Mumbai Time: Film Review – A Burning Story Of Revenge

Verdict: Tried-and-tested gangster formula that works in parts
 
Mumbai in the 1980s is known for the gangster culture (purely for the lack of  a better word) is a very potent premise to base an action film on. A good gangster movie has a few checkpoints and if those are on point, the movie can work wonders. Mumbai Time works in parts, whereas a few parts are a little disappointing and predictable.
 
The film opens with a postman entering a building very cautiously, and soon you realize why. He is carrying a gun in his bag, and he shoots this gangster-looking guy in the lift of the building. This is our hero Amar Surve (Umesh Kamat). Amar used to live in a chawl (so basically, he is as middle-class as they make them). His father is a local bar owner, Bhargav Surve (Sanjay Mone). Bhargav Surve used to own an illicit alcohol factory, you see. His father’s criminal background causes Amar to miss out on a job interview. Bhargav wants Amar to manage the bar, but his mother (Ashwini Ekbote) strictly opposes this. One evening, in an impromptu fight, he happens to slash a goon’s face with a knife. This is goon is no other than the right-hand man of Anna (Deepak Shirke), a gang leader. After one circumstantial fight, a few ounces of blood, one conscience attack, and one final trigger later, Amar finds himself working with the Khan Baba (Ramesh Bhatkar) gang. Oh yes, and Amar loves to play chess. Soon, he is the new thinker hit-man, and ACP Mahesh (Manjrekar) is on his tail. They are seen playing chess a lot, a euphemism for mind games, of course.
 
The film’s story telling style is a little intermittent, and that is a little distracting. The screenplay makes the characters look a little too stereotypical, almost caricature-ish. However, the film lacks an emotional connect for the most part. The protagonist is always angry, and some times, we don’t even know why. That’s probably because the audience cannot identify with him. Everyone has delivered good performances. Maharashtrians love the wit that is unique to Mone, and that was missing. Ramesh Bhatkar (yes yes, the Commander man), Deepak Shirke, Rahul Mehendale, Ashwini Ekbote, and everyone else did their bit sincerely.
 
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you love the action, drama, and intense storylines, you are going to love this one. This is for those who love revenge movies, and the excitement that comes with it. Do catch it this weekend.

Release Date: 5th Feb 2016
Language: Marathi
Director: Sushrut Bhagwat
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Cast & Crew: Umesh Kamat, Sanjay Mone, Ramesh Bhatkar, Deepak Shirke, Mahesh Majrekar, Mrunal Dusanis
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