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Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 26, 2012
The makers of director Ram Gopal Varma’s (RGV) next are going all the way to pay tribute to the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks that claimed the lives of over 150 people in Mumbai in 2008. The producers have now decided to distribute the profit that they will earn from the film titled, 26/11, among the families of those who lost their lives in the attacks.

“We have already raised a certain amount of money, which we have kept aside for them. Once the film starts earning at the box-office, we will add that revenue and then distribute the final amount among the families,” says producer Parag Sanghavi, whose film has been made within a reported budget of Rs. 30 crore. Commenting on the matter, RGV adds, “I am the director of the film, so I can’t say much, except that I share the sentiment. This is the producer’s prerogative entirely. I just want to make sure the film stays true to what really happened.”

In order to recreate the incidents of the attacks in detail, for the last one year, RGV has been speaking to eyewitnesses, police officers and families of the victims.

However, the film, which is still in production, underwent some last-minute changes earlier this week. Until a few days ago, it had an open ending. But news of 26/11 prime perpetrator Ajmal Kasab’s hanging has now changed the climax.

“Such films are the need of the hour. Kasab’s hanging should be made public so that people actually believe he has been hanged. I want it to be a lesson to all terrorists,” says the director.

A portion of the film still needs to be shot at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, for which RGV is currently awaiting permission.