There is a sense of shock
in Mumbai Terror
There is a sense of shock,
dismay and outrage among members of the film fraternity following the bloody
terror strikes in Mumbai, India's entertainment and commercial capital.
Though most of the stars have returned to work, they are not at ease as
images of the massacre continue to haunt them.
US-based Indian filmmaker
Mira Nair, who paid a tribute to the city with 'Salaam Bombay', is unable
to talk about it. 'I've no words at this moment. I pray for equanimity
to prevail and that we don't give in to hysteria,' Nair said. Mira has
stayed at the devastated Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, one of the three
buildings the terrorists had seized, on her frequent visits to Mumbai.Film
shooting was sporadic Saturday, the day the terrorists who had held the
city to ransom for almost 61 hours were flushed out.
Bipasha Basu shot for
a song with Ahmed Khan and Leena Bajaj shot with Amitabh Bachchan for 'Teen
Patti'. Otherwise, all was quiet on the shooting front.
Vatsal Seth and Celina
Jaitley chose to stay away from shooting to attend the funeral of their
friend Ashish Chowdhary's sister Saturday. Ashish's mother and his sister's
mother-in-law were inconsolably shattered. There were 10 bodies to be cremated
along with Ashish's sister's and brother-in-law's. Will their lives ever
be the same again?
Said Suniel Shetty: 'The
city is in a state of shock. I'm getting to know gradually that I've lost
friends in the attack whom I've known for years. This time it's not like
other times. My family and I live quite close to both the Taj and Oberoi
(Trident Hotel). We saw smoke and fire billowing out of these places where
we've spent so many evenings.' Suniel shot on Thursday for Priyadarshan's
'De Dana Dan', but stayed home on Friday.
Harman Baweja cancelled
his shooting because he says he felt 'angered and disillusioned'. Sushmita
Sen, too, is wounded by the attack on Mumbai. 'The last couple of days
have left me deeply hurt and angered. What's happening to our administration?
We now see a basic disregard for human life. I've been praying constantly
for all our children's future,' said Sushmita.
Preity Zinta, who returned
from Dubai to a shell-shocked Mumbai, still can't believe what happened.
'I was stranded at the Dubai airport on Wednesday night. Innocent women
and children being killed. What sense does it make? I've spent so many
evenings at the Taj. I remember their hospitable staff with much warmth.
Will the Taj ever be the same again? 'My brother and his family came from
the US to ring in my mother's birthday on Sunday. They couldn't have chosen
a worst time to come to Mumbai. But it's good to have family with me at
such a time,' Preity said. She knew all the warm and hospitable staffers
of the Taj and can't believe some of them are gone. 'Will the hotel ever
be the same again? Even when it's re-opened, would we feel comfortable
with the heavy security personnel and the memories of the violence?' Preity
Bollywood is in no mood
to forgive, forget and move on. The latest SMS doing the rounds in Bollywood
reads: 'Let's start something. A non-cooperation movement. Something that
can tell the politicians we aren't taking this lying down. That we want
our safety. Let this movement be started by the corporates. A nameless,
leaderless movement. Let's show them how many of us are angry, tired and
frustrated. Let's all come together at the Gateway Of India Wednesday.
Let's ask for what's our birthright. To live fearlessly.'
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