After receiving glowing reviews from critics at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, Hotel Mumbai will soon drop in American theaters this March. Starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, the harrowing film depicts the brave actions taken by hotel staff members at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the Mumbai attacks, one of the world's deadliest terrorist events since Sept. 11. So what's based on the true story and what's artistic license? Here's the real-world context of the three-day attacks that you need to know before watching the movie.

Hotel Mumbai, as its name suggests, portrays the terrorist activities and evacuation efforts that transpired at the upscale Taj Mahal Palace Hotel between Nov. 26 and 29 in 2008. Over the years, the hotel workers have been remembered for their swift action during the situation. There really is a world-class chef named Hemant Oberoi (portrayed by Anupam Kher, recently in The Big Sick), who served in a core team of staff members that led evacuation efforts. Patel's character is both real and imaged - he plays Arjun, who represents a composite of waiters on the Taj's staff during the terrorist siege.

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