“Hotel Mumbai is partially-gripping exploitative fictionalization of 26/11 terror attack“ – A Subhash K Jha Review

Hotel Mumbai

Starring: Anupam Kher, Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazneen Boniadi

Directed by Anthony Maras

Like all cinema on terrorism, this partially-gripping recreation of 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai’s Taj hotel, walks that thin cracked-ice line between being vivid and exploitative.

For a film that boasts of so much raw (and still hurting) material and such a charismatic lineup of actors, Hotel Mumbai turns out to be a disappointingly tame affair. It has more bark than actual bite, more spark than a raging fire. The characters are made to behave as if they are part of a normal Hollywood-styled disaster film like Airport, Towering Inferno or Earthquake. There is hardly a person we empathize with as a victim of a monstrous siege when Mumbai was held at gunpoint by a cluster of brainwashed young terror-trained emissaries.

Though providentially they don’t have beards, the terrorists are shown to be a
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