Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Film Inspired by 7/7 Bombings Has Premiere on Anniversary; Tube Terror: A Scene from Shoot on Sight, a Fictionalised Account of the Killing of an Innocent Young Muslim by the Metropolitan Police

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Film Inspired by 7/7 Bombings Has Premiere on Anniversary; Tube Terror: A Scene from Shoot on Sight, a Fictionalised Account of the Killing of an Innocent Young Muslim by the Metropolitan Police

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Byline: LOUISE JURY, LUCY HANBURY

A FILM prompted by the 7 July bombings is to be premiered in London onthe third anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Shoot On Sight, with a cast including Brian Cox and Greta Scacchi, is afictionalised account of the killing of an innocent young Muslim man by theMetropolitan police in the wake of the outrage.

The real incident killed 52 people as well as the four bombers. InnocentBrazilian Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police in a later incident.

Some of the families of those killed today expressed shock at the "insensitive"timing of the premiere and said they knew nothing of what is the first moviebased on the attacks.

Jag Mundhra, the Indian Hindu director who was living in London at the time,said the aim of the film was not to offend.

The story is told from the perspective of a Muslim police officerplayed by Naseeruddin Shahwith a white wife and children who are well integrated into British societyuntil "something happens and there is this ripple effect in communities thatwere otherwise co-existing".

It stemmed from Mundhra's personal experience of the consequences of the 7 Julyattacks. "I couldn't stop a taxi after the bombings because of the way Ilooked," he said.

"Then I started noticing that on television suddenly Scotland Yard wasrepresented by a Muslim police officer [Tarique Ghaffur]. I knew it was becausethe way they wanted to tell the Muslim community 'look, we have a Muslim policeofficer'.

"Then I could see that if I sat on an Underground train everyone looked at youand moved away. I could feel the fear." The aim of the film was to addressthese issues. "I wanted to see the point of view of a shooter who had to pullthe trigger and shot the wrong guy. You're damned if you do and damned if youdon't.

"I knew that it might create some controversy but I thought the issue wasimportant enough to not fear controversy. …

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