Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Writer: Prashant Pandey (dialogue), Rommel Rodrigues (story)
Stars: Nana Patekar, Atul Kulkarni, Ganesh Yadav, Ferzad Jehani
Runtime: 116 min
Released: 01 Mar 2013
Synopsis: The real-life story of eight terrorists, who sail to Mumbai and wage war on the populace for the next 24 hours.
The Attacks of 26/11 is a 2013 Indian docudrama action thriller film directed by Ram Gopal Varma, based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The film stars Sanjeev Jaiswal in his film debut, playing the role of terrorist Ajmal Kasab, with art direction by Uday Singh. It also features Nana Patekar in a pivotal role. A seven-minute promo of the film was released over internet on 23 November 2012. Critics praised Varma’s narrative of assistant commissioner N. R. Mahale, and the details associated with the character’s interactions with Ajmal Kasab on anti terrorism.
The first look of the film was revealed on 17 January 2013. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) passed the film, uncut, with an ‘Adults Only’ certificate. The film was premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, in the Panorama as well as the Competition section. The film had a worldwide release on 1 March 2013, to positive reviews, and was opened to critical acclaim at the Films Division of India in New Delhi. It got huge critical appreciation but the film was failed at box office because of its dark subject.
Subhash K. Jha of the Deccan Herald gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, calling the movie “a work of riveting resonance” and “one of the best films in recent times on the wages of terrorism”. Resham Sengar of Zee News called the film “a moving sketch of the dreadful terror attack”, and gave the film 4 stars out of 5.
Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 3.5 out of 5 and said that the film was “A powerful retelling of a regrettable event in history”. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel of Rediff gave it two and half star, saying “I have a headache. My ears are still ringing. The nausea is just about abating.” Madhureeta Mukherjee of Times of India said “While the thought is poignant, the horror isn’t palpable throughout and the execution doesn’t cut as deep as the actual tragedy.” and gave it two and half stars.
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