• 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!

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    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.

  • Khalid Mohamed
    Khalid Mohamed
    Deccan Chronicle


    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.

  • Raja Sen
    Raja Sen


    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.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Hindustan Times


    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.

  • Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Madhureeta Mukherjee
    Times Of India


    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.

  • Taran Adarsh
    Taran Adarsh
    Bollywood Hungama


    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.

  • Sachin Chatte
    Sachin Chatte
    The Navhind Times


    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.

  • Rummana Ahmed
    Rummana Ahmed
    Yahoo! India


    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.

  • Sahaja K R
    Sahaja K R


    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.

  • Simantini Dey
    Simantini Dey


    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.

  • ‘Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara’ is nothing but an out and out Akshay Kumar film with nothing more to offer.

  • Siddhi Palande
    Siddhi Palande


    Although a big star cast film yet it is likely to come out as an ordinary story with a tight script.

  • Vishal Verma
    Vishal Verma
    India Glitz


    Apart from Akshay Kumar’s dashing looks and performance Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara has nothing to boost on its own as a sequel.. it’s an uninspired, boring and highly disappointing sequel you’ll ever see. Or not see, if you’re lucky. If you love the first film, seriously, do not see this one. You’ll ruin two movies at once.

  • Karan Anshuman
    Karan Anshuman
    Mumbai Mirror


    To sum up, Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara is a better crafted film than it’s predecessor but unfortunately considerably shallower. It’s style keeps you reasonably occupied but for a runtime of 160 minutes, it needed a lot more substance.