The Mumbai terror attack of 2008 is undoubtedly one of the worst terror attacks in the history of the world. Those who have faced these attacks and survived them know how dreadful that night exactly was; and for those who want to know how the terrorists were mentally prepared for the task, and how horrifically they went about killing innocent people around them, and what was the police doing at that time, watch The Attacks of 26/11.
The movie starts with the Joint Commissioner of Police (Nana Patekar) promising to narrate the happenings of the fateful night to the best of his knowledge. As his anecdote begins, begins the edge-of-the-seat moments. Once the terrorists approach Mumbai, starts the audience’s fear – will they kill that innocent man/woman/child in the scene too? The film is extremely engaging and gripping, and will give you no dull moment.
Nana Patekar is outstanding as always. Debutant Sanjeev Jaiswal essays the role of Ajmal Kasab well. The movie is one of the finest works of Ram Gopal Varma, as he has directed it impressively. With this movie he proves that, despite a string of disastrous films, he hasn't lost his knack of skilful direction. He has sensitively handled the issue of terrorism, the victims’ plight as well as religious sentiments. Unfortunately, those awkward face close-ups do exist even in this film, but are pardonable. Like all other RGV flicks, even this one has given a lot of importance to background music; and I must say, the background score by Amar Mohile is the biggest USP of the film. It helps build up that atmosphere of fear, pain and grimness. I would also like to add that no ghost in any of the RGV horror films has ever horrified me the way these terrorists in The Attacks of 26/11 did.
On the flipside, some of the vital names included in the mission of capturing the terrorists are not shown in the film. While the film majorly follows only two terrorists – Ajmal Kasab and his partner, how the other terrorists created havoc, and how they were killed isn’t shown in the film. Also, the nightlong burning of the Taj and how the terrorists were encountered isn’t shown at all. Though I do agree that including these scenes would have lengthened the film extensively, but it should have been shown at least in brief. Also, towards the end, when Nana’s character is giving Kasab a lesson on secularism, the dialogues aren’t as clear as they should have been.
But, overall, the movie is certainly a must watch... but only for those who can tolerate gore, bloodshed and gruesome violence.