Aug 15 2013

Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara- Movie Review


Once upon ay time in mumbai dobaara posterOnce upon a time in Mumbaai was unexpectedly good and that’s what raised the bar for Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara. Was it a better film? You’re just about to find out.

The sequel tells us the story of Shoaib (Akshay Kumar) an Underworld Don who is influential and lives life king-size in Mumbai. He hires Aslam (Imran Khan) at a young age to work for him and be one of his gang members. Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha) enters both their lives and everything changes. Can a mere gang member of a Don win against the Don himself and woo his lady love or will he be a shadow of the master for the rest of his life?

Milan Luthria is a great director! He knows his craft well and makes films for the masses. Now, we’ve already seen that in his earlier films and obviously this one is no exception. The story by Rajat Arora has nothing to boast about but I liked the end. In layman’s terms, this one’s a love triangle with the backdrop of the Underworld in the 1970s and 80s. The focus is on the love stories so you can’t really call it a gangster film. The screenplay is very good. The dialogues are alright but not as powerful as the ones in the prequel. The art direction is smart keeping in mind that it is a period film. Great visuals, sets and costumes. Cinematographer Ayananka Bose has captured Mumbai and all the actors beautifully with his lens, adding his bit to every frame. The action scenes are choreographed well by Javed Eijaz.

The background music is killer! Super job by Sandeep Shirodkar! Pritam’s music this time is just about average. I like the song ‘Yeh tune kya kiya’. ‘Tayyab Ali’ is of course a copy and so the credit goes to the original composers of the song- Laxmikant Pyarelal. Imran Khan’s done a very bad lip sync of the song in the film, by the way. I would have liked the movie without so many songs.

Moving on… The performances are all noteworthy. Who would have imagined Akshay Kumar with his voice playing a Don? Well, I certainly didn’t. Surprisingly, he was quite impressive even though Ajay Devgan’s voice and persona makes the dialogues sound better. Imran Khan who’s not known for acting was quite decent as Aslam. Sonakshi Sinha was outstanding as usual. She has a great on screen presence. Sonali Bendre had a short role but was graceful and mature. Far better than the actress she used to be.

So as a film, Once upon ay time in Mumbai dobaara was entertaining but not as powerful as Once upon a time in Mumbaai. Watch it for the brilliant performances.

Rating– 3/5

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