I like the film very much. There are multiple tracks of my special interests merging in to one film like: 1) Terrorism, specially post 9/11 stories 2) social conflict 3) Mira Niar films 4) films about the South Asian subcontinents 5) Films with stories about immigrants experience , minority, diversity and multiculturalism
The List of the terrorism films that I have seen and enjoyed is long . Fiction, based on True story or actual documentary
· Hollywood : Charlie Wilson's War ( 2007) , Saving Jessica Lynch (2003) (TV), Argo (2012 film) (2012), Zero Dark Thirty ( 2012)
· Bollywood : Roja (1992) Dil Se.. (1998), Black Friday (2005) Fanaa (2006), A Wednesday!, (2009) thriller film, New York (2009) , My Name is Khan (2010)
· Foreign Films : Waltz with Bashir , Gate Keeper ( 2012-Oscar nominated for the best documnetary ( Kudos to the Israeli directors to make movies with such exemplary candor ) , Khudake Liye ( Pakistan )..
The subject is also popular theme in some the award-winning TV serials like Homeland (HBO) . We live in post 9/11 era. The era of WW-II spy movies or James Bond type cold-war stereo type has faded. Besides terrorism, there has been many good movies on the deep and agonizing conflicts that people live in . Few just caused by the class war, drug wars specially in Latin American countries but many more are also no the sectarian, tribal, ethnic , Islamist conflicts that we see in the Middle east, countries made out of the lines drawn by the former imperial powers or forced co-existence by the past conquerors.Usually I like Documentaries or the fact based film a lot more than fiction, However this film is an exception. I liked may shuttle things in the movie from the titles in English going from right to left. Sufi divine music, the dialogues in Urdu , not modifying the name Chengiz ( to Gengiz) , ghazal, specially the ghazal of Iqbal. ( “the mountain eagle” (Bāng‑i Darā,“ your place is not on the domes of the palace but on the peak of the mountain “ where The Eagle,”highlights the “ascetic” and freedom‑loving nature of the eagle. The subtitle translates its as Falcon ) . I like the most of the movie’s ability to keep the suspense till the end and Mira Nayar dedicating the film to her father.
I am not going to be a spoiler as I would recommend every person of acquaintance living the in USA and the Indian subcontinent to see the film) . The critics review is not the most applauding with the rottern Tamoto meter indicating on 53% grade . May be the background Sufi music and lyrics could have made it difficult to decipher for American Critics.
Probably this one of the first Indian directors to make a Pakistani film from Pakistani author and bring it to America . Though the movie does not necessarily put Americans in the positive light but no one has denounced it. That makes proud of open and liberal practices in US democracy. The fact no one in India has asked to ban the movie and the fact that it has crosses borders makes me so proud of India.
Probably this one of the first Indian directors to make a Pakistani film from Pakistani auhor and bring it to America . Though the movie does not necessarily put Americans in the positive light but no one has denounced it. That makes proud of open and liberal practices in US democracy. The fact no one in India has asked to ban the movie and the fact that it has crosses borders makes me so proud of India.