Films based on real life incidents are easy to relate to and comparatively require less publicity. The Attacks Of 26/11 is one such film. The film gained lots of attention moment the trailer of the film was launched and to top it up the film is made by Ram Gopal Varma (RGV). The opinions for this film are bound to differ from person to person as people have different views regarding the event (26/11).

The Attacks Of 26/11 is tell-all movie on terror attacks that happened in Mumbai in November 2008. The film brings you the journey of terrorists- from coming to Mumbai till their death. The film also shows how the Mumbai Police dealt with this horrifying situation.

The film had no exceptional performances as the film deals with the event. Nana Patekar as Rakesh Maria, Joint Commisner of Police(JCP) was good but this role was not difficult for Nana. Having said that, he never made it look like his earlier performances- he had something new in this performance of his. Sanjeev Jaiswal as Ajmal Kasab was one surprise package. It seemed as if he had lived with real Kasab to play this role. His preparation was outstanding and as a result, his performance in the film has turned to be pretty awesome. He also looked like Kasab and you might mistake him as the real Kasab. Other actors like Atul Kulkarni, Jeetendra Joshi, and the list will just go on barely have anything to do. All of them did justice to their roles and lent authenticity to the film.

RGV is back after making not-so-successful films. He has maintained his direction style and it was good. The out of the world camera angles were missing in some parts but they were not required for this film. The direction of the film is decent. No proper work has been done on the story or screenplay and conservatively speaking, so much could have been done to improve the story. The film revolves only around terrorist and the JCP. No doubt the film was showed from JCP’s point of view still a lot was missing in the film. Editing was good. The film does not bore you for even a single second. The film manages to keep you engaged throughout and you might also get goose-bumps. Cinematography was good. The work expected from cinematographer for such a film can be clearly seen. Music had no scope in the film. There is this one song which plays during the movie, Maula Maula sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Roshin Dalal, and written by Irshad Kamil is good, but doesn’t really make you want to listen to it without visuals. There might be more songs in the album but music of the film is not great. The background score of the film takes your movie watching experience to a different level. Background score is just superb.

The Attacks of 26/11 could have been better. The footage seen on TV during this event had much more than what is shown in the film. The film only showed how the attacks happened and where it happened which was nothing new. There are so many details that could have been included. For instances, how media handled the situation, ministers flying to Mumbai creating security issues, the situational pressure on JCP keeping all these things in mind. The film showcases only one side of the coin and the other side remains in the shadows. No doubt a normal movie-going person will enjoy the film but film has its own share of flaws. The way this film keeps you engaged throughout and a decent attempt made by the well known director makes The Attacks of 26/11 a decent watch but not a must watch. RGV is back but sadly not with a bang.

My Verdict: 2.5/5


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