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Indian train bombing film

MumbaiBombing.jpgThe bombing of a commuter train in Mumbai last year that killed one hundred and eighty seven people is now set to be turned into a film.

Mumbai Meri Jaan will be directed by Nishikant Kamat and recount the story through the eyes of a witness to the event. The story will be told from the point of view of a female journalist played by Soha Ali Khan.

Through Reuters and Yahoo News she says of the film:

"It not only tells the audience about the horror but also takes them into the aftermath of the tragedy. It is not gory in its presentation and has a humane angle to it"

The bombing in Mumbai was pretty horrendous as it saw some seven bombs go off within minutes of each other on crowded commuter trains. Police have said that the bombers, one of whom was killed in the explosions, were disaffected Indian Muslims who were being backed by Pakistan based Islamist militants, something that will surely come out in the film and cause some controversy.

The story says that Bollywood has already attempted to make a serious film about terrorist bombings, one was made about the worst bombing in Indian history which killed some two hundred and fifty seven people in 1993, again in Mumbai. The film received high praise from critics but didn't do well at the box office, a fate that possibly awaits this film.

As far as I understand it the Indian audience are more suited to escapism from real life than western cinema that likes to capture it and portray it on screen.

Mumbai Meri Jaan is to be released in February, at which time we'll be able to see if this can do well in the box office, or if it will be shunned for its realism.

I can understand that escapism, for me cinema is about that, but at the same time I love seeing true life replayed on film, giving us an insight and understanding to events that we would otherwise never see.



Perhaps not directly about the bombing but Bombay was set around this area of time: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112553/

The director's next film Dil Se (From The Heart) also tackled terrorism: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164538/ In this film the main character is a journalist for a Radio channel.

Incidentally, this was the first film to reach the UK Top Ten back in 97.

The film Mumbai Meri Jaan hadn't hit my radar yet, but sound like it has potential. Soha Ali Khan is quite a recent addition to the industry, but is showing promise too. -- Time shall tell ..

Cheers Ram, I thought you could give us some insight being the Bollywood fan.

Would you recommend these films? Are they far from the typical Bollywood film that the Hollywood audience would know?

Yea, both pretty great films, definitely recommended.

I wouldn't want to generalise too much, but I would say these fall under a departed branch from the sterotypical pereception which the word Bollywood invokes.

Funnily enough, some even criticised them for it, but these films have become more accepted by the Indian crowds & are now a larger portion of the industry than a decade before they came about.


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