Published On:Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Posted by movie fassion
Release Date: 01 Mar 2013
Cast: Nana Patekar, Sanjeev Jaiswal
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Producer: Ram Gopal Varma, Parag Sanghavi
Timesofap Ratings: N/A
After getting a lot of negative feedback for some of his recent projects, filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma is back with a real life saga to experiment with this time. The Attacks of 26/11 is based on the 2008 terrorist attack that took place at the Taj Hotel and Nariman House on November 26 and stars Nana Patekar and Sanjeev Jaiswal. The incident shook the whole country and took away 166 lives. The movie is set to hit the theatres on 1st March and we bring to you the review much in advance, after attending a special screening in Mumbai. Before seeing how the film fares, we would like to first express our solidarity with the victims of the attack.
The movie starts off with Joint Commissioner of Police, Rakesh Maria (Nana Patejar), narrating the shocking events of 26/11 to a committee. He starts by narrating how the 10 terrorists entered the Mumbai through the Gateway of India by hijacking a boat. One of the terrorists is a 20-yar old, innocent looking Ajmal Kasab (Sanjeev Jaiswal).
The terrorists come in with a set plan and distribute themselves to attack different areas of the city. While two of them attack the famous Leopold Café, two go for the famous Taj Hotel, killing and hurting people in large numbers. They spare neither women nor children. Kasab along with one of his partners attacks the crowded VT station leaving behind a trail of destruction. How the police force fights back and regains control of the city forms the rest of the story.
The replica of the Taj Hotel created in the movie is fantastic and Ramu’s portrayal of characters is believable and convincing. He has given great importance to the emotional aspects of the attack. How police officials suffered and the sense of loss experienced by people is very clearly shown.
Speaking of performances, Sanjeev Jaiswal bears remarkable resemblance to Ajmal Kasab.Nana Patekar has given a seasoned performance and his role is key to the film.
Other actors including Atul Kulkarni and Ganesh Yadav have portrayed their character as police officers with ease. Though most of the events are well known to the public, RGV has still succeeded in keeping the interest of viewers alive to a certain extent.
After watching the film, we can say that Ram Gopal Verma’s good old days are not really coming back. This is definitely not a ‘comeback’ film. If a person goes in expecting to see a gripping visual portrayal of the brutal attack that shook the country, he/she may come out disappointed. The director has chronicled the events, but they are shown only in parts.
Nana Patekar’s narration can get very slow at times and may test the patience of viewers. Newcomer Sanjeev Jaiswal overplays his role and makes even the serious dialogues laughable.
While the first half of the movie is just an incomplete representation of deaths and attacks, the second half of the movie has too many dialogues and slow sequences. The end result – no satisfaction. Climax is slow.
Harshraj Shroff’s cinematography is worth a mention as he manages to capture the brutality effectively. Ram Gopal Verma does not manage to depict the attacks very clearly and his direction is good only in parts.
Editing is not effective.
Overall, The Attacks of 26/11 is a brave movie. It is more of a realistic and raw depiction of the event rather than a true cinematic adaptation. As a result, the film can get slow. You can give it a shot.