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By Subhash K. Jha, July 19, 2010 – 12:05 IST
“Keep politics out of art and culture,” says Pakistan pop singer Ali Zafar who arrived in Mumbai this month. He would like nothing better than to move to Mumbai and become a singing actor like Kishore Kumar. But would the current milieu of hostility allow him to make that move?
“Things have to get better between the two countries,” Ali says optimistically. “The sooner the better. Because the present hostility is unbearable. We from the entertainment industry in Pakistan are hard hit by the suspicion between the two countries.”
Ali Zafar is honest enough to admit there’s more scope for him to function in India than in Pakistan. “I’ll be honest. There are more avenues and prospects here. So if the God above and the politicians down below permit, I’d love to move to Mumbai. An artiste knows no bounds and boundaries. My first home is Lahore. But I’d like to make Mumbai my second home.”
Ali has a wife and a 3-month baby boy back home. “When I left home I kept looking back at my home and loved ones. I wish they could come with me.” Ali expects his wife to join him in Mumbai later during his current trip to the city, his first after 26/11.
In the last 6-7 years, he has been to Mumbai at least 20 times.
However, he was unable to return recently because of the current political scenario. “Things have changed. My last visit was before 26/11 and I remember how pleasant the mood was in Mumbai. I was free to move around and roam freely on the streets of Mumbai. I cannot deny there’s tension between the two countries. Earlier aana jaana laga rehta tha. Initially, we artistes from Pakistan used to get multiple visas quite easily. Yes now it’s different, and sadly so. However, I feel singers and other artistes should be exempt from politics.”
Ali thinks it’s easy for him to incorporate singing into his acting because he uses a lot of acting expression on stage. “I wanted to do something different from what my colleagues from Pakistan do in India. I always thought my first acting experience would be something different and special. I’ve no leading lady in my first film Tere Bin Laden. I was determined that when I act for the first time, I’d sing for myself and not sing for others on screen. When I met the director Abhishek Sharma for Tere Bin Laden in Mumbai, I knew this was the project that I wanted to start my big-screen acting career with. I laughed so much when I heard the script. I was sure audiences would love it too.”Being married doesn’t diminish Ali’s popularity. “On the contrary female fans trust married men more than unmarried men. Married men are considered stable.”
About being inspired by Kishore Kumar, Ali Zafar shoots off, “He’s my definite inspiration, just as Kishore Kumar Saab was inspired by K.L Saigal.”
Ali is on the verge of signing new films in Mumbai…and moving in Mumbai. “I love the city. I want it to love me back as much as I do.”
We all wait for that one chance which’ll change our life for the better. Some may get the chance easily while some don’t inspite of trying their level best. At such a point, a person might give up or he/she may the hatke or the less taken and maybe the immoral route to succeed. Tere Bin Laden tells the tale of a person who fools the entire world, especially the most important country-US just to fulfill his dream. Easily one of the funniest films in recent times, Tere Bin Laden shall surely a put a smile on your face. The charming performance and the originality of the script is the icing on the cake!
The story of the movie: Ali Hassan (Ali Zafar) is an ambitious news reporter of Danka TV, which is run by Majeed Khan (Piyush Mishra). Ali’s only aim in life is to migrate to US. However, repeated attempts to get the American visa fail. One day, he comes across Noora (Pradhuman Singh), owner of poultry farm, who is an Osama lookalike. Ali then hatches a simple but witty plan-he decides to make a fake Osama video and sell it to the news channels. The plan is set in motion, the video is shot and Ali sells it for a handsome price too. However, unfortunately for him, it brings out unexpected results.
Tere Bin Laden deals with terrorism, Afghanistan war, US secret operations in Pakistan and not to forget, Osama Bin Laden. And yet, there’s not a single serious moment in the entire film! It is abound with funny sequences from start to finish. The film makes a sweeping dig on the stereotypes of Westerners and their ‘we-are-superior-and-know-it-all attitude’.
The film begins with a scene that wasn’t that funny but nevertheless sets the mood. The film gets on track when Ali discovers the Osama lookalike. From here, the film is an excellent ride! The manner in which Ali and his gang record the video without the duplicate Osama knowing the entire truth was brilliant and smartly thought of! The entire sequence involving the Americans planning to nab Osama was bizarre and perfectly projects the Western mindset. However, it is the last 30 minutes where the main action takes place which not only keeps you engrossed but entertains as well! And finally, the climax was quick but was simply perfect and you marvel at the director-writer who thought of such a cool and uncomplicated culmination!
However, inspite of so many plusses, the film falters at some places too. The film somehow doesn’t absorb you completely. The film is funny without a shred of doubt but the humour isn’t such that’ll make you fall of the chair. But yet, it surely gives a nice time and that’s enough reason to go and watch it!
Every actor has given a commendable performance. Ali Zafar is a stunning discovery and does a brilliant job. He looks awesome and performs his part confidently. What a week indeed…Bollywood got 2 new actors on one Friday-Rajat Barmecha of Udaan and now Ali! Let’s hope both go a long way! Pradhuman Singh was the star attraction of the film and does an outstanding job! His accent, his mannerisms and of course his act as the Osama was out of this world! Even the real Osama Bin Laden would smile after watching Pradhuman in Tere Bin Laden! Sugandha Garg (Zoya), who shot to fame with Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na gives a topnotch performance. Piyush Mishra as usual was rocking and brings the house down when he falls in the gutter! Barry John leaves a mark as the overzealous secret agent. Rahul Singh as the Communist RJ was natural but was relegated to backseat in the later part. Chirag Vohra (Lateef), Nikhil Ratnaparkhi (Gul), Chinmay Mandlekar (secret agent’s assistant) and the rest do a fine job.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is good, although not great. Ullu Da Patha is obviously the best song. I Love Amreeka is also a fine track. Dhruv Dhalla’s background score works well. Santosh Tundiyil’s cinematography was appropriate.
Finally, debutant director Abhishek Sharma scores as the writer and to an extent, as the director as well. Story was brilliant and truly innovative. Hats off to him for coming up with such a unique concept! He handled the film as well but somehow, he could have done a better job. Anyways, it was a brilliant first attempt and Abhishek would surely do even better in his next!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Ali covers the CM’s conference
2. Ali at the Muqabla-e-Baang competition
3. Ali meets Noora for the first time
4. Ali shoots the controversial video
5. Ali sells the video
6. Ali decides to shoot another video
7. Majeed kidnapped
8. The entire US operation in Pakistan
9. Bomb blast in the studio (funniest scene!)
10. The climax
On the whole, Tere Bin Laden is a smart comedy that will surely impress. Although not a classic, it surely provides 90 minutes of pure entertainment! Go for it to savour a hatke comedy!
My rating-*** ½ out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, July 14, 2010 – 14:33 IST
Osama Bin Laden. Just Google this name and I am sure, the results would be amongst the highest on the web. Post 9/11, terror has a new name and also a face. Now imagine Osama Bin Laden running a poultry farm and also running behind chickens. Imagine Osama Bin Laden ogling at a makeup woman. Imagine Osama Bin Laden urinating outside a television studio, but ready to hand-over his business card to the person urinating on the other side. Imagine Osama becoming a business partner in a tacky salon.
Smiling, are you? That, in a nutshell, is TERE BIN LADEN, a wicked comedy with an out-of-the-box concept that offers laughter unlimited. In fact, I don’t think I’ve flexed my facial muscles in any other film in the recent past as much as I did while watching this satirical comedy. What gives TERE BIN LADEN an edge over other comedies is that it’s not the slapstick humour that keeps you entertained. This one has a story to tell as well, which also delves deeply into the minds of today’s youth.
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Final word? Grab a popcorn, sip your cola and get ready to laugh non-stop for the next two hours. You would love Osama Bin Laden, for a change!
TERE BIN LADEN is a tongue-in-cheek comedy about an ambitious young news reporter from Pakistan [Ali Zafar], who is desperate to migrate to the U.S. in pursuit of the American dream. His repeated attempts to immigrate are shot down as his visa is always rejected. But when things couldn’t look worse, he comes across an Osama Bin Laden lookalike. Ali then hatches a scheme to produce a fake Osama video and sell it to news channels as a breakthrough scoop.
Unfortunately, there are serious ramifications as the White House gets involved and dispatches an overzealous secret agent on Ali’s trail.
Although TERE BIN LADEN uses a surname that’s known across the globe, there’s not one serious moment in this film. Even the modus operandi of the Americans to nab Laden [which, frankly, could've turned the film serious] is so juvenile and crazy that you can’t help but smile at the sequence of events.
Again, in a film that has Osama Bin Laden playing the central role, you’re curious to know what its culmination will be like. Whether debutant writer-director Abhishek Sharma would settle for a realistic conclusion or an open ending. Thankfully, the film doesn’t get preachy at all, nor does it get serious in those penultimate moments. It’s as funny as the rest of the film and makes you wonder, kaash, the solution would be as simple in real life.
Debutant director Abhishek Sharma takes an offbeat story and gives it an interesting twist. Who would’ve ever thought of making a film on Osama Bin Laden and that too a comedy? This guy sure has courage to swim against the tide. Besides writing a crazy film and decorating it with madcap characters, Abhishek also does justice to the subject by handling it so well. Making people laugh is a herculean task and maintaining the tempo is, perhaps, the biggest challenge. One continues to smile from Scene A to Z and in two sequences specifically, I ended up laughing hysterically. One, when Piyush Mishra falls in the drain and lands straight on the hot seat and the second, when a bomb explodes inside the studio. Outrageously funny sequences, both!
The first-time director also deserves credit for recreating Pakistan in Hyderabad in India. Right from the look to the language to the costumes to the artefacts to the typical truck that you see in Pakistan, TERE BIN LADEN gets it right. Santosh Thundiyil’s cinematography is good. Dialogue are witty and the one-liners specially evoke mirth. The review would be incomplete if I didn’t highlight the invaluable contribution by its music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. ‘Ullu Da Patha’ is already a rage, while ‘I Love Amreeka’ is foot-tapping as well.
Casting new, confident and most importantly, talented actors gives the film the right push. Ali Zafar is a star, no two opinions on that. The youngster is a package of good looks, super talent and the right screen presence. He charms his way into your heart with a super-confident performance and I strongly feel that there’s no stopping him after this film. In fact, TERE BIN LADEN heralds the arrival of a new star in Bollywood.
Pradhuman Singh is a replica of Osama Bin Laden and is in terrific form in the film. In fact, the film would’ve fallen flat had it not been for the actor enacting this part so convincingly. Piyush Mishra is exceptional, like always. Sugandha Garg [as Zoya] is first-rate. Nikhil Ratnaparkhi [as Gul, the cameraman, Ali's partner in crime] is very good. Rahul Singh [as radio jockey Qureshi] is perfect. Barry John [as Ted] is competent. Chirag Vohra [as Lateef, who writes the lines in Arabic language] supports well. Chinmay Mandlekar [as Barry John's sidekick] is decent. Rajendra Sethi [travel agent] is natural.
On the whole, TERE BIN LADEN is a fun-ride that makes you smile constantly and even laugh outrageously in those two hours. A thorough entertainer, this film has all it takes to not only make its viewers laugh in the aisles, but also its investors laugh all the way to the bank.
Director drops Laden from Tere Bin Laden for the film’s release in Pakistan
|A till from Tere Bin Laden|
Debutant director Abhishek Sharma’s satirical film Tere Bin Laden, starring Praduman Singh as a comic version of Osama Bin Laden, is releasing on July 16.
Sources say that the film is simultaneously being released in Pakistan but only as Tere Bin. They have decided to drop the word Laden from the title for precautionary reasons.
Ali Zafar who is also distributing the film in Pakistan was unavailable for comment but Abhishek confirmed the release of the film in Pakistan.
About deleting the name Laden from the title, Abhishek added, “It was Ali’s call because in Pakistan the situation is sensitive. If any terrorists see the name Laden on the posters they might create trouble before the screening.”