The events of September 9, 2001 struck the world and became a source of inspiration to many creative minds including Indian filmmakers who weaved in 9/11, Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden into plot lines. We take a look at some examples…
Madhoshi (2004): Starring Bipasha Basu and John Abraham, Madhoshi was a box-office disaster. Basu played the character of Anupama who is left devastated after the death of her sister in the World Trade Centre attack. Her depression drives her into a relationship with a man called Aman (John Abraham) who is simply a figment of her imagination.
Kabul Express (2006): Documentary maker Kabir Khan cast John Abraham and Arshad Warsi as Indian war journalists covering the state of affairs in Afghanistan following the US invasion. The movie was banned after the Afghani government voiced objections over the racist portrayal of the Hazara ethnic group. Demonstrations were held in Quetta by Hazaras, demanding an apology from the director and crew for the remarks made.
Yun Hota To Kya Hota (2006): Naseeruddin Shah's directorial debut focussed on four parallel plotline that are eventually entwined by the events of 9/11. The movie starred Konkona Sen Sharma, Jimmy Shergill, Irrfan Khan, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal, Ankur Khanna and Boman Irani among others
Khuda Kay Liye (2007): The Pakistani movie that also starred Naseeruddin Shah was a critical success in India. It deals with the life of two brothers whose life are turned upside down by Islamic fundamentalism and later by 9/11.
New York (2009): Yet another film by Kabir Khan, New York starred Katrina Kaif, John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh as three college friends whose lives are changed forever with the events of September 11. Director Khan said the movie "is based on part of the political canvas of 9/11, but it speaks of prejudices after the great human tragedy." The film was a box-office success.
Kurbaan (2009): 'Kurbaan' starred Saif Ali Khan and real-life lady love Kareena Kapoor, in a love story set against the backdrop of global terrorism. Khan plays a terrorist who is part of an underground organization, attempting to stage an terror attack in post-9/11 America.
My Name is Khan (2010): Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol reunited after a hiatus for Karan Johar's take on racial profiling in America in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Khan plays the character of Rizwan Khan who has Asperger's Syndrome. He marries Mandira, a Hindu woman living in the United States, but their lives change after their son dies in a racially-motivated attack.
Tere Bin Laden (2010): Set in Pakistan, the movie is a humorous caper about an ambitious reporter (Ali Zafar), who is looking to migrate to USA. He sees his big chance when he discovers an Osama bin Laden-lookalike and creates fake tapes that he sells to his employer for a considerable amount of money. However his attempts go haywire when the US and Pakistani intelligence agencies decide to get involved. The film was banned in Pakistan.