Ratan Tata lauds spirit of Mumbai on 12th anniversary of 26/11 attacks, pens heartfelt note for those who lost their lives

Tata, through his brief yet powerful note, saluted the courage of Mumbaikars.

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While we honour the sacrifice of the brave, Tata wrote, we must applaud the unity and acts of kindness of Mumbaikars that will continue to shine for years to come.
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Thursday marked the 12th anniversary of the dastardly 26/11 attacks which shook the nation and changed the moral and social fabric of India forever. Ratan Tata, who is the chairman of the company which owns Hotel Taj Palace in Mumbai, the epicentre of the attacks, took to Instagram to salute the spirit of Mumbai, 12 years after the attack.

In his note, the industrialist highlighted how Mumbaikars came together during tough times, cast all of their differences aside, ‘to vanquish the terrorism and destruction that day’.

The 82-year-old began his note by talking about the destruction and havoc wreaked on the city 12 years ago which can never be forgotten. But for the billionaire philanthropist, what’s more memorable is how Mumbaikairs didn’t lose hope in the face of adversity.


While we honour the sacrifice of the brave, Tata wrote, we must applaud the unity and acts of kindness of Mumbaikars that will continue to shine for years to come.

Twelve years ago, on this date, Mumbai witnessed a ghastly attack that lasted for four days. 166 people were killed and over 300 were injured as 10 terrorists from Pakistan attacked India's commercial capital - striking simultaneously at five major locations.

The locations were - two luxury hotels - Oberoi-Trident Hotel and Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, a Jewish cultural centre - Chabad House at Nariman Point, Leopold Cafe and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, the main railway station and the site of most of the killings, and Cama Hospital.
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Nine terrorists were killed during the terror attack. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was captured alive and executed in November 2012.

Rata Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons from 1991 till his retirement on December 28, 2012. He is the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons.

Being the Chairman of the company which owns Taj Hotel Palace, Tata had played an instrumental role in rebuilding the hotel after the attack. The 26/11 attacks and the courage shown by Mumbaikairs when tragedy struck, has always been close to Tata’s heart.

Every year on the anniversary of the attack, the billionaire philanthropist uses his social media accounts to send across a message of peace and unity. In 2019, the 82-year-old had written a heartfelt Instagram post where he remembered the time when he felt helpless as he looked at the carnage and loss of life during the attacks.
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The 81-year-old also posted an Instagram story sharing a post from the Humans of Bombay’s Instagram account.

The post was written by a young girl, who at the age of 10 was shot at the CST station by 26/11 perpetrator Ajmal Kasab and testified in court against the terrorist.
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11 Years After 26/11: 5 Movies That Brilliantly Captured The Terrifying Reality Of The Incident On Screen
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A few years after the 26/11 terror attack shook the financial capital of the country, several films attempted to portray the rather grim and harsh reality of the fateful day. A few films realistically portrayed and accurately traced the events of the day and brilliantly brought to life, the pain and agony of the victims on screen.

11 years after 26/11, we take a look at the films, the storylines of which, brilliantly captured terrifying reality of the incident.

A few years after the 26/11 terror attack shook the financial capital of the country, several films attempted to portray the rather grim and harsh reality of the fateful day. A few films realisticall..
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The action-thriller directed by Anthony Maras attempted to portray the terrifying incident on the silver screen. When tragedy strikes, in an attempt to save our near and dear ones, all of us take desperate measures.

The movie essentially shows how the staff at Taj Hotel, Mumbai risked their lives to keep everyone safe and the extremes that families went to, to save their loved ones. The film stars ‘Slumdog Millionaire’-fame Dev Patel, veteran actor Anupam Kher, Amandeep Singh and Suhail Nayyar amongst others.

Although the film released in India this year, it saw a worldwide release last year.

The action-thriller directed by Anthony Maras attempted to portray the terrifying incident on the silver screen. When tragedy strikes, in an attempt to save our near and dear ones, all of us take des..
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More often than not, when a film portrays 26/11 attacks on screen, it often does so from the perspective of localites, policemen and the guests at Taj Hotel. However ‘One Less God’, was an exception. The film took into account, the perspective of international travellers who were victimized at the hands of terrorists and ended up losing their lives.

It shows the struggle of a group of travellers to survive after their hotel is attacked by terrorists. The film stars Joseph Mahler Taylor, Sukhraj Deepak, Mihika Rao and Kabir Singh among others.

More often than not, when a film portrays 26/11 attacks on screen, it often does so from the perspective of localites, policemen and the guests at Taj Hotel. However ‘One Less God’, was an exception...
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The Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan-starrer ‘Phantom’ is one of the few Indian commercial films that took into account the heinous incident of 26/11. The film does not directly deal with the attacks, but they play an important role in the overall script.

The screenplay of the movie is an adaptation of the book ‘Mumbai Avengers’ written by author Hussain Zaidi.The movie is directed by Kabir Khan and written by Parveez Sheikh, Kausar Munir and Kabir Khan.

The Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan-starrer ‘Phantom’ is one of the few Indian commercial films that took into account the heinous incident of 26/11. The film does not directly deal with the attacks, ..
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Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘The Attacks Of 26/11’ is probably the only film in Bollywood which traces the entire sequence of events which took place on the fateful day and also realistically portrays their aftermath.

From showing the 10 terrorists who sailed to Mumbai wreck havoc on the city, to showing plight of the victims of the attack, the movie does it all. Nana Patekar plays the titular role in the film and portrays Mumbai top cop Rakesh Maria who handled the investigations. The film also stars Atul Kulkarni, Ganesh Yadav, and Sadh Orhan amongst others.

Ram Gopal Verma’s ‘The Attacks Of 26/11’ is probably the only film in Bollywood which traces the entire sequence of events which took place on the fateful day and also realistically portrays their af..
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‘Shahid’ is the story of a young Muslim boy who is arrested and tortured for his identity. Once released, the boy takes it upon himself to study law and fight cases for the people who are booked under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA).

Eventually, the boy goes on to defend Faheem Ansari who is accused of perpetrating the 26/11 attacks. The film is based on the life of Shahid Azmi, a lawyer and a Human Rights Activist.

‘Shahid’ is the story of a young Muslim boy who is arrested and tortured for his identity. Once released, the boy takes it upon himself to study law and fight cases for the people who are booked unde..
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