Terror strike has uncanny resemblance to films

Nov 27, 2008 IANS

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS) Could the young men behind the dastardly terror attack in the city have been influenced by a string of terror films - Bollywood and foreign - as their modus operandi shows an uncanny resemblance to some of the movies, including the recent "A Wednesday" and "Die Hard".

The terror strikes in Mumbai have killed at least 110 people and injured over 313 others, bringing to people's minds movies based on similar plots.

The Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher starrer "A Wednesday", which revolves around a fateful Wednesday when a man (Naseer) calls up retiring commissioner of police Prakash Rathod (Anupam) and tells him that he has planted bombs in five places around the city, brings alive the panic and havoc shown in the film.

The terror strikes also resemble the Aamir Khan starrer "Baazi" (1995) and the first instalment of Bruce Willis starrer "Die Hard" (1988) in which innocent people are taken hostage.

Ram Gopal Verma's action thriller "Contract" that released July 18 had unintentionally given a kind of preview of the modus operandi used by terrorists in the July 26 Ahmedabad bombings. The film shows terrorists planning low-intensity strikes first and then bombing the hospitals where the injured are taken to - just as it uncannily happened in the actual bombing 10 days later.

Other movies that have been based on terrorism in Bollywood have been "Mission Istanbul", "Mumbai Meri Jaan", "Hijack", "Black & White", "Fanaa", "Black Friday", "Mission Kashmir", "Dil Se", "Sarfarosh", "Roja" and "Bombay" among others.

Govind Nihalani's "Drohkal", Ayesha Dharker starrer "Terrorist" and Mani Ratnam's critically-acclaimed "Kannathil Mutthamittal" were also on terrorism.

Sunny Deol too delivered an array of movies, including "Jaal: The Trap" and "Jo Bole So Nihaal".

Other films on terrorism are "Fiza", "Sheen", "Dhokha", "Qayamat: City Under Threat", "Hindustan Ki Kasam", "Zameen", "Pukar", "Dus", "Yahaan", "Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota" and "December 16".

Britain based filmmaker Jagmohan Mundhra's "Shoot At Sight" and Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor's controversial "Khuda Kay Liye" also brought back the memories of such attacks, showing terrorists attacking without any reason and causing casualties.

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