Movie : 26/11 India Pai Daadi
Rating : 3.25/5
Director : Ram Gopal varma
Behind the screens
Ram Gopal Varma, the most popular director known for his technical brilliance off late hit nadir with all his films bombing at box office. In a make or break situation, he decided to make a film on ‘26/11 Mumbai attacks’. He decided to handle a double edged sword as earlier he drew the ire of all Indians for visiting the attack site Taj Hotel, Mumbai right after the attacks. Let us see how successful he emerged in chronicling the tragic, highly emotive events on silver screen.
Right after the 26/11 deadly terror strikes on Mumbai, Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria (Nana Patekar) deposes before a committee constituted by Govt, to find out how the events unfolded. Commissioner recollects how team of ten terrorists entered Mumbai city escaping high security by hijacking a fishing trawler Kuber. The team of ten separate into two each to wreak havoc at Leopold Cafe, Taj Hotel and VT station along with Cama Hospital, Mumbai CST. How the events unfolded should be found out on silver screen.
Nana Patekar is terrific as Mumbai Commissioner of Police and as a seasoned actor he showed various emotions. Sanjeev Jaiswal stunned all with his striking resemblance as Kasab. Others like Atul Kulkarni and Ganesh Yadav excelled in the roles of police officers.
Ram Gopal Varma seems to be slowly coming back to form. The way story unfolded in the first half and then picking up pace, bought his class to the fore. Fast pace of the film generated interest in viewers. However just when everyone thought second half would be even better, the pace suddenly slowed down testing the patience of the people. Too many emotions, lack of high voltage action undid the film.
RGV concentrated more on emotional aspects of various people and this resulted in him not to highlight the role of NSG commandos in the film. This is not injustice to them but shows that RGV is bit mellowed after flops in his career.
Editing could have been better especially in the second half. Screen Play could have been better but goes well with the film .Background score is good. Cinematography is good. Technical team overall did a good job.
26/11 is high on emotional quotient and low on action content.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Producer: Parag Sanghvi
Music Director: Rooshin Dalal, Amar Mohile
Starring: Nana Patekar, Sanjeev Jaiswal, Atul Kulkarni