Around 19 years ago, Ahmedabad, along with the rest of the country, witnessed a terrorist attack that claimed the lives of around 30 people and left more than 80 injured. After the Gujarat riots in 2002, the temple attack on September 24, in the same year left people shocked.
In exchange for the release of one of their gang members, Bilal Naikoo (Mir Sarwar), a group of four terrorists attacked Krishna Dham Mandir (name changed from Akashardham Mandir). Terrorists assaulted the temple in this planned attack, which was monitored from Pakistan, killing many innocent people and holding some of them as hostages. Along with the Ahmedabad police, the National Security Guards (NSG) seized command of the situation.
Inspired by many real-life stories, ‘State of Siege: Temple Attack’ celebrates the valour of the men in uniform. The film attempts to provide a detailed overview of what happened during the operation and how NSG succeeded in saving several lives. Director Ken Ghosh has taken some creative liberties in showing the unfortunate events from that historical day in his fictional drama for making it an engaging watch. However, the screenplay (by William Borthwick and Simon Fantauzzo) is layered and to-the-point which doesn’t overdramatise the terror attacks. It primarily focuses on the characters without portraying them as heroes, even though they are so in real life. This drama will likely remind you of all the films and shows about terrorist attacks, but it will undoubtedly disappoint some viewers due to the over-fictionalisation of such tragic events. Overall, it only skims the surface of the issue, not going further or revealing numerous inside aspects that are already kept hidden from the public.