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Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai critic rating (Hindustan Times): 3
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Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai  (2010 - Hindi)

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  • Story of bad guys whom we love & hate...

    Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 30 Jul 2010)

    Film based on real life Gangsters have been a fascination for the film makers all over the world. The west have their own tale to say and on other side we have our own gangster based films like Deewar, Company, Satya, Vaastav, Agneepath, Dayavan, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Black Friday and many more. Both have loads of films inspired by the real life or happenings of the criminals, but at one point all other films makers win over us, reason being their films are more on reality and ours more on drama. They make official real life based films and uses real life names, characters, happenings, etc. out here barring few films like Shootout or Black Friday they are more of dramatic versions with similar references. Still we have loved majority of all those films and enjoy finding the similarities between the real life incidences and the scenes in the films. So after doing such stuffs for so many times with all the above mentioned films and more, let’s find out what lies beneath “Once upon a time in Mumbai” – Reality or Drama?

    “Once upon a time in Mumbai” is story set in Mumbai of 70’s era which was at that time known as Bombay. Sultan {Ajay Devgan} a new name in smugglers list who decided to make friendship with his rivals and divided their own areas. Sultan being a smuggler is a generous person by heart. He cares for the city and its people. He loves to live his life in style and falls for a bollywood star Rehana {Kangana Ranaut}. His moves are closely monitored by two people – A.C.P Agnel {Randeep Hooda} and Shoaib {Emraan Hashmi}. One wants to nab him out and the later wants to be like him. Shoaib joins Sultan and slowly becomes his most trusted man. Due to some happenings Sultan decides to join politics and in that process leaves the work to Shoaib on temporary basis. It’s that time when Shoaib tries to take a big leap and fulfill his dream of capturing this city with his powers. What happens next is all the film about.

    Story has loads of similarities with the real based Gangsters/Dons and some fiction work. While watching the film you will definitely remember many gangster based Hindi films which you have seen in past. But still thanks to the screenplay and some great dialogs the film keeps you totally glued to the screen. There are many scenes in the film which holds your breath including the climax shot where all the three main characters shine out. The romantic track between Sultan and Rehana adds the freshness to the film, so does the whole A.C.P track. Camera work is superb and supported brilliantly by the art designer.

    Music by Pritam is very nice especially Pee loon which makes you to want to hear it again and again, also to watch Prachi Desai in Bobby dress in it. Parda parda and Tum Jo Aaye, takes you to the musical era of R.D.Burman and all other maestros of that time.

    My major worry with this film, before watching was Milan Luthria the director of this film. I was majorly disappointed by his films like Deewar, Hatrick, etc. but he proved me wrong out here and has done a great job by directing this film by his own unique style which makes it an interesting watch. Milans detailing in the film works for the film and shows the maturity level the director has achieved in this film. He could had made it as a total real based film or out and out masala drama, but he took the references from the real life and made it in a proper dramatic way and that’s where he stands out.

    Ajay Devgan has done many roles of Gangsters and his best has been Company as Malik bhai a character loosely inspired by Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Out here he portrays the mentor of the Dawood, Haji Mastaan {again loosely inspired} and still manages to distinguish between both the characters by his great performance. One cannot imagine anyone else in this role. His style, body language, dialog delivery, screen presence, etc add more value to his intense performance. On personal note I would had asked for someone else in the role of Emraan Hashmi as I wanted someone to add more evilness to this role, still Emraan has given one of his best work in this film. Good to see him out from those sleazy Hollywood remakes and work with some real actors than the wannabes. Kangana looked beautiful in this film and must say she looked the best till date in this film. Prachi Desai was cute and one wanted more of her. Randeep Hooda started off very well but ended with a half baked role and some hangover of his character from his film “Risk”. Naved Aslam supported very well but wanted more of him too. Asif, Avtar Gill, Ravi Khanwilkar, etc were nice.

    So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai dum?

    Dum hai kaafi dum hai and mazedaar bhi hai. This film is not on lines of Shootout at Lokhandwala or Black Friday, nor its on lines of Vaastav, Deewar, etc types of classics or on lines of 90’s potboilers like Game, Naamcheen, etc. The film has something of all the three different types of films telling based on gangsters of Mumbai we have seen, yes it does lack on the hard hitting factor but manages to do very well on the dramatic part. It has some cinematic liberties and some major changes to make the larger than life style in the film, which works in the favor of the film. Still we hope to see a out and out official real based life film of these bad guys whom we love in films, hate them in real life.

    Rating: 3.75/5

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