By Fatima Husain
November 26, 2008. It was business as usual in the bustling city of Mumbai (India). Until suddenly the piercing sounds of shootings and bomb attacks wreaked utter mayhem and shrouded the city in shades of innocent blood.
The terrors attacks (also known as 26/11) that shook India’s most populous city for four days, were a series of coordinated attacks on Mumbai’s vital spots, which flung the city into immediate chaos.
The majestic Taj Palace Hotel that stood the test of time with decades of history echoing through its lush chambers, was not spared of the bloody horror that engulfed the city.
Hotel Mumbai, Australian director Anthony Maras’s feature directorial debut does an impeccable job of recreating the tension and horror of the merciless yet cowardly attacks within the Taj, onscreen.
The film is visually engaging and captivating – from the very first scene to the final shot. The seamless story telling on screen entangles uncertainty, prowling at every corner which sustains the momentum of suspense throughout.
Hotel Mumbai features fabulous performances by Academy Award nominee Dev Patel – who plays the role of a Sikh waiter and is a delight to watch as Dev justifies his role immaculately. He embraces an Indian accent without overdoing it – adding authenticity to his onscreen character.
Golden Globe nominee Arnie Hammer and Anupam Kher (The Big Sick) stand out in this vivid adaptation and also highlight the responses of the average citizen to the horrendous scenario.
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Hotel Mumbai is a must-watch chronicle delivering a crisp yet gut-wrenching experience of what went behind the closed doors of the Taj - during those fateful days of the Mumbai terror attacks.
*Editor’s Note: Hotel Mumbai as screened at the Toronto International Film Festival ‘18.
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