Action King Akshay Kumar returns with Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara. Our Bollywood film reviewer, Faisal Saif provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.
Milan Luthria has churned out some wonderful films in the past such as Kachche Dhaage (1999), Deewaar (2004), Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) and The Dirty Picture (2011).
But this time with Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara (OUATIMD), he and his writer Rajat Arora seem to have mistakenly launched into this project backed by Balaji Motion Pictures with only faith in their own brilliance. But call it over confidence, they both allow the squishy love triangle to take center stage in this sequel.
Shohaib (played by Akshay Kumar) is now the ruling mafia king. His influence and power has spread right up to the Middle East. Shoaib is now a flamboyant, suave man who is feared and revered.
His only confidantes are his best friend Javed, who oversees his empire for him and his former lover Mumtaz (played by Sonali Bendre) who is now his closest friend.
|ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI DOBARA|
|The story of the film has been told earlier many times. Nothing new to offer.|
|Akshay Kumar shines, Sonakshi Sinha disappoints and Imran Khan doesn't suit the role.|
|Milan Luthria seems over-confident this time and tries to take you for a ride.|
|The camera work and production values are outstanding, but of no use.|
|The music of the film will not stay in your mind and doesn't help the film in its proceeding.|
|Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara is not happening. Review Scores by Faisal Saif|
He often visits the poor Muslim areas where he grew up and it is on one such visit that he meets Aslam (played by Imran Khan). He takes him under his wings and gradually Aslam becomes one of his favourites.
Shohaib stumbles upon a young actress Yasmin (played by Sonakshi Sinha) and so does Aslam. Both are immediately taken in by her freshness and beauty.
Slowly but surely, his attraction towards Yasmin goes onto becoming an obsession. This creates a rift between Shoaib and Aslam and results in the ultimate showdown between the mentor and legacy.
Akshay Kumar shines in the role of Shohaib. He is simply stunning. Sonakshi Sinha is beautiful and charming (no doubt), but given a poor film, she has a limited scope to perform and disappoints.
Imran Khan is a perfect miscast in OUATIMD. Why? Because Imran Khan is a face that looks good when he performs roles that are classy and posh. Imran Khan doesn’t at all look like a Gangster. I have heard audiences whispering in cinemas: “Gangsters in 80’s looked Sissy?”
Milan Luthria as I mentioned earlier, tries to take you for a ride big time and delivers nothing but a film which you have seen several times. You wonder why he had to make such a bad sequel of the original which is not 20% of what you have seen in the original.
The music of the film is just okay and doesn’t live in your brains for a prolonged period of time. The camera work and production value of the film is outstanding.
But we go to the cinema halls to watch Entertainment, Entertainment and Entertainment (as repeated in one of Milan Luthria’s earlier film, The Dirty Picture). We don’t enter a cinema to watch paintings, photography, slick edits etc.
Balaji Telefilms and Milan Luthria do nothing but successfully make a fool out of you by showing you this film and en-cashing their brand. Please stay away from this one, as I will not recommend this even for a DVD view.
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