Tere Bin Laden (2010)
- Written by Abhishek Sharma
- Directed by Abhishek Sharma
Tere Bin Laden - Movie Highlights
They say that the best things in life come in small packages. And standing strong among big films are small films. It is not that the experimental non-star movies are happening now, back then they were termed as parallel cinema and was responsible for the Golden Age of Indian film Industry. Today the line between commercial and parallel cinema is getting blurred day by day because of wide reach to the audience thanks to the multiplex culture and the internet. Small films like Khosla Ka Ghosla, Love Sex aur Dhokha, Dev D, Peepli [Live], Phas Gaya Re Obama, Do Dooni Chaar and Road, Movie etc are the new BIG films and flavor of the season. Here content is the King and Cinema in its purest form. Among all big budgets trash that we see every Friday, there comes a film like Tere Bin Laden and hope of good cinema is rekindled all over again. It is a humorous, crazy cinema at its best. Also a sequel, Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive, followed in 2016.
Ali (Ali Zafar) is an ambitious young reporter with Danka TV, a local TV channel in Karachi, Pakistan, run by Majeed (Piyush Mishra). He is desperate to migrate to the US in pursuit of the American dream and work for American news channel. His repeated attempts to immigrate are shot down as his visa is rejected. On one occasion, when Majeed sends him to cover a local event for his channel, he comes across Noora (Pradhuman Singh), a chicken farmer who looks like Osama Bin Laden in appearance. Ali then hatches a scheme to produce a fake Osama video and sell it to news channels as breaking news. He takes the help of his cameraman and best friend Gul (Nikhil Ratnaparkhi); the hapless Danka TV tech Lateef (Chirag Vohra); a makeup artist Zoya (Sugandha Garg) with big dreams of her own; and a radio jockey Quereshi (Rahul Singh) and forms a team to execute his plan and convinces them about the merits of his plan. And by tricking Noora into unknowingly posing as Bin Laden, he makes the tape and sells it to Majeed. Unfortunately, things don't work out like intended. The video goes global and the US now believes Bin Laden to be in Pakistan. And Noora after knowing that he has been tricked into this goes into hiding. Ali's plan has backfired and he convinces his team to do another video so that they can rectify it but have to find Noora first. Here the US Government has taken the tape seriously and sends its best team led by Ted Wood (Barry John) and seeks help from Usman (Chinmay Mandlekar), the head of the Pakistani intelligence agency, to hunt for Osama and the team that made the tape. What are the consequences they face and how they come out of the problem by providing a peace message forms the rest of the story?
Post 9/11, there were many films on the subject of terrorism but all had serious tone. But Tere Bin Laden takes the liberty of being a comedy that too on the most dangerous man on earth, Osama. The film is a spoof on Osama Bin Laden and makes a commentary on America's war against terror through satirical comedy. It is a tongue-in-cheek comedy highly recommended for its fresh concept and some pure humor. The best thing is that it's not dragged unnecessarily and the run time is shorter. It has a tight script and does not deviate from the main course. Right from the very first scene the mood is set. The tempo of the film is very consistent and moves at a brisk pace. As the movie progresses and story unfolds, the joy rides keep getting funnier. The movie does the perfect job of being funny and at the same time what it is supposed to do, entertain. Thankfully, the film doesn't get preachy at all, nor does it get serious in those penultimate moments. It remains funny throughout its entire run time. It was banned in many countries including Pakistan but as a satire even though it offended many people it remains true to itself. It has many uproarious moments that make it shine.
- 1. There are some constant digs at America and Pakistan.
- 2. A visa office in Pakistan is named as Lashkar-e-America.
- 3. When Ted is asked his rationale behind attacking Afghanistan when he knows that Osama is actually in Pakistan he says he has 100 million dollars allotted for the mission and cannot use the entire sum in only consuming coffee.
- 4. Majeed finds himself in a gutter and he asks if he has reached America and many more such hidden references.
Abhishek Sharma's direction is flawless. Art director does a great job of recreating Karachi. Dialect is a mixture of Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu which is written intelligently and adds authenticity. (In fact it's the Punjabi abusive used by Pradhuman dressed as Osama which leaves you in splits). Music is good with Ullu da Pathatha and I Love Amreeka being tremendous. Rest of the songs like Shor Sharaba, Kukduku are fare enough.
The casting is pitch perfect and it is good to see such wonderful low budget film with relatively unknown actors doing fabulously. This adds to the main USP of the film where everyone gels together perfectly and contributes a lot to the overall experience. Debutant Ali Zafar is quite promising and confident. Piyush Mishra is incomparable. Sugandha Garg as makeup artist Zoya is decent. Chirag Vohra (as editor Lateef, who writes the lines in Arabic language) is impressive. Nikhil Ratnaparkhi (as Gul, the cameraman) is competent. Barry John as Ted is good. Rahul Singh as a radio jockey Qureshi is fine and last but not the least Chinmay Mandlekar (as Ted's sidekick) is entertaining. But the pick of the cast and the person who makes this movie is Pradhuman Singh whose Osama look-alike character is the heart and soul of the movie. He is simply hilarious. His scenes with Sugandha will leave you in giggles. The film could have fallen flat had he faltered in his role of a fake Osama. Credit must also go to the make-up artists.
It is by far the funniest film in recent times and a must watch for good content and cinema to survive and grow!