Kabir: Bengal’s first ever film on terrorism traces Indian Mujahideen's Yasin Bhatkal
Tollywood’s heartthrob Dev dropped the trailer of his much-awaited movie Kabir on Wednesday, March 21. The upcoming Bengali thriller is based on co-founder of Indian Mujahideen and conspirator of several bomb blasts in India, Yasin Bhatkal, by the National Investigation Agency near Indo-Nepal border in 2013. Directed by Aniket Chattopadhyay, the film stars Bengal’s highest grossing superstar Dev Adhikari and Rukmini Maitra in the lead and Shataf Figar in a pivotal role. Indraadip Das Gupta has composed the music for the film which has already received a lot of applause from the audience. Kabir is scheduled to be released on April 13 this year.
This movie is certainly going to be a treat for the cine lovers in Kolkata as Bengali cinema hasn’t worked on an intriguing subject like terrorism so far. The movie portrays sensitive issues like Mumbai blasts and throws light on the grassroots of terrorism in the country. Reportedly, the movie doesn’t revolve only around terrorism; but also around the psychological aspect of a terrorist’s mind. This reminds one of Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se or even the upcoming Omertà which are based on the similar ground. The trailer too shows the psychological angst of the lead characters who seem to be paying the ‘price for peace’. However, the team insists that it’s the extremists who kick off riots, not Hindus or Muslims. “The greatest weapon against terrorism is the freedom of religion,” said Dev in an interaction with The Times of India.
The movie has garnered a lot of attention ever since the makers announced the project. Touted to be the actor’s most ambitious production yet (Dev is also the producer of the movie), Kabir has been shot at prime locations across Kolkata, Sikkim and Maharashtra. According to a report in The Times of India, 60% of the film has been shot in a running train and the makers claim it’s the first time any Bengali film has attempted such a daring move.
The trailer of Rajkummar Rao's Omertà was also released last week, which too gave us a glimpse of the dark and gripping journey of an evil mind. Directed by Hansal Mehta, the film traces the real life of British terrorist of Pakistani descent Ahmad Omar Saeed Shaikh and focusses on state-sponsored terrorism. The film also touches on different terrorist activities that have affected the world in the last two decades including the 9/11 world trade centre attack, the Mumbai terror strike and the brutal beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl. Omertà will hit the screens on April 20th, 2018.