Saturday, July 31, 2010

Once upon a time in Mumbai review : A gangster movie with no bloodshed!!!!

Well the movie which has been creating waves for having similarities with the life of Haji Mastan,finally released today. Though the makers of the movies has vehemently denied any similarity with him & even goin to the extent of putting it up in the disclaimer...however once u watch the film,you will realise that its a lie.Coming to the movie..the film is set in 1970s Mumbai & tells about the rise & fall of Sultan (Ajay Haji Mastan) & his downfall being plotted by his protege Shoaib (Emraan Hashmi as Dawood) to establish his own empire.

The storyline isnt anything unique and at times the film appears slack however the biggest plus point is the excellent dialogues. In recent times, I cant recollect of any movie having such great dialogues & that too so frequently. There are a couple of sequences in the movie which are supposed to be a pointer as to what could be the ending ...such as the presentation of a wrist watch to Ajay by Kangana & the scene where the police officer tells about his son (Emraan) to Ajay for the first time at the derby and subsequently Ajay tearing the tickets...I guess you guys will understand the significance of those sequences.

Milan Luthria who is famous for his movie "Taxi Driver 9211"..has definitely come up with a winner again!!! Recreating a bygone era is really tough..but the art director (Nitin Desai) has done a commendable job.But the real winner as I mentioned before is the dialogues penned by Rajat Aroraa..not to forget about the excellent background score & music by Pritam (Pee Loon by Mohit Chauhan is just too good!!). No movie becomes great unless a good cast is selected ..& thats where Luthria made the right choices...Ajay as expected is excellent..its true he has essayed roles similar to this in "Company" but even then he has done it in a style which only he could do. Emraan bowls you over with his acting prowess..his career has definitely got a boost with this!!! Kangana Ranaut as the diva has been pretty elegant while Praachi has essayed her role also pretty well.Randeep Hooda (as ACP Agnel Wilson) is top notch & is able to hold his own in front of Ajay & Emraan.

Verdict: As far as my opinion goes its definitely worth a watch & likely to make the box office bells ringing!!!!


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