The terrorist attacks at the Taj & Oberoi hotels in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, claimed the lives of 166 people, including 28 foreigners. Bollywood personalities prayed for the martyrs on the eight anniversary.
On the eighth anniversary of the 26/11 terror attack that shook the city, Bollywood personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Varun Dhawan, Anupam Kher and Shabana Azmi saluted the braveheart martyrs and victims on social media.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) November 26, 2016
The attack, the first of its kind in a major city in India, where terrorists took hostages in hotels and opened fire on the roads shook the entire nation. The nightmare ended after a 60-hour-long operation; one terrorist (Ajmal Kasab) survived and was arrested.
Ram Gopal Varma, along with Ritiesh Deshmukh had visited the Taj hotel after the attack, with an eye on making a film on the event (Ritiesh’s father Vilasrao Deshmukh was the Chief Minister then).
“My visit got a lot of flak. I did not realize then but I apologise for hurting people’s sentiments. I was only part of a group of 30 people who visited the Taj then and Vilasraoji did not even know that I was in the group,” said Varma.
Here’s what some of our Bollywood stars posted on Twitter:
Amitabh Bachchan: In remembrance of those that sacrificed in death, so we could live!
Anupam Kher: While we remember these 26/11 images, please send a warm hug to the families who have lost their dear ones on this day forever. Mumbai Attacks.
Azmi Shabana: We will not forget 26/11 and the selflessness of those who sacrificed their lives beyond the call of duty.
Varun Dhawan: Today is a day we must not ever forget as a nation. We will always be in debt to the police and armed forces who sacrificed their lives.
Shekhar Ravjiani: Thoughts and prayers with the families of victims and martyrs of #26/11. I salute the brave souls who led us to safety that fateful night.
Vishal Dadlani: Eight years since 26/11. Police reformed/trained? Coast Guard stronger? Are we more prepared in any way? Nah. May it never happen again. Jai ho!
Sajid Khan: Salute to the bravehearts who fought gallantly to protect us… prayers for all the victims and their families. Mumbai attacks, jai hind.
Ehsaan Noorani: One of the darkest days in the history of Mumbai and India… prayers for the families and souls of those who passed on in the Mumbai attacks.
Raveena Tandon: #26/11 never forgive. Never forget… May this never happen again. May we get strength to wipe out this evil and then may peace prevail.
Aftab Shivdasani: We will never forget the sacrifice of our heroes who protected us 8 years ago. They will always be immortal for us.