From makers of “Shootout at Lokhandwala”, but also of the movie like “Mission Istanbul”, and from the Direction of the movie like “Deewaar – Lets bring our heroes home”, but also of the movie like “Chori Chori (2003)”; Direction by Milan Luthria and Produced by none other than Ekta Kapoor, this film “Once upon a time in Mumbai” is strictly watchable Once… Yup only for Once!
It’s true that we all love to watch gangster related movies, and ofcourse hate them in our real life. But there must be a reason why we all love to watch this gangster type of movies everytime. The reason is action drama, and thrill involved in it. This film has these both the ingredients, but unfortunately packed the movie and presented us in that same old bottle.
It’s the story of one man, who worked like slaves, day and night, in his childhood. It’s the story of about one man, who entered into the bad world, since in his childhood. It’s the story of about one man, who slowly-slowly became a big smuggler cum gangster, but still was very loyal to his land Mumbai whom he loved like anything in the world. It’s the story of about “Sultan Bhai” (Ajay Devgan).
The film also tells us the story of about that another man, who became theft since from his childhood. It’s the story of about that man, who was dreaming to become big as much as he can since from his childhood. It’s the story of about that man, who can go any beyond in his limit to fulfill his dream. It’s the story of about “Shoaib Bhai” (Emraan Hashmi).
Sultan was known as the great gangster and the smuggler in his world, but still never placed his Mumbai into the dirt. In short, Gangster Robin hood; whereas Shoaib was the totally opposite of it. Sultan was already a big gangster, whereas Shoaib was just a small time theft. Once, he got a chance to work with Sultan, and one day he did something fabulous work which made impressed Sultan. For some inconvenience reason Sultan had to travel Delhi from Mumbai for some work. In the meanwhile he gave the power of attorney to Shoaib, and as Shoaib was the totally opposite of Sultan, he started spreading dirt in Mumbai. When Sultan returned back to Mumbai, and saw Mumbai in this situation, he was very unhappy and was in a great anger.
After this the film climax came and the movie ended. To know the climax, watch the movie.
Direction by Milan Luthria was indeed very good as per the genre. He had made us feel, as much as he was can, that the story of the film is of the older days. The sets, the costumes, hairstyles, the overall looks of the film was making us feel each and everytime that it’s something history that we are watching, and not something current or recent scenario. Only because of some loose screenplay materials, I guess Milan Luthria didn’t much get any scope to explore this underworld and gangster type of movie. But still, a good job had done by him in his direction department. A good director should also be good narrator; otherwise the film would not be that presentable as one normal audience wants. No matter how the story is bad, but if it is being good narrated, then a bad story can be turned into a good entertaining movie. And Milan Luthria proved that he is also a good narrator, by saving the audiences for not getting bored till the very end of the movie, as it can be also said till the very last frame of the movie.
Though the screenplay of the film was good, and was keeping us at the edge of our seat, but just because of that same old story presented to us, many repetitive and that same old scenes were being shown to us in nearly 75% - 80% of the film. Though these scenes were being shown us in some different way, but still they all lacked in impressing the audiences. And because of these repetitive scenes, the film was becoming boring and dull.
But above from all of these, the film was still holding us at the edge of our seat. Why? The reason I already had given up, action drama, and the thrill involved in it. Plus if the hard hitting dialogues are involved in it, then the film would be surely entertaining.
Story/Screenplay/Dialogues, all were written by none other than Mr. Rajat Arora. Can’t believe that he is the one man, which he had also written the story of a super-duper flop and irritating movie called “Chandni Chowk to China”. Immediately after that movie, he came up with this movie. Though he failed to write a good underworld story here, but scored full marks in the dialogue division. Each and every dialogues of this movie would make you eyes sparkle, and many of them you would surely remember it. Such as “Agar kaam dosti banana se hoti hai toh dushmani kaahe ki”, and the other one as “Agar aaj ka kaam kal karega toh aaj bura maan jayegi”. Straightly goes 5/5 for each and every dialogue of this movie.
Director Milan Luthria has casted the very cast for his each and every character. Ajay Devgan once again had given us a rock-solid performance, and public wants more of him, no matter how flop or bad movie he is into. But in this film, same as the story, his some facial expressions, his way of smiling, hi way of anger is almost same and as usual which we have seen in his many films. But still it can be neglected as his overall performance can be rate above 5/5. Emraan Hashmi was on the whole good, no super performance by him, and no very low performance by him. He was average and as usual good. Kangana gave some performance in this film as her dialogue delivery was indeed very smooth as per her character. It can be clearly seen that she was into the character and her each and every dialogue was clearly be seen that it was not Kangana who was acting, it was Miss Rehana Khan the actress who was acting. Too good Kangana. Prachi was wasted here, or it can be said that she didn’t get much scope to explore her acting. In the entire film either she was crying or she was smiling. Though her character was not such happening, but whenever she was performing, it was being clearly seen that Prachi Desai is acting, and not some Mumtaz. But I guess it’s all because of her character in which she was, but the plus point is, that she remained in that though. Good job done Prachi overall. Randeep Hooda as the narrator cum Police Inspector was as rocking as he was in “Risk”. We really wish to seen him more in such type of genres. He performs and also suits really well in serious kinds of roles.
As the story of the film is of the older times, so the overall story of the film is also Old and being presented to us like Once more. And so Once upon a time in Mumbai truly can be watched Once… for his narration and the hard hitting dialogue, plus performances … but yup only for Once.
3 / 5