1993 Mumbai Blasts: 5 Indian Movies Based on Terrorism
Today is the 28th anniversary of the Mumbai serial blasts that took the lives of 257 people and injured thousands in 1993. The Supreme Court of India, in 2013, passed the final judgement on the case and upheld an earlier death sentence for Yakub Memon. His brother Tiger Memon is the prime accused in the blasts and is believed to have conspired with Dawood Ibrahim. Below we take a look at five movies based on serial blasts and terrorist activities in India.
1. A Wednesday (2008)
The story is a fictional one, inspired by the Mumbai train bombings of 2006 and their aftermath. An individual, known only as “The Common Man,” threatens to cause blasts across Mumbai unless four apprehended terrorists are freed. Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah star as the policeman and “The Common Man” respectively. Neeraj Pandey won a National Film Award for his direction.
2. Aamir (2008)
Aamir tells the story of an unassuming man, played by Rajiv Khandelwal, who is manipulated by terrorists to ferry a briefcase with a time bomb. The film, directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, did well at the box office and was praised by critics for its direction, script, cinematography and music.
3. Black Friday (2004)
Based on Hussain Zaidi’s 2002 non-fiction novel of the same name, the Anurag Kashyap film tells the story of how the Bombay riots of 1992 led to the 1993 bomb blasts in the city. While completed in 2004, the film was released in India in 2007. Black Friday features Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava and Imtiaz Ali in his only acting role to date. It received national and international critical acclaim.
4. Droh Kaal (1994)
Filmmaker Govind Nihalani shows how the lives of policemen, who deal with terrorists, get negatively impacted. The film features Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Milind Gunaji, Mita Vashisht and Ashish Vidyarthi among others.
5. Roja (1992)
This Mani Ratnam classic tells the story of a woman’s desperate attempts to rescue her husband after he is kidnapped by terrorists seeking to separate Kashmir from India. It stars Arvind Swamy, and Madhoo as the lead characters, with music by A.R. Rahman.