Hotel Mumbai

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Hotel Mumbai
Hotel Mumbai poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnthony Maras
Screenplay by
Based on2008 Mumbai Attacks
Produced by
CinematographyNick Remy Matthews
Edited by
Music byVolker Bertelmann
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 7 September 2018 (2018-09-07) (TIFF)
  • 14 March 2019 (2019-03-14) (Australia)
  • 22 March 2019 (2019-03-22) (United States)
  • 29 November 2019 (2019-11-29) (India)
Running time
125 minutes[1]
  • English
  • Hindi
Budget$17.3 million (A$25 million)[2]
Box office$21.1 million (A$31.5 million)[3]

Hotel Mumbai is a 2018 action thriller film[4][5][6] directed by Anthony Maras and co-written by Maras and John Collee. An Indian-Australian-American co-production, it is inspired by the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai[7][8] about the 2008 Mumbai attacks at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India. The film stars Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Jason Isaacs, Suhail Nayyar, Nagesh Bhosle, and Natasha Liu Bordizzo.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2018, and had its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival on 10 October 2018. The film was released in Australia and the United States on 14 and 22 March 2019, respectively, and in India on 29 November 2019.


On 26 November 2008, waiter Arjun reports for work at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India, under head chef Hemant Oberoi. The day's guests include British-Iranian heiress Zahra Kashani[9] and her American husband David, with their infant son Cameron and his nanny Sally, as well as ex-Spetznaz operative Vasili.

That night, terrorists from the Lashkar-e-Taiba organization, under the command of "the Bull", launch a coordinated assault against 12 locations across Mumbai, including the hotel. As the local police are not properly trained or equipped to handle the attack, they are forced to wait for reinforcements from New Delhi. In the ensuing chaos, Arjun, David, Zahra and Vasili are trapped in the hotel restaurant with several other guests while Sally remains with Cameron in their hotel room. A woman fleeing from the terrorists enters the hotel room, and Sally hides with Cameron in a closet as the terrorists shoot the woman and then leave.

Hearing of Sally's close encounter, David manages to sneak past the terrorists and successfully reach Sally and Cameron. Meanwhile, Arjun escorts the other guests to the Chambers Lounge, an exclusive club hidden within the hotel, where they hope to remain safe. David, Sally and Cameron attempt to regroup with the others, but David is captured and bound by the terrorists while Sally and Cameron are trapped inside a closet.

Meanwhile, police officer DC Vam and his partner enter the hotel in the hopes of reaching the security room so they can track the terrorists' movements. Inside, Arjun attempts to escort a mortally wounded guest to a hospital, but upon encountering the officers, she panics and flees before being killed by a terrorist. Arjun escorts the officers to the security room where they discover the terrorists about to break into the Chambers Lounge. Vam orders Arjun to stay as he goes to attack the terrorists, successfully wounding one named Imran.

Against Oberoi's advice, Zahra and Vasili, along with several other guests, decide to leave the lounge to escape, but Zahra and Vasili are caught and taken hostage along with David, while the others are killed in their attempt to escape.

While guarding the hostages, Imran contacts his family members, and reveals that the terrorists left to attack Mumbai under the guise of military training. He also discovers that while the Bull had promised to pay the families of the terrorists, they have yet to receive any money from him.

Eventually, the NSG arrive, and the Bull orders the terrorists to burn the hotel down. The terrorists leave Imran to guard the hostages, and the Bull orders Imran to kill them. Imran shoots both David and Vasili, but spares Zahra when she begins reciting a Muslim prayer, allowing her to untie herself and escape.

Arjun regroups with Oberoi and evacuates the remaining guests, encountering Sally and Cameron in the process. The NSG kill the remaining terrorists, and Zahra is evacuated by an aerial work platform before reuniting with Sally and Cameron. After the hotel is secured, Arjun returns home to his wife and daughter.

A closing script reveals that those responsible for the attack remain free to this day, but the hotel was repaired and parts reopened within months of the event. The final scenes show a memorial to the staff and guests, and footage of the grand reopening of the hotel.




On 11 February 2016, it was announced that Dev Patel and Armie Hammer had been cast in the film, along with actors Nazanin Boniadi, Teresa Palmer, and Suhail Nayyar, while Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Anupam Kher were in negotiations; Palmer and Coster-Waldau ultimately were not involved.[10] John Collee and Anthony Maras wrote the screenplay, which Maras directed, while Basil Iwanyk produced the film through Thunder Road Pictures along with Jomon Thomas from Xeitgeist, Arclight Films' Gary Hamilton and Mike Gabrawy, Electric Pictures' Andrew Ogilvie, and Julie Ryan.[10]

In June, Tilda Cobham-Hervey joined the cast[11] after Teresa Palmer pulled out early into her second pregnancy,[12] and in August, Jason Isaacs was cast.[13] On 7 September 2016, Natasha Liu Bordizzo joined the film to play Bree, a tourist caught in the attack.[14]


In August 2016, principal photography on the film began in the Adelaide Film studios, run by the South Australian Film Corporation.[15][16] Filming continued in India in early 2017.[17]


In May 2016, The Weinstein Company acquired U.S. and U.K. distribution rights to the film.[18] However, in April 2018, it was announced that The Weinstein Company would no longer distribute the film.[19] In August 2018, Bleecker Street and ShivHans Pictures acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[20]

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 7 September 2018.[21] It was theatrically released in Australia on 14 March 2019, by Icon Film Distribution,[22] and the United States on 22 March 2019.[23] It was scheduled for a United Kingdom release in September 2019, by Sky Cinema and NowTV. Sky Cinema promoting it as a "Sky Cinema Original" in the United Kingdom.[24]

The movie was pulled from cinemas in New Zealand due to the Christchurch mosque shootings on 15 March 2019, with showings suspended until 28 March.[25]

Netflix was set to distribute the film in India and other South and Southeast Asian territories.[26] However, Netflix later dropped the film, after a contractual dispute arose with Indian distributor Plus Holdings.[27] The film was scheduled to be released theatrically in India on 29 November 2019 by Zee Studios and Purpose Entertainment.[28] An official trailer of the film in Hindi was released by Zee Studios on 23 October 2019.[29]


Box office[edit]

Hotel Mumbai has grossed $9.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $11.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $21.2 million.[3][30]

The film opened in four theaters in the U.S., on 22 March, and expanded to 924 on 29 March, grossing $3.1 million in that second weekend.[31]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 76% based on 215 reviews, with an average of 6.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Its depiction of real-life horror will strike some as exploitative, but Hotel Mumbai remains a well-made dramatization of tragic events."[32] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[33] Audiences polled by PostTrak gave the film an overall positive score of 77% and a 50% "definite recommend".[31]

Peter Debruge of Variety magazine wrote: "Sitting through the harrowing events again nearly a decade later could hardly be described as entertainment, and the film plays to many of the same unseemly impulses that make disaster movies so compelling, exploiting the tragedy of the situation for spectacle's sake."[34]


Award Category Subject Result Ref
AACTA Awards
Best Film Gary Hamilton Nominated [35]
Basil Iwanyk Nominated
Julie Ryan Nominated
Andrew Ogilvie Nominated
Jomon Thomas Nominated
Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted John Collee Nominated
Anthony Maras Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Editing Won
Peter McNulty Won
Best Actor Dev Patel Nominated
Best Actress Nazanin Boniadi Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Tilda Cobham-Hervey Nominated
Best Cinematography Nick Remy Matthews Nominated
Best Original Music Score Volker Bertelmann Nominated
Best Sound James Currie Nominated
Nakul Kamte Nominated
Sam Petty Nominated
Peter Ristic Nominated
Pete Smith Nominated
Best Production Design Steven Jones-Evans Nominated
Best Costume Design Anna Borghesi Nominated
Best Casting Ann Fay Nominated
Leigh Pickford Nominated
Trishaan Sarkar Nominated
Bandung Film Festival
Honorable Imported Films Hotel Mumbai Won [36]
Fantasy Filmfest Audience Award (Fresh Blood Award) Hotel Mumbai Won [37]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Mitchell, Peter (11 October 2018). "Adelaide becomes Mumbai for thriller". Blue Mountains Gazette. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
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  4. ^ "Hotel Mumbai movie review & film summary". I must admit: this skilled, historical action film was one of the toughest, most disquieting sits I can remember in a while—tougher than Paul Greengrass’ “July 22” and on par with the same filmmaker’s masterful “United 93.”
  5. ^ "Movie Review: Hotel Mumbai". Baltimore Magazine. Hotel Mumbai is a shockingly violent action thriller—Die Hard on steroids—except the events it depicts are real.
  6. ^ "Film reviews: The Laundromat / Hotel Mumbai / Sea Of Shadows". Metro. THE 2008 Mumbai terror attacks resulted in 174 deaths and more than 300 wounded, which might leave you rather queasy about finding its skilful adaptation here — into a nail-biting action thriller — quite so enjoyable.
  7. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (21 March 2019). "'Hotel Mumbai' Review: Terrorism as Popcorn Movie?". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Hotel Mumbai Trailer: 26/11 comes alive again as Dev Patel-Anupam Kher tell the brave story of Taj-Staff during attacks". Connect Gujarat. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
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  10. ^ a b Jaafar, Ali (11 February 2016). "Dev Patel & Armie Hammer in Negotiations For Mumbai Siege Pic 'Hotel Mumbai' – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  11. ^ Galuppo, Mia (9 June 2016). "Tilda Cobham-Hervey Will Join Dev Patel in 'Hotel Mumbai' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  12. ^ Debelle, Penelope (10 October 2018). "More than a thousand attend launch of SA-made movie Hotel Mumbai at Adelaide Film Festival". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr; Busch, Anita (12 August 2016). "Jason Isaacs Checks into Anthony Maras' 'Hotel Mumbai'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  14. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (7 September 2016). "John Karna Joins 'Lady Bird' Bevy; Natasha Liu Bordizzo Checks Into 'Hotel Mumbai'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
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  16. ^ "Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel frequents Adelaide's Jasmin restaurant while here filming Hotel Mumbai". The Advertiser. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  17. ^ Debelle, Penny (29 April 2016). "Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel to feature in movie to be partly filmed in SA on Mumbai terror attacks". The Advertiser. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
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  19. ^ Lang, Brent (2 April 2018). "'Hotel Mumbai' Producers Want Film Left Out of Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy Sale". Variety. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  20. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (22 August 2018). "'Hotel Mumbai', The Former Weinstein Movie, Scores Bleecker Street & ShivHans Deal Ahead Of Toronto Premiere". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  21. ^ Vlessing, Etan (24 July 2018). "Toronto: Timothee Chalamet Starrer 'Beautiful Boy,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' Among Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Hotel Mumbai". Palace Nova Cinemas. Archived from the original on 2 February 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  23. ^ Holub, Christian (9 January 2019). "Armie Hammer and Dev Patel are trapped by terrorists in Hotel Mumbai trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  24. ^ Rowney, Jo-Anne (1 February 2019). "Hotel Mumbai trailer: Dev Patel and Armie Hammer star in movie inspired by 2008 terror attack". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 2 February 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  25. ^ Bulbeck, Pip (19 March 2019). "'Hotel Mumbai' Pulled From Cinemas in New Zealand After Terrorist Attack". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  26. ^ Hipes, Patrick (8 November 2018). "Netflix Unveils More Originals For India Market; Sets 'Hotel Mumbai' Regional Release, Priyanka Chopra-Produced Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 November 2018.[verification needed]
  27. ^ Frater, Patrick; Ramachandran, Naman (7 March 2019). "Sued Over 'Hotel Mumbai,' Netflix Drops Plans for India Screening (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 7 March 2019.[verification needed]
  28. ^ MumbaiOctober 22, Press Trust of India; October 22, 2019UPDATED; Ist, 2019 19:34. "Anupam Kher on his upcoming film Hotel Mumbai: It taught me to value humanity above all". India Today.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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  30. ^ "Hotel Mumbai (2019)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
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  33. ^ "Hotel Mumbai reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  34. ^ Debruge, Peter (9 September 2018). "Film Review: 'Hotel Mumbai'". Variety.
  35. ^ "Winners & Nominees".
  36. ^ "Ridwan Kamil Hopes Bandung Film Festival to Become a World Class Event". 23 November 2019.
  37. ^ "Gewinner Fresh Blood Award 2019". Fantasy Filmfest. 29 September 2019.

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