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Probably the best film coming from Pakistan,
This review is from: Silent Waters [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A realistic tale of a society that was being transformed in the late 70s and early 80s. Though majority of Pakistani society is still moderate, Russian invasion in Afghanistan and American involvement saw billions of dollars coming into Pakistan to encourage youngsters to go to Afghanistan and take part in Jihad. After Russian defeat, the same Mujahids became headache for the ones who created them.
This story witnesses the impact of that transformation. The hero of the film is being brainwashed and is ready to sacrifice his relations - mother and girlfriend - to become part of a global Jihad. The film ends with the reversal of government policy and sound of Present President, Pervaiz Musharraf, is heard that is preaching 'moderation'. This shows irony of two dictators. First one radicalized the society because a superpower wanted so and the second one is reversing the policy not because it is in the interest of people but simply to make the same power happy.
Though the whole story is a result of political upheaval, the film is far away from politics and a very charming and realistic depiction of a beautiful and nostalgic era. This film shows that Pakistani film industry is not very different from Pakistani cricket team and has an ability to surprise you when you least expect it.