The horrific attack in Mumbai sent shock waves throughout India’s Bollywood film industry, a majority of it located in that city which was once known as Bombay.

Many film productions shut down as well as the Bollywood.com website, saying, “No one is in the mood to return to work. Bollywood is in no mood to forgive, forget and move on.”

Ironically, the attacks concluded on the day a British film, which takes place in Mumbai, won the top prize at the British Independent Film Awards. Slumdog Millionaire won for best director (Danny Boyle) and best newcomer (Dev Patel).

Actor Sir Ben Kingsley, known for his Oscar-winning role as Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi, said at the ceremony, “I really hope India can shake this off, because so many people want to be there and invest there and enjoy their industry and economy.”

Reuters noted that the attacks coincide with a growing alliance between Hollywood and India, stating, “The timing couldn’t have been worse…What will be important to see are capital flows in India.”

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Tessa Petrocco is a freelance graphic designer and media professional. She graduated magna cum laude from Kent State University in 2007, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media Production. She moved to New York City that same year, where she worked as the Editorial Assistant and Content Coordinator for a popular film review website. Tessa enjoys spending time with her dog and boyfriend, knitting, volunteering and being a one-woman film reviewer.

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