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Air India 182 (2008)

Air India 182 is a movie starring Gurpreet Chana, Ujjal Dosanjh, and Rob Forbes. A look at one of the worst plane bombings of the 20th century. In 1985, an Air India 747 flying from Montreal, Canada to Delhi was blown up in mid-flight by Khalistani extremists. All 331 passengers were killed, most were of Indian origin.

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Gurpreet Chana ... Inderjit Singh Reyat
Ujjal Dosanjh ... Himself
Rob Forbes ... Terrence Welch
Michael Hamper ... Kenneth Slade
Jack Hooper ... Himself
Baljinder Singh ... Talwinder Singh Parmar
Sarabjeet Singh ... Hardial Singh Johan
Gilles Tanguay ... Cop
Justin Ward ... Mike Quinn
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A look at one of the worst plane bombings of the 20th century. In 1985, an Air India 747 flying from Montreal, Canada to Delhi was blown up in mid-flight by Khalistani extremists. All 331 passengers were killed, most were of Indian origin.

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Presumably due to quality file footage of an Air India Boeing 747-200 from the 1980s not being readily available to the filmmakers, the aircraft depicted in the movie looks like a Boeing 747-400 with a digitally removed upper deck door (but winglets nevertheless), an incorrect registration (ending in KT, when the plane's registration was VT-EFO) and the airline name on the tail written as "AIR INDIA" (back in 1985, the airline spelled it with a hyphen: "AIR-INDIA"). See more »

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Captivating and poignant
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I had seen a previous documentary titled "Explosive Evidence" about this particular flight. It used recreated sequences to portray a brazen act of terrorism that has no meaning to this day. That documentary pales in comparison to Air India 182 in several aspects.

Utilizing a mix of parallel timelines, people interviews, actual audio wiretaps, archived and recreated footage, Air India 182 has a powerful impact, not unlike powerful as the explosion that ripped the aircraft apart on a cool Sunday morning in June 1985. We are made aware of the background - a potent bubbling cauldron of politics and religious independence leading to violent consequences. We are told of the numerous mishaps and missteps in the investigation leading to the accident (some look deliberately introduced to render an impression that the flight took off as scheduled without any interruption). We are deeply touched by the lingering grief of family members who lost their loved ones on the ill-fated flight. We are shown battle-hardened air force men and sailors admitting to tears and retching on recovering the dead from the Atlantic Ocean. We see how a tiny little town in Southern Ireland helps deal with a massive disaster and ease the irreparable pain of families torn apart. It makes for such captivating (and emotional) viewing, I barely paid attention that this happened more than 30 years ago.

Air India 182 is a harsh lesson to all of us in "Live and Let Live". We all have differences, but in allowing those differences to cloud our judgment and lead us to wrong decisions, we have nothing to gain and everything to lose. As one Royal Airforce (RAF) airman from Wales says in a choked voice - "I saw a piece of chocolate among the items recovered, it had fresh teeth marks. If that is not demoralizing, I don't know what is!"

Highly recommended.


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