Hotel Mumbai: Unflinching look at senseless brutality

Dev Patel (centre), with Nazanin Boniadi and Armie Hammer, play characters trapped inside a luxury hotel that has been taken over by militant Islamic terrorists.
Dev Patel (centre), with Nazanin Boniadi and Armie Hammer, play characters trapped inside a luxury hotel that has been taken over by militant Islamic terrorists. PHOTO: BLEECKER STREET

Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel debuts as executive producer in Hotel Mumbai, a film recreating the harrowing events of the 2008 terror attack in India

NEW YORK  • On Nov 26, 2008, Dev Patel was 18 and on the cusp of stardom with Slumdog Millionaire when he switched on a television at home in London.

And there in the overflowing Indian metropolis of Mumbai, where he had shot Slumdog a year earlier, "were these teenagers with rucksacks and AK-47s with a kind of dead look in their eyes killing, just senselessly killing people", he recalled.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2019, with the headline 'Unflinching look at senseless brutality'. Print Edition | Subscribe