A Mighty Heart

ang3.1.jpgThe film which was to star Brad Pitt and Angelena Jolie, based on the story of the murdered Wall Street Journal reporter daniel pearl, is no longer going to be shot here in Karachi. They’ve chosen Pune as a new venue after trying hard and failing to get permission from the authorities here. (An indian actor, Irfan Khan, was denied a visa to Paksitan).

I dont know whether to happy about it.. or sad! Just imagine what our local film scene could have learned from the making of this movie… but as with everything else here.. i guess they too will have to reinvent the wheel. What did they (the authorities) plan to acheive? Saving face of Karachi? that didnt work out… trying to avoid another international incident? Not allowing Irfan Khan entry because he might quit his job and try to settle in pakistan??!

My personal view is that it was a great opportunity which was lost, and which our dearest brothers to the east cashed in on (yet again!).

Credits: Saeed Kauser and Salman Ahmed

24 Comments so far

  1. turab (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 12:29 pm


  2. Imran Zahid (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

    Yeah, when I read the dawn as well i had the same feeling as in WTF are the authorities doing … it would have been a nice exposure … were they trying to hide the fact the HE was murdered in Karachi …

  3. turab (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    have to watch the documentary Journalist and Jihadi … Very sad indeeed

  4. SWA (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

    Truly sad for Karachi.

    I think Pune might not be able to depict Karachi well and in its true form. I think that even though Karachi might have its flaws, I would prefer it to any indian city.

  5. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

    Hey, There is something wrong. I read on BBC that they (brad n jolie) have denied a Reqeust to film in karachi due to security concerns. BBC guys. we requested them. U got ur facts wrong

  6. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

    Get your facts right: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6031715.stm

    always too fast to blame pakistan.

  7. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    And btw, why such hue and cry over ONE persons death when the same country is KILLING Thousand others!!! (One death is a tradegy, while a million death is just statistics – Lenin)
    Just because he is a GORA? Sad… truly sad. This is just stupid shit to defame pakistan and jihadis and a great opportunity for us to lick the GORAS feet.
    Once a slave… always a slave

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    haseeb: thanks for sharing the bbc link with us, however, it still does not say excatly *why* the shoot will not take place in karachi..

  9. Ramla A. (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

    I’ve heard Bragelina *were* in Karachi early in September. Consider it confirmed, coming from friends in the know. They likely assessed the situation here before they left.

  10. Imran (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

    Brangelina were in Kharachi, and also at the location of the ex-metropole area … Yes, I agree with the security concerns excuse, but OUR authority had a major role in declining their filming request. when brangelina were in khi they did shoot a scene or two here … which made the authoroties pissed off that they didnt go through proper channel and this and that … which they were right at some points, but rejecting the request entirely … that i am not in favor of …

  11. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 7:06 pm

    Yup Imran, I do agreee. But what would you have done when someone without permission is wearing fake police uniform and filming ‘near US embbassy’. Dada ki he embassy hay yaar, khayal rakhna perta ha!
    Maybe thats why they were pissed off. Any country would have done the same.
    They were invited later but cited security concerns for not coming here…

  12. UZi (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 8:32 pm

    They had started the filming here without due process/procedures/NOCs. The authorities asked them to pack up and come back after proper applications and stuff.

    This was done so that security protocols could be arranged for them. Without proper security, anything could’ve happened (knowing mullahs), and then Karachi would’ve been blamed again.

  13. Adnan (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    i think somebody told them about Majajan

  14. shobz (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:05 am

    its a good thing they didnt shoot their movie here. i dont think it would have been possible to shoot a movie here due to security reasons. irfan khan is not the only reason why they decided to shoot in india. its not as if angelina hasnt visited pakistan. she has been here like 3 times and plans to visit again. she was sad that she couldnt shoot for the movie here. if she doesnt shoot the movie here its not big deal anyway.

  15. turab (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:57 am

    haseeb, the gora is important becuase that sad incident refelcts how we can treat our guest and brutally murder in front of the camera and chop his body in ten peices…. post his video on the net, distribute dvds, even before his son is born….

    where is the humanity and humility?

  16. Karachiite (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 3:08 am

    For those who are so sad about losing this movie just remember this:

    1. Pearl worked for a paper that is extremely anti-Islamic – Wall St. Journal.

    2. Pearl came at a time when a large scale killing of Muslims was happening in our neighboring country (Afghanistan) in which thousands of Pakistanis also died. Prisoners were being paraded in orange jump suits.

    3. Pearl did not come to Pakistan to write good things about Pakistan or Islam but to dig up dirt to justify the atrocities being committee.

    4. At the time many people suspected Pearl of being an intelligence agent for a hostile country.

    5. Now Pearl’s masters want to make a movie about him that is not to show Pakistan and Islam in a good light but to demonize them.

    6. The film makers did not want to follow procedures for getting permission because the script is probably extremely negative. So they left rather than get approval which authorities in any city in the world would require.

    7. Even though Pearl’s paymasters will get their movie, there’s no reason for Pakistan to facilitate them.

  17. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 3:16 am

    Well said karachiite
    and Turab..
    If we can send an Ambassador to camp x-ray, if we can sell our prisoners for money, if the gora can ignore all the laws, if…….
    rehnay do yaar, pata nahi kitnay logo kay kitnay bachay maar chukay hain goray kay haathon… and we are still sleeping and weeping over goras loss

  18. Faisal (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 6:24 am

    Any loss of life is worth weeping over.

  19. Adnan (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 9:10 am

    Karachiite, you re talking to people who are deaf and blind but yes I still didn’t like the idea of his murder anyway and the religion never preached to kill a person just because he doesn’t agree with us.

  20. mansoor (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 10:13 am

    faisal: i totally agree with you man! Life itself is sacred! not just the life of a muslim or jew or chistian, but life itself!

  21. turab (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:26 pm

    two wrongs never make a right

  22. Ali Khan (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

    Eitherway, its sucks that they are not filming here. It would have been some good exposure for Karachi and Pakistan in general. Nice to see Pakistan in headlines for positive things rather then the obvious negative issues wich cloud us always!

  23. TheRepublicOfPakistan (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 5:55 am

    I don’t know why people are so sad that they are not filming this movie here, I am glad that this movie is not being shot here. This movie is going to be added to the list of movies that are only being made to bolster the Negative image of Pakistan and Muslims in general. Why is the media so obsessed over the death of this journalist? Is it because he died in the hand of so called “Muslim Terrorist”. How come they are not making any movies on how journalists were targeted by US missiles in Iraq or Afghanistan? Why not make a movie on peace activists getting murdered in Israel? Why not make a movie on a war based on lies (which btw is obvious even to the dumbest)? Why not make a movie on how a wedding party was bombed? What happened at Qana? I think these should be more upsetting to us rather than not allowing a propaganda film against Muslims to be filmed in Karachi. If there is something to learned from them than it is that we need to start making films from the perspective of the Muslim world and how much suffering has been endured. When are we (not the leaders but the nations) going to wake up?

    Don’t you think? Or is it

  24. ash (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 5:04 am

    Pearls massacre is a national disgrace. But whats worse is that we live surrounded by those hardliner crazies and they make our lives difficult every single day. Dont expect a balanced movie, balance doesnt sell. But the real qu. isnt why didnt they shoot here or was pearl a cia agent (he wasnt and who cares) the qu. is what has to happen before we can rid our country our city and our religion of these asses? B/c till then all the world will ever learn of pakistan is that we are all killers. And i dont care so much about that. Whats worse is that too many are and the rest of us are too scared or too weak (or too few?) to get rid of them. I am not saying they are the majority, we are the majority but we act like the minority. Why is that? This country was founded on the concept of a secular islamic state and we need to go back to that. Why every stupid war, in iraq, in palestine, in afghanistan – why is that always our problem? when we have no answers to our real problems, poverty, illiteracy, lack of social justice, lack of health care etc etc. I couldnt give a crap about that pearl movie, but people who will complain about it being biased? how would you like to see a real portrayal of pakistani life – outside of the lives of the few rich people lucky enough to live in karachi? Thats a movie i dont want to see.

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