Hotel Mumbai (2018 film) Explained | Reviews And Details


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Release Date :  
Release Date (Streaming):
Mar 29, 2019 Wide
Jun 11, 2019
Hindi                      Yes
English                   Yes
In                            2D, 3D
Director            Anthony Maras
Run Time   02:05:10
Rating Symbol     R , Disturbing Violence
Writer         John Collee, Anthony Maras
Awards                    9 wins & 25 nominations.
Age                     16+
Genres       Drama, MysteryThriller,
Budget       $ 17.3 million
Box Office         $ 21.1 million
Studio:                     Bleecker Street , Icon Film Distribution , Zee Studios, Purpose Entertainment
Production companyRPM Media, Screen Australia, India Take One Productions, Thunder Road Pictures, The South Australian Film Corporation, Electric Pictures, ScreenWest, Cyan Films,
Produced by         Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie, Jomon Thomas
Starring     Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs, Suhail Nayyar, Vipin Sharma
GamesNo Available : Google Play Store
Cinematography Nick Remy Matthews
Country                 France
Language           India, Australia, United States
Music Director  Volker Bertelmann
Filming LocationAdelaide, South Australia, Australia

Hotel Mumbai (2018 film)

Film Explained

Hotel Mumbai (2018 film) Evil is a mystifying word.Most of us routinely encounter corruption, lies, betrayal, deceit. What then properly qualifies as evil? The events of 26/11 gave an answer to that. No matter where you were that night, near the multiple attack sites or lucky enough to be far away. if you were in Mumbai, you experienced the heart of darkness. The attacks, which lasted over three days from November 26th to 29th and were orchestrated by the Lashkar-e-Taiba, killed more than 160 people.

I remember the horror of Reading the bloodbath unfold on television, the siege mentality that engulfed the city and the wild rumors that fanned our paranoia. Even when the attacks were over, I was terrified to send my children to school because an anonymous SMS forward insisted that schools were the next target. We were all scarred, in ways big and small.

In Hotel Mumbai, writer-director Anthony Maras and co-writer John Collee revisit the first night of the three days the terror lasted. The focus is the attack on Mumbai’s crown jewel – the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Why focus on the Taj? I’m assuming because the opulence of a landmark hotel makes for cinematic visuals and it allows the narrative to be led by Western characters, meaning you can cast Armie Hammer.

A disclaimer tells us that the film is inspired by true events but the makers have taken dramatic liberties so we can’t hold Hotel Mumbai up for accuracy. Once again, we are in that tricky terrain of the fact-fiction hybrid. Anupam Kher plays Hemant Oberoi, the Taj’s iconic chef who helped save many lives by hiding guests in the Chambers club. Dev Patel plays Arjun, the waiter who exemplifies the Taj motto that the guest is God.

We also follow the story of David and Zahra, a married couple with a baby. He is American. She is Arabic. We are repeatedly told that Zahra’s mother is fantastically rich and the two must get VIP treatment. This includes the butler making sure that the bath water is exactly at 48 degrees. The hotel is an island of luxury. Maras alternates between the carnage that is unfolding on the street as the attacks begin on VT Station and Leopold Café and the precisely manufactured elegance at the Taj.

We cut from blood and bullets to perfectly done pastries. But of course, soon enough, the killers are in the lobby. There are obviously no surprises here. The events have been extensively documented in news media. There are several documentaries on the attack including Dan Reed’s Emmy-nominated Terror in Mumbai. Fiction gives Maras the advantage of building drama and situating us insi

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