After September 11, 2001, many Muslims in America did not feel safe outside their homes. Muslims were harassed, humiliated, misunderstood, and falsely accused of being terrorists. These innocent people were blamed for something they had no part in due to either their shared religion, shared ethnicity, or shared physical features with the terrorist that conducted the 9/11 attacks in the United States. The Bollywood movie “New York” depicts the prejudice that Muslim’s had to face post 9/11.
In the movie, one of the characters, Sam, a Muslim New Yorker, is falsely accused of being a terrorist after 9/11 and detained for nine months. During those nine months, he is abused, urinated on, and kept in harsh conditions. He was suspected of being a terrorist because police found pictures he took of buildings around the city for his NYU photography class. When he is finally released, due to the fact that the FBI had no evidence against him what so ever, he isn’t the same warm and fun loving guy he once was. He is resentful towards the FBI for what they put him through. This resent ultimately turns him into a terrorist. He and a group of other Muslim men, who were also falsely accused and detained for long periods of time, plan to blow up the FBI headquarters.
This movie shows the aftermath of 9/11 in the Muslim people’s perspective. It shows the hardship they faced in their everyday lives. It also shows how people’s tendency to pre-judge a person based on their appearance, religious affiliations, ethnicity, or race is insensitive and most of the time inaccurate. These prejudgments after 9/11 put the lives of innocent people in danger and still torment them till today. This movie exemplifies how people’s perception of Muslims or anyone who looked Muslim changed after 9/11 once they became a “threat”.