Terrorism is not just a topic that you pick up, weave a fictional story around and make a film around. The subject would take a fine storyteller to un-layer its sheaths carefully to send across a message. Dealing with terrorism is no less than playing with explosives. If fired wrong through cinema, it can create riots and if dealt the right way, it can ring clear to the deaf too. And the latter is exactly what was done by these 10 Bollywood films.

1. Maachis

Directed by Gulzar, the Tabu and Chandrachur Singh starrer was set amidst the terrorism wave in Punjab during the 1980’s. Based on countless true stories of young innocent boys picked up on proofless suspicion only to be beaten to death, the movie was a poignant expression of those horrid days.


2. Dil Se..

With Dil Se, Mani Ratnam pulled together terrorism and love with a sensitive thread. A new found love blossoms between a man and a suicide bomber, amidst the trials of the Assamese during the Indo-China border. Not to forget the songs shot along mine dunes and explosions, Dil Se was best a writer could do with pain, heartbreak, and patriotism.


3. Bombay

Another Mani Ratnam creation, Bombay was set around the 1992 Bombay riots, post the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The movie glides through social issues like inter-religion marriage and then suddenly gushes into an upheaval that pulls apart the metro city of Mumbai, nevertheless bringing together two torn families.


4. Dev

A Nihalani movie is never an easy watch and so was Fardeen Khan and Kareena starrer Dev. What might seem to be a silent zone in our secular society, is actually a rotting wound, that surfaces up when ignited. Venturing into the isolation of Muslims during the post-Gujarat scenario, and the polarisation that builds up, Dev disturbs you to the bones, nevertheless, speaking the truth.


5. The Attacks of 26/11

The aftermath of Mumbai 26/11 Attacks under the hands of The Lashkar-e-Taiba was a visual everybody got to see through the news. To make sure that the fear of what the world is looking at stays, The Attacks of 26/11 plays its part. Not only does Ram Gopal Verma take you through the events in lucid details, it forces you to face the psychology of Kasab as well. Add to it the impeccably written dialogues echoing through Nana Patekar’s baritone, the movie becomes your very own live experience.


6. Black Friday

Anurag Kashyap‘s story delves into the 1993 bombings in Mumbai through the narratives of the people involved. Starring Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Imtiaz Ali and Zakir Hussain, the movie is as intense as Anurag’s style can get.


7. New York 

When 9/11 struck the USA, the whole world paid in its own ways. The terrorist attack shed suspicious eyes on Muslims all over the world and backfired with detention centers. New York put forth the plight of thousands of Muslims who were now eyed, stared, glared and ruined.


8. Kurbaan

When a commoner thinks of terrorism as something the ‘world’ needs to deal with, how innocent is it of him to think of being safe from it. Kurbaan brought back home the idea that each one of us is equidistant from the menace. Also, it threw light on the other side of the gun too, leaving us wondering if ‘they’ too were victims?


9. A Wednesday

Putting forth the situation is what most of the movies had done. Neeraj Pandey‘s, A Wednesday, took the other route, finding a solution. An unnamed man brings the whole police force of Mumbai on its toes, forcing them to release some particular militants. When governments keep ‘terrorists’ hostage, they in a way let them breed. And a common man cannot afford to that, not anymore.

A wednesday

10. Fiza

A quest of a sister to find out her lost brother during the Bombay riots in 1993, the Karisma Kapoor starrer Fiza was just one of the millions of untold stories. Stories of families torn and the living dead.


Terrorism, though a constant in today’s world comes with a ‘Handle with care’ tag. And these movies dealt with it just the right way, creating no apparent polarisations through their recital.