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Rushdie and International Gorillay/Guerillas: The Scene of Final Divine Punishment

Salman Rushdie actually got to Fs from the Islamic world for writing The Satanic Verses: a Fatwa and a Film.

Released in 1990, International Gorillay (No relation to big ape's just that in the Indian Subcontinent 1 Guerilla = 1 Guerilla but 2 or more Guerillas = 2 or more Gorillay. It a linguistic thing.) was a big budgeted Pakistani film shot in shot in foreign locales by a man named Jan Mohammed (according to IMDB he started his illustrious career as a director with a film called Hong Kong ke Sholay) as a fitting reply to Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses.

The plot is simple: Rushdie is an Israeli Secret agent plotting to destroy Islam and Pakistan. How, you ask? Naturally, by opening houses of great vice like Discos and Casinos. Writing a slanderous (the right word is blasphemous!) book was just the beginning of his plans. Post Fatwa(for one, the scene of protest in the film look quite real!): In his secret hideout, an Island fortress protected by Mossad agents, he likes to torture poor Muslims. And how? By making the helpless victim listen to lines from his opus magnum magic realism book- The Satanic Verses, a method worse than poring hot boiling oil in the ears. These were the simple pre-Abu Ghraib days.

Naturally, someone had to do something about this evil mad man of devilish brains (and hands). So three pure of heart warrior 'Mujahid' brothers from Pakistan set out to trace him and bump him off this earth. How? Check the pic:

How does it all end?
After the bumbling trio go through various hoops, blowing up this and that, in the end, Dolly, a phirang henchwoman who prances around evil Rushdie, has a change of heart and converts to Islam. As for Rushdie, the final terrible Punishment of God (no s) is meted out by the flying Korans:

video link 

For another version: check this global News clip

The film ran into trouble at the time of its release. In 1990, some British Parliament members wanted to ban this in Britain, as they thought enough people would take this film seriously and did stall its release for a couple of months. The film was finally released after Salman Rushie, who was at the time living in Britain, intervened and lent his support to the release of this film.


An interesting side note:

In 1983, thirty-eight shias walked into Hawkes Bay in Pakistani city of Karachi, because their leader managed to persuade them that a path would open through the sea, and they would then walk to the holy city of Karbala in Iraq.

Salman Rushdie recreated the incident in The Satanic Verses with a bit of magic.


You can check out more such notes on The Satanic Verses here

You may also like to read my older post about: Goddess Manat and Somnath Temple


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