An ode to sacrifice or just for clicks?

On the 12th anniversary of the dreadful Mumbai terror attacks, Amazon Prime Video saluted the bravery of frontline heroes and unveiled the first look of its upcoming Amazon Original Series Mumbai Diaries 26/11.Created by Nikkhil Advani and produced by Emmay Entertainment, the medical drama stars Konkona Sensharma, Mohit Raina, Tina Desai, and Shreya Dhanwanthary in lead roles, which is directed by Nikkhil Advani along with Nikhil Gonsalves and will premiere on the service in March 2021.Set against the backdrop of the terror attacks of November 26, 2008, Mumbai Diaries 26/11, the series plays out in a hospital and depicts the untold story of doctors, nurses, paramedics and hospital staff, who worked tirelessly to save lives during the attacks that ravaged the city.

Talking about the show’s theme, Nikkhil Advani (Who has helmed movies like Kal Ho Naa HoSalaam-E-IshqChandni Chowk to ChinaPatiala HouseDelhi SafariD-DayHeroKatti Batti, and Batla House) said, “We Mumbaikars often discuss where we were on that fateful night when this devastating incident shook the entire city. There have been several shows and films centred on the incident but no one has explored the doctors’ side of it. With this medical drama, we aim to champion the human spirit in the face of unprecedented danger and celebrate the brave doctors who had saved the day while keeping the sensitivity of the topic in mind.”

In my opinion, it’s quite okay to make whatever the hell you want to make. That’s how we get to discuss what’s wrong and what’s right about it and that can lead to an educational discourse. So, I want to say two things that are wrong with Mumbai Diaries 26/11. First, the timing. It’s a show that’s coming out in March. Just because today’s the anniversary, you’re releasing the teaser? That’s insensitive. People actually lost lives. Don’t use that for clicks. That brings me to my second point. How much is too much? Like I mentioned before, there are 5 movies already. A full-fledged show feels like another scratch on a wound that was healing. There are many more important stories to tell that have changed the fabric of the country. Demonetisation. Scams involving Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. Cow terrorism. The riots in Delhi. Farmer protests. The exodus that happened during this pandemic. Don’t you think these are important? Or will you tell them 12 years later on that incident’s anniversary?

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