Movie Review: Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara

Milan Luthria’s lame attempt to recreate and better his original 2010 hit film bites dust

Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara movie review: Just another gloomy and mindless gangster flick!
The Akshay Kumar-Imran Khan-Sonakshi Sinha starrer – Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara is an excruciating experience. Considering Milan Luthria’s second installment of his gangster flick has been riding high on good hype, Akshay Kumar’s star power and the fact that it’s a sequel of the 2010 hit film starring Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi, I consciously made up my mind to enter the cinema hall, with preconceived notions.

From being completely besotted with Ajay-Emraan’s game of one-upmanship, dumdaar screenplay and dhaasu dialogue baazi in the first part, one expected an equal dosage of the same from Shoaib (Akshay Kumar) and his sub-ordinate Aslam (Imran Khan), if not better in the second part. But much to my dismay, Luthria, dialogue writer Rajat Arora and the producers Balaji Motion Pictures’ has unfortunately left me disappointed big time.

The comparisons between Luthria’s two representations of the underworld and its ruling dons based in Mumbai are inevitable. While Ajay was superlative as Sultan Mirza, Akshay as Shoaib – the new ruling mafia, has overbearing that his character demands. Emraan Hashmi’s quest to outdo his mentor – Mirza was effectively portrayed by the versatile actor whereas Imran is a total misfit as a gangster who prefers to stay loyal to his guardian Shoaib even after getting beaten up by him (at the climax) for snatching away his ladylove – Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha).

Milan lost the finesse this time simply because more importance was given to glorifying his movie gangster than actually showcasing his struggle to become the most dreaded underworld don. We strongly wonder which hardcore and ruthless criminal on earth would churn out one-liners at a breath-taking speed while communicating with his colleagues. This sequel is painfully overlong and silly, and so we strongly recommend our loyal readers to watch the original instead than this two-hour plus bearable… what they call a film!

Source: Bollywood Life

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