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Khuda Haafiz movie release live updates: Vidyut Jammwal film starts streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar

Here's what celebrities and fans are saying about Khuda Haafiz, starring Vidyut Jammwal, Annu Kapoor, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Aahana Kumra and Shiv Panditt.

Written by Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2020 8:30:05 pm
Khuda HaafizKhuda Haafiz will stream on Disney+ Hotstar.

Vidyut Jammwal starrer Khuda Haafiz starts streaming today from 7:30 pm on Disney+ Hotstar. Directed by Faruk Kabir, the film also stars Annu Kapoor, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Aahana Kumra and Shiv Panditt.

Vidyut Jammwal plays Sameer Chaudhary in Khuda Haafiz that has been inspired by a real-life story. Faruk Kabir, who has also written the film, told indianexpress.com that even though this is a romantic action-thriller, he always treated it as a love story first. The movie follows Sameer, whose wife Nargis has been sold to a sex trafficking racket in the middle-east.

Vidyut Jamwal is known for his action films like Force, Commando, among others.

Faruk Kabir told PTI, “Since Khuda Haafiz is based on a real-life incident, the entire story, the way it is written, shot and also in terms of performance, it has to be done exactly the same way. Vidyut comes from a hardcore action space, the idea was to get down to the basics and real sense of performance. There is a lot of unlearning that Vidyut had to do.”

“We did three months of workshops which included reading of various scenes, we had a backstory for his part, the body language, the way he would talk and speak. He had to get the tone of the character right. This is uncharted territory on an emotional level for Vidyut, we had to get into the depth of it. We have shown it the way it can be in reality. Like any ordinary man, who has the desire and passion to find his wife, the character goes to all extent – he will beg, plead, request and beat and get hit and get back again. The character goes through various emotions,” the director added.

Khuda Haafiz was intended for theaters, but due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the film is now streaming on the OTT platform. Before this, Disney+ Hotstar has already successfully premiered Dil Bechara and Lootcase.

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Follow all the latest updates about Vidyut Jammwal starrer Khuda Haafiz.

20:30 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Shivaleeka Oberoi on playing Nargis 

Talking about her character Nargis, Shivaleeka Oberoi shared with indianexpress.com, "When Faruq sir narrated the role of Nargis to me, I fell in love with her. I didn't have to work on the character much because he was clear with the characteristics he wanted Nargis to have." Shivaleeka had to shed her bubbly personality to play a shy and a quiet Nargis.

20:10 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Faruk Kabir explains relevance of his film's title

Director Faruk Kabir explained the relevance of Khuda Haafiz's title in an interview with indianexpress.com. He shared, "I believe the title of a film usually is hidden in the film only. It is in your script. So, there was one dialogue I had written when this Afghan cab driver Usmaan, played by Annu Kapoor, tells Sameer, 'Himmat mat haarna, Khuda Haafiz hai tumhara' (Do not lose hope, God is your protector). So it was this moment that I found the title of my film because the film is a journey of a couple who need God on their side to fight their enemies in an alien land. Also, Khuda Haafiz does not mean goodbye. It means 'May God protect you'".

19:50 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Our Verdict

"There was potential here to make it a racy rescue mission, between a vicious gang of flesh-traders and the good guy, but Khuda Haafiz feels dated, and at two hours plus, it’s much too long. The only time the film lifts off the screen is when Vidyut Jammwal gets going, minus the weepy wife or the scenes in which he has to emote. A couple of strikingly choreographed fight-and-chase scenes hold our interest, especially one in which Jammwal is hemmed in a narrow corridor with a whole bunch of armed louts about to pound him into the ground," writes Indian Express' film critic Shubhra Gupta. 

Also read | Khuda Haafiz review: The Vidyut Jammwal-starrer feels dated

19:30 (IST)14 Aug 2020
'Looking forward to seeing Vidyut Jammwal kill it yet again'

"Looking forward to watching #KhudaHaafiz tonight. All the best @faruk_kabir, I know how hard you’ve worked on this film... your passion project! Looking forward to seeing @VidyutJammwal kill it yet again. Good luck to the @AahanaKumra @ShivaleekaO and the entire team," author Bilal Siddiqi said via Twitter. 

19:10 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi and Faruk Kabir talk about Khuda Haafiz

18:48 (IST)14 Aug 2020
'Can’t wait to watch this'

"Releasing today on @DisneyPlusHS! The trailer looked like a ton of fun! Can’t wait to watch this! Congratulations @AahanaKumra @AbhishekPathakk and team #KhudaHaafiz!" filmmaker Nikhil Mahajan said via Twitter. 

18:28 (IST)14 Aug 2020
'Best wishes to team Khuda Haafiz'

Film trade analyst, Girish Johar wrote on Twitter, "Best wishes to the entire team of #KhudaHaafiz!"

18:10 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Shiv Panditt on his role in Khuda Haafiz

Talking about his role in Khuda Haafiz, Shiv Panditt told indianexpress.com, "He is an Arab commando, a senior guy in the internal security service. For him, everything is black and white, and he goes by the book. He is a no nonsense person. I had to really work hard to physically transform myself. He is a lean and ripped officer. But most importantly, I wanted to sound and seem convincing. Most Arab characters have been quite caricaturish in our films. I remember Inaamulhaq did a fabulous job in Airlift. I wanted to also make sure I come across as authentic as possible. I really worked hard on my phonetics and language. I would be elated if people feel I convinced them with my portrayal." Read the full interview here

17:51 (IST)14 Aug 2020
'The excitement for Khuda Haafiz can't be contained'
17:30 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Planning to watch Khuda Haafiz? Watch its trailer first

17:09 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Vidyut Jammwal requests Ranveer Singh to 'Find Nargis'

Continuing with his 'Find Nargis' campaign, Vidyut Jammwal shared on Twitter, "Mohabbat ki baat karein aur @RanveerOfficial ki baat na ho, aise ho sakta hain? Brother, we have a few hours. Just a few hours! Help me #FindNargis.#KhudaHaafiz." 

16:46 (IST)14 Aug 2020
'Looking forward to seeing it'

Filmmaker Milap Zaveri wished team Khuda Haafiz good luck on the day of the film's release. "Best of luck  @VidyutJammwal @ShivPanditt @AahanaKumra @KumarMangat @AbhishekPathakk @PanoramaMovies @DisneyPlusHS for #KhudaHaafiz today! Looking forward to seeing it!" Milap wrote on Twitter. 

16:26 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Sonu Sood joins Vidyut Jammwal in promoting Khuda Haafiz

Writing to Sonu Sood, Vidyut Jammwal tweeted, "Mujhe meri Nargis wapas chahiye, aur ab tak uska koi pata nahi. @SonuSood, suna hain bichade hue logo ko aap mila rahe hain, kya meri bhi madat karenge? #FindNargis?#KhudaHaafiz". Sood replied to him and wrote on Twitter, "Brother @VidyutJammwal iske liye toh Noman jaana padega. Aur yeh kaam toh sirf tum hi kar sakte ho. Waise humaare Twitter ke log, kya aap humari help karoge to #FindNargis? #KhudaHaafiz"

16:06 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Vidyut Jammwal starts 'Find Nargis' campaign to promote Khuda Haafiz

Actor Vidyut Jammwal who is all set to star in action thriller Khuda Haafiz took to social media appealing Ajay Devgn to help him in his 'Find Nargis' campaign. In the movie. Vidyut plays Sameer, a husband searching for his wife Nargis (Shivaleeka Oberoi) who had gone to Uzbekistan to find better work opportunities. Replying to the actor's request, Ajay Devgn wrote on Twitter, "Joh kanoon todega, main uski haddiyan todonga, lekin iss baar haddiyaan todne ki baari teri @VidyutJammwal. Ja, dikha de dum. Khuda Haafiz! #FindNargis" 

Vidyut Jammwal was recently seen in the Tigmanshu Dhulia film Yaara that started streaming on ZEE5 on Friendship Day. The movie also starred Shruti Haasan, Vijay Varma, Kenny Basumatary and Amit Sadh.

Earlier, Vidyut had opened up to indianexpress.com about films releasing on OTT platforms. He said, "More than the box office, there is a relief that the audience will be sitting at home and deciding if they liked the movie or not. For example, my film Junglee did not garner 100 crores at the box office, but it is the number one film on an OTT platform. It is bigger than big films you know of. For me, the relief is that people will decide the fate of the film."

Vidyut Jammwal also talked about his decade-old journey in the film industry. "Incredible and I really mean it when I say that I could not have asked for anything more. I played roles where even the henchman could not see me. There used to be a villain, his henchman and I used to stand behind them. So, my journey from there to where I am today, I won’t deny a divine presence in my life. If you believe in it, it will happen," the actor said.