A cinematic retelling of one of the most horrific event in India’s history is in itself a daunting task. But to attempt to do so with a dramatic yet conceivable narrative, one that does not compromise on the veracity or intensity of such atrocities, is a highly optimistic proposition. A proposition that needs a renaissance, a revival, to be shaped into being. It’s hard to argue that Ram Gopal Varma, the director, falls short.
There is no spectacular plot to speak of. Just a beautiful city and the terrible tragedy it suffered, and the intrigue and revulsion the tragedy evoked. It is told through the eyes of Rakesh Maria (Nana Patekar), the Joint Commissioner of Police (crime branch), giving his account of the eve of 26/11, leading up to the capture of Ajmal Kasab (Sanjeev Jaiswal). The linear narrative, painted in a classic noir style, excels to such an extent that it often makes for a tough viewing. The emotions it stirs are excruciating. However, the taste of bitterness the film leaves behind is suppressed by a brilliantly written penultimate scene, which adds a sane head to the ripped body. Seen through the lens of entertainment, the film is a certified thriller and is highly recommended.
TSI Five-O: A bold retelling of a gruesome event