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I didn't like this movie as well. For slightly different reasons though.
My dislike is not the result of the director's depiction of 'all Muslims are terrorists'. I don't think a director necessarily has a social responsibility. He's making a movie. A piece of fiction. And I don't care what he chooses to show - if the story demands all Muslims to be terrorists, so be it. As long as it's convincing in the universe of the movie, I don't care if it breaks all the rules and notions of our REAL universe. It's FICTION.
Having said that, I think the story-telling and plot was executed unconvincingly. As you correctly mentioned, the director was unable to invoke any empathy in audience's mind for ANY of his characters. Avantika almost became a piece of furniture after the intermission. Saif's ethical dilemma was left completely unexplored. Heck, the movie's title is based on his character (he's the one who got kurbaan for his love in the end) but he was not even given a few lines that stuck with me after the movie was over. (Sorry, Anurag Kashyap, but the dialogues were just sloppy - for the most part.)
Meetu, I watched just it yesterday, and although I did enjoy the movie, I am quite disappointed from Imtiaz Ali - who, I think, could have done much better. .One of the best (hindi romantic) films of all times? No way. This is not even as good as Imtiaz Ali's previous two movies.
I stopped reading your review after reading this sentence:
>> I didn't think I'd ever consider having a Hindi romantic film on my list of favorites.
What would you rather consider? A Tamil romantic film?