Movie Review: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai

Seen through the eyes of an honest cop (Randeep Hooda), Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai is the story of the split between Dawood Ibrahim and Haji Mastan. OUATIM starts off by introducing Ajay Devgn as the gangster who steals from the rich and distributes among the poor, and much time is spent establishing that by showing Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgn) giving money around and being kind to the needy; he’s been moulded this way because of his rise from extreme poverty to great wealth, and is loved by all. He then decides to pursue his own interests and is shown wooing actress Rehana (Kangana Ranaut).

Emran Hashmi is introduced in a similar fashion, but as a reckless brat who’s unaffected by his father’s slaps and feels no shame or regret after stealing from people to have money to spend. Shoaib Khan (Emran  Hashmi), like thousands of kids all over Mumbai, respects and admires Sultan Mirza, much to the chagrin of the top cops, who don’t think youngsters should aspire to become like the gangster. Shoaib Khan then is shown courting Prachi Desai, and the entire first half of the film is about how differently these two dons are treated by the world, how they behave around women, and the way they think about Mumbai.

In the second half, OUATIM turns into a full-fledged masala flick with the ‘70s look and ‘80s Bollywood treatment. Rajat Aroraa has crammed in way too much dialogue, and for most of the movie, it’s people throwing unasked wisdom at each other. The lines are clever, corny, clichéd and so long and dramatic that it makes you laugh to see everybody on screen try to prove himself wiser than the other.

OUATIM is an ordinary story that has been unnecessarily stretched to have Ajay Devgn play an extension of his role in Company. Emran Hashmi is a delight to watch, and Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai are good, but Milan Luthria tries so hard to spell everything out that it’s impossible to take this verbose film seriously.

RATING: 2.5/5

11 Responses to “Movie Review: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai”

  1. 1 future_vision
    July 31, 2010 at 06:03

    doesn’t sound too bad. cool.


  2. 2 blacksheep
    July 31, 2010 at 09:44

    will catch it for sure. gangster flicks \m/


  3. 3 Sam
    July 31, 2010 at 14:22

    After growing up on the staple of some of the finest Hollywood mafia flicks like Godfather, Scarface, Departed to name a select few, I would watch this movie only to see one of the true powerhouse performers today in Ajay Devgan.

    Look at the man. He is the most underrated actor who hasn’t gotten his due today. It goes without saying that the transformation of Ajay Devgan as an actor has gone from being good to becoming a powerhouse of an actor. His simple, no starry tantrums attitude speaks a lot about the man.

    Much was said about this movie to this point that it’s a portrayal of the era of popular 1970’s don, Haji Mastan and later on the defamed fugitive and one of the world’s most wanted criminal, Dawood.

    At the back of my mind, I always know that this is going to be a typical bollywood potboiler! Swearing, hurling abuses and unwarranted songs will feature prominently without keep the plot in mind, if there is any at all!

    The only reason why I’ll be going to watch ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ will be to watch Ajay Devgan reprise the role of a don which he played remarkably in Company & Omkara. To me, Ajay Devgan is an actor for all seasons. He has truly come a long way since he made his ‘Platform’ days. His mature, cool and composed demeanor makes him a joy to watch. Very few actors alive today in India can carry out Haji Mastan’s role with near perfection. And Ajay is the man to do that.

    I admire the guy for being such an astute professional who is a National Award winner for his harrowed portrayal in ‘Zakhm’.

    The advantage of being a character actor is that they perform effortlessly. Once camera starts rolling, everything else becomes secondary to them. I don’t have any qualm in saying that he is in mould of late Sanjeev Kumar and Balraj Sahni.

    No wonder, I’d be going tomorrow for watching Ajay Devgan, the powerhouse actor! \m/


  4. 4 blacksheep
    July 31, 2010 at 20:47

    all i can say; thank fuck for the free tickets through some fbk contest which a friend was running for kingfisher airlines! would have spent money, and repented. Satya can only be made once \m/


  5. 5 Ritesh Mayekar
    August 15, 2010 at 04:29

    Watched it in a multiplex in New Panvel.

    The story has been unnecessarily stretched. Good performances by Randeep & Ajay Devgn.

    Overall AVOIDABLE 🙂


  6. 6 Swami
    September 23, 2010 at 05:23

    Boring fucking movie.


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