There is not a day in my life that I do not watch movies :) or read books :)
As per me - its criminal to not to watch movies & read books.
Give me any good movie or a book any day and I will be more than glad to go through them.
Be it an Indian, a Western, European, Japanese, British - anything but in English for now.
Suggest a good one & you will see my take on the same within a week on this Blog :)
Friday, August 10, 2012
Shoot on sight (2007) - Thriller
A totally unexpected movie from a
Director – I would never trust to make a good movie but then I realized he did
made some meaningful movies by the end of his career. Otherwise his resume is
full of crappy movies to say the least – some are actually a lesson in “How not
to make movies”. But this one turns out to be a shocking and damn good movie
made on such a serious subject. Based on the true incident of the London
suicide bombings followed by “Shoot at sight” order by British Govt. The way it
starts – right from the moment go – you get hooked to it and the drama unfolds
and ends in a thrilling manner – although it’s predictable but it never loses
steam and you are actually hooked to it may be because you want to see some
positive ending. I totally liked it and will recommend it very highly to anyone
liking movies based on reality with a good lesson in the end. Movie’s high
point is its amazing cast – imagine – how easy it would be for Jag Mundhra to
direct Naseeruddin as a good Muslim cop, Om Puri as an extremist priest always
at war and Gulshan Grover as Naseer’s good friend. Brian Cox as Naseer’s boss
is too good. All in all it’s a good time pass and worth onetime watch for sure.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the movie as wasn’t expecting it
to be this good. I wonder why it didn’t make a name for itself as I never read
about it anywhere and am glad that a friend recommended and I finally got it.
Do not miss it.
Daughter & Nephew
The Movie: Starts with a
thrilling chase with a couple of British Cops following a Muslim guy with a
back pack and a wire attached to his bag connected to his ears. As if he is
talking to someone and actually going to drop the back pack containing some
kind of a bomb in a moving train he was about to board. Right as the train
arrives, the cop intervenes and before even he could do anything, he is shot
dead as he tries to take something out of his jacket pocket. Later it’s made
clear that the guy was innocent – he was actually listening to music on his
iPod and that’s why he couldn’t hear the warning given by cops. Cut to scene
two we have Brian Cox briefing his junior officer (Naseeruddin Shah) who
happens to be a Muslim to issue a statement to media. Naseer himself is going
through a tough phase at office and at home both as his colleagues wont trust
him as a cop even after so many years of service in the department and on the
other hand – his teenage daughter who doesn’t listens to him and always lands
him in some kind of trouble. She is going around with a friend of hers who
Naseer doesn’t like one bit and always tells her to stay away from him, the
dude is actually taking her for a ride and as usual the girl has no idea about.
The drama is captured in such a subtle way that you actually sympathize with
him. He is married to a British female and has two kids. His nephew joins them
from Lahore who has come to London for further studies. The same week they go
for prayer and we are introduced to extremist priest (Om Puri) who teaches his
followers that world over Muslims are at war all the time as lots of Muslims
are being killed for no rhyme or reason. There is a big difference between
their beliefs though that’s why they do not agree with each other and take
separate paths. Unfortunately at this stage movie becomes predictable and we
know that Naseer’s nephew is certainly going to join hands with extremist group
and what happens next is predictable yet thrilling the way they have shot it. His
wife also has a doubt on his nephew, she has some evidence too but Naseer
wouldn’t believe him. But when his colleague gets killed following a trail of
suspicious people, he comes in action and realizes the gravity of the
situation. Would he be able to save his nephew from their clutches? At what
cost? How about his family? You’ve got to see the movie to answer all those
questions and trust me – it’s too good to be missed. Although it doesn’t offers
any solution to the problem neither it preaches anything but it just shows how
so many innocents are being killed for no reason at all. A true story told in a
damn good way.
Its title: Got me thinking – why
“Shoot on sight” and why not “Shoot at sight” which is used more in talking
terms. But if you see the movie you will realize the importance of that change
– it’s totally awesome.