Mumbai Diaries 26/11: A visceral, emotional Indian medical drama for international audiences.

Cast and Credits

  • Main Cast: Mohit Raina, Konkona Sen Sharma, Tina Desai, Shreya Dhanwantary, Natasha Bharadwaj, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Satyajeet Dubey, Prakash Belawadi
  • Director: Nikkhil Advani, Nikhil Gonsalves
  • Cinematographer: Kaushal Shah
  • Written By: Nikhil Gonsalves, Anushka Mehrotra, Yash Chhetija
  • Dialogues: Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh
  • Languages: Hindi and English. Subtitles (in English) available.
  • Casting: Kavish Sinha
  • Genres: Medical drama
  • Episodes: 8 (average duration 40-60 minutes)
  • Producers: Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Emmay Entertainment
  • Digital Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Plot Description

Main Themes

  • This web series makes good use of the creative freedom that comes with this content format and gives the audience an authentic flavour of what life in Mumbai is like, especially focusing on urbane lifestyles in the middle and upper classes of Indian society. For instance, the new batch of medical residents who joined the hospital on the day of the attacks were from contrasting financial and social backgrounds, but they all beautifully synchronised with each other when bedlam let loose with patients and casualties flooding in later that very same night.
  • How the 26/11 attacks came about from the terrorists’ perspectives was also given some focus, which was insightful as well as somewhat understandable. It takes something traumatic or psychologically significant to happen to someone to resort to lashing out and killing innocent civilians. This was underscored throughout the show as the doctors strived to provide treatment to all the patients - regardless of their criminality or innocence.
  • The audience also gets to understand the stresses, strains, constraints and restraints which doctors, nurses and frontline healthcare workers face on a day-to-day basis when working in hospitals that have limited finances and resources. There are also ego tussles between the doctors and senior non-medical management team which those of us working in the modern-day workplace can relate to.
  • With high intensity from the start, the show doesn’t take much time in making the audience encounter a couple of pivotal questions: what do you do when you’re surrounded by death and destruction? What are your immediate reactions? What emotions do you go through at that specific point in time? The show was originally released towards the tail-end of the coronavirus pandemic making this really identifiable to audiences who have directly or indirectly experienced death and tragedy so up close recently.
  • As the aforementioned themes reflect, the overriding theme of Mumbai Diaries 26/11 is to highlight just how humane the medical fraternity is. Their personal and even professional sacrifices are driven by their unshakeable dedication to patients as well as their unbreakable work ethic, often leading to broken marriages, unstable family life or even not being able to have any sort of personal or social life at all. The audience gets to witness really closely, sometimes too close for comfort, how doctors feel when they are unable to save patients — even when the doctors themselves are at gunpoint!
  • In such intense moments of impending doom and gloom, our innermost fears, doubts, insecurities and concerns do bubble up but then pale into insignificance. When you’re encountering death in the face, all that matters at that particular moment, is redemption - or a chance at it- if anything.

Authentic mis-en-scene

Realist Casting

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