Cast : Dev Patel, Anupam Kher, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham.
Director- Anthony Maras.
26/11/2008 is one of those horrible night for all Mumbaikars and the entire Nation when we saw cruel face of terrorism striking innocent souls. There were plenty of books on it and one film was also made in Bollywood. We all know the events, we all saw some real footage but most of us doesn’t know what happened inside Taj Hotel that night. Hotel Mumbai by Anthony Maras focuses on all the incidents happened in Taj Hotel. Apart from cruel face of terrorism the film deals with the humanity and shows us how people supported each other while they were fighting for thier lives that night inside the hotel. Although the film is based on Documentary called “Surviving Mumbai”, ofcourse there are some fictional changes to make it relatable and dramatic.
On 26 November 2008, young waiter Arjun (Dev Patel) reports for work at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India, under head chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher), who reminds his staff that “Guest is God”. The day’s guests include British-Muslim heiress Zahra (Nazanin Boniadi) and her American husband David (Armie Hammer), with their infant son Cameron and his nanny Sally (Tilda Cobham) as well as ex-Spetznaz operative Vasili (Jason Isaacs). That night, 10 terrorists, directed by a man known as “the Bull”, launch a coordinated assault against 12 locations across Mumbai, including the hotel. As the local police are not properly trained or equipped to handle the attack, they can only wait for special forces to arrive from New Delhi. How do all people fight for thier lives, thier struggle, thier pain, thier courage and lastly thier unity are the part of this beautiful script.
Acting by the entire cast is damn too realistic. Expectedly Dev Patel and Anupam Kher stand out as the best but unexpected the foreign actors too deliver fine performances. When the script is strong, you know the screenplay and execution should not take it down, and that fear is well very handled here. Almost 130 minutes of the screenplay are engaging enough, doesn’t matter if some scenes goes quite lose. Climax takes care of the content that we wanted to be in safe hands. The presentation of Breathtaking sequences, explosion, gun fires, blass is done in proper manners. Additionally, Background Score is terrific which takes those scenes little higher. Director Anthony Maras does what Indian director failed to do with the same content. His sensible mindset doesn’t make Hotel Mumbai look like a forced drama or over the top bravery tale. He has given a realistic touch to the film and that works.
Cinespeaks Verdict- It is hard to forget those screams and lost lives of that horrible night but Hotel Mumbai coming after a decade is a perfect showcase of that tragic event. It lacks some other events happened at Kama Hospital and Girgaon but we have atleast seen them or read about them somewhere, what we didn’t know was brave decisions made Taj Hotel Staff members and the film brings them in spotlight. Overall, Hotel Mumbai is definitely a one time watch for it’s brilliant writing, execution and direction. Mumbai’s audience will connect with it quickly and we hope the entire nation also connects with it so Go for it…
By :- Sameer Ahire.