We all remember where we were on 26/11. I myself had a taken a train from VT station that day and was heading to my new home in Bangalore. I was lucky though. My train was in the morning and by the time killing spree began I was halfway through my journey. My family gave me news of the attacks over the phone and I remember being alone and petrified, the pitch darkness of the night not helping. By the time I reached home the images that are now part of our sub-conscious were everywhere. Over the past two years we’ve been bombarded with those same visuals and details. But there is something that most of us haven’t seen …‘Terror in Mumbai’
Dan Reed’s ‘Terror in Mumbai’ is a jaw-dropping documentary on the 26/11 attacks that paralysed Mumbai and stunned the world. The film is narrated by Fareed Zakaria and includes the spine-chilling intercepted phone conversations between the terrorists in Mumbai and their handlers in Pakistan. It also includes CCTV footage from inside the Taj and police interrogation of the sole surviving terrorist – Ajmal Kasab, and never heard before accounts from several of the victims. After hearing the contents if you’re wondering why you haven’t seen this documentary on a TV channel or heard it being discussed in the media – then your guess is as good as mine.
Sample this conversation between the terrorists and their controllers from the documentary:
Controller: The captain of the boat…did you kill him?
Terrorist: Yeah, we finished him off
Terrorist: We slit his throat
And that conversation is just the beginning of ‘Terror in Mumbai’, co-produced by Channel 4 and HBO. It has been telecast in the UK and the US and is widely available on the internet but has yet to see the day of light on Indian television.