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  • Ankur Pathak

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    Desimartini | Updated - May 06, 2014 6:28 AM IST
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    Verdict - Nauseatic. Factually inaccurate. A cheap attempt to capitalize on the curiosity of an equally voyeuristic audience.

    The Attacks of 26/11Watch trailerRelease date : March 01, 2013

    Sensationalist, insensitive, absurdly stereotypical in its portrayal of terrorism, and rarely insightful, Attacks is a borderline fascist retelling of a dastardly act this country was victim to.

    It is important for cinema as a medium to document the crucial events that take place in the nation; as I firmly believe more than anything, film can be a fabulous chronicler of times. But what Verma does with the 26/11 bomb attacks that killed people in unimaginable numbers, and shocked the entire nation just because of its sheer audacity, is something unforgivable.

    And yet people will flock to the theaters to see the dramatic, and if I may, a glamorized recap of something everybody would want to forget. At least not be reminded in the way that RGV makes us : a laughing Buddha perched on the corner of the frame while bullets silence the cheer out of the Taj lobby. Even babies aren't spared. His excuse could be that he's doing it on the pretext of realism. But Mr. Verma taking cinematic liberties doesn't only mean you take them because you enjoy the freedom to abuse them. Certain elements could have been entirely eliminated and the overbearing background score could have been toned down, because these are real lives you are seeing getting massacred and not a fictional tale.

    Honestly, I had problems chewing corn and sipping coffee while watching how cruelly my city and some of my favorite landscapes that comprise the city were burnt. It was nauseatic and headache-inducing. I just was unable to see it. And it is not a matter of losing objectivity, or not having the courage to watch the event unfold. It is simply about how voyeuristic the entire exercise looks, and how redundant this nasty film is in terms of lending any kind of perspective or insight into what really happened.

    When a man is knocked down by a speeding car, or falls of a train, a crowd of people gather around to see him bleed. Very few will help, others will just watch deriving some evil pleasure out of it, or probably they feel standing there alone is of some use. RGV understands that shadowy mentality and the attacks of 26/11 is nothing but a sickening attempt to capitalize on a regrettable incident that is either ways, an inseparable part of the history of this country.

    I don't want to talk about Nana Patekar because I do not understand why he'd agree to do the film in the first place.

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