One such satirical film is "Tere Bin Laden" produced in Bollywood and released in 2010, conceived and directed by Abhishek Sharma. Its a laugh riot from the beginning to the end, spoofing the mad rush among the people from the subcontinent to go to America and the seamy world of television journalism here in addition to American militarism. The story line is obviously far fetched but it succeeds, tongue firmly in the cheek, in panning American militarism extremely well.
Apart from the great stress breaking laughs what tickled me most were some very insightful vignettes of the world of today. The film is available for viewing here and I will only elaborate on some of the parts that throw greater light on our times. There is one character who is a leader of the Pakistan Communist Party who runs a radio service from his home through which he exhorts the people to organise and bring about a revolution in Pakistan!!! This drives home brilliantly how anachronistic the communist parties in the subcontinent have become in the face of the global dominance of capitalism. Capitalism has used repression, co-option and control of the media and academia to make mass mobilisation for revolution or even for plain reform or implementation of the rule of law an extremely difficult proposition. Instead of facing up to this hard reality most communists are still living in a world of dreams far removed from reality.
Then there is the head of the Pakistani intelligence unit who asks the American intelligence guy why they are bombing Afghanistan when they have clear information that Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan. The American, portrayed excellently by Barry John, who is a Britisher who has settled in India and is a well known theatre director and acting teacher, replies that the USA has a military budget of a 100 billion dollars and it can't be spent just by his sipping coffee!! Later when they locate through satellite the truck in which the fake Osama bin Laden is travelling and the Pakistani intelligence chief suggests that they send a company of soldiers to apprehend them, the American impatiently replies that there is no time for that and that he will "toast" him through a remote missile attack!!! This underscores the way in which militarism has gripped the ruling classes in America and they do not think twice about killing people or as revealed now by Snowden, using technology to conduct mass surveillance in order to kill people, as this both props up their economy through unnecessary military spending and also maintains their vice like control of the world economy and society. The American dream has truly become an American Nightmare for the whole world and there does not seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel!!! We are all going to get "toasted" sooner or later!!!