From the directorial standpoint, Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara, fells in one of the worst traps a movie could find itself in — that’s what to become, a Crime thriller or a Love Story.
“Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara (not spelled Dobara)” is the sequel of ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbai starring Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi , a super hit because of unforgettable dialogues by Rajat Arora , melodious music by Pritam and superb performance by male leads, Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi. And not to forget the captain of the ship, Director Milan luthria.
You simply can’t compare Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara with the original OUATIM.
The plot of OUATIM Dobaara begins from where the first installment ends.
After killing his mentor sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgan), Shoaib (Emraan Hashmi) extends his terror empire up to Middle East. The control was complete, made obvious by this line: “Samandar ke us paar Mumbai ko log Shoaib ke Naam se jante hain”.
New Shoaib (Akshay Kumar) is a charismatic personality and a womanizer. He has reached the place he had always aspired to be, the zenith . He rules Mumbai, aided by his trustworthy companion Javed played by sarfaraz Khan (son of Kader Khan) . His other lieutenant is Aslam played by Imran khan. Aslam can do anything for his boss. Here one sees a clear resemblance between the characters of Hashmi in OUATIM and Imran Khan in Dobaara.
A girl named Jasmine( Sonakshi Sinha) from Kashmir dreaming to become an actress enters the plot and from there the story traces somewhat the same line as the OUATIM 1.
The Love Triangle
The advent of Jasmine in the lives of Shoaib and Aslam begins a love triangle. With this begins a tussle among the leads, as no one is willing to sacrifice his love . How the suitors use their charms to win over the girl takes a substantial part of the movie.
The entire off camera team for Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara is same as the Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. This sadly reflects in the movie. If you are planning to watch the sequel solely on the promise of the first movie then you will be disappointed.
Although, the movie does give the audience moments to whistle and shout, courtesy the great dialogues, but the script is not that strong as the OUATIM. That apart, the bravado and criminal mind of younger Shoaib (Emraan Hashmi) is not fully recreated by Akshay Kumar. There’s no doubt that if one tries to pick the strengths of the movie then Akshay Kumar features majorly in the list. But when Akshay plays a gangster, he surely plays it quite differently. Those who like gangster mannerisms of Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi will find the role less convincing. Even when one tries to reconcile to the fact that Akshay is playing an older Shoaib, still the sharpness of the character is absent. May be Emraan Hashmi made the Shoaib ‘immortal’.
Imran Khan is almost flat and plain . He tried hard to be in character. He tried harder with dialogue delivery with no real result.
Sonakshi Sinha as Jasmine could have been great, if she would have done some homework. The audience gets a funny feeling that Sonakshi is in dilemma as what type of role she is in.
From the directorial standpoint, Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara, fells in one of the worst traps a movie could find itself in — that’s what to become, a Crime Thriller or a Love Story. Since the director failed to take the important decision, ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Again’ fails to do justice with any genre.
Lets hope this is one time fumble from Milan Luthria, the son of legendary Director producer Raj Khosla, known for movies such as C.I.D , Johny Mera Naam, Solva Saal and Main Tusli Tere Angan Ki.
Rajat Arora, after penning great stories for OUTIM and Dirty Picture, disappoints in ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara’.
Overall the First half of the movie is enjoyable and compact with some good chase sequences, dominating dialogues of Akshay Kumar and songs like ‘Taiyyab Al’i and ‘Yeh Tune Kya Kiya’. The second half is less engaging, with the songs interfering with the story line.
The movie is surely not for those who see it on the promise created by Once Upon A Time in Mumbai. The movie is for Akshay Kumar fans and movie buffs, who are willing to watch it not as a sequel but as a one of its kind movie. Any comparisons with Ajay Devgan or Emraan Hashmi will make the movie less enjoyable.
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars