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« on: May 13, 2013 04:04 PM »


Whether we like it or not, it looks like this film is going to be huge. Especially at this time after the Boston bombings and many ppl trying to come to terms with 'white looking american guys' doing something like that.

I read the book and remember it was about a conversation with a muslim guy and he talks all about his life story, how he worked in the corporate world in america, 9/11 and it's impact etc etc and at the end you think ok he's not a terrorist, he's a normal guy, but then he goes and says something that makes you question his entire story and if he is a terrorist!!

This is really dangerous if you ask me. Americans already think Muslims are all hidden terrorists or can be switched like with a flick of a switch or we're all in muslim sleeper cells.

I really don't like this. Making terrorists out to be like average people is untruthful and secondly making terrorists/terrorism out to be sympathetic is wrong.


Here's one review: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/10044349/The-Reluctant-Fundamentalist.html
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2013 05:41 PM »

Yeh had read the book long ago on someone's suggestion.The book was nominated for several awards it seems.

But no.I did not like it.

Firstly it gives a wrong impression about an 'ideal' Muslim.For example-The protagonist drinks alcohol and commits zina without any guilt.(but then may be it was really about many such Muslims out there..)

Then comes the 9/11 part and the story sort of becomes more political.(Although I don't remember the details exactly,I can recollect the gist)

The book kind of made me brood over several issues that are rampant in the society especially as non American,who witnessed many people visit the west for greener pastures.

But that is another discussion altogether... Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013 07:25 PM »

Hey y'all. I'm actually going to watch the film tomorrow with my friend - I have to say she wants to watch it more than me. I haven't read the book.

I'll let you know what happens and try to give a good critical review. I must say though, in the whole of London, only 4 cinemas are showing this film.

Will keep you posted, once I've watched it and I get a few minutes to write up a critique Wink

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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2013 04:33 PM »

The On Demand service on our cable has been promoting this in the "Asian film" collection or something like that, so it's on TV here. But yeah Sis J, the hate is riding high right now, so this won't help.

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2013 07:42 AM »

I watched it and although it does seem to be neutral, a little thought will tell you that it indicates that eventually Muslims will turn into anti american fundamentalists, reluctantly though  Roll Eyes  But, it did highlight the wrongful victimization of innocent muslims and that the american military/intelligence does commit mistakes and is also incompetent at times, yet it acts as if it isn't and fails to acknowledge that. A good movie, but it could've used some more objectivity.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2013 09:34 AM »

Hey,

Yes I watched it too. I echo Br akhan's sentiments regarding the film. In think after reading some of the comments, I was expecting it to be very biased, but it wasn't as expected.
My friend (she's read the book) that I went with to watch movie said that it isn't the same as the book, so they've changed parts of the story for the movie, possibly to appeal to a wider audience Muslims and Non Muslims alike.
Overall, I think they do a good job, but I would NOT say it's a movie 'not to be missed'.






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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2013 08:18 PM »

Just wanted to share, I'm indirectly related to Riz Ahmed, the actor in the film, through my mom's brother's wife. He also did some explicit scenes with Frieda Pinto in a film called Trishna. so not really a proud connection lol.

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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2013 08:54 PM »

Yes I watched Trishna too.

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