Humans as a civilization have always tended to feed the bad wolf. So much so that in our country, drones have become a synonym for death. The times of war means that rules of journalism and reporting change. The battle grounds are no go areas for obvious reasons. So the official word is the final word. We are well accustomed to having this headline read out in our ever-repeating news bulletins ‘Drone strike in tribal area, x no of terrorists killed’. There is no inquisition, no investigation. There is no story to follow. That one official line is all there is.
Directed by internationally acclaimed Jason Bourque, the movie Drone is a story of a father played by Patrick Sabongui, who lost his daughter and his wife in a drone strike. He plays a Pakistani man, claiming to be from Karachi. Now we are quite acquainted with mention of anything Pakistan in Hollywood. It’s invariably linked to terrorism. But this film seems different by the face of it. It shows the pains of a Pakistani man. It shows him as the aggrieved party not the stereotypical aggressor. For a change, this seems to be a movie where nationalism seemingly trumps humanity. A spectrum where the story teller is able to look past the terrorism stereotype linked to Pakistan. In the trailer, the mention of Karachi follows with the line ‘where the Taliban are’. By the looks of it, seems the director is looking for deeper questioning of the popular narrative, clearly trying to raise questions of the Drone Campaign.
The protagonist played by Sean Bean, is challenged not just his day job as a drone operator, but the dual life he is living. The father is not there for a confession but for retribution.
The movie looks a roll coaster ride of drama and action. However, for us as a country demands something more. It asks us; do we value our own?