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Feature films on Dhaka Islamist terror attack stir controversy

Mother fails to stop Indian movie based on Holey Bakery tragedy

Ruba Ahmed, right, whose daughter was killed in the 2016 Holey Artisan Bakery terrorist attack, fought unsuccessfully to block the release of "Faraaz," a Bollywood film about the tragedy. (Nikkei montage/Source photos official poster, Mahmud Hossain Opu)

DHAKA -- Ruba Ahmed made every effort to stop the making of the Bollywood film "Faraaz," about Bangladesh's worst terrorist atrocity. When that failed she tried to stop its release, pleading with the filmmakers and taking legal action in India. Yet her efforts have been in vain, and "Faraaz" is set to be released on Feb. 3.

Made by the acclaimed Indian director Hansal Mehta, "Faraaz" is based on the 2016 Holey Artisan Bakery tragedy, in which Ahmed's daughter Abinta Kabir was killed. She was one of 20 hostages who died after five heavily armed men stormed into the upscale Holey Artisan restaurant in Dhaka, inspired by the Islamic State group. In all, 29 people died, including the five terrorists.

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