Since seeing Santosh Sivan's film, "The Terrorist," a few days ago, I have been unable to rid my mind of the haunting images of Malli, a troubled young woman who has been chosen for a mission as a suicide bomber. In this fictional account, Sivan successfully reveals that she is not merely a brainwashed fanatic but that she is as human as anyone else, despite the fact that she is planning a despicable act, the assassination of an important politician. She has fears, hopes, loves, and disappointments and is not simply an unfeeling automaton. By illustrating quite clearly her zeal and commitment to the cause for which she is fighting, as well as her willingness to die as a martyr, Sivan demonstrates the complexity of her choices and forces viewers to reconsider their instant condemnation of her intentions.
"Viewpoint: Fostering Dialogue and Interreligious Conversation,"
Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies:
Vol. 16, Article 11.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7825/2164-6279.1300