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Terrorist (Widescreen)

Ayesha Dharker , K. Krishna , Santosh Sivan    Unrated   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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie June 8 2004
By dustin
I loved the movie The Terrorist. It is a non-Bollywood Indian film that doesnt altogether escape the somewhat cheesy nature of some of these movies, but it remains extremely emotional and dark throughout. The main character struggles between her duty to her "country", the rebels she fights with, and sacrificing her life to take the lives of others (namely the leader of the Government, this sort of assassination has really taken place in India in the fairly recent past). She seems to really begin to understand the beautiful, fragile nature of life when she meets a little boy who is to be her guide. The movie is not too violent and I would recommend it to a mature PG-13 audience.
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First off let's go over the DVD itself. The movie is transferred well except for a few spots where the film is scratched (twice kind of heavily for a few seconds). The audio transfer is relatively good. The only part that is bad is that for a minute or two of film, the movie shakes. I'm not sure if this was a transfer problem or if that was from the original film, but it distracts at a key part of the film. Also for reference this DVD has trailers (both foreign and domestic) but no other extras.
As far as the film itself, it was marvelous. The acting was suberb. The details of the cinematography really add to the movie's atmosphere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant Jan. 26 2004
By madhu m
the terrorist is one of the best movies ever to come out of india. the movie is totally unlike the normal indian bollywood movie. part-inspired by the events surrounding the assassination of late prime-minister rajiv gandhi, terrorist takes a look into the minds of an assassin.
the movie moves at a steady pace giving us time to understand the protagonist and sympathise with her. this bond is accentuated by ayesha dharkar's terrific acting, she clearly is a unique talent and hopefully the whole world will get to appreciate her in star wars II.
santosh sivan who is essentially a cinematographer takes to directing and comes up with a gripping tale. the movie shines with his brilliant work behind the camera as well, capturing every beautiful raindrop & the subtleties in dharkar's expressions.
the movie stands out as special, intelligent & warm, among its peers. a truly significant movie
a fantastic 10 out of 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC Feb. 23 2003
This movie is a fantastic look into what manipulation terosists groups put on their people to brain wash them to kill. In this movie the Tamil Tiger,, regime, put their women to the test and recruit them to kill an Indian political member, by blowing herself up.
The main character in the story comes across many people on her journey which change her views towards other people and starts to love others and herself like she never once knew.
All of which most of these people die.
Its a fantastic movie i wish everyone could watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DESTROY OR CREATE=TO BE OR NOT TO BE Oct. 3 2002
By poetix
The major attraction of this film for THE MAN WITH THE KINOAPPARAT is the sound design. Any serious sound guys out there, you need to read this book as a text book.
The person who picked this particular film up for distribution in the US is an amazingly familiar name to those serious film these people; John Malkovich!
Well, I did not expect you to know this but it is the truth! At the initial screening at NUART theatre, the tie and suit guys fled so fast that one could easily gage the ultimate uniqueness of the film just by looking at the speed of these guys!
It is a fascinating journey into the shady area where ethics and higher ideals clash/where animal nature and intellect clash, depends on the way you would like to phrase it!
Filmmaking, artistry and authenticity at its best! I watched it breathless knowing that it would not get a national theatrical release. It was that good. Don't hesitate, go for it.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars intelligent film
This provides and interesting look into the world of rebels and those who would be suicide bombers. It helps us to understand the mindset of such people and possible reasons they... Read more
Published on July 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Poignant
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... Read more
Published on Dec 25 2001 by V. Ravindran
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylized reality
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2001 by RBBreese
2.0 out of 5 stars Malli's final decision not worth all that navel gazing
The film is sure darn nice to look at but it couldn't prevent all the introspection from grating on me after awhile. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2001 by "snootchiebootchies"
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film from India
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2001 by LGwriter
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and Moving
The Terrorist is an unconventional film, providing a beautiful, quiet, almost meditative look into the mind and heart of a woman rebel about to commit a suicide terrorist act. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2001
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Published on July 12 2001 by J. Grupp
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