The dreadful 2008 Mumbai 26/11 attack left many victims with permanent horrifying scars in their memories. While many of the victims have lost their lives to the violence but some of the unheard stories are crawling their way to be heard.
One such story is depicted by French filmmaker Nicolas Saada in his film Taj Mahal. The story of a teenager girl trapped in hotel Taj Mahal, Mumbai during the November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks. The movie was screened at the ‘Cinema of the World’ section in the ongoing International Film Festival of India in Goa.
“Late 2008, a few days after the Mumbai terrorist attacks, I was having dinner with some friends. Someone told me his niece had been trapped in the hotel during the attack. She managed to escape thanks to her survival instinct, and by keeping communication with her father and mother, who were outside the hotel. I was fascinated by this story and I told myself that one day, I would make a film about it,” Nicolas said about the inspiration behind the project.
The film unfolds the experiences of Louise, played by Stacy Martin, who spends a night at The Taj without her parents and realizes about the terrorist attacks being held. The movie will also show how she used her wits to get away with the situation.
The filmmaker even met the girl to understand what she went through on that night and linked her story with a bigger plot.
“I set up a long interview with her, so that she could describe in details the night she had spent locked up in the hotel. I also wanted to know about journey to India and so I liked the idea of connecting her story to a bigger story, to give it greater impact.”