Dev Patel’s movie Hotel Mumbai has been pulled from New Zealand cinemas in the wake of the recent attacks at a mosque in Christchurch.
Starring the Oscar-nominated actor, along with Armie Hammer, Anupam Kher and Jason Isaacs in pivotal roles, Hotel Mumbai is based on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which left more than 160 people dead. It displays the story of Taj Hotel staff that risked their lives to keep the guests and other people safe during one of the darkest days for the financial capital of India.
According to a report by NZ Herald, Icon Film Distribution released a statement saying the film has been suspended from all the New Zealand theatres after the Christchurch mosque shootings. Aling with that, the promotional activities and advertising have been stopped for the movie directed by Australian filmmaker Anthony Maras.
“After consultation with local exhibition partners, the decision was made to suspend the filmout of respect for a country in mourning,” the statement said.
50 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.
Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.