Not my review, somebody else’s
Ok so first of all I start this week’s dull post with a correction. PlanetBollywood.com, apparently the place to get “Comprehensive” reviews, trips up big time. Obviously the writer has no idea what s/he is talking about. I refer specifically to a particular paragraph, quoted below:
After keeping away from clich�s for most of the film, Farhan�s stereotypical, caricature representations of Pakistani soldiers are a dire step backward. Both the director and writer Mr. Javed Akhtar have denied their film�s �jingoistic� factor repeatedly, but end up succumbing to precisely the same when dealing with the war. The dialogues spat out by the long-mustached Pakistani General (Parmeet Sethi) and his associate are amateurish. While the Indian Army bathes in discipline, the Pakistani soldiers are out there fighting without uniforms, dressed in pathanis. Can the �enemy� possibly be simplified to such an extent? I believe not. Such simplification and �jingoism� is routine with J.P. Dutta but is shocking when it comes from Farhan and Javed Akhtar.
The part I take issue with in this paragraph is the line While the Indian Army bathes in discipline, the Pakistani soldiers are out there fighting without uniforms, dressed in pathanis. This shows that the author of the review is clearly not abreast of any of the facts on the Kargil War. Pakistan, to this day, claims that it never sent its soldiers to fight, and that it was “Free-Dung” fighters (i.e. Terrorists) doing the fighting. At the time, the news channels and newspapers were reporting that the enemy was not dressed in military fatigues , however, after conducting body searches of the dead enemy, there was evidence of Pakistani Army identification papers. This fact was clearly highlighted in the movie. I just wish some reviewers would get their facts straight.