Sunday, September 7, 2008

Weekend movie review...........

Well this is not going to be regular feature every week, only when I find any weekend viewing so compelling. This is about the movie "Aamir". I had earlier read very positive reviews about the movie and was eager to catch up. More so as it stars one of very popular TV stars - Rajiv Khandelwal. I used to religiously watch Ekta Kapoor Serial - Kahin to Hoga which actually catapulted him and Aamna Sharief to fame. That was actually quite long ago, when my tolerance levels of K-soaps were still withing limits of tolerance. It has been more than a year now I am completely liberated, having given up viewing of all Hindi soaps :-)

So Rajiv was this handsome chocolate boy, and would have suited any popcorn romance with jumping college kids - wearing colorful clothes and hip accessories, having fun at parties and pubs...and the biggest problem in their lives being having their love issues sorted and living happily ever after. But it was surprising that he chose to make his movie debut with this hard hitting film.

This was not just any terrorist related films that have become so common these days. This actually opened up another angle and forced us to think in a hitherto un-thought-of angle. For those of you who have watched it - a little recap. For those of you who have not watched it - this is about a educated, modern young professional, who was returning back to his hometown Mumbai after a 3 year sting, doing his PG in London. Strange incidents start happening once he lands to Mumbai - it starts with the immigration officer taking more time than usual - in confirming that he is not a "terrorist". Then he does not find anyone from his family to receive him at the airport, and no response from the home phone either. Then he is pushed into a wild goose chase - across the dingy and shady bylanes Mumbai, which we never knew existed even. With all his luggage hijacked, and a mobile thrust into his hand, from which an mystery voice booms every few minutes with the next set of instruction for him., with the rider that his family has been kidnapped and would not be released until he obeys all instructions.

The movie has all the thrills of a treasure hunt, only it is much more raw and real. It captures the dilemma of the young cosmopolitan secular Indian Muslim, who has the same dreams, aspirations as his Hindu Counterparts and also believes that Indian economy offers him an equal opportunity. The movie ends with the protagonist dying, clutching the suitcase filled with bomb, that he was tricked into placing in a public bus, without his knowledge, in return for life is his near and dear ones. He decides to save life of hundreds of innocent people against safety for himself and his family.....and is labelled as a "suicide bomber" by the media...

I used to very intrigued by the fact that so many bright intelligent young men are being lured into the business of terror these days, and wonder what made them risk their lives and also end it as suicide bombers. My educated guess was brainwashing....but this movie has actually compelled me to think differently....I don't know how much it relates to fact, but there could actually be this another angle to "terror" - tricking innocent unsuspecting people and using them mercilessly, without their ideological support...

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