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MUNDRA WINS THE AUDIENCE!
MUNDRA WINS THE AUDIENCE!

By Eye TV India Bureau

Critic's I-view

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A film producer based in the United Kingdom who has already proved himself with his hat ke movies like 'Bawander' and 'Provoked' in the recent past, has returned this time with his 'Shoot On Sight' released on October 17th, both in English and Hindi. Yes, he is Jagmohan Mundra, who has based his latest flick on the terrorist attack on London's underground railway station of July 7, 2005. You may recall that the London police had given orders for shooting at sight of any doubtful person. This order provoked Mundra to make this movie. He relates the movie story to a capable police officer of Scotland named Tariq Ali (played by Naseeruddin Shah).

Soon after the terrorist attack, Tariq Ali, a cop, is pulled out of anonymity, when a shootout in the metro goes awry. The cops have gunned down an innocent Muslim and need some desperate whitewashing. In the beginning, Tariq Ali takes it as a chance of a lifetime: he begins to eye a promotion. But life isn't easy in a post 9/11 scenario; for the Muslim cop or for the people around him, especially since they are fighting for establishing that all Muslims are not terrorists. But, he is also aware that he is a suspect in the eyes of his senior police officers. After the inquiry, Tariq finds out that the dead Muslim young man was innocent.

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So, the movie tries to depict the feelings of the particular group to which the innocent belonged. At this juncture, a Muslim fundamentalist Juned Imam played by Om Puri poisions the minds of that particular group. Thus, the two actors - Om Puri and Nasserudin Shah -- dominate the movie. Though the movie is made in English, the same has been dubbed in Hindi, too. Incidentally, Nasser declined to give his voice to the Hindi version by saying that he is opposed to the dubbing of English movies in Hindi. Since the movie centers on a subject like this, it has a wide appeal to the conscience of millions belonging to that particular group spread over the world.

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Many a movie is seen in the recent past on the subject of terrorism. Subhash Ghai's 'Black And White' comes to the mind as it showed how a young guest in the house turned out to be a closet-terror 'Shoot On Sight'. 'Shoot On Sight' succeeds in leaving an impact on the audience through its actors/ characters. The use of language in dialogues is fine and their editing tight. Just one or two scenes establish the deep relations between characters. The interlude in the kitchen between Naseer (originally from Pakistan) and his British wife (Greta Scacchi) is excellently depicted.

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But the cop's nephew in their house creates the rift between husband and wife. So, Naseer charges his wife Scacchi of discrimination. Hasn't the movie shown this in a very refined manner? This certainly impresses the viewer. Hence the movie is certain to succeed at the box office. Performance-wise, Naseer as usual plays excellent as a police officer and Om Puri as a radical clergy, Gulshan Grover as Naseer's friend, though a butcher, and the British actors, who play Naseer's colleagues.

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Mikaal Zulfikar as Naseer's nephew proves his worth as a villain in his debut performance. He wonders why his aunt, British wife of his uncle Naseer, hasn't converted to Islaam so far. Madhu Ambat fares quite well as a cinematographer by capturing the buzz of London. So, Mundra has more and more plus points and the least weak ones, and the latter to be ignored in the light of today's declining trend prevailing among Bollywood movies.

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