Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara
Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! (also known by the abbreviated OUATIMA, OUATIMD) is a 2013 Bollywood crime gangster film directed by Milan Luthria and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor. It is a sequel to the 2010 hit film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. The project features Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Imran Khan and Sonali Bendre in signed roles respectively. Wikipedia
Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara Reviews
The film does have a few strong bits, including an inspired cameo by Sonali Bendre, and a clever scene in which Shoaib walks into a police station intending to surrender himself. But these are small mercies in a major misfire as this. Too long at over 150 minutes, and way too predictable to ever surprise you, Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara is the equivalent of getting a root canal.I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five. Call me cynical, call me a spoilt-sport, but don't call me if they decide to make Once Upon A Time in Mumbai 3!
What I wasn't prepared for was just how similar it would be, despite the change in leads , and after a point, just how listless it would turn out to be.
Designed as a take on a love story between a real-life don, a real-life starlet and a real-life kabab mein haddi, the outcome is as remote from reality as Earth is from Venus and Mars.
The film is constantly predictable -- just like the first film in the series -- but leans too heavily on a very hackneyed romantic angle. It isn't often one gets to say this about a Bollywood actioner, but a few more gunshots could have been nice. Kumar more than makes up for the lack of Devgn, but despite having a similar first name, Imran really can't match up to Emraan.
The beauty is that underneath the swagger, Akshay also locates the loneliness and heartache of a monster hobbled by love. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed watching him this much.
It has enough going for it – a no-nonsense script, a clipped pace, punchy dialogues and spiffy cinematography – to justify its 160-minure runtime. Yet Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! falls well short of being quite as engaging as the film that it is a sequel to.
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.
The novel thing about the screenplay is that neither Shoaib nor Aslam are ready to sacrifice their love for each other. The film steers clear of the romantic clichés of self-sacrifice.
...screams to Bollywood to do away with its ridiculous trend of Dobaara films simply coz this time the Dobaara was painful on its audience. I am going with a generous 2/5 for its novel concept which was built flimsily. I was left flabbergasted at how audaciously the film spends so much energy flaunting nothing that they give its real theme a miss! It is hard to point out whom to blame, but the bottom line doesn’t change – you can easily miss this one and save yourself a headache.
On the whole, ONCE UPON AY TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA! has a powerful second half and the drama/conflict helps the film regain ground, after a shaky first hour. However, the fact cannot be denied that ONCE UPON AY TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA! pales in comparison to its prequel.
The previous film had a decent story and captured the essence of that period but this one just gives a sense of déjà vu. Similar characters and some very heavy duty dialogues don’t help the cause but more over, it is the insipid story that is a let down.
Milan Luthria has potential and he has proved this before. It is frustrating that Luthria who usually knows the pulse of his audience, seems to have just wasted this opportunity. I can’t think of one memorable moment from the film. It’s glitzy and glamorous but lacks the character of the first part.
Akshay playing an unapologetically bad man sounds like a fantastic idea, only if there was better direction and a script to back it. What a waste.
Once again, director Milan Luthria impresses us with the set-up of the movie. The actors have given their best to fit into the 1980s of Bombay. In this scenario, everything is so filmy just like how it used to be back then. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara makes gangsters the heroes and for once you don't mind that. It is often said that for a movie to become a hit, you need five good dialogues and here you have plenty.
If Chennai Express is a comedy for which you have to leave your brains outside the movie theatre, then OUATIMD is a drama for which you’re better off not venturing out of the house at all.
Walk very gently into this film, if you must. There is enough plywood used for the sets and so much plastic around for performances that if you’re not careful, the whole picture might just collapse on your head.