New York

Posted: July 1, 2009 in movie
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After having a sumptuous dinner, we headed towards Rex on Brigade Road to catch New York.

New York opens around 7 years after the 9/11 attacks with Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) being wrongly held captive by the FBI. Investigating officer Roshan (Irrfan Khan) offers to go easy on Omar if he agrees to spy on old-time friend Sameer (John Abraham) who the FBI suspects to be a terrorist. With a maneuvered reunion, Omar gets entry into the family of Sameer and Maya (Katrina Kaif) who were Omar’s college friends 7-8 years back and tries hard to unveil his activist identity but fails every time.

new yorkRoshan suspects Sameer of running a sleeper terrorism cell and he wants to nab him red handed. Omar is left with no option but to comply with Roshan’s orders but he agrees on one condition that the FBI won’t kill Sameer if he agrees to surrender. Years back when in college Omar, Maya and Sameer were thick buddies and Omar silently loved Maya but when she expressed her love for Sameer, Omar had gone away from them. Sameer and Maya are married with a small kid Danielle.

new york2aNew York exposes the wily ways of the American FBI to which over hundreds of innocent Muslim people had fallen prey to post 9/11. The terrorism theme comes into picture predominantly in the second half. The physical and mental abuse on innocent Muslims, imprisoned merely on suspicion and their consequent repercussions are effectively portrayed. The torture scenes shown immediately post the interval send a shiver down the spine.
All the three lead protagonists of New York are Muslims affected by the 9/11 episode in varied ways and to different degrees. Sameer turns a scapegoat of the situation, Omar’s identity gets him in trouble, while Roshan (a Muslim investigating on terrorism) offers that ray of hope prevailing amidst discriminating humankind.

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