Hotel Mumbai trailer: Dev Patel's helplessness highlights the horrors of 26/11 terrorist attacks

The Hotel Mumbai trailer unfolds from the perspectives of the hotel's chef Hermant Oberoi (Kher) and a waiter named Arjun (Patel)

FP Staff January 10, 2019 12:39:39 IST
Hotel Mumbai trailer: Dev Patel's helplessness highlights the horrors of 26/11 terrorist attacks

Hotel Mumbai, featuring Dev Patel in the lead, is a haunting reminder of the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008. The film's trailer was recently released.

Hotel Mumbai trailer Dev Patels helplessness highlights the horrors of 2611 terrorist attacks

Still from Hotel Mumbai trailer. YouTube screengrab

The trailer opens with a shot of Patel leaving a loving wife and child behind to go to work. He works at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, the motto of which is "Guest is God". As an astute Anupam Kher guides the waiters around in the hotel, things seem to be perfectly fine until it isn't.

The atmosphere is filled with sombre silence as the entry of terrorists are shown on that fateful day. The trailer succeeds in depicting the sheer fear and helplessness of guests and staff stuck inside the Taj as young terrorists gun down people at random.

The narrative unfolds from the perspectives of the hotel's chef Hermant Oberoi (Kher) and a waiter named Arjun (Patel). Other cast members include Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi and Jason Isaacs.

The film was originally set to be released by The Weinstein Company but was dropped following sexual misconduct allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Hotel Mumbai was then picked up by Bleecker Street for US distributions while Netflix took up distribution charges in India and Southern Asian territories.

Based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai, Hotel Mumbai is scheduled to hit theatres in March. Watch the trailer here.

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