Hansal Mehta’s ‘Faraaz’ works better as a document of a tragedy than as a debate about the modern Muslim

Posted on February 8, 2023


Spoilers ahead…

By showing both sides as fully developed individuals, the line between them is already drawn before the attack. Thus, the points made aren’t particularly new or enlightening.

Hansal Mehta follows Shahid and Omerta with another real-life story about the politics of being Muslim – though this time, the interrogation is structured around an incident rather than a single person. Well, let me rephrase that. The title of the new film, Faraaz, does refer to the character played by Zahan Kapoor – but the narrative is not about him. The screenplay is based on the book Holey Artisan: A Journalistic Investigation, by journalist Nuruzzaman Labu, which details the July 2016 attack on a posh Dhaka restaurant. The attackers were Muslims out to eradicate “kafir-s”, and the film is a kind of dialogue between the liberal, moderate Muslim represented by the likes of Faraaz, and the hate-filled terrorists headed by Nibras (Aditya Rawal). Both men are in their twenties, and when they square off, the discussion moves to a new generation.

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