Terror and terrorism are the crux of the evil in the two releases coming Friday. The verdict on debutant director Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai, which attempts to recreate the events during the horrific terror attack on the Taj hotel in Mumbai in 2008, is already out.
The film was released at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2018 and has since then been released in Australia, the US and other parts to lukewarm critical and audience response.
In India there have been several films on the subject including Ram Gopal Varma’s The Attack of 26/11. So there is really no novelty in Hotel Mumbai.
And yet the film’s Indian distributors Zee Telefilms are going all-out, releasing this outdated thriller in four languages in India including Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
It’s doubtful that Dev Patel(of Slumdog Millionaire ) and Anupam Kher can together entice viewers into theatres to see a film recreates an 11-year old tragedy, and which takes wild liberties with the truth to recreate the horrific attack on Mumbai on 26 November 2008.
The other anti-terror film Commando 3 releasing this week is a successful Vipul Shah-Reliance franchise. Made at a tight budget the principal lead Vidyut Jamwal’s heartstopping stunts are the mainstay of the project.Trade analysts expect Commando 3 to do far better than Hotel Mumbai.
“26/11 has been done too many times. A fictional treatment of the anti-terrorism theme in Commando 3 is of more interest to Indian viewers,”comments a well-placed source from a leading multiplex chain who wishes to remain unnamed.