Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama battles with Muslim outfit
Mumbai: Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama has been resurrected. But recreating the Abbotabad shootout is proving a herculean task for the Oscar winner director. Bigelow’s shooting had earlier been disrupted by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), and now it had to bear the ire of a Muslim outfit.
According to Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind`s North India General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed Kasmi, the film portrays Muslims in a bad light – as terrorists. His allegation was along the lines of Muslims being displayed in a negative light in the film, and he has urged the shooting not be allowed to continue.
Manimajra, a town on the outskirts of Chandigarh, was a witness to first the shooting, and then the protests. The area where Bigelow had attempted to recreate a scene from Abbotabad using Urdu signboards for the surrounding shops had to see several transformations during the course of a short period of time. The signboards were pulled down by VHP activists first, and then Manimajra played spectator to Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind’s protests.
Kathryn Bigelow’s project, titled ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, is yet to see an uninterrupted shooting schedule. The movie, which is to recreate the death of Osama Bin Laden in the encounter between the terrorist and the American troops at Abbotabad last year, has been at the receiving end of a lot of accusations. However, what remains to be seen is whether the ‘Hurt Locker’ filmmaker is able to see her project completed or not.