INDIA: With its reality, State of Siege: 26/11 wowed onlookers with its innovation during a pandemic. As a tribute to their sacrifice, the martyred brave in the Mumbai attacks were brilliantly displayed. Preserving the heritage of the Siege series while honoring the courageous Indian spirit State of Siege: Temple Attack is based on true events.
What will happen if a devotee visiting the temple is a victim of a terror attack? It may sound like something out of a movie, but it is a reality. The misery and pain endured by the worshippers of the Akshardham temple during the terrorist attack of 2002 can barely be imagined. However, this film makes us experience their anguish and what they’ve lost.
The story is recounted through the eyes of NSG commandos and devotees who are being held as hostages. The National Security Guard (NSG) is nothing short of a hero when worshippers are tortured to death by terrorists in the temple and there is minimal chance of life. The thriller part of the film is completed by the anxiety created by situations involving hostages and terrorists. Which is later enhanced by background music.
The excellent cast and their performances add to the authenticity of the film. Major Hanut Singh, played by Akshaye Khanna, is the star of the show. With his digital debut living up to the excitement, the actor lives up to the expectations of his admirers. Some incidents at the beginning of the film induce Hanut Singh’s post-traumatic stress syndrome, which is reflected by the actor’s facial expression. This aids in the viewers’ emotional attachment with the character, which is excellent. Captain Bibek, played by Akshay Oberoi, adds emotional dimensions to the main character.
In a film like this, the villain’s part is crucial, which Farooq, played by Mridul Das, fulfills completely. The actor portrays the character to such a high level of perfection that the audience is filled with revulsion and hatred. Abhimanyu Singh also performs the role of Abu Hamza, the mastermind behind all terrorist operations. He is such a gifted performer that merely a few glimpses of him may be enough to terrify the audience.
With its philosophical undertones, the cinematography is at its pinnacle. When the terrorists attacked the temple, a flock of birds flew away from it, implying that there had been a disruption of the peace. The reverse sequence can then be observed at the end. When Hanut Singh kills the terrorist in the climactic scene, he can be seen standing next to the Yamraj (Hindu god of death) statue. This sequence heightens the movie’s impact.
The film’s technical aspect is lost until the very end, which can be easily overlooked. With its ideal cast of characters and outstanding performances, this ZEE5 film does full justice to the true events.
Transcontinental Times rating: 4/5