‘The Attacks of 26/11’ Movie Review: RGV’s film will leave you shocked and angry

theattacksof2611Cast: Nana Patekar, Sanjeev Jaiswal

The-Attacks-of-26-11As much as I want to say Ram Gopal Varma has made a very good movie after a very long time, it’s hard to call “The Attacks of 26/11” a ‘good’ film because of what is about. As much as RGV may have wanted to fuck with the story he couldn’t do it, so he painstakingly gathered all the information and has presented the chilling facts of the 2008 terror attacks. The Attacks Of 26/11 takes you with Mohammed Amir Ajmal Kasab and his cohorts from Pakistani seas to what they did in Mumbai as narrated by Joint Commissioner Rakesh Maria. Unlike other RGV movies The Attacks Of 26/11 doesn’t give a chance to the director to shake his camera or throw in an item number but Ram Gopal Varma does manage to get a couple of actors to overact. Sanjeev Jaiswal plays Ajmal Kasab and while he seems to remain true to the character of the brainwashed Lashkar-E-Taiba terrorist for most part, his post-interrogation impudence is hard to digest. Nobody – and certainly not Ajmal Kasab – could be cheeky after being slapped by Mumbai cops. Most people would lose their sense of hearing in that chosen ear, so yeah.

the-attacks-0f-26-11_nana_patekarNana Patekar, though, remains in fine form throughout the film. As the stunned Joint Commissioner who is clueless as to how to save his cursed city as the damage unfolds and gets bigger before his eyes, and later as the composed cop deposing in court, Patekar does full justice to his role. RGV too should be commended for gathering all the data and statistics and portraying a detailed account of the attacks without indulging himself as he is wont to.

The Attacks of 26/11 is a film that will shock and anger you and even leave you questioning how safe you are. While plush hotels now take all the necessary precautions, imagine how protected you will be if a unit of men opens fire at the pub you and your friends are downing drinks at. Think of what will happen if a suicide bomber blows himself/herself up at the railway station while you’re waiting for the damned train to show up.

That’s right – be angry, and ask that question.

10 Responses to “‘The Attacks of 26/11’ Movie Review: RGV’s film will leave you shocked and angry”

  1. February 28, 2013 at 19:03

    What an opportunist!

    I clearly remember that around the time of the attacks, RGV was severely criticised for making muyaana of Taj hotel with the CM’s son. Due to seething public anger, this man quickly denied his intent to make a movie on such a sensitive topic. Google keeps all records!!

    “The film director said he had no intention of making a film on the recent Mumbai terror strikes”

    “I have no intention of making a film ever on this issue. My visit was not to make a film on it.”

    Seems like public memory fades very soon, and the significance of the attacks has been watered down greatly. The same audience that has been baying for the blood of Kasab all these years (and rightly so), is silent when it comes to RGV lying through his teeth. He inspected the tragedy sites even at a time when the walls reeked of fresh blood; that scumbag had been smelling crores of rupees profit for future even as hundreds of victims were dying or hospitalized.

    I’m not saying that movies or documentaries should not be made on these incidents but a genuine man never goes back on his promise.


    • February 28, 2013 at 23:10

      He missed that one great chance to do something truly whacky. All he had to do was show a minister walking around at one of the scenes of the carnage with a controversial filmmaker and subsequently being severely criticized for it and having to step down from his post. That would have made this movie classic RGV.

      I hope he comes back to read this review again.


      • March 2, 2013 at 20:49

        I saw this film. By and large, the events were portrayed accurately but Ramu could not resist taking a few liberties with actual events to magnify his storytelling ability.

        For example, No female inspectors got killed in CST. More female staff (pretty girls) died at Trident rather than Taj. Ramu has clearly interchanged this list. The number of foreigners that were shown multiple-bulleted in the head, stomach etc. at Leopold Cafe is a bit greater than the actual numbers (closer to 3 than 10-15 as depicted). Most foreigners and high profile visitors died in Trident. Taj saw maximum casualties among male employees especially chefs and other kitchen staff, British tycoon Andreas Liveras, German entrepreneur Ralph Burkei, three members of the unfortunate Narang family and a food critic called Sabina Sehgal Saikia.

        Not taking into account injuries or those playing dead to escape bullets which is a possibility. And there is no weeping child dead at Taj or the shack-owner who got killed after offering water to Kasab and his co-crook.

        This is an online list of terror victims https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Auom_XJEC-NscG01SlVNaUFtckdxeGRFNkhLdWxJWVE&hl=en#gid=0

        Also no mention of NSG commando Sandeep Unnikrishnan and his brave sacrifice. That was a real act of bravery during this carnage apart from that of the supreme sacrifice by constable Tukaram.

        The man playing Kasab, well it takes some guts to play the most hated character in recent history, I doubt if he’ll get further Bollywood roles. The real terrorists spoke in a Punjabi-accented Hindi/Urdu, Ramu’s terrorists speak in a Maharashtrian accent. In the end, the diatribe about jihad and Islam’s true values sounded a bit over-the-top.

        I think Ramu must stick to making horror movies like “Bhoot”, “13B” or crime fiction like “Raktacharitra”. Yes he’s objective-oriented but I didn’t like the tone of his entire movie; if you knew NOTHING about the movie’s background, you’d almost be forgiven to believe that Kasab is the main protagonist of the story – he really comes across as a star, right from his entry on Kuber boat to the eventual realization of his sins (another unneeded portion).


        • March 3, 2013 at 03:17

          Wasn’t there a child who survived the attacks? And the attacks lasted three days, right?

          It goes without saying that Ramu will always show his interpretation of how it must have happened. His “Not A Love Story” was another movie that made me go “Whaaat rubbish!”

          RGV has this perception of men and women and he thinks they all are exactly like that.


          • 5 Usha AK
            March 7, 2013 at 11:28

            I am not a huge fan of RGV. But I saw the movie, and must say RGV did a fantastic job. it was difficult for me to sit through the entire film, but I did. I wanted to see everything, because I did not want to forget 26/11 and I do not want to forgive those responsible for the ghastly attack. The movie brought back all those agony & trauma. I think every adult Indian should watch this movie, at least for not going back to a slumber..!!! To remember our innocent victims, our brave soldiers – police, NSG, doctors, even our aam aadmi. Our police force were so unprepared…!!!!
            RGV has shown the terrorist attack with accuracy. He got the right person to do Kasab’s role (with make-up and all, Sanjeev Jaiswal resembles kasab). I was slightly disappointed as RGV did not touch Nariman Point & Oberoi hotel attacks; even Taj hotel attack was not fully covered, may be due to the limitation in the length of a movie.


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