August 31st, 2011



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A female convict on death row, her last wish is to tell her story to the media.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 8.1/10 (2,321 voted)

Director: Shoaib Mansoor

Stars: Humaima Malik, Manzar Sehbai, Iman Ali

Zainub Khan has been found guilty by Pakistan's Courts and is to be hanged. Her last wish is to tell her story before the media, and after approval, she relates how her family was compelled to leave Delhi during 1948 and re-locate to Lahore. This is where her father, Hakim Sayed Hashmutallah Khan, married Suraiya, and hoping to sire a son, instead ended up with 7 daughters. The 8th child turned out to be a hermaphrodite and Hashmutullah wanted it dead but Suraiya insisted that she will not let anyone know so as not to shame her husband. They named the child Saifullah, and hired a tutor to teach him at home. After a failed marriage, Zainub returns home, notices that the tutor was molesting her brother and asks him to leave. With dwindling income from his father, unable to attend school, his mother giving birth to still-born babies, his siblings uneducated, Saifullah is then himself compelled to seek employment...

Humaima Malik - Zainub Khan (as Hummaima Mallick)
Manzar Sehbai - Hakim Sayed Hasmutullah Khanab
Iman Ali - Meena Kumari
Shafqat Cheema - Chowdhary Saqa Kanjar
Atif Aslam - Mustafa
Mahira Khan Askari - Ayesha Khan
Varda Butt - Hifza
Hania Chima -
Sagar Kamran - Young Saifi
Amr Kashmiri - Saifi
Mahnoor Khan -
Naima Khan - Master's Wife
Rashid Khawaja - President
Irfan Khoosat - Master Akhtar Hussain
Mehwish - Midwife


Official Website: Official site | Official site |

Release Date: 31 August 2011

Filming Locations: Lahore, Pakistan

Opening Weekend: PKR 25,000,000 (Pakistan) (1 July 2011) (20 Screens)

Gross: $153,369 (USA) (11 September 2011)

Crew or equipment visible: The camera shadow appears over the characters in a scene where Saifi is crying and hands his first salary to his mother.

User Review

Did the movie live up to the expectations/hype? YES!

Rating: 10/10

When I was walking into the theatre, I didn't think the movie was going to be very memorable, but I was wrong. The movie hits hard and is a roller coaster ride of emotions. Humour was present to break the seriousness of the film and make the movie even more enjoyable. The acting was pretty convincing with the exception of Atif Aslam. The film direction was superb and so was the story. I heard many say that the movie consisted of too many different plot lines and controversies, but I believe Shoaib Mansoor did a great job tying all loose ends and making the plot solid. It was a HUGE step forward from "Khuda key liye". Shoman does indeed learn fast. The camera work and the sound was astonishingly better than it's predecessor. It was also pretty much entirely based on the elements of realism. It surfaced plenty of tragic, but existing, traits of the lower class society in Pakistan. The movie was thoroughly engulfing. Shoman did, indeed, work his magic yet again! An amazing movie which depicts all that is wrong with the Pakistani society! It's a must watch for everyone!


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