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Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara

Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara

15 Aug, 2013
2 hrs 33 mins
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This is the story of an underworld don, Shoaib (Akshay Kumar), who killed his mentor in the past (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai) to gain supremacy and is now the ruling mafia king. His influence and power has spread right up to the Middle East, today. Shoaib is now a flamboyant, suave man who is feared and revered. Shoaib`s only confidantes are his best friend Javed, who oversees his empire for him and his former lover Mumtaz (Sonali Bendre) who is now his closest friend.

He often visits the poor Muslim areas where he grew up and it is on one such visit that he meets Aslam (Imran Khan). He takes him under his wings and gradually Aslam becomes one of his favourites. Shoaib wants to gain full control over Bombay and this is met with resistance from two existing ganglords - Vardha and Arun. Vardha and Arun join hands with a cop - Sreenu, whose only purpose in life is finishing off Shhaib`s reign, for which he gladly joins hands with the ganglords.

While Bombay continues to be the object of their fancy, Shoaib stumbles upon a young actress - Yasmin (Sonakshi Sinha). He is immediately taken in by her freshness, beauty and candor. Slowly, but surely his attraction towards Yasmin goes onto becoming an obsession. This creates a rift between Shoaib and Aslam and results in the ultimate showdown between the mentor & protege.
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Bollywood movies were enamored by dreaded D`s of the underworld. They still are. Whether the story is told in retro-rap, or with stylish designer double Dons, or with gloss-free rawness of realism. This endless `lawless`love affair continues. In OUATIMD, a love triangle forms the bloodline of the story, replete with `donnisms`, molls with maal and an overkill of `loaded` dialogues pe dialogues. ...Read full review
If the love triangle isn`t particularly compelling, it`s because it`s hard to get to the real emotions of the characters, buried as they are beneath all that cockiness. Imran Khan as Aslam, ostensibly the hero of this film, appears ill at ease rolling those corny lines off his tongue, and resembling a rich urban kid slumming it out as a tapori at a dress-up party. Sonakshi Sinha`s Jasmine has got to be the most pea-brained woman you`ve ever met. She happily lets Shoaib rig awards for her, and thinks it`s cute when he turns up on her set and halts shooting. She hangs out with him at his home, takes lifts with him in his car, but claims to be outraged when he says he has feelings for her. Fresh off her terrific performance in Lootera, Sonakshi constructs a singularly contemptible character in Jasmine. Akshay Kumar, for all those sinister threats, ultimately turns Shoaib into a laughable clich`e. He goes on and on about being a villain, but we never see him get truly down and dirty. ...Read full review
It all starts twelve years later when two teenagers who look nothing like Imran Khan and Pitobash Tripathy grow up to be just them. It`s the 1980s, you see, a period when it was perfectly normal to be born as Baby Guddu and grow up to become Rishi Kapoor (Nagina, anyone). So if the intention is to recreate to the improbable sensibilities of that superficial space, Milan Luthria`s Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara is appropriately iffy. It`s also a complete drag, unintentionally comical and painfully verbose unlike the prequel which hit quite a few right notes with its slick take on the anti-hero against the half-hearted immorality of the 1970s. Rivalry makes way for romance in the follow-up but for a film set against the mafia, the predominant action is the yak yak coming out of Akshay Kumar`s mouth. Though the actor, saddled with an absurd script against a gaudy set in a jaded love triangle, is a treat though conveying an extravagant personality and remorseless menace as the underworld kingpin, Shoaib. ...Read full review