Recently, I watched the Showtime Series “Sleeper Cell” which aired for 2 seasons from 2005 – 2006. Although the TV show is almost 10 years old now, its subject matter of terrorism in relation to American Muslims is still very relevant today. When “Sleeper Cell” came out, there was a lot of push back from the Muslim community in America, most of which occurred before the series even aired. Although the cable TV series does have its flaws, I believe it did have a lot of in-depth analysis of the int … [Read more...]
I interviewed actor Rizwan Manji from NBC's "Outsourced" for ILLUME Magazine (www.IllumeMag.com). He talked about what its like to be Muslim in Hollywood and the importance of 'good Muslim' roles.How did you get the part of Rajiv Gidwani on NBC’s “Outsourced” ?I was sent the script for the Pilot and thought it was hilarious. As an Indian, I could relate to some of the characters who share the same culture as me, and this was the first time that I have heard of a major TV sitcom about S … [Read more...]
By no means am I a Bollywood (Indian Cinema) fan. I have only seen a handful in my life and never watched one in a theater - before last night when I went with my wife and a few friends to watch the King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and his new film "My Name is Khan" which is making headlines across the world because of it's "Pro-Muslim" storyline - which is a rarity in Hindu dominated Indian cinema.A majority of the film was also shot here in the San Francisco Bay Area and since a few of our … [Read more...]
“Slumdog Millionaire” wins Best Picture and 6 other Oscars, including two for A.R. Rahman, for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.
I found out recently that A.R. Rahman, the Academy award winning composer of “Slumdog Millionaire” as well as many other Bollywood films, was inspired by Sufism and converted from Hinduism to Islam in 1989. His full name is Allah Rakkha Rahman. He comes from a Tamil background and said “God is Great” in Tamil after he won the first Oscar. Congratulations to A.R. Rahman as well as to the other Muslim actors in the film including Irrfan Ali Khan, who plays the police inspector, Rubina Ali who pl … [Read more...]