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Shoot On Sight-A No Spoilers Review

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I’m not much of a regular moviegoer, but still one can’t really control the temptation at times. Recently (my recent is ¾ months back),a few good flicks like Mumbai Meri Jaan and Wednesday were a good watch. To add to it, Shoot On Sight is top of the charts for me.

Even though I claim this a ‘No Spoiler’ review, depending on your own taste this may turn out different for you. This movie has once again touched the sensitive issue of terrorism, and as we all know how it is labeled onto a community. The lives of an innocent victim, the cops, a brainwasher fundamentalist, and a stupid from Pakistan who turns out a bomber later are shown in the movie very nicely.

Great As Ever

Naseerruddin Shah: Great As Ever!

It all starts from an early morning train at 7.15 am when a bearded guy with a white cap is running for catching a train. He is also simultaneously listening to music on an ipod and coincidentally the terror alert is high in the city as informed to the cops. The order of ‘shoot at sight’ is given and he is told by the cops to raise his hands up. The guy is a little amused, and puts his hands in the pocket for stopping the ipod when he is shot dead.

If we think from the guy’s perspective, he was not wrong as he was listening music and couldn’t really get what was going around. Raising the hands immediately should have been his priority but may be he couldn’t understand the seriousness of what’s going around. If we think from the police’s perspective, they weren’t wrong either. On the day when terror alert is high, when a person who hesitates from putting hands up, and enters his hand in pocket for switching something(which is very likely to turn out to the remote of an explosive or something), cannot be an innocent person either.

As usual, the western media (democratic and liberal) prints about the innocent being killed. The police also have pressure of stopping terrorist attacks and no risk is affordable for them. Our beloved Naseerudin Shah is a police cop here married to an English lady. His nephew Zaheer soon comes from Pakistan, after a visit to Saudi Arabia to study in London. Zaheer is an engineering graduate as such, but considering the barbaric and tribal background of Pakistan one knows what’s there in him. Marrying a cousin is still a rife in Pakistan, and Zaheer has some feelings for Shah’s daughter too.

Om Puri(Junaid) is a long time friend of Shah who works as an Imam in a mosque, but rather the real job of this Imam is to brainwash the innocent youth for violence. A religious person like him is someone supposed to give all good messages of world, those of faith, and not hate. He makes one sided talks of attacks on Afghanistan, and other places without considering the fact that these attacks took place after many US embassies were bombed, after many innocent Americans were killed and especially after the 9/11. This has astonishing chord with the reality and it reminded of Thomas Friedman, who was so very correct in pointing out the importance of stopping such hate speeches, exactly in one of his award winning New York Times articles. Of course, Shah doesn’t approve of such acts and while he is discussing all this with Junaid, Zaheer gets impressed with all of Junaid’s stuff.

Later on, one of Junaid’s disciple starts making bombs along with Zaheer. Their apartment is checked by police, but one young hesitates from letting the police come inside the apartment. This much is enough for the police to know the reality, and they get the bombs, but unfortunately Zaheer runs out. Images of Zaheer running out from a back view are printed in the next day newspapers. Shah’s wife senses this from the T-shirt but Shah’s emotions refuse this.

An interesting thing to note is that this guy, while interrogation with the police possesses absolutely no shame whatsoever on his face, but rather all pride, as if he has caught a thief or criminal. This reminds of a scene in the start of the movie where a few teenagers are caught consuming illegal drugs, but after getting caught possess aplenty of shame on their faces and are willing for a change. Another interesting thing worth noting in this interrogation is that one cop gets irritated with the proud criminal and says “We’ll send you back to your scrap country”(tumhare fatichar country vaapis bhej denge). The very next day he apologizes to his female colleague, a native of an Arab country for the ‘scrap country’ comment, a comment of just two words. There is absolutely no such apology or sorry feeling with Junaid for his speeches.

Shah’s wife requests the colleague of Shah in the police department to keep a watch on Zaheer. She gets something very important but is killed in the process. The information collected by her proves very useful, and from Zaheer’s laptop Shah gets the exact location where Zaheer is going to plant the bombs, which is in a reputed shopping mall. After a little drama, Zaheer goes to press the button on remote to explode the bomb inside the mall, but Shah very quickly shoots him (his own nephew) before he does so. This scene also reminds us of the very first scene when an innocent was killed, where he also puts hand in the pocket to press a button.

One more interesting point is when Shah enquires the cop of killing the innocent, a little communal dialogues come up .Shah asks what if his name would have been Gaurav? Cop answers I wouldn’t have shot. Shah labels him as racist, but what striked me is that even this racist British does respect a Hindu or Indian sounding names! Overall, this movie has a really good presentation and provides good thrill. The second half of the movie is very thrilling and is much better than the first one. One just can’t get up from his seat in the whole movie. A much better pick than Karz of our beloved Himesh! Yucksssssss…

My rating: **** (4/5)

Image Courtesy: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Monday, October 20, 2008 10:56 am

    Are you sure this is a “No Spoilers” review!? 😀
    Good review, dude… Looks like a nice movie… I’ll watch it sometime! 🙂

  2. amit simant permalink
    Monday, October 20, 2008 6:14 pm

    hey dude… as some one gave you as a witty blogger award… it seems u developed ur writing skills a lot.good work dude.. but is that no spoiler review??

  3. ameyawaghmare permalink*
    Monday, October 20, 2008 9:54 pm

    @Nikhil
    I doubt really whether this is a no spoiler review! I’ve tried to give some details of the story so as to urge readers go watch the movie. 🙂
    @Amit Simant
    From which angles do you find this a witty post? It has covered some serious issues as such… 🙂 “no Spoiler” is probably a joke in the title I think! 😛

  4. kaustubh w permalink
    Sunday, November 2, 2008 9:32 pm

    u been covering a lot of issues in your blog entries dude…
    this one is also a good one…
    what i would love to read is your insight into the recent financial turmoil in the US and its repurcussions in the IT sector in india…
    the negatives as well as positives…not from the business point of view but from the point of view of the employees (especially amidst the layoff and reduced perks kind of stuff that’s being discussed)…
    can you do it?

    o n yeah…teach me some tricks of the trade…

  5. Thursday, November 6, 2008 11:17 am

    Sounds like a very interesting movie. I am going to watch this one 🙂

  6. ameyawaghmare permalink*
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 5:00 pm

    @Kaustubh W
    Yeah man, time is the only problem. Plus, my PC is getting attacked by viruses coming through USB drives every now and then. 😀
    @Indian Home Maker
    Welcome! 🙂
    Sure, you will enjoy the thrill of it. 🙂

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