In 2008 a number of terrorists attacked places in Mumbai, most notably the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. It was the place of Indian wealth and that was where they wanted to send their message, especially if you were a Westerner. Now there will be a film about the attacks on the hotel, and it’s got one hell of a cast.
Arjun (Dev Patel) is a hotel worker who went for just a normal day at the job. David (Armie Hammer) and wife Zahra (Nazanin Boniadi) were there for a relaxing vacation in luxury with their newborn son. Vasili That’s when everything turned to chaos with the terrorists. The guest would hide and it was up to the workers of the hotel to try to protect the guests. Chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) would take the lead against people there to kill.
The film looks difficult to watch, not because of the acting but because it should constantly be at the back of your head that this actually happened, and there were people who stood up to the opposition, no matter what the cost. This film got lost in the Weinstein scandals, but I for one hope that if it’s worthwhile it gets the praise that it deserves.
‘Hotel Mumbai’ releases March 22, 2019.