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Bollywood divided on capturing 26/11 on reels

entertainment Updated: Nov 26, 2009 12:47 IST

A year after the country's entertainment capital witnessed one of the worst-ever terror attacks, Bollywood is still divided on whether it's right to bring alive the 26/11 carnage on the silver screen.

Though around 10 film titles revolving around the tragedy have been registered and a couple of low-budget movies are ready for release, mainstream filmmakers have chosen to stay away from the topic after director Ram Gopal Varma faced flak for accompanying the then Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deskmukh to visit the Taj hotel soon after the attacks.

Despite Verma's denial that he had any plans to make a film on the attacks, he was severely criticised for the 'terror tourism', which also cost the chief minister his job.

Filmmaker Rensil D'silva, who tackles terrorism in his recently released film Kurbaan, feels it is too early to explore the subject as the wounds left by the incident.

"Not anytime soon. The wounds are yet to heal. We should wait for at least 3-4 years before embarking on a film on the subject," the director told PTI.

"Hollywood made films on the 9/11 terror attacks but these films were made just four years ago, a few years after the tragedy," said D'silva, who directed the Saif Ali Khan- Kareena Kapoor in his debut film, with a terror background.

"Besides whatever details we have is just about 40 per cent of the facts of the attacks, barely enough to portray a tragedy of such magnitude as 26/11," he says.