Hotel Mumbai (2019)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 8 mins

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During the Taj Hotel terrorist attacks in the year 2008, the hotel staff risk their lives and do everything they can to keep everyone safe, to protect them and their families.

Cast: Adithi Kalkunte, Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham Hervey

Crew: Anthony Maras (Director), Nick Remy Matthews (Director of Photography), Mithoon Sharma (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama, History, Thriller

Release Dates: 29 Nov 2019 (India)

Tagline: Ordinary people - extraordinary heroes.

Hindi Name: होटल मुंबई

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Hotel Mumbai shows us the terror we find in terrorism. One relives the emotions while watching the horrifying events unfold on-screen. That's precisely why it triumphs as a feature film. Thumbs up!

Hotel Mumbai, based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai, is more or less a true story, with a gripping and gut-wrenching - at times, almost too gripping - screenplay by director Anthony Maras and John Collee, which leaves you stunned and traumatized. It is a ticktock of horrific violence, which began in Mumbai's main train station and shifted to the Taj. The movie grabs your attention from the inception itself. Each and every sequence that unfolds on-screen gives you goosebumps. It's chilling!

Hotel Mumbai is an unsparing clockwork thriller, which depicts that the worst of tragedies can inspire the best in its victims. The callousness with which the terrorists operate is palpable and conveyed with a degree of verisimilitude that borders on sadism. Director Anthony Maras makes sure he doesn't skip a beat while narrating the vital episodes. Sure, the skeptics may argue, we have read and seen it all through various forms of communication, but what the director accumulates is beyond words. The film is skilfully made and co-writer/director Anthony Maras clearly wants to pay tribute to those who risked their lives to help others. One relives infuriation, distress, grief & helplessness while watching the dastardly events unfurl on-screen.

That tension is the most problematic - and therefore interesting - thing about Hotel Mumbai. There's a quiet radicalism in making a movie that is, at its heart, all about people who sacrificed their lives in saving others. It makes you salute & respect them. Director Anthony Maras must have faced the challenge to reconstruct the events and replicate the gruesome acts on celluloid. Hotel Mumbai is one film where the real-life episodes take precedence. And I avow that the outcome is absolutely spellbinding.

The screenwriting (Anthony Maras and John Collee), the dialogue, the cinematography (Nick Remy Matthews), the shootouts, the background score (Volker Bertelmann), the set (Scott Ashenden) and the edit (Peter McNulty) add credence to the enterprise that attempts to portray the carnage.

Hotel Mumbai is a film that is completely performance driven because it's not a rescue thriller, it is subtly-crafted drama meant to celebrate hope and resilience. Special mention to the casting directors here - Ann Fay, Leigh Pickford and Trishaan.

Anupam Kher delivers an exceptionally restraint and mature performance. Dev Patel stands out completely. Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs, Armie Hammer and Tilda Cobham-Hervey translate the panic and agonising fear of those hours through their solid performances.

On the whole, Hotel Mumbai is akin to watching the barbaric act in rawest form. It's a gripping, hauntingly unnerving and emotionally draining watch. It also reminds us of the extraordinary courage of the ordinary people. Do not miss it! Bravo!

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as Layla (Ophtalmologist)
as Oberoi
as Olga
as Lady Wynn
as Mrs Karvelas
as Rashid
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Direction

Director
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director

Writers

Story Writer
Screenplay Writer
Script Supervisor

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Digital Imaging Technician
Still Photographer
Assistant Cameraman
Camera Assistant

Music

Music Director
Lyricist
Music Label
Playback Singer
Music Editor

Sound

Sound Effects Editor
Foley Editor
Sound Mixer
Sound Re-recording Mixer

Art

Art Director
Production Designer
Prop Master
Set Designer
Set Decorator
Set Dresser
Assistant Art Director

Casting

Casting Associate

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Costume Assistant

Editorial

First Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor

Location

Location Manager

Makeup and Hair

Special Effects Makeup Artist

Marketing and Public Relations

Graphic Designer

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Technician

Stunts

Stunt Coordinator
Stunt Performer
Stunt Double

Visual Effects

CG Supervisor
Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Studio
Visual Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects Artist
Film Type:
Feature
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Camera:
ARRI ALEXA Plus, ARRI ALEXA XT
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1
Stereoscopy:
No
Music Label: Varese Sarabande
03:23

Music Director: Mithoon Sharma
Lyricist: Mithoon Sharma
Playback Singer: Mithoon Sharma
Taglines:
Ordinary people - extraordinary heroes.
Above and beyond the call of Duty
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed from: Hotel Mumbai (English)