Amazon Prime Video on Thursday unveiled the first look of upcoming Hindi medical drama series titled Mumbai Diaries 26/11, set to release on the streaming platform in March 2021.
The web series is created and directed by Nikkhil Advani, along with Nikhil Gonsalves and produced by Emmay Entertainment. The first look was announced on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the devastating Mumbai terror attack.
Starring Konkana Sen Sharma, Mohit Raina, Tina Desai and Shreya Dhanwanthary, the series is set against the backdrop of the Mumbai terror attacks on November 26, 2008, and is based on the stories of the doctors, nurses, paramedics and hospital staff when the city faced unprecedented danger. According to a press release from Amazon Prime Video, the web series “pays homage to the frontline workers and celebrates the undying human spirit”.
Along with first-look poster, the streaming platform also released a short first look video featuring Raina and Dhanwanthary as medical workers, who are trying to save lives of the victims of the terror attack in Mumbai.
Talking about the show’s theme, creator of the show Advani said in the press release, “We Mumbaikars often discuss about where we were on that fateful night when this devastating incident shook the entire city. There have been several shows and films centred on the incident but no one has explored the doctors’ side of it. With this medical drama, we aim to champion the human spirit in the face of unprecedented danger and celebrate the brave doctors who had saved the day while keeping the sensitivity of the topic in mind.”
The 26/11 Mumbai terror attack was a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks by around 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an extremist Islamist organisation based in Pakistan, that lasted for over 72 hours across several places in Mumbai, including the iconic The Taj Hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Nariman Point, the Leopold Cafe. Besides the nine perpetrators of the attacks, more than 160 people died and several hundreds of civilians, security personnel and police officials were injured.
The terror attack has inspired several films. The Attacks of 26/11 (released in 2013, now streaming on Eros Now and YouTube), The Taj Mahal (streaming on Netflix and YouTube since 2015), Hotel Mumbai (streaming on Zee5 since 2019), One Less God (released in 2017, now streaming on Vimeo), SOS Kolkata (a 2020 Bengali film that recreated the Mumbai attack in Kolkata) are among the documentaries and films that are based on the terror attacks.