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Zero Dark Thirty

Q: Has there ever been a manhunt in my
lifetime that I could directly connect with…more than

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
A: No. Strangely
Q: If No, then do I find my feelings
towards UBL much more equanimous than ever

A: Sort
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.

Q: Then
did the movie present the not so pretty side of the American
approach to tracking down
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
Q: Has torture been glorified in the
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
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.

Q: Did
the actors (including Jessica Chastain) do their job
A: Of course. Every one of
Q: What about Kathryn
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.

Q: What
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
the story.


Besides fantasizing about being a Peter Gibbons at least for a couple of days at my work, I think I have a long way to go to realize some of the other fantasies. But like any ambitious man out there, I will get there! Note: All views expressed in this blog are mine alone and have got nothing to do with my company Cogent IBS, Inc., its employees or any of its affiliates.

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