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Sameer Promises to be a Gripping thriller that’s also Political

Written by Poorva Tamhane

Sameer is a political drama directed by award winning documentary maker Dakxin Bajranje Chhara that premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) to outstanding response. The films lead Sameer is played by popular actor Zeeshan Mohammed Ayub, who’s known for playing prominent supporting roles in Bollywood movies like Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Raanjhanaa, Raees and Tubelight. The movie also includes actors Subrat Dutta, Anjali Patil, Seema Biswas, Chinmay Mandlekar and others.

The trailer for Sameeris quite intriguing and has Zeeshan M. Ayub in the lead role for the first time. We see the plot moving ahead through his eyes and also a narration of the incidents that take place. The story is about the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) that has been assembled after a bomb blast in Hyderabad. The ATS team is being led by Dy. Chief Officer Desai (Subrat Dutta) who suspects a man by the name of Yasin Darji to be behind the blasts. The team is then seen following a tip-off to arrest the suspect but end up arresting Sameer who’s an engineering student and the wrong guy.

While the authorities decide what to do with Sameer and fix the error the higher authorities decide to use Sameer as a mole and take his help to locate the suspect Yasin. After having turned into a mole for the ATS team we see him race against time as he has to locate Yasin before he causes further loss of life and property. The edgy and gripping teaser trailer promises to pack a punch and keeps us rooted throughout, wondering if the authorities catch the mastermind or will he triumph? The trailer for Sameer also shows some scenes in a bakery which has caused speculation that the movie touches upon the Best Bakery case of 2002 in Vadodara, Gujarat in which 14 people were burned alive. There was also speculation that Sameer is based on the 2008 serial bomb blasts in Gujarat but the filmmakers have assured everyone that the movie is a fictitious story and bears little resemblance to reality.

Sameer has been embroiled in controversy other than these two instances when a dialogue in the movie had the words “Mann Ki Baat” which happens to be the name of the radio show hosted by the Prime Minister. The dialogue was asked to be removed by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC),India. All these reasons have created a buzz around the movie. Sameer hits cinemas on the 8th of September.

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