Netflix is a brilliant idea, executed well. During weekends, my preferred habit is to search for good movies to watch in Netflix. One such week in September, I happened to give a try to “Maktub“. Was it a chance, or a destiny, I did happen to watch Maktub. I felt like life has a cruel sense of humor, to present us things, we desired, at the wrong time. At a phase of life, where time is a challenge for me, yet this film made me relax, reflect & redeem my selves.

Maktub is a Israeli movie, shot in Jerusalem. It gives you a clue about the theme right ? No, don’t think 2 nations fighting for a disputed land. Maktub, is a story about 2 friends developing their friendship, to a new level of relationship. What it is ? A relationship which binds, mandates or instructs ? No. Watch it for yourselves.

Like the zen philosophy, the movie begins with 2 friends sitting together in a restaurant & the film ends in a bus journey, whilst the 2 friends sitting beside, on a new relationship & a shared dream.

Writer, Alice Walker said “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow

In Maktub, Steve wants to go to US & sell fish kebab. Chuma, wants to stay in Jerusalem. Throughout the movie, Steve & Chuma, would allow each other to express their inner silence, and acts as a catalyst for their redemption. Chuma, will unearth the pent up secret and presumption inside Steve. And Steve would encourage, his best friend to be his son’s father. Isn’t it what , even life partners are supposed to be, allowing each others inner dichotomies to solve & discover their full potential. Why and when does the opposite happens ?

Sometimes we meet people and are so symbiotic with them, it’s as if we are one person, with one mind, one destiny . Maktub‘ in Arabic means, ” Its Destined“…

Is destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices, that had dramatic consequences


It’s like you often meet your destiny on the road you take to avoid it

You decide. I have made my choice, to watch Maktub again 😉

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