See No Evil (1971) Starring: Mia Farrow, Dorothy Alison, Robin Bailey Director: Richard Fleischer Synopsis: Influenced by the moral decay all around him a Murderous Psycho targets a helpless blind girl in this poor man’s Wait Until Darkesque thriller written by Brian Clemens… eek! See No Evil is a Rather old fashioned and dated, this early 70’s psycho thriller features a faceless time-bomb walking around being negatively influenced by all the sex and violence around him……just waiting to explode. Fresh off simpering, cowering and squealing to great effect in Rosemary’s Baby; poor Mia Farrow is set for another round of anxiety and trauma…and this time she can’t even see her protagonist. Poor Mia is a blind damsel in distress, all alone in a large mansion with nobody but a crazed psycho for company. A psycho who has obviously been heavily influenced by the burgeoning immorality that surrounds him and is now looking for an outlet for venting his pent-up frustration. In the very opening shot we see a cinema audience exit a screening of Convent Murders and Rapist Cult while a person in distinctive leather boots walks the High Street looking at the windows of the shops he passes. There’s a toy shop displaying children’s Automatic guns, tanks, action men and various rifles and few steps further a Newsagent has magazines depicting war and violence and semi naked women as well as Newspapers with lurid headlines as “Massacre of the Children” and “Machine guns blaze in Jail Riot Battle”. A few further steps and a shop with TV’s within are all showing a film with a psychotic maniac attacking a defenceless woman with a dagger. Moments later, his head already spinning from the horrors in the shop windows he is splashed by a passing car and his fancy boots are sullied much to his disgust. He wipes them clean but keeps his eyes fixed on the Mercedes that splashed him. When the car receives its guests from Wokingham Railway Station and heads back the belittled man with the boots walks out onto a Zebra crossing and blocks the cars path in confrontation. The driver tells the man that he has made his point and to move aside but clearly some damage has been done and the Man with the Boots takes notice of the car and where it is heading. Mia Farrow is returning home after a traumatic accident that has blinded her and she has to start to learn how to cope with her situation in her old surroundings; the home of her aunt and uncle. She manages reasonably well stumbling around and occasionally bumping into some furniture but generally is making a reasonable fist of it when she is visited by her boyfriend who takes her out riding and assures her that he is still as in love with her as he was before. Farrow returns to a chillingly silent house but assumes that her hosts are busy or out and proceeds to go to her room and to bed. The next morning there is still nobody around but the audience can see the carnage that has taken place with victims strewn all about the house. Gradually Farrow realizes the horror that surrounds her and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins with Farrow’s very life at stake. To be fair, Mia Farrow is pretty convincing as the blind victim locked into a battle of survival. The film has a certain tension without ever getting to a nail-biting stage. There are no standout scenes where a viewer is at the edge of their seat and the final psychological explanation is obvious but also a little unconvincing. All this mayhem because of some sullied boots!? See No Evil also known as Blind Terror is a fairly tame, reasonably well acted and written thriller that lost potency with time and appears rather dated. The second half should have been an exercise in tension and yet the tempo never really accelerates to an effective climax and nor are there any well-orchestrated shocks for the audience to release the little tension that the film manages to inject into proceedings. It’s a fair effort but far from being a memorable one. Comes across a bit like a poor man’s Wait Until Dark ultimately and the moralizing just doesn’t convince nor does the splashing of a pair of boots suggest such impending doom and chaos.
Cast: Sana, Shaan, Babar Ali, Zeba Bakhtiar, Arbaz Khan, Meera, Javed Sheikh, Shafqat Cheema, Nawaz Khan, Tariq Shah, Nayyar Ejaz, Irfan Khoosat, Badar Munir.
Director: Iqbal Kashmiri
Nutshell: Bombastic slice of Hateful, comical and pitiful propaganda aimed squarely at making a fast buck from brainwashed audiences starring that Super Patriot Shaan and the usual suspects.
Musalman (2001) Cast: Sana, Shaan, Babar Ali, Zeba Bakhtiar, Arbaz Khan, Meera, Javed Sheikh, Shafqat Cheema, Nawaz Khan, Tariq Shah, Nayyar Ejaz, Irfan Khoosat, Badar Munir. Director: Iqbal Kashmiri Nutshell: Bombastic slice of Hateful, comical and pitiful propaganda aimed squarely at making a fast buck from brainwashed audiences starring that Super Patriot Shaan and the usual suspects. Musalman arrived in the wake of India and Pakistan at each other’s throats (again) over the Kashmir issue among other things. The hawks on both sides were baying for blood and with the media ready to take advantage of the situation by throwing up action potboilers with a grotesquely nationalistic stance as well as one that champions the modern scourge of Suicide Bombing. Pakistan itself has lost thousands to suicide bombers over the years and it is indicative of a deeply divided and indeed misguided society where films are championing those who have murdered so many of your own countrymen. In Musalman the action is set on the Indian administered side of Kashmir where the largely Muslim population is kept enslaved by force and brutality. The Indian officers are shown to be debauched and incompetent while the few Muslims that work for them are all brilliant but don’t quite realize their folly of supporting their nation; India. The downtrodden Muslims are all fiercely independent, brave and loyal and are led by Shaan as Azad Khan, the leader of the Mujahedeen Freedom movement. Zeba Bakhtiar plays his romantic interest with a dark past and an axe to grind. She wanders around in black somewhat like a Ninja Warrior seeking to wreak havoc on any Indian forces she can. Javed Sheikh and Sana are two Muslim cops who have already gunned down many Muslims but find their loyalty coming under stress when they slowly realize that they should not be supporting India, but attacking it instead! Musalman plays out as though it was written by complete moron who has thrown in every cliché in the book and then some! Things deteriorate rapidly for the Muslims working for their nation. Poor Major Saab (Javed Sheikh) has his young daughter and wife murdered in cold blood by the cold blooded and heartless Hindus. Meanwhile another brave Mujahid in the form of Babar Ali is being led to the gallows but manages to make an escape at the very last moment (The incompetent Indians just can’t seem to get anything right). He eventually teams up with his chief Shaan and the rest of his Freedom Fighters. Javed Sheikh finally realizes that he has been supporting the wrong side all his life and now joins forces with his Mujahedeen brothers and sisters in their quest to wrest Kashmir away from the talons of the brutal occupiers. Again, and again the point is bludgeoned home that all Muslims are righteous, fearless, virtuous warriors while all Hindus are the exact opposite other than the few who are simply misguided or plain stupid as is the case with Sita played by Meera who is in love with Arbaz Khan, another upright and fearless Muslim. The defections continue as the prettier Hindu girls soon realize that they are on the wrong side! A Maulana (Badar Munir) joins the fray and the blood soaked climax finally arrives as a showdown between the two forces with the Indian Hindu’s taking an almighty thrashing at the hands of the fiercely brave and committed Mujahedeen who flee the horrors of the Indian Held Kashmir to arrive at the borders of Pakistan where they are finally free and greeted as war heroes. The final showdown has Shaan strapped up to the hilt as a suicide bomber chasing the Indians across a bridge and then detonates himself causing massive carnage to the fleeing Indian forces. The heroic Major Nita Singh (Sana) reaches Pakistani soil where she sacrifices her life to save her senior Javed Shaikh. Its apparently the thing Muslims do…sacrifice their all for a higher cause but alas this movie is far from being anything sacred. Musalman is a ridiculous fantasy fuelled by a script full of typically stereotyped hate where we live in a world of only black and white with no grey and everything that is Muslim or Pakistani is the God’s oracle while everyone else is evil scum deserving on a “Kuttay ki Maut”. Sadly, the film is indicative of a diseased mindset that fails to analyze any of its own faults or frailties preferring to camouflage all defects by bombastic nonsensical fantasy aimed squarely at making a fast buck at the box office while trying to serenade as a “righteous” and factually accurate war drama. What Musalman does provide is a valuable insight into the mindset of the delusional and misguided. The film ends with Shaan gloriously detonating his suicide jacket sending hundreds to their death! Once again Shaan is at the helm of a film solely designed to create hatred and mistrust. Do keep in mind that He and his mother Neelo had announced the making of their home production Epic to be titled “Osama” which was to champion their hero but alas it was shelved and instead he chose to work in the utterly regressive garbage such as Musalaman, but then he has a string of such garbage to his credit. To think that Shaan’s own mother was once a Non-Muslim!!