Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Bin Laden’ film obtains working title; Production angers some in India

One of my favorite female film-makers, Kathryn Bigelow whose credit includes titles like Point Break (1991); Strange Days (1995); The Hurt Locker (2008) is currently shooting her new project formerly known as ‘Hunt for Osama Bin Laden” in India. It is one of the most anticipated films on my list as Ms. Bigelow didn’t only raise my eyebrows, but her hard work and dedication on her 2008 Academy Award winning film, The Hurt Locker got everyone’s attention.

The arduous process that she had to go through to make ‘The Hurt Locker’ got the attention of the critics, and it brought her name back on the radar as one of the most talented and successful female film-makers. Prior to winning her Oscar for her work on The Hurt Locker, I was already a fan of her work. Her 1991 action/thriller, Point Break starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze still amazes me; she is truly a film-maker who knows where to set her camera and call ‘action.’ Her new film based on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden has been in the news for a while now, and when Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan there were several speculations regarding her film that it would be a pointless project, but later it was announced that her team is working on the script to make few important amendments.  Now Deadline reports that her project has obtained a working title ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ which is used as a slang in military by anyone who has a very early morning duty between the hours of 00:00 and 04:00 (Midnight to 4:00AM). The film centers on the Navy SEAL team who hunted down and killed Osama Bin Laden.

Film Synopsis (Source IMDb):

An account on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and the battled on his compound that resulted in his death.

The current reports also bring a spotlight regarding the film’s on going production in India. Members of right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad grouped stormed the set of the film in the Indian city of Chandigarh today, protesting the portrayal of Muslim culture in India. Osama Bin Laden was killed in his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan; Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures are using the city of Chandigarh in India instead of Pakistan as they cannot shoot the film safely in that region. It is the Hindu radicals in India that are protesting against the film-maker claiming that they will not let them use Pakistani flags to be raised on the Indian soil. Predominantly Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan have fought 3 wars so far, and the group shouts that they will not let them shoot the film, but according to a crew member there are talks been held with the protestors to calm the crowd. The production is still in process and there were no delays.

The other reason that this film should be on everyone’s list is that it is based on an important subject, and I am sure that Ms. Bigelow will bring to the screen something politically correct and interesting so the audiences can comprehend the importance of the action that Navy SEAL team took. Prior to the problems in India, the film went through another controversy. The pentagon has said that they are investigating charges made by Rep. Peter King that Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) were privy to inside information about the Bin Laden mission. The film’s release dated was ultimately shifted to December 2012. This film will mark the second project of Ms. Bigelow with screenwriter Mark Boal. The film stars Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Strong and Harold Perrineau.