But it’s more than that. The designers of State of Siege: Temple Attack appear to have decided that the actual violence at Akshardham was not spicy enough for spectators. Seriously, a 14-hour armed takeover of a house of worship in the real world populated by unarmed citizens wasn’t interesting enough for them? The writing team has added embellishment upon embellishment to the tale – including a long-drawn-out hostage crisis within Krishna Dham and a negotiation with Pakistan-based terrorists – to the point that it becomes more fiction than truth to the extent where facts have been rewritten.
The disclaimer “All characters in this film are work of fiction and any similarity to any character(s) to person(s) alive or dead is coincidental” follows the initial statement on screen, “inspired by actual events” (sic). In the film, Akshardham is assaulted on September 24, 2002, and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is transformed into Manish Choksi (Samir Soni). This almost comically apparent obfuscation of a well-known location and person is in line with Bollywood’s constantly cautious attitude to history, both recent and distant. IMDB