Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor.
Direction: Milan Luthria.
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi
Sinha, Sonali Bendre, Mahesh Manjrekar, Pitobash
Tripathy, Mushtaq Khan, Chetan Hansraj, Tiku Talsania.
MUMBAI: Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara is
touted as a sequel to the producers' earlier film, Once
Upon A Time In Mumbaai. The claim is a deception and
a ploy to cash in on the popularity of the earlier film.
Supposedly based on a chapter from the don Dawood Ibrahim's
life, it is just another love triangle.
Akshay Kumar has killed senior dons and attained the
mantle of the ultimate don of Mumbai. The remaining
local area gangsters are also rendered ineffective by
him thereby creating enemies waiting to kill him. His
main opponent is Mahesh Manjrekar. Akshay has shifted
his base to Middle East but still rules the underworld
of Mumbai from there. Akshay had long back picked a
young boy, Imran Khan, and nurtured him into a perfect
Having neutralised all his enemies, he plans to visit
Mumbai again; the agenda being to eliminate Manjrekar
once and for all. The task to eliminate him is passed
onto Imran and another henchman, Chetan Hansraj, who
botch it up as Manjrekar outsmarts them.
But there is a distraction in his life and plans. A
khiladi with women otherwise, for the first time in
his life, he falls in love. The woman is Sonakshi Sinha,
but he is unaware that his own protégé,
Imran, also loves the same woman. The film, which was
fun so far, starts going downhill as the love triangle
plays up and the villain in Akshay starts getting more
and more cruel, illogical, stretched and dull.
As the film continues with its love story of two men
and one woman, there are songs and dream sequences and
poor Sonakshi ends up being in the imagination songs
of both the heroes. There seem to be no better, more
interesting ways known to the writer to fill up the
reels, notwithstanding the tedium it causes to the viewers.
This is until Akshay suddenly dreams up a plot to lure
Manjrekar out of his den: to spread the rumour that
Akshay and Imran have fallen out as both crave the same
woman! As invincible as the tales of Dawood Ibrahim
have made him, Akshay, supposedly playing his character,
takes on Manjrekar in the middle of a busy Mumbai road
with traffic in full flow from both directions.
Having killed his main adversary now is the time for
the love triangle to reach some sort of conclusion.
Pitobash Tripathy, Imran's childhood buddy, finds a
place in Akshay's car. He has been brought here to 'unwittingly'
convey that Imran also loves Sonakshi. Akshay being
don and Imran being his underling knows only one way
to end the love triangle: by killing Imran. There is
some one-sided action as Imran refuses to raise his
hand on his mentor and goes on to take a police bullet
meant for Akshay on himself.
The film is okay while Akshay holds the fort on his
own for much of first half of the film. It is also okay
with Imran's entry scene. But enter Sonakshi and the
film loses its track. Milan Luthria is not in his element
and has also taken the viewer for granted at many places.
Characters play Shoaib, Aslam and Jasmine speak of 'Paap'
and cite 'Ram' and 'Ravan', which is odd. Nor does the
film create the aura of the era it deals with. Rajat
Arora has done well with his dialogue writing, especially
the ones penned for Akshay. Musically, the film has
an entertaining number in Tayyab Ali pyar ka dushman
A hit number borrowed from Manmohan Desai's Amar Akbar
Anthony and scored by Laxmikant Pyarelal. The other
good songs are: Tu hi khwahish
And Yeh tune kya
Editing needed to be crisper. Photography
The film is an Akshay Kumar vehicle and he makes the
most of it; dressed like a mid 20th century American
gangster with jelled hairstyle, dark glasses and suit
without tie, he carries a certain gait in his walk.
This is one of his better performances. Imran is good
in certain parts. Sonakshi is okay. Pitobash is good
as usual. Sonali Bendre makes a brief role while Vidya
Balan makes a passing appearance.
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara is a mish-mash
between a crime and a romance film, which does not quite
work for a viewer.