12 years ago, the horrific terror attacks in Mumbai shook the city and the whole world. Orchestrated by Pakistani-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, 12 coordinated shooting attacks took place and bombs were dropped over the course of 2 days. 166 people died, thousands were injured, and the country has been reeling ever since.
In case you want to educate yourselves of the next generations on the horrible attacks, watch these movies:
1. Hotel Mumbai, 2019
Hotel Mumbai is a 2019 action thriller film directed by Anthony Maras and co-written by Maras and John Collee. An Australian-American-Indian co-production, it is inspired by the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai about the 2008 Mumbai attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India. Starring Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, Mariette Valsan, Jason Isaacs and others, this movie is a riveting, urgent watch.
2. One Less God, 2017
Inspired by the 26/11 attacks and wanting to show an outsider perspective, One Less God is about a group of international travelers who struggle to survive when Islamic extremists besiege their luxury stay at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai. The film stars Joseph Mahler Taylor, Sukhraj Deepak, Mihika Rao and Kabir Singh among others, and should be watched by every Indian and foreign national.
3. Phantom, 2015
Daniyal, a disgraced Indian soldier, and Nawaz, who works for an American security agency, face many trials and tribulations while they go on a dangerous mission to kill 26/11 suspects. Directed by fan favourite Kabir Khan, Phantom stars Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Rajesh Tailang, among others. It’s a commercial take, totally BOllywood-style, on the terror attacks, but important nonetheless.
4. The Attacks of 26/11, 2013
The Attacks of 26/11 is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Ram Gopal Varma, based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Ten terrorists travel to India and launch several attacks at various places in South Mumbai. Subsequently, the Mumbai Police arrests Ajmal Kasab, one of the terrorists. Nana Patekar plays famous Inspector Rakesh Maria, along with a supporting cast of Raho Bali, Sanjeev Jaiswal as Ajmal Kasab, Atul Gavandi and others. This movie has to be one of RGV’s best, and is a cruel reminder to everyone of the horrors of the attacks.
5. Shahid, 2012
Shahid Azmi, a former militant operative, goes on to become a criminal lawyer. He fights to get justice for those who have been falsely convicted of terrorism but himself meets an unjust end. While defending Faheem Ansari in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case, he is shot by two gunmen in his office and dies on the spot. Later, Ansari is shown to be acquitted of all charges by the Supreme Court of India due to lack of evidence. Shahid’s narrative is an important, albeit lesser-known one.