Mumbai Diaries 26/11 Review
Star Cast: Mohit Raina, Konkona Sen Sharma, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Satyajeet Dubey, Natasha Bharadwaj and ensemble.
Creator: Nikkhil Advani
Director: Nikkhil Advani and Nikhil Gonsalves
Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video
Mumbai Diaries Web Series Review: What’s It About:
The mere mention of the 26/11 terrorist assault gives us the goosebumps if we have lived in Mumbai for decades or were in the city and were sensible enough to realise the atrocities. Mumbai Diaries 26/11 is a fictionalised account of what happened in the government hospital and how they were fighting not only terrorists but also the system as a whole. “it is fiction, watch it with that perspective,”I always say.
Mumbai Diaries Web Series Review: What Works:
It's been almost 13 years since the November 26, 2008 terrorist strikes. When it all started, I was 13 years old and very traumatised since a cousin was due to take a train to Gujarat the next morning. We all have accounts of the attack, and some have been subjected to rumour. The dreadful nights that brought Mumbai to a halt were documented in four feature films, five novels, and three documentaries. What does the fictionalised account of the incident have to contribute to the discussion?
No one has ever seen the conflict from the perspective of a hospital, where doctors fought to save lives that were on the edge of being lost. More than the terrorists invading the city, Mumbai Diaries 26/11 is about the frontline workers who put their lives on the line and stood that night for those who were gasping for air. Writers Yash Chhhetija, Nikhil Gonsalves, and Anushka Mehrotra are just like the doctors when it comes to getting on the job. We all know what happened and how it was a collective failure, so they reach the stage where frontline workers are drafted into the fight.
The Bombay General Hospital, which is a character in and of itself, is introduced. Almost old enough to topple, but enduring storms, a metaphor for the internal tumbling system. We meet the doctors and his three new trainees just hours before the doom begins, who are both excited and terrified about what they are about to face. A brief glance at the backstories tells you everything you need to know, and the game of saving lives begins. The struggle to cater to each and every patient, to make every breath important and valuable, takes centre stage.
But don't think Mumbai Diaries 26/11 is only about terrorists wrecking havoc and physicians saving the day; it's about everything that goes on around them. There are subplots on class differences, nepotism, structural oppression, gender disparities, pharmaceutical politics, strained relationships, and much more. That's the allure of accurately fictionalising a real-life situation, not just for the sake of it, but with substance.
Nikkhil Advani and Nikhil Gonsalves' direction aims to elicit strong emotions in the audience. They don't conceal the drama as a documentary; instead, they unleash a barrage of emotional bullets that land precisely on target. Priya Suhas' production design, which comes to life in every part of this organisation, aids them. The photography of Kaushal Shah adds to the experience. As everyone rushes to save life, he catches the tension in long shots. He manipulates the camera, giving it jerks and pushes to keep the sense genuine. The grade is perfect.
Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh deserves special mention for writing the dialogues without considering the audience strata. Individuals from the same region converse in their local tongue rather than broken Hindi. Mumbai is a city that thrives on its diversity. Winner.
Mumbai Diaries Web Series Review: Star Performance
The actors are under a lot of stress. We've all seen movies where performers pretend to be afraid, and it makes us chuckle rather than worry. Here, a group of actors is put to the same exam. The tension is raised a notch because the majority of them play doctors and must continue to work with fear on their faces.
As Dr. Kaushik Oberoi, Mohit Raina leads the pack. A man as unique as his walking style, who follows no set path. He dashes through the hospital, as though he knows every tile and the gap between them. Raina, who has quickly become the new go-to actress for filmmakers in situations like these, is worth every minute of your time.
Konkona Sen Sharma's screen presence, enhanced by her, is something I've admired for years. She nails every note of her character, Chitra Das, the Social Service Director, who is a trauma survivor. Acting in a horrific scenario after having experienced another traumatic situation is difficult, and she succeeds. When she is advising Kaushik, she says, “Be a woman and do all it takes,” you go girl!
In the supporting cast, the production features a fantastic Satyajeet Dubey, an excellent Natasha Bharadwaj, and my personal favourite, Mrunmayee Deshpande, who captures the heart with her portrayal of a girl who has experienced firsthand the effects of class and gender division. Is she even getting older?
Shreya Dhanwanthary, who we last saw in The Scam 1992, reprises her role as a journalist. She manages to hold the audience's interest while playing a reporter with skill, which has to be one of the most accurate portrayals of a newsroom. Of course, the error made by the media in providing live coverage is highlighted and must be discussed.
Mumbai Diaries Web Series Review: What Doesn’t Work:
The show does take a dip before it approaches the last act, but not too much. The number of patients coming in has dwindled, and we're bracing ourselves for the impending disaster. The prep period, on the other hand, takes a hit.
For a long time, Tina Desai, who plays Ananya, Kaushik's (Mohit) wife, is forgotten. She is trapped in the hotel where the terrorists have taken hostages, but she is a compelling figure.
Mumbai Diaries Web Series Review: The Last Word
Mumbai Diaries is a show that has just the right mix of fiction, drama, acting, and notable actors to make this broth practically ideal. But, as I usually advise, watch any fictional version of a true storey with the word "fiction" in your mind, and I would advise you to do so today as well.
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