A Fun Movie Review @ Motographillus: Phantom Part 1

A ‘Munich’ like plot, where a disgraced army-man Daniyal Khan (Saif Ali Khan) seeks to avenge the tragedy of 26/11 terrorist attacks. The popular concept of Indian cinema where the hero (protagonist) is by default the superman was kept intact. Saif Ali Khan looked leaner than he did in Agent Vinod. In both he’s portrayed roles of an undercover R.A.W. agent.

[It’s a fun review. The author’s PJs and humour are not intended at hurting anyone’s sentiments. My apologies if it does. Enjoy. :)]

Daniyal Khan resides in a secluded mountain house till R.A.W. contacts him to undertake a mission to eliminate 26/11 perpetrators. Nawaz Mistry (Katrina Kaif), a reluctant ally, who aides him through London, American prisons, Syrian combat zones eventually to Pakistan for the ultimate leg of the mission. Urdu replaces Hindi, yet still oozes expected emotional efficacy, which has perennially seeped into and found acceptance in the psyche of the Indian cine audience. A chequered mix of tragedies and successes leads to a victory of the greater good.


The plot begins with the staged road rage death of an U.S. national. Six months prior a militant is apprehended attempting to cross into India. Interrogation reveals little, which prompts a meeting between R.A.W. chief, Roy (Sabyasachi Chakrabarty) and his subordinates. Enthusiastic young R.A.W. officer Samit passionately proposes a mission similar to daring UBL (Usama bin-Laden) take down in Abbotabad. Roy dismisses it instantly.

He’s later shown to be reminiscing his meeting with the Home Minister, who dismisses the same proposal brusquely. Like any defiant junior keen on rebellion, Roy (with a screw-the-boss view) goes ahead and unofficially flags the mission involving the same core group is and swears them into secrecy. “Not even the pet dog is privy to this.” Roy warns.

Greater Good ki Jai Ho, Greater Good Zindabad (Hail the Greater Good).

After much research they zero in on Daniyal Khan. After multiple persuasive attempts, (including one of Daniyal firing at them, to shoo them off) Roy steps in and churns the frigid soldier’s soul. Daniyal’s father, a retired colonel, has ex-communicated him for bringing dishonour. Daniyal eventually agrees to undertake the mission. The mission is simple: “Kill 26/11 perpetrators. Let ISI know it’s us but be unable to pin it on us”. He’s briefed and put through to a contact. Nawaz Mistry.

Nawaz, an ex-R.A.W. agent now informant, is employed with a security firm called Blackwater. Though she chides Daniyal, she does divulge answers to his cheeky queries. They are after the first target Sajid Mir; Nawaz is still in the dark about Daniyal’s objectives. Mir is identified due his peculiar smoking habits and style of greeting. Daniyal breaks into Mir’s apartment. Discovered by one of Mir’s men, a fight ensues. Daniyal wins and rigs the place for a gas explosion. He forces Mistry to gain proximity for a thorough verification of Mir. Mir lighting Nawaz’s cigarette, lights one for himself. Entering his house with a lit ciggie he gets ka-boomed.

Pretty Mistry collars deadly Daniyal and gives him an earful. She does not approve. Even though it’s for Greater Good. Next stop – U.S.A.

Daniyal (in the guise of Jude Rosario) is convicted and put in the same jail as David Coleman Headley. Befriending a stuttering desi jail-bird, he gets a job as the bathroom janitor. Same bathroom where soap-smelling Headley bathes. He puts a call through to Nawaz requesting for $100 to buy a music player. She checks out his location and learns that David Headley’s there too! Reluctantly, she wires $200 through to Daniyal.

Daniyal creatively smuggles a poison (which clogs all the pores) in the music player’s battery and installs it in Headley’s favourite shower. The Last Bath of soap-smelling Headley by Daniyal Khan.


A Warm Hello to All

A warm hello to everybody 🙂 !!

It’s wonderful to be back. I have missed being here. I regret my absence for the last few months. You may observe some minor changes. I wish to inform everyone that my earlier url ic122014.wordpress.com is now changed to motographillus.wordpress.com. Still working on tweaking a few things, but rest assured I’m going to be visible more regularly. Lets look forward to resuming where we left off. Stronger than ever.

On a personal note, I wish to express my deepest appreciation to all who dropped in during the last few months. It was really moving to see people still visiting. I’ll be very happy to address any queries any one has(should there be any).

Love and Peace to all 🙂


The project ‘CUT OFF’ of IMPREINT – and its social reflections

while I am very curious about the exercise and the objective of CUT-OFF, I find it quite endearing.
Keep up the good work IMPREINT.
Best Regards,
Indraneel 🙂

Voices from the Margins

Judit Paal – Guest Author

I’ve been following the artist IMPREINTsince I participated in his projectPortraitsand I always find fascinating how he arrives to involve the people through his artworks leaving them also the opportunity to participate and be involved.


CUT OFF January 13 at 9:00 am – Courtesy of IMPREINT

In the last project ‘CUT OFF‘ two things particularly catch my attention. The first one is the choice of the title: short, immediate, radical even hard. It talks about homelessness, about homeless people. But we don’t see them on the photo, because they are cut off from the photo, like they are cut off from the society. But in the project, I don’t see them like this: they are treated with respect and dignity, moreover, by not showing anyone personally he talks about every one of them.

The second is the challenge…

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An Invitation to All: Share your story on Good-Deeds

An Invitation to All: Share your story on Good-Deeds

Dear friends,I invite everyone to come forward and share any story which you feel is a good deed done. Please don’t feel shy or hesitate. If you want to share, I welcome you to do so. Let it be long, let it be 10 words. If you feel, it needs to be heard but have reservations, I invite you to share it. Please don’t feel embarassed. Please don’t think you are being vain. You are only sharing. It may actually help someone somewhere.

Indraneel 🙂

via An Invitation to All: Share your story on Good-Deeds.

A reply dated 8.5.2015.

Hi to both Christian and Roweeee,

This is a reply to a  reply on Christian Mihai’s post ‘Too far apart’ dated 12/5/2014 by Roweeee.

There are two sides of a coin. And both are true. @Christian – there is hope 🙂 . @Roweeee – the hope needs a lot of nourishment, which in my humble opinion needs to be at the core of every community.

A common debate with friends at home, is that how much are we willing to invest of ‘ourselves’ into it? With a galaxy of pain and misery that trots on earth, expedited frequently by media, a little step can still be taken by anyone. I’m yet to see/hear about a good deed going viral. If one is able to just overtake the blocks of ego and jealously and take pride in any honest individual effort, it could just start something new. A person with limited exposure develops a useful tool/machine, which helps many.. that kind of news/info/update needs to be shared and endorsed.

The tragedy of cricketer Phil Hughes did showcase a wonderful strength that is not lost within a community. We do not leave our own behind. This example needs to be multiplied, not only during a tragedy, but also and much more during the varied periods of turbulence. It is easy to allow negativity an abode within our being. It is difficult to build and sustain a positive disposition in the face of such at-home negativity. As is famously said, “Rome was not built in a day.” When tolerance replaces pride, our individual Romes will come home.

How difficult is it to take that one precious moment to thank a good turn however insignificant, to admit a mistake no matter how negligible, to defend what feels right to one’s heart however fearsome/intimidating the consequences may seem. How difficult? It’ll take the same preparation as applying for a new job. 🙂

Is it too hard to give a minute or two to reveal our goodness. One sees a withering plant, which could do with a bit of care. Walk over, water the plant, talk to it. Why won’t it improve? You see an empty beer-can/ gum wrapper that you did not throw. How and why should it demean you to just pick it up and put it in the bin?  The other person’s mess has become yours as soon as you’re conscious of it. We become equally guilty when we choose inaction. Make an attempt. Don’t worry about the results. You probably won’t see any the first time. Maybe not even the next hundred times. But I believe in this age of the virtual eye, someone will see and take note. Don’t do it for recognition or reward. Do the right thing because it’s right. Do. Maybe that’s what drives the commercial ad-world. They don’t stop or give up. They continue, believing that their efforts ‘will’ bear results.

Faith comes to fore during the really trying hours. It can just as easily come when a downslide begins. How hard is it to tell a friend that you are genuinely concerned about his/her drinking habits? How hard is it to stop and pick up the fallen stranger? These are only a few questions. I’m not the one asking them. To everyone, look around you. These questions in their own variance surround you. You have the super-powers to remedy a few of them. With great power comes great responsibility. Even the popular fantasy tale of Harry Potter tells one and all, the old magic of Love was something The Dark Lord Voldemort couldn’t fight against. We all have the love and goodness within ourselves. We should not be embarassed to let it show. Personal experience tells me that once I overcome that feeling of ‘possible’ embarassment and reach out I will enjoy the true rewards.

To share an incident – I once carried a stray pup across a main road. I did rebuke it bit, as it could’ve been hit. True there were amused onlookers. True again, it never feels grand to look stupid. But then, you will know once you find your courage and cross your bridge, it doesn’t really matter what another thinks/remarks about your actions. Both doer and the observer have the intelligence to understand if the act is right/wrong. You have the power to choose.

I am not clear on the origins of the following, but I’d like to conclude with the saying – Be the change you want to see. (I’m positive it’ll bear results if followed honestly)

Peace to all,

Indraneel 🙂

La Magia de tomar una iniciativa

Tengo una vieja historia para compartir. Yo estaba en la estación de trenes de Nueva Delhi. Es común ver a la gente no seguir las reglas. Un ejemplo habitual de este se está rompiendo la cola. Tengo una forma anticuada de pensar y de hacer las cosas. Decidí estar en una línea.Tal vez me llevó 10-15 minutos para llegar al mostrador de información. Un muchacho joven que intentaba cruzar la línea. Le dije educadamente , pero con firmeza , hasta situarse en la línea. Le aseguré que no tomará mucho tiempo. La señora en el mostrador de información , un empleado del gobierno , apreciado lo que hice. “Eso es algo muy bueno que hiciste. Más gente debería aprender a hacer lo mismo “, dijo. A pesar de que hizo regañar al niño por tratar de romper la línea. No esperaba su comentario . Y menos aún su agradecimiento.

Funcionarios del gobierno de la India son el segundo grupo más calumniado de las personas , de acuerdo a muchos ciudadanos. Es increíble la cantidad de desconfianza y temor , los empleados del gobierno pueden causar.Probablemente, Nunca voy a cumplir esa señora de nuevo en mi vida. Pero , en ese momento me dieron un montón. Ninguna cantidad de dinero que me podía conseguir lo que tengo. Aprendí, puedo tomar una iniciativa. Yo puedo ser lo suficientemente valientes como para afirmar lo que es correcto sin miedo o incluso sin ningún aprecio. Yo puedo hacer lo correcto. Mi iniciativa se ha dado la razón por la apreciación de la dama. Estoy contento de haber podido compartir algo positivo con 2 personas diferentes. Tal vez , a diferentes niveles.

Un enfoque positivo obtiene una respuesta positiva. Sólo tiene que tomar la iniciativa. Se podría darle algo mágico.

Paz a todos,
Indraneel 🙂

Este artículo se acredita a Janice Wald y Elle Knowles , para que desató el recuerdo.

The English translation:

The Magic  of taking an initiative

I have an old story to share. I was at the train station in New Delhi. It is common to see people not following the rules. A common example of this is breaking the queue. I’ve got an antiquated way of thinking and doing things. I decided to be in a line. Perhaps it took me 10-15 minutes to get to the information desk. A young boy tried to break the line. I said politely, but firmly, to go online. I assured her that will not take long. The lady at the information desk, a government employee, appreciated what I did. “That’s a good thing you did. More people should learn to do the same,” he said. Although he did scold the child for trying to break the line. I do not expect your comment. And even less appreciation.

Government officials in India are the second most maligned group of people, according to many citizens. It’s amazing the amount of distrust and fear, government employees can cause. Probably, I’ll never meet this woman again in my life. But then I got a lot. No amount of money could get me what I have. I learned, I can take an initiative. I can be brave enough to say what is right without fear or even without any appreciation. I can make it right. Such a finding that lady validated my initiative. I am glad that I could share something positive with 2 different people. Perhaps at different levels.

A positive approach to get a positive response. Simply take the initiative. It could give something magical.

Peace to all,
Indraneel 🙂

This article is credited to Janice Wald and Elle Knowles, for sparking the recollection.

A very warm welcome to friends from Spain

Una muy cálida bienvenida a mis amigos de España. Mi nombre es Indraneel. Me gustaría darle las gracias por animarme por visitar mi blog. Muchas Muchas Gracias amigos. Mis mejores deseos a todos ustedes por siempre. Por favor, acepta este mensaje como mi humilde muestra de gratitud

A very warm welcome to friends from Spain . My name is Indraneel . I would like to thank for encouraging me to visit my blog. Many Many Thanks friends . Best wishes to you all forever.
Please accept this message as my humble token of gratitude. (Translation courtesy Google Translate)