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The Terrorist (Theeviravaathi) [1998] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ayesha Dharker, Vishnu Vardan, Bhana Prakash, Parmeshwaran, K. Krishna
  • Directors: Santosh Sivan
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QG2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,400 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Malli (Ayesha Dharker) is a 19-year-old Sri Lankan who lives with a group of guerrilla soldiers in the jungles of southern India. When she is picked to perform a suicide mission against a visiting politician she feels honoured and overjoyed to be able to serve the cause in this way. However, during the two day journey to the site where the attack will take place, she begins to have doubts about the human value of the sacrifice she has agreed to commit.

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The Terrorist is a remarkable Indian portrait of a suicide bomber. Ayesha Dharker (who appears in Star Wars, Episode II) gives a heart-rending performance as Malli, a 19-year-old girl whose loved ones have died in an unnamed conflict. From the harsh opening, in which Malli executes a traitor, the film follows her river journey--evoking thoughts of Apocalypse Now--and preparations to turn herself into a human bomb. Then Malli learns something that makes her question her assumptions, and as she rediscovers her humanity the drama builds to one of the most nerve-wracking conclusions in recent cinema.

By using generic names such as the Leader and the VIP the film assumes universal relevance, depicting how violence and expediency can turn people into terrorist killing machines. Yet despite the material there is extraordinary poetic beauty in writer, cinematographer and director Santosh (Asoka) Sivan's presentation. He fills the screen with astounding images, precisely composed, focused and lit, while incorporating haunting symbols of love and hate, life and death, memories and dreams. The evocative use of sound also contributes to an extremely atmospheric experience and the result is an intense, subtly powerful film which will appeal to anyone entranced by Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) or Three Colours Blue (1993).--Gary S Dalkin

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Menon on 7 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
This is a simple, well acted story of a female Tamil terrorist on a mission to assassinate a high ranking government official. Dedicated to her cause and uttterly ruthless her resolve to conduct a suicide mission starts to dissolve in a sea of maternal feelings once she realises she is pregnant.

This is no ordinary film: skilful photography, a actress with great talent and an absorbing storyline make this a must see. Forget the Bollywood trash, this is a film worthy of Satyajit Ray himself.

If you enjoy this film I'd also recommend that you read:
Diary of a Ghost
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I saw this at a cinema in London. Great on the big screen, but also really good to watch at home. It's such a brilliant movie. I strongly recommend you buy this. You'll be gripped from start to finish. I could get lost in Ayesha Dharker's eyes.....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BavaBlood on 17 Jun. 2008
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One or two reviewers here seem to have missed the point of the film. It takes a fairly low key approach to how ideals of terrorism and personal feelings come into conflict within an individual. It does contain strong drama but is not really film about terrorists as such. Its about love and respect for life set against what a regime demands. Very well photographed and I disagree with the previous viewer, I think it is well acted and intelligently written. Recommended for the more open-minded viewer.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Man on 28 April 2011
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I can't say this is a great film, and with the exception of Ayesha Dharker as Malli and Parmeshwaran as Vasu (the old farmer), the acting is stilted and quite poor.

That said, the film does give an insight into the mindset of an extremist and takes us through the indoctrination of a female Tamil terrorist selected to carry out a high pofile suicide bomb assassination.

The dilemma of choosing between life and death is ever present. The fragility of life is portrayed through what is truly beautiful cinematography; the lush green of the jungle; slow moving rivers; sparkling raindrops. The contrasting violence is not graphic, but happens off-sceen or out of focus, leaving us to imagine what is happening from the lead character's reactions and facial expressions.

Accompanied by a dirge-like soundtrack that contrasts sharply with the vivid imagery, the film is slow moving, and only my curiosity to see the outcome of the assassination attempt kept me hanging on until the end!
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