Halal Love Story on Amazon Prime Video: An entertaining mix of faith and filmmaking

Posted on October 24, 2020



This is a very funny film. And yet, the subtext is always serious, always linked to halal/haram, and what it means to be a Muslim.

For a country where religion is such a part of the fabric, it’s surprising we don’t have what the Americans call the “faith-based film”. We’ve had the pure mythological. We’ve had the socio-mythological, the biggest one being Jai Santoshi Maa, which was released in 1975 and broke box-office records alongside Sholay. But we don’t have producers/filmmakers like Alex and Stephen Kendrick, who make explicitly Christian-themed dramas like Courageous (2011) and War Room (2015). Speaking about the latter to the Gospel Herald (note the name of the publication), the Kendricks said they believe prayer is a powerful weapon that can transform even the most broken marriages, families, and countries. “Our number one goal in making movies has always been: How can we advance the kingdom of God, and how can we take the Gospel to the ends of the earth?”

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