Dhokha (2007) *MQ-PDVD*

Director Pooja Bhatt and writer Mahesh Bhatt brings up the most burning issue of the day, terrorism, and tries to ask some pertinent questions regarding it in her third directorial attempt “Dhoka”.The movie, although not as hard hitting as it could have been, is nonetheless a fairly engrossing watch.The issue it deals with touches the lives of almost everyone today. And it also attempts to clear some misconceptions.

Cast: Muzammil Ibrahim,Tulip Joshi,Anupam Kher

The movie ‘Dhoka’ tells the story of a suicide bomber and an honest Muslim cop.Zaid Ahmed Khan (Muzammil Ibrahim)a police officer in Mumbai, whose life is shattered when he learns that his wife Sarah (Tulip Joshi) has died in a bomb blast at the New Century Club.To add to his misery, he is told that his wife was not a victim but the cause! She was the suicide bomber who was responsible for the blast.Unwilling to believe that his wife was a terrorist he sets out to prove her innocence.

But Mehraa(Gulshan Grover)a senior cop Mehra, who is heading the anti-terrorist squad, even has Zaid suspended from his work because he suspects him to have links with his wife and the terrorist organisation as well. Zaid, who is also despatched to the cooler earlier under suspicion, is then let off as the intelligence reports declared him innocent.Zaid now digs into her past life to find the truth by visiting the place Sara had set left for and realizies that she was with her grandfather in Nasik.

Later he comes to know how she was a victim of ridicule and rape by the police and how it led to her being a terrorist and how her brother Danish too was affected.Then he meets the head of the terrorist organization who is inciting many such people to turn into suicide bombers.And before he knows it he has a big task on his hands – defusing a plan to blow up Mumbai’s leading railway station.At the end he realizes that behind the beautiful face of his wife lay a woman scarred by atrocities.He also gets to know how some fundamentalists provoke such people to unleash terror in the name of Jihad.

In this way pooja Bhatta’s ‘Dhoka’ shows how people tend to suspect or blame the Muslims everytime there is a terror attack.On the other, the movie shows that a person is not born a terrorist, but becomes one after facing injustice and atrocities.The movie with a such also brings forth another side of the issue, the so-called state terrorism, unleashed by men in uniform.

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