Mumbai Diaries 26/11 Review: Definitely a neutral thriller wasting its potential
Mumbai Diaries 26/11 is a type of arrest. But it also sets morally vague and rich storylines, wasting them with lazy writing and papering gaps with action scenes.
Medical drama has not traditionally been a strong genre for Indian drama and television. Sanjeevani did not write much about any of the shows (2002 and 2019 iterations, and the 2007 series / spin-off series til mil kaye), although the original was a success. Kuch Do Lok Kahenge had its moments with Mohnish Behlu, but that too quickly came out.
That’s why I was carefully delighted when Mumbai Tires 26/11 (co-directed by Nikhil Advani and Nikhil Gonsalves) started on a promising note; Maverick trauma surgeon Koshik Oberoi (Mohit Raina) locks the horns with seniors and law enforcement for lack of respect for protocol.
In anticipation of the zero of trauma surgery for your TV show, one can easily argue that too much stock play is nothing, one might argue. But the first few scenes of Mumbai Diaries 26/11 are believable, almost like the clip production ‘Bombay General Hospital’ and plenty of efficient tracking shots.
Then, in the middle of an emotionally heavy scene, Dr. Sahil Agarwal (Mishal Raheja) drops the old Bollywood chestnut: “Hum Dr. Hein, Bhagwan Nahi.” (We are doctors, not gods) It’s Mumbai’s big time diaries 26/11: It’s set up morally vague and rich storylines, wasting them with lazy writing, papering gaps with action scenes (story set around 26/11 terror attack allows producers to do this again) .
It’s a little embarrassing because the actors work so hard: Raina is diligent and thoughtful enough to be like Dr. Oberoi, and her preference for the F-word is used wisely for both humor and comedian effect.
Mrunmai Deshpande and Tina Desai both act as good, practicing doctors with different backgrounds and attitudes. Aditi Kalkunde Nurse Vidya Paul and Balaji Kirinus are even better as Serian.
Moreover, Chitra Das, who is the head of social services at the Bombay General, excels as a credible Congolese censorma practitioner. Her character was shocking, but strong-willed and completely committed to her beliefs.
A PTSD scene in a lift is unique to me, reviewing her easy canteen with Raina, where they both slip into lighter, more insecure, college-era versions of their characters.
A word about the ‘no cuts’ action scenes: Like the latest, much talked about police station ambush scene in The Family Man Season 2, here are some comparable scenes with cuts and a nifty shift bang in the middle of the shooting action.
I don’t know if this style is de rigor for Bollywood action thrillers now, but it works interestingly. I hope they do not monopolize it.
What didn’t work for the show was its integration with the terrorist storyline – and most importantly, the media storyline led by Shreya Dhanwantri, who plays Mansi Hirani (Dhanchandari previously starred as a financial journalist in the Hansel Mehta show Scam 1992).
Maya is a completely dishonest TV journalist who is willing to give up the law and put others in deadly danger without an idea; Until it gives her a spoon, viz.
There is no doubt that the activities of the Indian television media in the early days of the Mumbai terror attacks were irresponsible. And the fact that it is an industry that needs reform is clear.
Dhanwantari’s character is a confusing, shallow description of journalists and the press, which goes beyond the cynical into the truly horrific. In one scene, she actively lays eggs on the cameraman to get a clear view of the gun-toting terrorists, even though the bullets are flying.
After a while, her really shocked boss on the phone said, “Oh God, Mansi, are you okay? Do you have any usable footage ?!”Hell, she lies to get herself included in the Bombay General at a time when resources are thinly stretched,
It is noteworthy that in a show full of terrorists, ethically compromised doctors, ‘bipartisan’ executives, and bone-headed guards, the most terrifying decision is reserved for the female journalist.
That is, it would have been easy (and not to mention fun) to insert small cartoon horns over her head in post production.
Nevertheless, she is ‘bravely’ recovering after the crisis somehow. A Muslim-hating male nurse overcomes his dependence in the heat of conflict.
Dr. McDermott Oberoi begins to fix his marriage and begins to rely on female leadership at a wrong time.
It would have been so interesting for these characters to wake up and face the traumatic aftermath and the reality of their own dependencies.
Survival does not have to cut you into a ** hole, but the Mumbai Diaries 26/11 is an idea that is not particularly interesting.
In a way, it is arrested in parts, cast due to perseverance but in the end, Mumbai Tires 26/11 is definitely a neutral thriller which wastes its potential.
Mumbai Tires 26/11 Amazon Prime Video Streaming In India.