If you haven’t watched the movie yet you need to stop reading right now and turn away. I don’t want to be the one to spoil it for you.
Ideas, ideas, ideas, ideas… are they more important?
I cannot say I enjoyed the film but that had nothing to do with the accents, the acting, the script or the direction. I believe everything about the movie was commendable and it did give an extra ordinary boost to the local industry. Which is what we need right now! Movies give ideas and ideas are important! I can’t wait watch a movie on Malala.
This review is all about ideas, not about the cinema, the characters or their acting skills. It is not even about the dialogues and the direction, which really was great coming from a young filmmaker.
I didn’t enjoy the film because it was a painful movie and not just for the patriots, for any person of reason. You don’t have to be a patriot to appreciate the effort of the scriptwriter and director. I am not a patriot and the clear message that killing is wrong and somebody has got to step up against it is not really a patriotic message. You don’t have to be a Pakistani to appreciate this film. All you need is a heart and a brain, perhaps.
Ali Azmat played a national hero, all for patriotism, and the audience easily identified him as a Khan-like character. There was a hint of tsunami before the character and his wife were remorselessly killed. His stance on terrorism or war on terror was not clear enough but Nadeem F. Paracha rightfully pointed out on twitter that the character was as delusional as our Tsunami Khan. He strongly and childishly believed a dam could solve all problems of the country, and this can be compared to Imran Khan’s blind faith in peace talks.
We also see the Khan-like figure playing in the hands of a woman and then dying immediately after. If that woman was indicating Jemima one cannot say for sure. Also, notice that his relationship with his wife was clearly pointing towards how he was not a saint, but just a man.
The subject of drones and the part they played in giving birth to terrorism was rightfully rejected by the film. But then the finger was pointed towards RAW. How far is that correct? Not sure, maybe the finger should have been pointing at us, more. We need to take the blame; it is time.
The attack on the police academy was heartrending and the peak of the film. We need to know how it is done and who does it. The question avoided was why did they do it? You cannot let the audience assume the answer to this very important question. I would have liked a little more emphasis on what problems do the terrorists have with the government and the military. And what makes them blow innocent civilians. It cannot all just be RAW, the erroneous answer that was projected by the film.
Also, the idea that Mujtaba came out of retirement for his country was a little floppy. You don’t need rocket science to figure out that the real reason was his family and revenge. So, instead of shunning individuality and promoting patriotism our movies need to respect and believe in persons. A person can bring change with the right motivation. And that motivation can be personal; it does not always have to be linked to religion or nation.
Lastly, the most important message of the film was the case for arms against terror-an operation that was successful. The movie was not for Khan and his peace talks. It urged us to believe in ourselves, our police force and maybe advocated for a military operation in those regions.