Dear John Abraham
I spent two hours watching your tortuous new film Attack. The film is terrible, and its a flop. It seems the audience had decided to reject your film even before it released. Yeh public hai, John, yeh sabb janti hai. You can’t fool them with your assumed jingoism and flag-waving patriotism when the flag you are waving has no wind in the sail.
Your rhetorics about Bharat Mata are as hollow as the special effects used in the war scenes.And that whole concept of a chip named Ira being implanted in your brain…let’s just say Alexa is not feeling jealous.
What really bothered me was the demonization of one community just to show how brave our soldiers are. If I was a foreigner who had never been to India, I would think all the people of one community are terrorists. This racial stereotyping is scary. We live in frightful times.Actors should be careful about what they say on screen.
What this film says is, uss kaum ke log sab aaatankwadi hain. Maybe not in so many words. But what is this: When a child named Hamid Gul is spared by you during a raid on militants,you kill his father but you spare the child—oh merciful messiah– you spare the rod and spoil the child. You don’t kill the child, so he grows up a hardcore terrorist.
What this means is, do not spare the children of suspected terrorists. Russians are randomly raiding bombing and killing children in the Ukraine. Just saying.
It is not The Kashmir Files that was anti-Muslim. It is your film.So gleefully venomous , it is sickening. No, the token ‘Good Muslim’ doesn’t take away the sting. Rakul Preet Singh essentially plays ‘Rahim Chacha’ (Rehana Chachi, if you prefer). The token Good Muslim who has been part of our film since time immemorial
It is amusing to see you play a super-soldier in the Marvel-DC style with superpowers. Our soldiers don’t need super-powers . Our soldiers , regardless of their religion, are equipped with a glorious super-power to protect our country.
But how do we protect ourselves from ersatz films on nationalism stoked by a false sense of selfrighteouness?
I recently heard you say you are not here in the film industry to sell crap. I am not too sure of that.