Nicolas Saada is a French film jou- rnalist who transitioned to film- making. After directing a num- ber of shorts, he has now made a feature film. Taj Mahal, looks at he events of the 26/11 terrorist
attack on Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, but
from the perspective of a young woman who is a
guest of the hotel with her parents.
On the night of the attack, the young girl
(Stacy Martin) stays alone in her room while her
parents go out for the dinner. She is trapped in
the room while the terrorists are moving from
floor to floor killing guests and hotel employees.
This month Taj Mahal had its world premiere
at the Telluride Film Festival. From there it traveled to the Venice International Film Festival.
Saada met India Abroad in Telluride the day
after the film’s premier. The director had turned
50 that day and seemed a bit down because of
the reviews — the initial reviews from Variety
and Hollywood Reporter were not very kind to
the film. But he was more than willing to speak
about the making of the film in Mumbai.
Nicolas Saada’s Taj Mahal looks at the Mumbai attacks from the
perspective of a young woman trapped in her hotel room as terrorists ran
amuck. The director discussed the film with Aseem Chhabra/India Abroad
in Telluride before jetting off to another city and another film festival.
WE WERE EAGER TO BE
RESPECTFUL OF HOW THIS
EVENT IMPACTED INDIA AND
HOW IMPORTANT IT IS IN
THE RECENT HISTORY OF
THE COUNTRY. IT
COMPLETELY CHANGED THE
MOOD OF THE CITY. THE
CITY WAS NEVER THE SAME
AFTER THE ATTACK. IT WAS
SCARRED BY THE ATTACK. Stacy Martin in Taj Mahal. The interiors of the Mumbai hotel were shot on a soundstage outside Paris. 4M4
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