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INDIA, Starring Osama Bin Laden, June 2003

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India is the world's most populous democracy and second only to China in population. There are 18 official languages in a nominally secular political system dominated by the Hindu majority.

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On a journey to India, a FRONTLINE/World crew comes across Osama bin Laden -- not the terrorist mastermind, but rather an actor starring in a popular community theater production torn from the headlines. Days later, after a four-hour-long portrayal of bin Laden before an enthusiastic, packed house in Calcutta, the actor turns to ask our reporter: "What did you think of my performance?"
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