what is this garbage?

July 19, 2010

What is this garbage?

Somehow I landed back to koolmuzone today (Koolmuzone is one of the big-shot news websites on the Pakistani music & entertainment “industry”). While I’m pretty sure that Tere Bin Laden would be a fun movie to watch, despite my hatred of Ali Zafar (and Atif Aslam while I’m at it), I was curious to see what the review would be like.

I read the first two paragraphs and left the article.

Tere Bin Laden, starring, Prince of Pop, Ali Zafar has garnered generally positive reviews all over the world. The film earned $20,000 on Thursday night in Dubai, and it has become a smash hit in Dubai and in Mumbai, India. So Muslims and Pakistanis abroad love it, and did not find anything offensive in it. It’s a comedy film and it caters to the general psyche of the society. Banning the screening of the film in Pakistan on grounds that extremists could use it as a pretext to launch attacks, made every Pakistani sad and also excited to look for the illegal pirated version of it over the internet. Luckily I found the version within the next 24 hours of the release of the film and thankfully it has been shot quite nicely by the unknown director (pirate) sitting inside the cinema. Throughout the film I never felt that its an anti-Pakistan film. “It’s ironical that Indians are supporting a Pakistani (actor and character), while elements of our local Establishment are apathetic at best and regressive at worst.”, says a renowned musician ‘Shahvar Ali Khan’. A former member of parliament, said the ban was political posturing by the government. “They did not ban the movie because of security concerns. Nonsense,” Mr Yousaf Salahuddin said. “It is an anti-American film that exposes the Americans” and their double-standards. He said the Pakistani government did not want to offend the Americans. I don’t see a point why the movie should be banned here as its a pro-Pakistani film and being a Pakistani I thoroughly enjoyed the film and would highly recommend people to watch this rare gem in theaters. The movie is a very subtle, humorous remark on the war on terror. I think we needed a movie like that. So here goes the first Pakistani review.

Tere Bin Laden is not your typical Bollywood film. It tells the tale of a person who fools the entire world, especially the most important country-US just to fulfill his dream. It is a satire but not the average run-of-the-mill kind. It is a spoof on America and its war on terror. Even with name of Osama Bin Laden in the film, yet there is not a single serious moment in the entire film. It is abound with funny sequences from start to finish. It perhaps will even make Osama laugh if he ever gets to see it or, may be he’ll hire Pradhuman Singh (Fake Osama) as his double.

Who the hell wrote this review? “So Muslims and Pakistanis abroad love it, and did not find anything offensive in it” – So? So? Just because it earned 20,000 implies that all “Muslims and Pakistanis abroad” loved it? Hollywood turns out lots of bad movies every year which end up making good money regardless – just look at the massive turd Shrek 3 was. A film that makes money does not prevent it from having its critics, haters and controversies.

“…made every Pakistani sad and also excited to look for the illegal pirated version of it over the internet”. Aw, wee’r shooooo shaaad : ( .But yay, looking for pirated movies excites us!

“Throughout the film I never felt that its an anti-Pakistan film.” And so the Zaid Hamid-like hints of jingoism start. “I don’t see a point why the movie should be banned here as its a pro-Pakistani film and being a Pakistani I thoroughly enjoyed the film and would highly recommend people to watch this rare gem in theaters.”

“The movie is a very subtle, humorous remark on the war on terror. I think we needed a movie like that.” I think the reviewer just learnt what “subtle” means and how it fits into a sentence to make it sound intelligent.

“It perhaps will even make Osama laugh if he ever gets to see it or, may be he’ll hire Pradhuman Singh (Fake Osama) as his double.” WTH?

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One Response to “what is this garbage?”


  1. what is this garbage?…

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