26/11 Mumbai Attacks: Bollywood Stars Look Back at Historic Tragedy that Killed Hundreds 11 Years Ago
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26/11 Mumbai Attacks: Bollywood Stars Look Back at Historic Tragedy that Killed Hundreds 11 Years Ago

Today marks the 11 years since the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. From Amitabh Bachchan to Ayushmann Khurrana, Bollywood celebrities have reflected on the same, hoping for a better and brighter future

The 26/11 Mumbai attacks went down in history as one of the most tragic events to date. It was a gloomy day for people around the world back in 2008, when 10 militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba gunned down over 160 people including men, women and children alike. While nine of the terrorist were killed, one among them – Mohammed Ajmal Kasab – was put behind bars up until his execution four years later in November 2012. The Indian city's main attractions were targeted including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Taj Mahal Palace hotel, Cafe Leopold, Cama and Albless Hospital, Nariman House and Oberoi-Trident Hotel.

The 26/11 Attacks

The 26/11 Attacks

Today marks 11 years since the incident and a bevy of Bollywood celebrities have come out to reflect on the same. Taking to Twitter, 77-year-old megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who often speaks up about political subjects saluted the sacrifice of the police officers and soldiers.

“Salute, in the sacrifice and the honour,” he wrote. Arjun Kapoor tweeted, Remembering our heroes of 26/11... Everyone who helped each other through the tough time… My heart goes out to their courage and sacrifice and for all the innocent victims … #MumbaiTerrorAttack.” Ayushmann also paid tribute to the bravery of soldiers, police comrades and those who passed away in the attack. He wrote, “Paying homage to all the brave hearts of #MumbaiTerrorAttacks. We salute their courage and valour. Jai Hind.”

The 26/11 Attacks

The 26/11 Attacks

Actor and film fanatic Tahir Raj Bhasin penned, “Remembering the martyrs who cared about our safety more than their own! We salute your bravery! Jai Hind! #MumbaiTerrorAttacks.” Abhishek Bachchan retweeted his 2018 post and wrote, “Never forget #26/11.” Varun Dhawan did the same and lauded Indians as a whole by saying they have only grown stronger following the ordeal.

“Will never forget 26/11. We have only grown stronger #mumbaikar #jaihind,” the Student of the Year actor shared. Echoing their sentiments, Aftab Shivdasani followed suit. He took to the micro-blogging interaction platform and wrote, “11 years since 26/11… We must never forget to thank and appreciate our forces who tirelessly serve and protect our nation. God bless them and their families. And a moment to pray for all those innocent lives that were lost during that time.”

A bevy of films were also produced based on the real-life attacks in India’s financial capital which left the world shaken. The most recent is Anthony Maras' internationally-produced Hotel Mumbai. The film, which opens this week, narrates the story of terror at Taj Mahal Palace hotel during that fateful tragedy.  Another film that recounts the story of Mumbai attacks is Ram Gopal Varma's The Attacks Of 26/11.

The 2013 film received mixed opinions worldwide. While some loved the way its story was told, others perceived it to be a fabrication of the truth and felt it was distorted in more ways than one. Nontheless, starring Nana Patekar as Mumbai’s top cop and Rakesh Maria who handled investigations, the film had its moments of brilliance. Kabir Khan too has shed light on terrorism through his films in the past. His 2009 blockbuster New York did just that.

The 26/11 Attacks

The 26/11 Attacks

The flick, starring John Abraham, Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh, traces how the aftermath of 9/11 affects the bonds between three friends of different faiths. The film spoke of the ostracism that even innocent Muslims faced following the tragedy. A Wednesday, the 2008 release was led by actors Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher and Jimmy Sergill. Neeraj Pandey's directorial debut, said to be based on a real incident, is about a man who calls the cops to informs them he'll set off serial blasts in Mumbai unless four terrorists are set free.

Terrorism and nationalism have been themes that Bollywood filmmakers do delve in from time to time. While most stories of terror on the Hindi screen are works of fiction based on real tragedies, very few have tried creating drama by documenting real incidents. Today, let’s all join our hands together and pray for a better and brighter future for everyone across the world, irrespective of their age, class, creed, religion, gender and ethnicity.

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