12 Oct : VETERAN ACTORS NASEERUDIN SHAH, OM PURI & GULSHAN GROVER WILL BE SEEN TOGETHER
Produced by Aron Govil Productions, Hindi Film “SHOOT ON SIGHT” starring Indian veteran actors Naseerudin Shah, Om puri and Gulshan Grover, is all set to storm the Indian theatres on October 17, 2008. The film will also release in English Version along with the Hindi one. The film also stars renowned Hollywood actors like, Greta Scacchi, Brian Cox, Laila Rouass and Sadie Frost and is a thriller based on the July 7, 2005 bombings in London. ‘Shoot on Sight’ has been directed by Jag Mundhra, a London Based Indian Film Director, who got to fame with his earlier directed films like Bawandar and Provoked.
Shoot On Sight, is a gripping thriller and riveting family drama that unfolds the turmoil in the life of Tariq Ali (Naseerudin Shah), a Muslim police officer at Scotland Yard. Commander Ali, born in Pakistan, married to an English woman, and with two teenage kids, is tasked to investigate the police shooting of a suspected Muslim terrorist on the London Underground. Distrusted by both his British superiors in the London police, and his fellow Muslims, he finds his inquiry hampered from all sides.
When evidence surfaces pointing to the slain man’s innocence, as well as the existence of a terrorist cell operating in his own backyard. Tariq must face the realization that sometimes, the right decision is the hardest one to make. The film is inspired by the terrorists’ attacks of July 7, 2005 on the London underground that resulted in Shoot On Sight order.
Naseer speaks on his character in the film “I am playing Tariq a Muslim Cop working with the British Police. The thought that he is a brown guy working in a white force, doesn’t occur to Tariq. He is married to a white woman and has two children from her like my very own ones- He is like Naseer in real life. I am a Muslim and my wife is a Hindu but my children are free to choose their own faiths. Though there is just one difference, the kind of way in which Tariq speaks English, is different to me.”
Indian actor Ompuri plays the character of an Imaam, “Junaid is an Imaam for a mosque, an educated guy whose beliefs are extreme, but there is a certain amount of truth in it. He gives the sensible examples like what the Americans have to do in Iraq, they have no business to be there? Junaid is by no means a moderate person.” Is what Om Puri says of his character in ‘Shoot On Sight’
Filmed entirely on location in London, ‘Shoot on Sight’ is based on a true story of Tariq Ali, a Muslim police officer working with the Scotland Yard. “I was not trying to appease the fundamentalists when I was making the film. I made the film because after the bombings, I was in London and I noticed that my looks went against me, probably because I have a beard and I resemble a Muslim. I couldn’t even get a taxi back to my apartment,’ says Jag Mundhra.
Be it ‘Bawandar’, ‘Provoked’ or the now ready-to-release ‘Shoot At Sight’, most of Mundhra’s films are based on real life. He however admits that drama is important for all kinds of movies.
Aron Govil Productions Inc. (AGP) is an international film finance, production, and worldwide distribution company specializing in promotion, sales and distribution of Indian cross-over films which have the potential to reach the mainstream audiences in USA, UK, Europe and other major world markets. AGP seeks out directors and producers with extraordinary vision in Cross Over cinema and try to bring that vision to the widest audience possible. Since its inception in 1985, it has financed several feature films, music albums and videos. Over the years AGP has organized the biggest Stars’ Bollywood shows in North America. It has brought the most popular music directors, singers and composers to our audiences across the United States.