Once Upon A Time In Mumbai...Dobaara

‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara’ (OUATIMD) is a period movie that projected the Bombay of 70’s. Glamour meets gangster and amidst fights and reign over Bombay, the movie sees a love triangle.

The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Imraan Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles. The movie is directed by Milan Luthria and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor. The movie was released on 15th August.

The movie is a sequel of 2010 released movie ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’. The story of the sequel begins from where the prequel ended. Shoaib Khan (Akshay Kumar) has taken over his mentor after assassinating him.  He is superb with people management and people respect him out of fear. With his power and terror, he has spread his reign over middle-east also. He has very few close friends. One is Javed who looks after his illegal business and the other is his old time love, Mumtaz (Sonali Bendre). Then he spotted a slum boy, Aslam (Imraan Khan) and grooms him under his wings. He becomes his loyal right hand. Both join hands together to continue with smuggling and other illegal business.

The twist comes in story when a budding starlet, Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha) catches the fancy of Shoaib. What follows is a naive love turning into passion and obsession. All was still fine untill Aslam also starts fantasizing the same girl.

After this point, both the heroes leave their bread and butter business (not literally) and get involved to solve the mystery of love triangle.

The director has beautifully captured the essence of 70’s era but has gone overboard a number of times. Dialogues are loud and seem over the top. The movie travels from a gangster movie to a romantic movie and never really returns to the gangster part again.

Coming to the performances, Akshay fails to personify the aura of Shoaib Khan which Emraan Hashmi immortalized in the prequel. He is good with dialogues but at times they are hilarious and what can be worse than a mocking don.  Sonakshi has portrayed her character as super naive. You wonder if anybody could be that naive. It seems she needs to hone her skills for a commercial cinema. Imran Khan has come up with a flat performance. His acting lacks depth. Sonali Bendre did a cameo but then she was marvelous. She delivered a powerful performance.

Overall the movie is engaging but it is not as beautifully drafted as the prequel.
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