Hotel Mumbai Movie Review : A Film That Is Bloody, Gruesome And Yet An Eye-Opener

Ketan Gupta

India has witnessed innumerable terrorist attacks in past few years but the one which remains heart-breaking was 26/11 event which rocked the entire nation.

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Based on the horrific incident of November 26 2008 terrorist attack in the city of Mumbai carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba organisation, Hotel Mumbai focuses on the chronicle of events at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel which was one of four locations targeted and where 174 people were killed and more than 300 injured.

Directed by Anthony Maras, Hotel Mumbai is one of most dark and disturbing movie I have ever seen in recent times. The series of event shown in the film will keep you hooked starting from terrorist entering the hotel premise till the firefighters and Indian army men rescuing the hostages. Each and every scene has executed appropriately and accurately.

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Hotel Mumbai has been told from the Taj hotel staff’s point of view – how their lives got impacted along with their family during those 4 days of strenuous event. The crime drama details out the struggles and challenges faced by the staff mentally and physically who goes beyond their duty to keep the guest safe.

Hotel Mumbai boast off some strong technical support. I should start with an outstanding editing work. The background score is haunting and yet mesmerizing. The cinematography is brilliant, portraying a real-life crime with aplomb. Screenplay is fantastic, though it becomes little sluggish towards the second half.

Coming to the performances, Dev Patel is brilliant and gives a staggering performance. Anupam Kher just gets better with each role. He is electrifying as usual. Hollywood actors Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi shines in their respective roles.

Hotel Mumbai is gritty and realistic cinema which should be lauded for its sheer effort. Definitely recommended 3.5/5

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