Jingoism and Pathaan

The problem isn’t that the film is inspired by disagreeable or even offensive politics, though these are accusations that probably could hold up in any reasonable court of law. The problem is the film’s protagonist is so thoroughly de-personified that he’s little more than an unforgiving, blank slate for jingoism, incapable of being a normal human. Pathaan imagines a world in which the still-brainwashed Bucky, rather than Steve Rogers, were the true Captain America—or, Captain India.

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