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Riz Khan
'Tere Bin Laden'
Looking at a satirical spin on the US-led 'war on terror' we ask if comedy can be used to fight violence.
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2010 10:50 GMT

Could laughter be the next weapon in the war against terrorism? It seems to be working in India, where a satirical film about a fake Osama bin Laden tape has become an unexpected success this year.

Tere Bin Laden portrays the media and the US' so-called war on terror from the perspective of a struggling Pakistani journalist named Ali.

When Ali dupes an Osama bin Laden lookalike into starring in a fake al-Qaeda video, US and Pakistani officials embark on an international manhunt that is as telling as it is entertaining.

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In Pakistan, the movie was banned for fear that a comedic portrayal of bin Laden would provoke further terrorist attacks in the region.

On Monday's Riz Khan we ask: Is there room for humour in the war against terrorism?

Riz speaks to Tere Bin Laden star and Pakistani pop sensation Ali Zafar, who is the first Pakistani to play a leading role in a Bollywood movie. Also joining the programme is Abhishek Sharma, who wrote and directed the film.

This episode of Riz Khan aired from Monday, September 6, 2010.

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