Freida Pinto as Miral – a Palestinian Rebel

Miral, as it is claimed by the filmmakers, is a fast sweep across decades of the Mideast conflict. It shows the beautiful Palestinian landscapes and Pinto as a ravishing Arab beauty that is the part of legend.

BORN ON October 18, 1984 in Mumbai in a Mangalorean Catholic family, Freida Pinto, known best for her portrayal of Latika in the 2009 Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire has moved from the Dharawi slums to the refugee camps of West Bank – Palestine.

She is acting in the film “Miral” a defiant Palestinian girl who fights against the tyranny of Israel with her limited resources and courage. For the Western audiences that are more used to movies showing Arabs as jokers, debauches and Islamic militants this film might compel to give a second thought to their biased obsession. It would try to offer a balanced and compassionate view of the Palestinians.

In the world so tightly controlled by Zionist and capitalists the film would come as a whiff of fresh air. “Miral” is directed by award-winning artist Julian Schnabel, a prominent Jew and with cameos by Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave.

Schnabel was named best director at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and awarded him a top prize for his movie “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” Yasmine al-Massri, a Paris-based Palestinian actress, who is playing as Pinto’s mother described the message of the film as follows:

“The ordinary American, who knows nothing about Palestine and knows nothing about our cause – it will be the first time he will sit and watch this story. We hope Pinto’s star power would draw audiences into cinemas and that Schnabel’s Jewish faith would deflect claims of bias.”

Miral, as it is claimed by the filmmakers, is a fast sweep across decades of the mid-east conflict. It shows the beautiful Palestinian landscapes and Pinto as a ravishing Arab beauty that is the part of legends. The director has tried to ensemble as much Palestinian history as possible. Miral was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month.

In this film the mother of the heroine is an alcoholic and commits suicide. Her conservative Muslim father struggles to raise her according to his rules.

She is admitted to a Palestinian children’s institution in Jerusalem. Miral tumbles headlong into the political storms of 1980’s and rebells against Israel’s military occupation. Miral tries to fight Israel and battle her father simultaneously. She falls for a handsome Palestinian fighter. The film runs for 112-minutes.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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