Osama Bin Laden is back: A crime con-medy Tere Bin Laden!

Posted: September 26, 2010 in COM 101 current issues


Set in Pakistan, Ali (Ali Zafar) works as a television reporter for local news channel but wants to migrate to the US for better prospects. After being deported from US once and having his American visa rejected seven times, Ali approaches a travel agent who assures him of an entry to America if he can manage a couple of lakhs.

That’s when he stumbles across Noora (Pradhuman Singh) whose facial features come too close to Osama Bin Laden. Ali hatches a plan to shoot a fake video of Osama with Noora and sell it to news channels for big money. So he hires services of a makeup artist (Sugandha Garg), an Arabic scriptwriter (Chirag Vohra), a dubbing artist (Rahul Singh) and a cameraman (Nikhil Ratnaparkhi) to create the video footage that creates big furor across the globe.

Unfortunately his plan backfires when Pakistanis are forbidden entry into US due to security reasons after Osama’s reappearance. Further an American intelligence officer (Barry John) arrives in Pakistan to trace Osama’s whereabouts.

Importance of Non Verbal cues…Who would have thought they were that important?

I spy with my little eyes…

link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzn4u9PhJUc&feature=related 

Two men (news reporter) come charging for the press conference- and is abruptly stopped by the guard at the door, using his hands and facial expression to show authority. This is known as Kinesics, the study of body movement, namely symbolic – when the police use his hands to stop the two news reporter. Moreover the police yell “Hey Stop!” this sudden change in the quality of voice, precisely the volume and tone to denote anger is known as Paralinguistic’s (study of vocal nonverbal cue).

Furthermore, the police hold a rifle firmly to show his status, is very intimidating; however the two news reporters quickly counter his authority by showing their badge with their personal identity on it “press” which challenges the authority of the police, to show they are entitled to enter the conference. The showing of personal objects i.e. status, personal identity to convey meanings is known as Artifacts. The firm look and the confidence portrayed on the faces of the two reporters when showing off their identity, and looking the police in his eyes showing their bravery is known as Oculesics, the study of nonverbal meaning associated with the eyes. The police make a mockery out of the both of them, making sarcastic comments and claiming they are unknown and thus not invited, pushing them away, which is known as Haptics, the study of touch in communication, in this case, unwanted expression of power.

 The two reports still try their level best to battle their way into the press conference; however they are continuously stopped by the overly big size police, who is well dressed in his uniform, looking very intimidating (physical appearance- a non verbal cue). The police use his body several times to show disgust and frustration, this is also another form of Kinesics’, known as affect displays.

As one of the reporters (in green top) tries to challenge the police, the other reporter (in blue polo top) quickly holds him back (haptics), and tries to get him out of there by consoling him that the press conference would have stared any ways and there is no point attending. The fear and anxiety portrayed on the reporter’s face (in blue polo) is yet another form of kinesics, known as adaptors. It is clear that the reporter is no longer comfortable in the environment, hence tugging at the other reporter, and stuttering, signs of adapting to the uneasy environment. However, the reporter (in green top) refuse to give up, after seeing that the police let two other news reporter walk right into the press conference without any questions being asked, and in fact welcomed them with a warm smile and a simple head nod to show respect, which is another form of kinesics known as regulators.

In the press conference, the chief minister also shows his authority through the use of artifacts namely status associations. Moreover the use of Kinesics namely symbolic is also present when he points his figure at the audience to get his message across. He also regulates (another form of kinesics) his conversation throw his facial expression.

 The conference is interrupted by the reporters (in green top) mischievous act, crawling on the ceiling top, moving the lid to take a video of the press conference. The audience and the chief minister body language can be interpreted by kinesics, namely affect displays and adaptors)- as they show emotions of confusion, and start talking amongst themselves, where by some fold their arms in fear of the rattling sound of the ceiling.

At the Danka TV news head quarter, the video is quickly broad casted on TV by reporter Maqsood. The reporter uses Paralinguistic (quality of voice – volume, tone) to report the news on TV, showing his professionalism along with Oculesics to engage with the audience. When the press conference video comes on, to their surprise, with all the reporters had their mouth wide open in shock (kinesics-symbolic) and puzzled facial expression (kinesics-affect displays) . The guy dressed formally in white shirt with a neck-tie (physical appearance) ordered the technical staff to stop broad casting the video immediately. He gasps “Switch that off, you deep fried fool! Turn if off! What rubbish!” again these employ the use of paralinguistic’s as he raises his volume, tone, and pitch simultaneously. The technical staff panic, and took his time in stopping the video, hence the formally dressed man, came up to him pointed his hands at him, pushed him, and strangled him violently. This short scene employs the use of both Kinesics (symbolic, affect displays, and adaptors-on the part of the technical staff), along with paralinguistics, Oculesics, and haptics.

What do y’ll think????

SO after reading me rambling about the non-verbal cues in this short clip, what is your take? Do you think non-verbal communication is important in your daily life? Is it as important as Verbal communication? Imagine, just muting your TV and all you see is a bunch of hands swaying from left to right, puzzled faces, weird looking people…how boring? OR imagine watching a moving with your TV switched off, and only your sound system switched on? BORING? I would think so? Orr….simply imagine a movie in a foreign language with NO SUBTITLES, aha!  Please share your ideas..

My take…

Well, yes of course my conclusion is short and sweet 🙂 I believe both non verbal and verbal communication is equally important just like the “Yin and Yang” – the interaction of two energies that cause everything to happen, and they cannot exist without each other!

  1. Jaspreet Singh Narula says:

    Just like you,i too believe that both non verbal and verbal communication is equally important. With non verbal communication,it is preferred by certain people. They prefer reading the person’s actions rather then hearing him or her speak. Some times, a person’s actions can contribute to a lot of things. They can explain expressions, feelings and thoughts. For the deaf, they cannot deal with verbal communication so they turn to non verbal communication. They either try to understand what the person is saying on TV or read the subtitles. They also communicate with another deaf using sign language. That is a key method for communication. As for verbal communication, it does have its perks. Such as you can be entertained without having to turn on the television or radio to hear the news. Also you can hear sounds to understand the surrounding or what is happening. For people who are not deaf, verbal communication play a vital role in life. However for the deaf and mute it does not help them entirely. Just like you again i believe that both non verbal and verbal communication is equally important as both has its advantages and disadvantages. They both play a big role in life. And thanks to you i really understand the advantages and disadvantages or verbal and non verbal communication. As not for you,i would have not even thought about such an issue.

    • Jeevan says:

      I agree with Jaspreet on this on how both verbal and nonverbal communication are important.they both in the world simply are used everywhere.There are alot of unfortunate people who cannot hear so they rely on non verbal communication..but that does not mean that we ignore them..we also care for them.How can they know what is going on in the world if they cannot hear.so with that they have to depend on non verbal communication.Just the same,the blind have to depend on the sense of hearing.When one looses a sense,their other senses automatically gets stronger.As i said before both verbal and non verbal communication is important.As the both have their parts in life.

  2. suhel manchanda says:

    After reading manveena’s interpretation above, I have come across the significant importance of non-verbal communication that as of verbal communication. For instance when we are meditating or praying we go through non-verbal form of communication, likewise when we are in orchestra concert we see the conductor playing the notes and the other musicians follow the conductor’s action. We notice the sound of music, just like the movie we see the two reporters action and the policemans reaction. This has given me another vision about the importance of non-verbal communication around the world. The art of non-verbal communication is as interesting as learning a new language. Imagine the world without non-verbal communication?

    • soni1220 says:

      Agreed, non verbal communication is an art itself- like they say actions speaks a thousand words, similarly non-verbal communication is a powerful tool of communication that expresses alot of un-spoken words. Moreover nonverbal cues are extremely important in communication because even though we don’t always register it consciously, it is more impactful than words. For non verbal cues usually help regulate, complement, accentuate and many times substitute verbal communication. Many people resort to non-verbal cues to convey messages they might otherwise feel uncomfortable communicating it verbally.

      • KT says:

        Unlike Suhel’s perception on how non verbal communication is more important as compared to verbal (“I have come across the significant importance of non-verbal communication that as of verbal communication”), I believe that both are of equal importance.

        Very simply, if non verbal communication is of more importance, why stress on communication between relations? (Refering to the government campaigns on family bonding). With increasing verbal communication and quality communication in any relationship, (friends, parents etc) it builds a stronger bonding between the two parties.

        Both types of communications are equally as important. Following up from what Jaspreet has mentioned, non verbal communication are equally as important and verbal communication brings about its perks.

  3. KT says:

    I agree with you completely, Jaspreet. Just like the deaf, autistic children rely more on non verbal communications as compared to a normal child. Some autistic children exhibit deficits in object play behaviour, these deficits doesn’t prove non verbal communication is any less or more important than verbal communication. Other than children, not everybody’s feelings and thoughts are communicated. Some are shown. Hence, non verbal communication.

    “I need not tell you that I love you, if I can make you feel loved by me” (extracted from an anoynomous guy from the net)

    Thank you for such an enlightening article. Your article are one of the many articles that helps people appreciate the little things in life. Simply – communication.

  4. suhel manchanda says:

    I appreciate your comment KT, and certainly agree, but at the same time I think its a rather debatable and subjective topic.. the analysis does not show any disagreements and it simply shows the significant importance of non-verbal communication and clearly defines in statement that is equally important to that of verbal communication. Giving more reference to non-verbal communication in my interpretation does not mean that i have ruled out the importance of verbal communication but simply enlighting the audience with the importance of non verbal communication which is usually neglected and thus perceived as “less important”

  5. KT says:

    Suhel, yes I agree it’s a rather debatable topic. However, I quoted one of your statements which mentioned that non verbal communication is more important – just to convey my ideas regarding the importance of verbal and non verbal communication. No personal attack. =)

  6. KT says:

    Hi..! Following up what I mentioned in my first comment, ” Other than children, not everybody’s feelings and thoughts are communicated. Some are shown. Hence, non verbal communication. “I need not tell you that I love you, if I can make you feel loved by me” (extracted from an anoynomous guy from the net) ”
    ; here’s an article by Fatt, James P.T. It’s titled, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”

    It also gives some examples of non verbal communication. Pretty Interesting..


    • soni1220 says:

      Adding on to more exampels of non-verbal communication, I believe touch is also a very expressive and important element when communicating with someone. Touch gives a sense of warmth- compared to just merely lisetning to the cold words gushing out of one’s mouth which hold no meaning otherwise. However just a gentle touch, a genuine smile, a simple kiss, is much more than words of reassurance; and is so much more meaningful and precious.. ofcourse keeping in mind spacial distance (proximity) and the relationship you have with the person is important- if not such acts maybe seen as uncomfortable and awkward.

  7. D'perfecto says:

    Hi KT, I read your article. A pretty short one but it has certainly got me thinking about this topic. Interesting topic – I must say!

    I came across an article that spoke about verbal vs non verbal abuse. Studies actually prove that both have an equal impact on the victim.

  8. Rumpy says:

    I knew a girl who had to depend on non verbal communication.as she was born with a lot of deficiencies. but that does not mean i gave up on her.i still carried on a regular life style for her.i tried to teach her verbal communication and with success she responded.it was the most happiest thing in my life.but all good things have to come to an end.basically,both verbal and non verbal communication is important. just like how man a cannot live without food or water.

  9. Witansa says:

    I believe it is a simply essential in human communication. One clear example is the movie Mr.Bean. I assume you all know what is this movie about, a comedy with less verbal communication. It is possible that non verbal communication is subjective, but if we look into the Mr.Bean movie, he expresses the general norm of funny non verbal cues.

  10. ssm says:

    They both stand the chance! Equally important! what suhel tried to say that sometimes non-verbal communication isnt stressed out loud. What he tried to show that both are equally important but non-verbal cues are sometimes overshadowed! From what i understand his interpretation ?

  11. Poonam says:

    Equally Important forms of communication, should encourage more movies in the future! Bravo

  12. Eddie says:

    Haha.. I really like the youtube link u posted. It is so funny.
    I agree with you totally that both verbal and nonverbal communication is very important, they work hand in hand and synergistically. One without the other will not be effective anymore.

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