Wednesday, January 04, 2006

One more unnecessary movie

Does anyone really want to plunk down $7.50 or more to see a movie about the inner workings of the mind of a suicide bomber, inspired by last summer's London bombings?

MUMBAI, India (Reuters) - A Bollywood director plans to make a film inspired in part by July's London bombings that will explore the story of a would-be suicide bomber struggling to reconcile the message of radical Islam with an appetite for life.

Mahesh Bhatt's Suicide Bomber, to be set in Britain and India, will also seek to spread the message that Islam is a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness, the leading director told Reuters on Wednesday.

"Muslims are demonized by the western nations especially after the so-called war on terror. The gulf between Muslims and the rest of the world is widening," Bhatt said.

"The film will be an attempt to clarify Islam is not demonic and to delve into the mind of a young suicide bomber to try to find out what drives him to reject life for a violent death."

Bhatt's 21-year-old son, Rahul, will play the lead role -- an Asian Muslim living in Britain who is drawn by radical ideology to kill himself and others in the name of faith, but who fails in his deadly mission and flees to India.

"There, life grabs our young man and then it becomes a struggle between (his) heart and his commitment to ideology," Bhatt said. Shooting is slated to begin in June and the film may be ready for a December release.

We're sure there will be several dance numbers to lighten the mood and help convince us bigoted Westerners that Islam is all about peace, love and understanding. Why we can't see it already, well, who the hell can figure?

The next serious beef we have is whether the world needs another Bollywood movie, but that's another issue - with some personal history attached - that is best left to another day.


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