Q: Has there ever been a manhunt in my
lifetime that I could directly connect with…more than
No. Q: Do I feel the same sense of anger and
relief after watching the movie, as what I felt back in 2011 when a
little past my dinner time, I got the first news about UBL having
been taken down through
Twitter? A: No. Strangely
No. Q: If No, then do I find my feelings
towards UBL much more equanimous than ever
of. Q: Is it because the movie presented the
other side of the story?
A: No. Not at all. In
fact, the movie plot was exactly the opposite. Told from the
American point of view only.
did the movie present the not so pretty side of the American
approach to tracking down
UBL? A: I definitely wouldn’t say not so
pretty approach. But yes, the approach itself made me squirm a bit
– again not so much the fact that movie focused on the
approach. Q: Has torture been glorified in the
movie? A: Hmm. Yes. I have read all those
controversies around torture being glorified and all that. Really
though, it didn’t come across that way
me. Q: Did I walk out
of the movie with a justification of torturous methods adopted by
the US? A: Not at all. In fact, the
opposite. And that’s the point.
Q: Did the movie touch upon all aspects
of the manhunt?
A: No. Only a part of the story.
A specific part about a specific lead.
the actors (including Jessica Chastain) do their job
well? A: Of course. Every one of
them. Q: What about Kathryn
Bigelow? A: What about her? After all she was the
one who made The Hurt Locker. Brilliant. The best female director
out there without a doubt.
about the overall treatment?
A: If I think about it
just as a movie, I don’t think it was exceptional – although the
individual performances truly were. But because of the plot, the
context and the sentiments associated with such a plot, I have
absolutely no doubt that this movie will get into the list of
classics. Yes. In its own way, it will find a place in the library
because of the historic importance of everything associated with