Dev Patel, Anupam Kher starrer Hotel Mumbai receives flak for omitting Pak’s reference in 26/11 attacks

Dev Patel, Anupam Kher starrer Hotel Mumbai has received flak for omitting Pak’s reference in 26/11 attacks. The movie had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film festival.
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Hotel Mumbai, a thriller set against the backdrop of 2008 terror attack on Taj Hotel in Mumbai is facing backlash for omitting any reference to the role of Pakistan in the terror attacks. The first major western motion picture to focus on the terror attack featuring Anupam Kher, Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Bonaidi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Jason Isaacs in the film, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Friday evening.

Directed by Australian Antony Maras, the movie focuses on the attackers laying siege to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel — one of several targets in Mumbai during the assault. The terror operation was undertaken by members of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and the attackers, including those in the hotel, were directed by handlers in Pakistan, believed to be associated with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). However, the film at no point identifies the attackers as Pakistanis, nor is there any reference to the LeT or ISI.

When Maras was questioned about the same at a panel discussion he said it focuses on the period of the attacks, when such details were not yet known. As per reports, the film’s end credits also didn’t seem to hold any mention of the fact that many of those considered responsible for the attacks have been protected by the Pakistan establishment.

Talking about Dev Patel, the actor, not only stars in the film as a Sikh hotel worker based at the Taj, but has some part in bringing the film to the screen in the first place and has an executive producer credit on the film.

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