Movie Review: Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonali Bendre, Sophie Chodhry, Pitobash Tripathy, Director: Milan Luthria Rating: **1\2

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | 6:49:31 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Pehle main khiladi tha, ab main poora khel hoon. Akshay Kumar plays the gangster, Shoaib Khan who has come to conquer Mumbai once again. He is a womanizer, the world bows down to him and he brings back the essence of the villains of old times who actually spoke 'dialogues'.

The entire description of Shoaib's character is in this one dialogue which he very proudly says, "Peene ki capacity, jeene ki strength, account ka balance aur naam ka khauf kabhi kam nahi hona chahiye".

As much as I loved Emraan Hashmi as Shoaib in the previous instalment, I could not relate to this Shoaib played by Akshay Kumar in this one. There was a disconnect. This Shoaib did not scare me. We all know Akshay Kumar is unbeatable when it comes to action and comedy, but being an antagonist is not his cup of tea. One major disappointment about Kumar here is his look. Rather than looking suave in the suits he's wearing, the big collar 80's look is not suiting him at all and in many parts makes him look comical.

Inspite of all these short comings, it's a delight to watch Khiladi Kumar jump buildings again and shoot the goons. Well, you do feel he's back and you missed him.


Imran Khan (Aslam) who plays Shoaib's protege in this part is the weakest link in the entire plot. The effort being put by the youngest Khan is evident but somehow that does not convert into anything that we are looking for. Imran looks good but then that's about it. Aslam loves
Shoaib more than his life and his ready to do anything for him but when Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha), an upcoming starlet enters his life, his world changes. He falls in love and well that's the beginning of the war between the master and the protege. Its personal this time.

Well, for me Sonakshi has done a wonderful job after Lootera in OUATIMD. She's looks a damsel and acts well. While Sonakshi is the heroine of the film, Rajat Arora is the star of the show. The dialogues are the backbone of film. They have been written perfectly to suit every situation in the film.  Bow down to you…


The music of the film is good. The song Chugliyaan is a treat to the ears. The background score of the film is one of the reasons for the excitement to build up before every scene though. But there are parts in the film where I really wish Akshay Kumar would ace it. But unfortunately that did not happen. I was so looking forward to it.

Anyway, the film's duration is decent and it ends without a drag. But more about Shoaib's gangster activities could have been shown to make the plot even more interesting. More or less Shoaib seems like just another womanizer and not a guy I would be terrified of.

The second half of the film is way better than the first half because yes, you do get to see some action, some chasing in it.

Milan Luthria raised the bar too high for himself with Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai which the second instalment of the film is unable to achieve. It leaves you dry. The end is neither heroic nor villainous. Do not go with a lot of expectations for this one. You will be left disappointed.




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Posted on: 19 May 2017 at 12:40am
The story of the movie is not good and it is fails to attract the audience but the first part of the movie is very nice.

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Posted on: 26 August 2013 at 3:10pm
As evident by its name, the movie is a sequel to Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai that was released in 2010.

The prequel established the onset of the great upcoming underworld don Shoaib Khans (Emraan Hashmi) reign by making him the undisputed leader once he assassinated his mentor and senior Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgn). It was made pretty clear then and there that unlike his mentor, the new don was in no mood to follow any code of principle or sharing. The sequel starts with Shoaib (Akshay Kumar) being shown as the ruthless, mirthless, powerful don, who is well settled in the middle east and controls his Indian and other overseas operations with his loyal aid Javed (Sarfaraz Khan). Also, he unabashedly indulges in womanizing activities.

Honestly speaking, while watching such Dawood influenced movies (Company, D-Day, Shootout At Wadala, OUATIM, OUATIMD), you dont find any exclusive difference amongst them. In one or the other manner, they end up showing you the making and toughening of the anti social, his power and action, his softer side with a particular love interest, some hard core cop action and last but not the least, the culture, lingo and lifestyle of the 80s and early 90s.

What has actually stood out in this movie is the presence of Akshay Kumar. Actually, there are two heroes in the film " Akshay and his Dialogues. He mouths them unabashedly throughout the movie and almost all of them throw the required punch. He has also very well adopted the lean, mean and suave physicality and attitude of a great don. In fact you can say, its very Italian. Also, he has very well played the role of an emotionless womanizer and a love torn angry young man. It is a fresh change to see him do method acting. Otherwise, normally you associate him with punjabi fashion wear and loud movies with long legged lasses.

Sonakhshis character demanded someone who is beautiful, innocent, conscious and also forthcoming and robust. Needless...

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Posted on: 16 August 2013 at 8:06pm
Oh please, I never really enjoy Hindi movies, I mean I am always disappointed and bored but I did not find myself bored with OUAT ONCE. I liked the first instalment too,but I get why Emraan had to be replaced. This is the first movie of 2013 which I throughly enjoyed. Sonakshi looked GORGEOUS , Imran amazed me and Akki was as usual the best. I LOVED the movie. It's not unpredictable, but the timing and scenes of the movie was VERY good.

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Posted on: 16 August 2013 at 1:00pm
all three actors r my favorite akki ur just amazing

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Posted on: 16 August 2013 at 10:33am
OATIM2 is an AVERAGE movie with a BLOCKBLUSTER performance of AKKI...

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Posted on: 16 August 2013 at 7:00am
i don't understand why ekta kapoor made a joke out of once upon a time series by taking these 3 jokers who don't even know how to act.

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Posted on: 16 August 2013 at 3:15am
chennai Express could get more than 3 stars so how can one trust the critics.

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