Movie:  The Attacks Of 26/11

Director: Ram Gopal Varma

Cast: Nana Patekar, Atul Kulkarni and Sanjeev Jaiswal

Jagran Rating:   Good

Storyline:

The story starts with somewhere in re-telling the bloodbath, torrential shower of bullets and bombs that rained down on Mumbai on Nov 26, 2008 a little child sitting lost amidst a carpet of corpses in the posh hotel lobby of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel weeps on the gleaming white marble floor now reduced to a bloodied mess. We then hear another round of gunfire and then, the child's weeping ceases.

The way the soundtrack is used to denote unimaginable brutality and violence in that sequence reminds of the massacre sequence in Ramesh Sippy's "Sholay", where Gabbar Singh sadistically raises a gun, points it at a defiant child (Master Alankar) and then the soundtrack cuts to the sound of a train chugging into the railway platform.

While the first hour of the film graphically recreates the violence that Ajmal Kasab and his gang unleashed in various strategic centres of Mumbai, where maximum impact was ensured for their mayhem, the second hour of the dread-filled drama, turns into a riveting ruminative debate between the police commissioner Rakesh Maria (Nana Patekar) and Kasab (Sanjeev Jaiswal). The energetic yet bridled equipoise created between these two polarities of the human existence so effortlessly slips into the zone of a moral debate that we end up listening to echoes of infinite resonance beyond the words that they exchange with such scathing contempt for one another's moral values.

It could happen again. To any city. You or me. That is the terrifying reality that perpetually underlines the gripping narration, clamping the brilliant writing of Rommel Rodrigues down to a whittled numbing sense of hardcore reality where all thrill ends and the feeling of dread begins to creep upon us. We are finally left with only a profound sense of dread and fear.

RGV compels us to watch and think. What the movie tells us is that the wounds of the night, must not be allowed to heal. Watching the horrific events in this outstanding film is an experience that defies the normal cinematic experience. This is a deviously dramatic and authentic recreation of the ghastly terror attack.

The recreation of the terror attacks on Leopold Cafe, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and Cama Hospital are so chilling in their vivid detailing that we end up watching scenes of violence not for their cinematic element, as much their unflinching affiliation to the actual events.

Thumbs Up:

Sunil Wadhwani and Ajith Nair’s graphic terror attack sequences are edited in a pattern that replicates the suddenness of the attack. Technical team scores full marks for its excellent work in the film. Harshad Shroff and M. Ravichandran Thevar's cinematography captures every moment of the bloodcurdling events with a documentary-like ferocity. Nana Patekar's character gazes hopefully into a peaceful ocean. One of the best films in recent times on the wages of terrorism, "The Attacks Of 26/11" is a stunning wake-up call for those who think Mumbai's night of terror cannot happen again. Watching the horrific events in this outstanding film is an experience that defies the normal cinematic experience. This is a deviously dramatic and authentic recreation of the ghastly terror attack.

Thumbs Down:

Amar Mohile's muted but angry background score, has not been properly designed. The extravagant violence is not tampered with, though the vantage points of the terror attacks are whittled down. Display of terror attacks in the movie is way too harsh to digest, which at places makes it awkward. Second half of the movie is long-winded.

So, The Attacks Of 26/11 is a one-time watch that may leave no stones unturned taking you back into brutal terror attacks of Mumbai.

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