Bombay March 12

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Bombay March 12
1993 Bombay, March 12.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Babu Janardhanan
Produced by Haneef Muhammed
Written by Babu Janardhanan
Starring Mammootty
Unni Mukundan
Roma
Music by Songs:
Afzal Yusuf
Background score:
Prashant Pillai
Cinematography Vipin Mohan
Edited by Vijay Shankar
Production
company
Red Rose Creations
Distributed by Red Rose Release & PJ Entertainments
Release date
  • 30 June 2011 (2011-06-30)
[1]
Country India
Language Malayalam

Bombay March 12 is a 2011 Malayalam–language Indian drama film based on the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts.[2][3] The film marks the directorial debut of noted screenwriter Babu Janardhanan.[4] Mammootty, Roma and Unni Mukundan play the lead roles. The narrative is in a hyperlink format. It opened on 30 June in theatres and, despite receiving positive critical reviews, did not fare well at the box office.

Plot[edit]

The story is about Sameer (Mammootty), a sweeper with the Alappuzha Municipality, who is always on tenterhooks because he is on the police radar whenever there is trouble or an act of terror occurs. Later it is revealed that his brother-in-law Shahjahan (Unni Mukundan) was suspected to be part of the terror team that had planted bombs in Bombay in 1993 and was later killed in an encounter with the Army in Andhra Pradesh.

The narrative moves back and forth, slowly connecting Sameer with Shahjahan who had gone to Bombay as an IT professional and from whom much was expected by his family. The innocent youngster gets entangled in the web of a terror group and goes into hiding fearing the safety of his loved ones.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

Sameer, one of the two characters played by Mammooty in the film, is inspired by the People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasser Madani's long incarceration as an under-trial in a Tamil Nadu jail. Likewise, Sameer spends nine and a half years in jail as an accused in a blast case and is finally acquitted of all charges. The director says that the film transmits not just the trauma of Madani but of every under-trial who had to undergo long imprisonment. "Only the core idea is taken from real life and the rest is fiction. Madani is a political leader. But Sameer is presented as an ordinary person", he said.[5]

Unni Mukundan (Krishna), who plays a major supporting role in Bombay March 12, was formerly working as an assistant to veteran director A. K. Lohithadas.[6][7] Model-turned-child artiste Babydiya makes her film debut with Bombay March 12.[8]

Filming[edit]

Production commenced on second week of February 2011 and was completed from Coimbatore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and parts of Kerala and Rajasthan.[9][10] Originally filmed in Malayalam, it will have dubbed releases in Tamil and Telugu.[11] There was uzz that Bombay March 12 might be shot in Hindi as well.[12]

Music[edit]

Bombay March 12 features an original score composed by Prashant Pillai.[13] He was introduced to Babu Janardhanan by director Lijo Jose Pelliserry on the sets of City of God in December 2010. Babu Janardhanan was really amazed at how the soundtrack had shaped up for City of God, which was scripted by him. In January, Babu Janardhanan approached Prashant and asked him to score the background music for the movie. Prashant was initially apprehensive about scoring for the film after learning how sensitive it is and given there is a superstar the music would demand a commercial tone. But Babu Janardhan was kind enough to let him come up with his own creativity. After working on a few templates over a few days, he decided on one that really set the tempo. He completed the score on 15 June 2011.[14]

The soundtrack to Bombay March 12 is composed by Babu Janardhanan's long-time friend Afzal Yusuf. Two popular Bollywood singers, Sonu Nigam and Sadhana Sargam, have recorded Malayalam songs for this film. While Sadhana Sargam earlier sang "Ponmuzham Thandil" in the same year for Oru Nuna Kadha, Sonu Nigam, who already marked his debut in Malayalam in Major Ravi's Kandahar by singing a Hindi song, is singing this Malayalam number for the first time. The song titled "Chakkaramavin Kombathu" has lyrics penned by Rafeeq Ahmed.[15]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Rafeeq Ahmed.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Chakkara Maavin" Sonu Nigam, Ganesh Sundaram  
2. "Viriyunnu" Sadhana Sargam  
3. "Onaveyil" M. G. Sreekumar, Soney Sai, Sudheesh  
4. "Maula Mere" Kailash Kher  
5. "Chakkara Maavin" Sonu Nigam, Soney Sai, Ganesh Sundaram  
6. "Viriyunnu" Usha Uthup  

Critical reception[edit]

Bombay March 12 received positive reviews upon release. Paresh C. Palicha of Rediff.com said, "Bombay March 12 is a promising debut for scriptwriter Babu Janardhanan as a director." He rated it three in a scale of five (3/5 stars). and said "The storytelling is complicated and you need to be focused as every scene exposes yet another layer of the story, something Babu Janardhanan did as a writer in the Lijo Jose Pellissery directed City of God. But there is always a niggling thought at the back of our minds that the point he is trying to make – that 'one bad egg can spoil the whole basket' – could have been conveyed just as well in a more simple and linear narrative."[16] Mammootty's performance is appreciated as "one of his most subdued roles in recent times". According to Palicha, Unni Mukundan as Shahjahan "does full justice to the confidence that the director has reposed in him."[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mammootty delays Bombay March 12 for Salim Kumar". Oneindia.in. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Vijay George (22 April 2011). "When terror strikes". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mammootty in Bombay, March12". IndiaGlitz. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mammootty in Bombay March 12". Screen India. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  5. ^ K. Venugopal (29 June 2011). "Superstar Mammootty dons the role of Madani". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Local boy hits Big screen". City Journal. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Krishna shifts to Mollywood". The Times of India. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "കോട്ടയത്തു നിന്നൊരു ബാലതാരം" Archived 5 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Deepika. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Kerala rival fronts have 50–50 chance: Mammootty". IBN Live. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "It is 1993 Bombay, March 12". INTV Live. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Mammootty in a film on Mumbai riots". The Times of India. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Mammootty in Bombay sequel?". The Times of India. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Nita Sathyendran (17 June 2011). "On a different track". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  14. ^ Prashant Pillai (15 June 2011). "Bombay March 12 Background Score Completed". Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Sonu Nigam entering Malayalam with 1993 Bombay March 12". Oneindia.in. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  16. ^ Bombay March 12 is hard-hitting, Rediff, July 1, 2011
  17. ^ Paresh C. Palicha (1 July 2011). "Review: Bombay March 12 is hard-hitting". Rediff.com. Retrieved 2 July 2011. (3/5 stars)