You don’t mess with the Zohan is a 2008 Hollywood slapstick comedy. Zohan is an Israeli counter-terrorist who becomes bored of all the violence and moves secretly to the USA where he becomes a hairdresser assuming the pseudonym of Scrappy Coco (names of the two dogs with whom he had shared the flight). He lives in the lower Manhattan where Middle Eastern Americans abound. The Palestinians and the Israelis live on opposite sides of the street. Zohan becomes a freak success in the salon run by a Palestinian woman named Dalia after giving a haircut to an old woman with whom he also has sex soon after the very ‘loving’ haircut. Dalia’s business booms because of Zohan’s double services and a corporate magnate who wants to evacuate the emigrants in order to construct a roller coaster mall is beaten. A lot of hilarious comedy and much Hollywood action later, Zohan the Israeli marries Dalia the Palestinian.
|Pope Francis at the wall built by Israel|
The movie brings out in its own unique way the futility of violence, particularly violence in the name of religion and nationality. In the last few days two important incidents took place related to this theme of peace and harmony. One is Pope Francis’s visit to the Middle East. He invited the leaders of Israel and Palestine to Rome with a view to finding a peaceful solution to the problem between the two countries. Both the leaders have accepted the invitation, according to reports.
The second major event is the presence of the Pak Prime Minister (along with other dignitaries, of course) at Mr Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony. Today the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan will discuss and let us hope that they will arrive at some kind of a peace treaty. Let us also hope for a solution to the problem in Sri Lanka between the Sinhalas and the Tamils.
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May good sense prevail!
Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the Pope, is believed (only believed) to have composed the following prayer.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
Let us hope for a better world. Let Zohans and Dalias, Khans and Khannas, Vadivelus and Vidusahanis marry each other and transcend man-made borders. Let slapstick comedy metamorphose into genuine happiness.