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New York (2009)

NewYork2009

New York (2009) is a 2009 Bollywood thriller directed by Kabir Khan, produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films, and with a screenplay by Sandeep Srivastava. Visual effects are by Visual Computing Labs, Tata Elxsi Ltd. It stars John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, Neil Nitin Mukesh, and Irrfan Khan. New York begins in 1999, ends in 2008, and tells the story of three students studying at the fictional New York State University whose lives are changed by 9/11 and its aftermath.

Plot

New York begins in the United States in 2008, with the arrest by the FBI of Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) after guns were found in the trunk of a taxi cab he owned. Omar, a young Muslim man originally from Delhi, is then taken into custody and interrogated by FBI Agent Roshan (Irrfan Khan) (also a Muslim man originally from South Asia who has been living in the United States for twenty years). Omar then discovers that he was set up by the FBI in order to force him to spy on a former college friend, Sam or Samir Sheikh (John Abraham), whom he hasn’t seen in seven years and who the FBI believes is a terrorist. In the process, Omar discovers that Sam has married Maya (Katrina Kaif), another college friend, and that they have a young son, Danyal (Aidan Wagner).
Roshan orders Omar to tell him everything he knows about Sam. The film then flashes back to September 1999 when Omar begins his studies at (the fictional) New York State University. He is befriended by his international student counselor Maya and learns that though she was born and raised in New York, she is fluent in Hindi because of her mother’s interest in Bollywood films. Omar also meets Sam, another Indian American who is also Muslim and fluent in Hindi due to the fact that his father is a professor of Indian studies. Over the next two years, all three become inseparable friends and gradually Omar falls in love with Maya. When Omar realizes that she loves Sam, however, he distances himself from them both. Their carefree days finally end with the onset of 9/11.
After finishing his story, Omar agrees to help Roshan (rather reluctantly), if only to prove that both he and Sam are innocent of the charges of terrorism which have been leveled against them. He reunites with Maya and Sam and stays in their house, all the while spying for the FBI. Omar learns that Maya is a civil rights activist who is helping one of Sam’s employees, Zilgai (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) overcome his experience as a former 9/11 detainee. Zilgai was eventually released due to lack of evidence and has been having difficulty adjusting back to “normal” life.
As time progresses, Omar feels satisfied that he can find nothing to warrant the FBI’s suspicions and is ready to leave when a series of events forces him to reconsider. In the process, Omar learns from Sam that ten days after 9/11, Sam was arrested and detained for a period of nine months as a suspected terrorist, a charge which everyone, including the FBI and Roshan, now agree was incorrect. Though he was eventually released due to lack of evidence, the impact of being detained and tortured permanently changed Sam in ways which are difficult for those surrounding him to understand, leaving him with feelings of deep resentment towards the FBI. Omar thus finds that Sam ultimately resorted to plans for terrorism as a means of revenge.
In addition, Maya is unable to help Zilgai resolve the trauma of being a detainee. After a routine traffic stop escalates and an NYPD police officer gives Maya a very rough full-body search, Zilgai becomes agitated. He drops Maya at her home and eventually kills the police officer the same night. After being declared a fugitive, Zilgai leads the police on a long chase ultimately ending in his suicide.
The climax of the film rests upon the attempts of Maya, Omar, and Roshan to prevent Sam from committing an act of violence by telling him that if he perpetuates violence, others will suffer as he has. Finally convinced, Sam surrenders and aborts his attempt to bomb the FBI building. However, the moment he drops his cell-phone (which was originally intended as a detonator for the bomb) he is shot and killed by FBI snipers. The cell phone falls benign to the ground without activating anything. Maya, who was running toward Sam, is also killed by stray gunfire and Omar, bereft of speech, breaks down. He is later comforted by Roshan who tells him: “Jo ho gaya so ho gaya” (what has happened, has happened). At the end of the film Omar reconciles with Roshan and decides to adopt Danyal.

Cast

John Abraham as Samir ‘Sam’ Shaikh
Neil Nitin Mukesh as Omar Ehzaz
Katrina Kaif as Maya Shaikh
Irrfan Khan as Roshan (as Irrfan)
Mirza Ali Quli as Zaheer
Dustin Kerns as Kevin
Rizwan Alvi as Yasir
Ernest E. Brown as FBI Agent
Samrat Chakrabarti as Yaqub
T.J. Craig as Sam’s friend
Brian Dawson as Daylan
Andrew Flihan as Avacuee
Obaid Kadwani as Malik
JaQuinley Kerr as Student
Ginger Kroll as Sarah
Tony Mirchandani
John Mitchell as Busines Man
Roger Parsons
Cody Ross Pitts as Yohan
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Justin Stern as Jack
Jon Stosal as FBI Agent
Aidan Wagner as Danyal Shaikh
David Winning as Steve

Sound Tracks

“Hai Junoon”
Written by Sandeep Srivastava
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Kay Kay
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Mere Sang”
Written by Sandeep Srivastava
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Tune Jo Na Kaha”
Written by Sandeep Srivastava
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Mohit Chauhan
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Aye Saaye Mere”
Written by Junaid Wasi
Composed by Pankaj Awasthi
Performed by Pankaj Awasthi
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Mere Sang – Remix”
Written by Sandeep Srivastava
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Sam’s Theme”
Composed by Julius Packiam
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“New York Theme”
Composed by Julius Packiam
Music Label Yash Raj Music

“Hai Junoon – Remix”
Written by Sandeep Srivastava
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Kay Kay
Music Label Yash Raj Music

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 05 January 2011

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