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Shoot on Sight (2007)

A Lahore-born London Police Commander deals with personal issues and investigates the shooting death of a fellow-Muslim.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Police Commander Tariq Ali
Susan Ali
Daniel Tennant
Commander John Shepherd
Chris Wilson ...
Police CO19 Officer
Advocate Fiona Monroe
Zaheer Khan
Ruby Kaur
Zara Ali
Arrun Harker ...
Imran Ali
San Shella ...


Tariq Ali, a Muslim police officer of Scotland Yard, is asked to hunt-down suspected suicide-bombers against the backdrop of July 7 bombings in London. Tariq's task gets complicated as an innocent Muslim is killed by the commando shooters of Scotland Yard. On the other hand, Tariq - a British citizen is himself a suspect in the eyes of his boss, despite his long service in the Scotland Yard. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Is it a crime to be a Muslim?


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 August 2008 (UK)  »

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Attentat: London  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Amitabh Bachchan was offered the lead role but declined. See more »

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Chilling and incisive thriller about Islamic terrorism
16 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I watched the film 'Shoot On Sight' at Dubai festival and I must say it was one of the best films I have ever seen on the rise of Islamic terrorism in the 21st century. No western filmmaker, so far, has been able to understand why Islamic terrorists blast others and kill themselves. But director Jag Mundhra depicts the diatribe of hate-preachers in a powerful as well as chilling style. Om Puri's performance as Imam gives you goose pimples, particularly, when he incites mobs not to treat westerners innocents. He puts a spin on who is and who isn't innocent. He asks that those who kill and maim in Iraq and Palestine- are they innocent? I came out of the theatre so shocked and well-informed in a positive way.

The great thing about 'Shoot On Sight' is its pace. It moves like a taut thriller but at the same time offers incisive understanding of how Islamic terrorists are recruited. And, yet the film is largely sympathetic to Islam and its followers.

The film offers memorable performances by Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. Greta Scacchi, Ralph Ineson, Brian Cox and Laila Rouass also came up with credible performances. Sadie Frost, I'm sorry to say, was disappointing and so was the music of the film leaving much to be desired. Frost was expression less and Altman's music had no Islamic or for that matter South Asian soul.

I'll give four stars out of five to 'Shoot On Sight' because it documents the menace of Islamic terrorism in such a powerful, entertaining and yet

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