No matter which cinema you are watching whether it’s Hollywood or Bollywood in both industries Muslims have been portrayed as a negative characters.
For a long time, it’s been happening in both cinemas and no one has raised the question. Not even those actors who are Muslims.
A Muslim British actor Riz Ahmed has spoken about this Muslim being portrayed as a terrorist in every movie of Hollywood. He even expressed the whole thing deeply and shared his opinion on the overall scenario.
He can’t believe still in the modern era Muslims are treated as a minority and is disappointed with the way big cinemas portray Muslims.
Riz Ahmed expresses his frustration over Muslims being portrayed as a terrorist
Riz Ahmed said, “The game right now is messed up. The game right now is rigged,” Ahmed said in a new interview with news outlet Muslim.
“Muslims are either not on screen or they are [and] they’re the bad guys. They’re perpetrators or victims of violence. We’re either invisible or we’re villainized, cause the stories we tell about our community affect the laws that get passed, the people that get attacked, the people that get invaded.”
He further commented on a clip of a movie named “American Soldier” where Bradley Cooper shoots a child with no hesitation. In that scene, he shook his head and shows his anger.
“This is so f***** up,” he said. “It’s hard to watch this and not get angry. It’s crazy to think that, like, how many people had to say this was okay for this to be made. I don’t think we even have the time to fully explain how f***** up that clip is on so many levels. It’s just super racist.”
He pointed out that most of the Muslim people featured were terrorists.
“[We’re] gonna look back on that and look at it with the same cringe as we look at, you know, films that had blackface in them. Or films with, like, you know, cowboys and Indians, [where] the only good Indian are a dead Indian,” remarked The Emmy-winning artist.
“That’s what you’re saying, the only good Muslim is a dead one. This stuff’s so dangerous because it enables the invasion of countries. It enables hate crimes. It enables discriminatory and racist laws being passed.”
He pronounced such a style of the film “whack, outdated, racist” and said such carelessness “costs lives.”
Mogul Mowgli – Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed also talked about his movie Mogul Mowgli and mainly the character of the film.
Riz Ahmed commented on the Zaheer’s character, “Zaheer has changed his name to Zed and the question is, is that a choice he made or is that something he was forced to do, because [he wanted] to fit in, because people couldn’t pronounce his name,” Ahmed explained.
“And I sometimes ask myself that question. I have kind of censored my full name, and on some level, I wonder whether it’s just got too much weight and too much history.” Ahmed had made a decision. “One thing I’ll say is, after this film, I introduce myself as Rizwan.”
Talking about the change he said, “This isn’t something that I’m going to solve on my own,” Ahmed says. “It’s going to take all of us to come together.
Riz Ahmed also became the first Muslim to be nominated in Oscars for his role in Sound of Metal.
It can sometimes be draining. I would much rather be discussing my creative craft and my artistic inspirations, but I feel a responsibility to speak out and to open the door for others, empower people to tell their own stories.”
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