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The story of Shoaib, an underworld don who came to power by killing his mentor and has extended his kingdom with the help of his best friend, Javed, and his former lover, Mumtaz. While visiting the area where he grew up, he meets Aslam, who becomes his protégé. Written by
(at around 10 mins) During the cricket match in Sharjah, Shoaib and the pretty lady are talking to each other and betting, all while the ball hit by the batsman is in the air and is yet to be caught by the fielder. Their conversation would have taken much longer than what it takes for the ball to go up and be caught by the fielder. See more »
Bollywood has an insatiable appetite for revisiting the internecine Bhai-land and while director Milan Luthria, a self-confessed aficionado of the retro age , provided a comprehensive and incisive account of the mafia supremacy of the bygone era of the 1980s in OUATIM(in association with Balaji Motion Pictures), he bounces yet again with its sequel Once upon Ay time in Mumbaai Dobaara.The word 'Dobaara' has a great degree of emotive resonance that defies deconstruction, it conveys the longing and the nostalgia that even our prudish audience love to inhabit in, the age when the gangsters called the shots in showbiz !
OUATIMD encapsulates a torrid tale of forbidden love and eventual betrayal, of suppressed desires and possessiveness that sans limits.Milan sets his story at the point where he left the prequel,with Shoaib(This time, its Akshay Kumar) emerging as the undisputed gangster of Mumbai land and building his organized crime base in Dubai spending much of his time fixing cricket matches and womanizing. To teach his rivals a lesson, he returns to Mumbai only to become a victim of fatal attraction.Falling deliriously in love with a dim-wit starlet, Jasmine(Sonakshi Sinha)who in turn loves Shoaib's protégé Aslam(Imraan Khan), he soon realizes that while he has absolute control over the throbbing metropolis , he cannot win the heart of hers. Scorned and scathed, he declares vendetta , and this time a personal one!
Milan's interpretation of the love triangle against the vile canvas of Mafia is intriguing ,his Dongri is recreated with flourish and bores a smashing vintage look.Spiced up with intermittent humor(the intermediate course joke) and masala, he manages to engross his viewers within the conventional parameters of potboiler narrative in the first half.But the second half is a watered-down predictable fare.Pritam's compositions are competent but nowhere comparable to what he achieved in the prequel. Even the most regaling track,'Yeh Tune kya kiya' has its roots in the original , both instrumentally and thematically.
The film boasts of its signature background music and whistle-inducing dialogues, or should I say, the metaphorical punchlines.The protagonists spew literary gems but the narrative doesn't walk the much-needed vicious edge , and stretches awkwardly to more than 150 minutes.Akshay's Shoaib looks deliciously menacing with his dark goggles and natural swagger but hardly does he do anything sinister apart from just frenetically breaking tables and glasses quite routine and over-the- top.His loyal protégé,Aslam played by Imraan Khan is reduced to a vulnerable lover boy who hardly depicts the sheen or flamboyance of an impetuous gangster.Sonakshi plays the damsel-in-distress starlet torn between the two men, with lot of gravitas , but it would have been more impressing if she could recreate the magic of India's most tantalizing temptress(Mandakini).At least the film was supposed to be a fictional account of her relationship and the baddest gangster, but that's not explored much. Pitobash as Imraan's best friend,Dedh Tang and Abhimanyu Singh as the staunch cop are adequate while Mahesh Manjrekar is decimated to a mere gangster, frivolously obsessed with the Prem Chopra wardrobe.Sonali Bendre's reprisal of the character of Mumtaaz (Prachi Desai),although a three-scene cameo, is pleasing.
Essentially, if you long for the 80's melodrama, romantic triangles then OUATIM-D is not such a bad thing for you.Go and get entertained, nahin toh picture bura maan jayega.
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