While several Hollywood films have dealt with the subject of terrorism and specifically the 9/11 incident with its consequent impact upon innocent victims, “New York” is the first Indian film to explore this subject. It concentrates specifically on Indian diaspora living in the United States for one reason or the other, who are all involved in the fall out from the 9/11 incident. The film succeeded beyond all expectations when it was released in India and ranked number one at the box office during the first week of its release in India (Yahoo Movies). The film has done extraordinarily good business in India and raked up impressive revenues in the worldwide market as well, where it has been well received by the Asian community living abroad. This report examines the contribution this film has made to Bollywood cinema and explores some of the reasons which could underlie its phenomenal success in the marketplace.
The film “New York” explores the theme of 9/11 and the negative impact it had on Muslim students who were at University in the United States, by focusing on the predicament of three Muslim students who attended college together. The story takes place in the year 2008 and commences with the arrest of a young Muslim Omar for suspected terrorist activity, because some guns were found in the boot of the taxicab he drives.