The Attacks of 26/11

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The Attacks of 26/11
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The Attacks of 26/11-First look
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma[1]
Produced by Parag Sanghvi[2]
Written by Ram Gopal Varma
Rommel Rodrigues[3]

Nana Patekar[4]
Sadh Orhan[5]

Sanjeev Jaiswal[6]
Music by Amar Mohile
Alumbra Entertainment
Distributed by Eros International
Release date
  • February 2013 (2013-02) (Berlin)
  • 1 March 2013 (2013-03-01)
Running time
116 minutes[7]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 22 crore (US$3.3 million)[8]
Box office 12 crore (US$1.8 million) (worldwide)[9][10]

The Attacks of 26/11 is a 2013 Indian docudrama action thriller film directed by Ram Gopal Varma, based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks.[11] The film stars Sanjeev Jaiswal in his film debut, playing the role of terrorist Ajmal Kasab, with art direction by Uday Singh. It also features Nana Patekar in a pivotal role. A seven-minute promo of the film was released over internet on 23 November 2012.[12][13] Critics praised Varma's narrative of assistant commissioner N. R. Mahale, and the details associated with the character's interactions with Ajmal Kasab on anti terrorism.[14][15][16][17]

The first look of the film was revealed on 17 January 2013.[18][19] The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) passed the film, uncut, with an 'Adults Only' certificate.[20] The film was premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, in the Panorama as well as the Competition section.[21][22] The film had a worldwide release on 1 March 2013, to positive reviews, and was opened to critical acclaim at the Films Division of India in New Delhi.[23][24][25] It got huge critical appreciation but the film was failed at box office because of its dark subject.[citation needed]



Under the art direction of Uday Singh a replica of Taj Hotel was created with a cost of 40 million.[28] Varma auditioned 500 applicants and selected Sanjeev Jaiswal to play Ajmal Kasab, the prime accused terrorist in the 26/11 attack on Mumbai.[29][30] Varma had also asked policemen to watch 15-minute trailer of 'The Attacks of 26/11'.[31] The film is restricted to the night of the incident and has focused on the happenings between 9 pm to 1 am when Kasab was caught.[32] The shooting of the film completed on 10 December 2012 with last shot of the massacre at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station.[33][34] The owner of Leopold Cafe plays himself in the film.[35] The actors in the film have met the victims and research on the subject including the eyewitnesses, police statements, judgment, charge sheets and author Romil Saxena.[36][37]


Line producer Deepak Bhanushali on location The Attacks of 26/11 at Once More Studios Mumbai

Line producer Deepak Bhanushali arranged location for this film and got permissions to shoot on real locations.[38][39]


The film's first 7 minutes were released on 23 November 2012, online on YouTube through the channel of Eros international.[40] A special screening of the film was arranged by the director for Karan Johar and Rakesh Maria.[41] The first trailer of Satya 2 will be attached with the film.[42][43]


Subhash K. Jha of the Deccan Herald gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, calling the movie "a work of riveting resonance" and "one of the best films in recent times on the wages of terrorism".[44] Resham Sengar of Zee News called the film "a moving sketch of the dreadful terror attack", and gave the film 4 stars out of 5.[45] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 3.5 out of 5 and said that the film was "A powerful retelling of a regrettable event in history".[46][47] Vaihayasi Pande Daniel of Rediff gave it two and half star, saying "I have a headache. My ears are still ringing. The nausea is just about abating."[47] Madhureeta Mukherjee of Times of India said "While the thought is poignant, the horror isn't palpable throughout and the execution doesn't cut as deep as the actual tragedy." and gave it two and half stars.[47]

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave 2.5 stars calling the movie "watchable" and saying "Ram Gopal Varma is still not back to his best and The Attacks of 26/11 isn’t an unqualified triumph."[48]

Nana Patekar's acting as Rakesh Maria was widely appreciated. First Post wrote in their review— "Nana holds the film together. He feels every line that he utters. His heart bleeds for each one of the 166 people who died on that night. When he tells Kasab in a choked voice, "I have a son of your age", Nana isn’t faking it. His performance goes way beyond acting."[49] The movie showed the helplessness of local Police who were not able to react on surprise attack which killed lives of many in Mumbai.


The first song from The Attacks of 26/11 was released at the Leopold Cafe on 11 February 2013 at exactly the time when the terror attacks began on the cafe and Mumbai city.There are total 4 songs in the album. Ram Gopal Varma sung the song 'Nethutti Ruchi Mariginda' in the Telugu version of this film.[50]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Maula Maula" Irshad Kamil Sukhwinder Singh, Rooshin Dalal  
2. "Aatanki Aaye" Jaspreet Jasz Shreya Ghoshal, Shabab Sabri, Aman Trikha  
3. "Khoon Kharaba Tabaahi" Rashid Iqbal Chaitra Ambadipudi  
4. "Raghupati Raghav" Irshad Kamil Chorus  
5. "Nazam track 26/11" Liaqat Jafri Chorus  

Soundtrack reception[edit]

Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave it 2 out of 5 and stated that except Maula Maula the rest songs are average to hear and may just enhance the film's narrative to some extent.[51]


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