Thursday, June 25, 2009

Total Ten: The Movie

It took Hollywood nearly five years to open its first feature film on the attacks of 9/11. Bollywood moves at a much faster pace: Its first film on last year's Mumbai attacks will be completed within nine months of the deadly events.

An Indian film company is to depict the execution of the alleged only surviving gunman from the Mumbai terror attacks, despite the fact that his trial is still ongoing.

The producers of Total Ten say their film will tell the true story of 21-year-old Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the Pakistani national who stands accused of 166 counts of murder and waging war against India. The title refers to the number of people in the terror squad said to be responsible for the three-day rampage of co-ordinated violence that, in addition to the deaths, left more than 300 injured in India's financial capital last November. The movie will also highlight the response of the Mumbai police.

"Top Ten's" producers say their film will not affect the outcome of the trial; they said they are only showing the inevitable. "The outcome of the trial is a known fact," producer Sugath Kumar said. "It's just that the government is going through the motions and making it look as just and transparent as possible. Kasab will be hanged. However long the law takes, we are just showing the eventuality. That's it."

Spoiler Alert: This film is expected to raise controversy because, at the end, Kasab is prosecuted and hanged. In real life, Kasab's trial is being conducted in Mumbai with only a judge and no jury because of security fears. Charges against him include "waging war" on India and, if convicted, he faces the death penalty.

The trial was delayed several times in the past few months after Kasab's court-appointed defense attorney was dismissed because of "professional misconduct." After another delay, a new attorney was appointed and the trial is expected to last at least four more months, meaning that the real outcome of the trial will be determined after "Top Ten's" expected run at the theaters.

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