The 2008 Mumbai attacks left the heart of India wounded and till now the horrors of 26/11 lives through the streets of the country. Cinema has been one of the most powerful ways to capture and retell the events that took place that day. Let us have a look at the most impactful films on 26/11 ever made.
1. The Attacks of 26/11
National award winner Ram Gopal Varma directed the action thriller The Attacks of 26/11 in 2013 that became a critically acclaimed piece of cinema soon after its release. The film features renowned actors like Nana Patekar in a pivotal role and also marks the debut of actor Sanjeev Jaiswal.
The film remarkably sketches the ravages left by the events of the terrorism that stained lives and broke the country apart and is truly one of the most impactful films on 26/11. It tells the story of ten terrorists who were involved in the incident and the one terrorist who was arrested.
The film is streaming on JioCinema.
2. Hotel Mumbai
Directed by Anthony Maras and co-written by Maras and John Collee, Hotel Mumbai (2018) is inspired by the documentary Surviving Mumbai (2009). The film brings to light the bravery and courage showed by the hotel staff present at Taj during the course of the attack.
The cast includes Dev Patel, Anupam Kher, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Nagesh Bhosle, Jason Isaacs, Suhail Nayyar and Natasha Liu Bordizzo. The film is currently available on Zee5.
3. One Less God
Conceptualized by writers Nelson Lau and Lliam Worthington, One Less God is a 2017 thriller that shows how a group of international travellers captured in the besieged hotel panic and struggle to survive the horrors of the Islamic extremists. The film is directed by Lliam Worthington.
One of the most underrated and unrecognized films that are based on the attacks of 26/11 is Phantom (2015) by director Kabir Khan. The film is written in coordination with Hussain Zaidi’s book Mumbai Avengers. Actors Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif lead the film.
Unlike most films, Phantom focuses on the scenario the takes place after the attacks of 26/11. The story is fictionalized and aims to paint a picture where the Indian intelligence hunts for the terrorists responsible for 26/11.
Currently streaming on Netflix, Phantom is the only commercial film to look into the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Reliving the horrors of 26/11 is a difficult task. However, visiting the cinematic representation of the events let us feel proud of all the ordinary people who became extraordinary with their courage and valour during the tough times.