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  • Actors: Ayesha Dharker, K. Krishna, Sonu Sisupal, Vishwas, Anuradha
  • Directors: Santosh Sivan
  • Writers: Santosh Sivan, C.K. Raajaa Chandra Sekar, Ravi Deshpande, Vijay Deveshwar
  • Producers: A. Sreekar Prasad, A. Sriram, Abhijit Joshi
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Paradox
  • Release Date: May 29 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z1FK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,181 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Inspired by the events surrounding the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi, The Terrorist focuses on the making of a suicide bomber marching towards the end of her life.

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Format: VHS Tape
For all its title, this Indian film is not in any way political; though it is clearly inspired by the assacination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, by a girl who strapped a bomb around her body, the location of "The Terrorist" remains vague. But that makes a point because the film concentrates an orphaned girl Malli's pyschological change from a soldier fighting in the jungle for cause, into something she never thought of before, something with humanity.
The film neither defends nor accuses the terrorism (whatever you may define it) and those who are involved in it. The director wisely avoids including any reference to political climate, and sets his forcus upon the girl who believes her cause, and for that purpose, could be ruthless to kill a man. She is chosen for the 'human bomb' soldier to assacinate one statesman, and when she knows that, she quite happily starts the preparatory course for the mission, saying the words of gratitude before the commander.
And Malli is sent to an old farmer's house under false identity, in order to wait for the order, but there she encounters the events that influence her way of thinking. For the reason that is gradually revealed in flashback sequences, her strong will starts to falter. In fact, Malli is given a chance to choose her life, which is to be suggested in the end.
Shot all with natural lighting, and except the leading actress Ayesha Dharkar, with all non-professional actors, the film shows the impressive contrast of darkness and light. Santosh Sivan, acclaimed photographer of India, gives his second feature as a director, and his skill for capturing the natural light is brilliantly shown here, with finely realized images of green, wet jungle.
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The Terrorist is a great movie and takes on a special context given the times we are going through.
The movie is inspired by the assasination of Rajiv Gandhi by the LTTE (the strongest Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group). The star character is Malli, a 19 year old girl, who is part of a terrorist/resistance group. While the movie never goes into specifics, you as basically to assume that she is a Sri Lankan Tamil and is a member of the LTTE. She is selected to perform a suicide bombing and goes on a trek to the location where the VIP will be assasinated. Again, the VIP and the location is never specified, but you can assume she is targetting an important global politician and travels to Tamil Nadu.
I won't give away the rest of the movie. The director does a magnficent job humanizing Malli, and setting up the context for why someone would do something that we in the West could never envision.
After watching the movie, I was left with some key realizations to pipe back into today's headlines. I think you will too.
As for the DVD specifics, there are no real special features, just be glad you have subtitles. The sound is all over the map, so sometimes you can understand what people are saying, other times the dialogue is totally drowned out and Tamil speakers will have to use the subtitles. For those like me whose Tamil is not so good, you will find the dialogue pretty simple and minamalist. I was able to follow without the subtitles as long as I could hear the dialogue.
I found an interesting website recapping the Rajiv Gandhi assasination after I watched the movie which others might find useful as well: (...)
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By RBBreese on Nov. 23 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this film in Sri Lanka in 2000. The manner of film-making is stylized to western eyes but the process of the film is very compelling. An Indian film purporting to represent no country in particular, the Sri Lankan conflict (an its Indian implications) is obviously the focus. The sheer insanity of this 20 year civil war is conveyed by depictions of cruelty - physical and emotional - on both sides. The essentially banal process of indoctrinating Mali, the female suicide bomber to be, is subtly complicated by routine and not so routine human contact on the road to her intended destiny. Seeing the film in Sri Lanka during a month when there were three suicide bombings around the capitol engendered a palpable sense of depression as the film progressed. Nevertheless, the circumstances surrounding her final decision in the film makes a grab at hope. American sophisticates will call the denoument 'preachy', but when a nation is tearing itself apart from the inside there's nothing wrong with a good sermon. As an educator, I would recommend the film for use in undergraduate course work or seminars dealing with a range of issues for discussion, complemented by readings on the Gandhi assassination and ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka and India.
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Format: DVD
This film does a brilliant job of juxtaposing those who have experienced "nornal" life and all it represents with those whose lives are fanatically devoted to the single purpose of war. The title character, a 19 year old Indian girl, has not known much about life as it is lived by common people. Instead she has dedicated herself to revolution and killing. Yet the scenes of her butchering her enemies play down the violence, as if to show that the focus is more on her own psychology of resisting rather than a typical American focus on the act of violence itself.
Eventually, she questions her intense and decidedly narrow focus as the film progresses, and she encounters people who live simple lives--i.e., with family and day-to-day concerns, who know much more than she does about living life for life itself, rather than living only for the purpose of dying at whatever time is appropriate for the eternal fight.
Life and death--a great theme for any film--is here handled so skillfully and with such insight that it is a truly gripping experience watching this movie.
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