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The Terrorist (1998)

Theeviravaathi: The Terrorist (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 19 October 2000 (Australia)
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A young female terrorist goes on a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test.



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Malli is a 19 year old girl, who joined a terrorist organization at a very young age after her brother was killed in the cause. Now in her young adulthood, she volunteers for a suicide assassination mission to kill a VIP in the service of her cause. With intricate preparations and seemingly firm resolve, she makes her way to the target area where the plot will be executed. However, events occur that make her question her determination to complete her mission and the very nature of the sacrifice that she is called upon to make. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Release Date:

19 October 2000 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A Terrorista  »

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Box Office


INR 1,091,250 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,750 (USA) (14 January 2000)


$140,021 (USA) (21 April 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Amazing teaching tool
30 September 2005 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I just finished teaching a course in northern Thailand called "Understanding Cultures Through Cinema." This movie was the favorite of the class (and I had some great titles in there!). The students were very moved by the movie, and wrote great papers in response. This short line is my favorite example: "I liked (reviewer) because (that reviewer) doesn't say whether a terrorist who wanted to sacrifice her life was right or wrong. When your country is controlled by others, you want to have freedom." And this from a young sophomore who loves romantic comedies! Talk about a breakthrough!!! Culturally, the students tuned in to some important aspects that don't get noticed: Malli sharing meals with Mr. Vasu, the important moral role played by Lotus/Sorya, and the visual irony of the belt. I gave them a study guide question: How would YOU end this movie? The answers were poignant, and of course, they all mentioned the prevailing motif (which I won't mention here because that would be a spoiler, yes?).

When I first saw this movie, I gave it 9. After seeing it several times since, and especially seeing the reaction of my Thai students, I gladly raise it to 10. This is one of my top ten movies of all time.

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