Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010)

Once Upon a Time in Mumbai





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Seen through the eyes of a police officer, "Once Upon A Time in Mumbai" traces the changing face of the Mumbai underworld and how it all started. The film, set primarily in 1970s Mumbai, follows the rise of Sultan, and the conflict, when his protege Shoaib challenges his supremacy, and usurps power to rule the murky underbelly of Mumbai. This film is presented in a retro-chic style and is a glamorous and powerful rewind to the golden era. -- (C) Official Site

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
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Written By: Rajat Arora
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On DVD: Apr 4, 2011
Box Office: $0.3M
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This is a fictional account of the relationship between two criminals - quite known smuggler Haji Mastan & the ever infamous Dawood Ibrahim. Though according to the disclaimer, all the characters are fictional & any similarity is purely coincidental, one can't help but recognize the similarities between Haji Mastan & the character Sultan Mirza, & that between Dawood Ibrahim & the character Shoaib Khan.

The movie begins with the suicide attempt of a police officer Agnel (Randeep Hooda), who then goes on to narrate the rise & downfall of Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgn) & the rise of Shoaib Khan (Emraan Hashmi). The proceedings establish Sultan as a smuggler who, while indulges in illegal activities, doesn't support activities that his ethics (???!!!) won't permit. He has his own set of rights & wrongs, morality & immorality. He loves his city & wants it clean. On the other hand, Shoaib is a goon who dreams to rule over Mumbai by hook or by crook.

The movie's dialogues have received great feedback from the critics in general, but I didn't find them absolutely incredible. While they're relatively superior to the dialogues in recent Bollywood movies, they are nothing to go ga-ga about. Surely worth a mention, though.

When one reads the plot, one can't help wondering why Ajay Devgn's accepted the role quite similar to his role in 'Company'. However, the treatment in the movie of his character is so different that not once did I notice any resemblance between them. Ajay Devgn pulls off his part with great ease. Emraan Hashmi excels in his role. Kangana Ranaut & Prachi Desai are good enough. Randeep Hooda is quite efficient.

While the movie on the whole is watchable enough, it's not without its share of cons. It's never explained what prompts Agnel to commit suicide. Besides, the ending is way too abrupt & dissatisfying.

To sum up, the movie progresses quite interestingly & hardly lets your attention off the hook. However, it's an experience that's enjoyable but not worth revisiting. Just a bit above average. 6.5/10.

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