missing, and the Guide must question him about his life to fill in his story. He tells of the key point in 1947, when India was about to get independence from Britainmarker, and Jinnah advocated a separate nation in which the Muslims will be in the majority.

Mahatma Gandhi suggests Jinnah be made prime minister of the new India, as a compromise, but Jinnah rejects his suggestion and Nehru is handed the job. Jinnah's nemesis is Lord Louis Mountbatten, the British viceroy who opposes the idea of Pakistan. As well as this historical turning point, Jinnah recalls his youth, and formative relationships with his sister Fatima and his marriage to a Parsi.



Despite the early criticism of the movie, it received an overwhelming response in Pakistan.


Jinnah won the Best Foreign Film Award at the Houston Film Festival in 1999.


The UK Edition DVD cover

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