7.4/10
14,084
39 user 10 critic

Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 30 July 2010 (India)
Trailer
3:10 | Trailer
A smuggler rises to power in in 1970s Mumbai, a younger gangster seeks to overthrow him and a police officer is caught in the middle.

Director:

Milan Luthria

Writers:

Rajat Arora (as Rajat Aroraa), Bhrigu Brinda (story screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Top Rated Indian Movies #208 | 2 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

Best of 2018: Top 10 Indian Movies

From Stree to Padman, we celebrate the top Indian movies of 2018, as rated by IMDb users. These movies range across Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu cinema.

See the full list

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An account of the gangster Mahindra Dolas and his gang, which terrorized Mumbai City, and a massive war between Mumbai Police and gangs during 16 November 1991.

Director: Apoorva Lakhia
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty
Raajneeti (2010)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When the American-educated scion of a powerful Indian family returns to the subcontinent, his first taste of power starts him down a corrupt path.

Director: Prakash Jha
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Ranbir Kapoor, Nana Patekar
Gangaajal (2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An IPS officer motivates and leads a dysfunctional, corrupt police force of Tezpur to fight against the corrupt politician.

Director: Prakash Jha
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Gracy Singh, Mohan Joshi
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Arjun is a reckless young man with an obsession for making money at card games. A chance meeting with a girl in a mall, Zoya, gives him the reasons he was looking for the move out of his ... See full summary »

Director: Kunal Deshmukh
Stars: Emraan Hashmi, Sonal Chauhan, Armen Grayg
Dhamaal (2007)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Four lazy slacker conmen buddies who are jobless, homeless and broke learn about the secret of a hidden treasure from a dying thief and later embark on a race against time to find the mobster's buried treasure and claim it while being pursued by a determined police inspector who is hellbent to get the treasure all by himself.

Director: Indra Kumar
Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi
Hungama (2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of a bunch of misfits whose misconception about each others backgrounds end up in a series of chaotic, yet comic outcomes.

Director: Priyadarshan
Stars: Akshaye Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani, Rimi Sen
Company (2002)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A small-time gangster named Chandu teams up with Malik, a low-level enforcer for a criminal syndicate. Together they eliminate all their enemies, becoming the most feared gangsters in Mumbai.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Mohanlal, Manisha Koirala
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The love story between an actress and a director, inspired by the life of the late south Indian actress Silk Smitha.

Director: Milan Luthria
Stars: Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Tusshar Kapoor
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A cabbie (Patekar) and businessman (Abraham) both in need of big money partake in a two-hour adventure together.

Director: Milan Luthria
Stars: John Abraham, Nana Patekar, Sonali Kulkarni
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh
Jolly LLB (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A small time lawyer files a PIL in court against his own idols case.

Director: Subhash Kapoor
Stars: Arshad Warsi, Amrita Rao, Boman Irani
Singham (2011)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A truly honest police officer is transferred to a town controlled by a gangster he has humiliated. The gangster believes he can use good power to bring down this officer who made him look foolish and weak.

Director: Rohit Shetty
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Kajal Aggarwal, Prakash Raj
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ajay Devgn ... Sultan Mirza
Emraan Hashmi ... Shoaib Khan
Kangana Ranaut ... Rehana (as Kangna Ranaut)
Prachi Desai ... Mumtaz
Randeep Hooda ... ACP Agnel Wilson (Special Appearance)
Naved Aslam Naved Aslam ... Patrick
Sanjeev Wilson Sanjeev Wilson ... Chandru (as Sanjiv Wilson)
Allauddin Khan Allauddin Khan ... Alaudin (as Allaudin Khan)
Rajeev Yadav Rajeev Yadav ... Yakub Atha
Sushil Pandey Sushil Pandey ... Iqbal
Mehul Bhojak Mehul Bhojak ... Javed
Anjum Sharma Anjum Sharma ... Khichdi
Dheerendra Dwivedi Dheerendra Dwivedi ... Gattu (as Dhirender Dwivedi)
Sumit Kaul Sumit Kaul ... Rajan
Ravi Khanvilkar Ravi Khanvilkar ... Vardha
Edit

Storyline

During March 1993, after his Ambassador car is being fished out of water, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Agnel Wilson, narrates to the Commissioner as to how he commenced his investigation against an underworld gangster, Sultan Mirza. He details how Sultan had survived floods in Madras, shortly after Independence; his arrival in Bombay; and his employment which earned him a mere 25 Paisa daily. Agnel's attempts to rein in Sultan fail, but he keeps tabs on him and his romance with Bollywood actress, Rehana; as well as his new recruit, Shoaib, the son of Sub-Inspector Khan. Agnel will find his investigation slipping out of his hands after Sultan temporarily delegates complete responsibility to Shoaib. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Veero Ki Dharti Jawano Ka Desh, Baagi Ballia Uttar Pradesh See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

30 July 2010 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A fost odata în Mumbai See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Balaji Motion Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sanjay Dutt was signed for Ajay Devgan's role but opted out. See more »

Goofs

Emraan is shown as a kid when Sultan Mirza becomes a goon and then after years Emraan grows yet Sultan is the same, also Kangana tells him that they are going out since 2 years. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ek Villain (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Tum Jo Aaye
Written by Irshad Kamil
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Tulsi Kumar
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Of great screenplays, dialogues and performances
31 August 2010 | by kunalkhandwalaSee all my reviews

There used to be a time when Bollywood was overly glamorous, the middle class always in awe of the rich, law that was still being written and order that was established by the ruling underworld mafia and when, a crore of rupees really meant a lifetime's wealth. Lives were less valuable back then and nobody lit candles for the fallen. This was when the city was called 'Bombay'. Director Milan Luthria takes us to 'Once upon a time in Mumbaai' in the era of a smuggler who sought control of the seas and his apprentice who changed the meaning of crime altogether.

The inspiration for the character of Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgan) was certainly derived from the erstwhile RobinHood Smuggler Haji Mastan Mirza. Sultan's attire, his background, his occupation, his interest for the welfare of the poor, his love for a Bollywood heroine and production of movies are obvious parallels to Mastan. Devgan portrays his character with ease and familiarity but makes a remarkable impression with the dialogues written by Rajat Arora. The movie is a bible for the man on the streets in Bombay. Each one as if a quotation by a philosopher and yet dramatic in effect when combined with a sharp screenplay. The result is what you would relate to as a Salim-Javed penned underworld drama. Sultan's love interest is the glamorous looking Rehana (Kangana Ranaut) who falls for his one-liners and cleanly ironed white outfits. Kangana looks gorgeous and performs naturally in a role that also is familiar territory for her. She even over-shines the beautiful Prachi Desai who could do with a meatier role next time.

In the aftermath of the '93 serial blasts, a despondent ACP Agnel Wilson (Randeep Hooda) regretfully narrates the tale of how two criminals shaped the future of the city and how he trusted the wrong one among the two to turn away from the underworld. His mistake resulted in just one of them surviving the decades of criminal dominance when the ghoda was the law and Shoaib Khan's apathy to the city, was the order. Although Emraan Hashmi has portrayed similar negative roles in the past, he adds some sleekness to a reckless character who would shape up to be Dawood Ibrahim. Shoaib's ambition makes him greedy, zealous and rash. Eventually, his ways diverge completely from the more humble, loop-hole smuggling approach of Sultan's who, as everyone acknowledged, never caused harm to the city but instead, bestowed it with generosity towards the masses. This disparity in attitudes is supremely entertaining. Here we have Sultan enraged over Shoaib's management of his business in his absence, ordering his men "Shehar Saaf chahiye mujhe!" The combination of such screenplay and dialogues is essentially the strength of this film and the reason why it has its place in the hallmark of crime sagas.

Pritam's two romantic tracks make up whatever good there is in the album. Mohit Chauhan's melodious Pee Loon and the combination of Tulsi Kumar and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan make Tum Jo Aaye a hummable track in the romantic rains.

Milan Luthria directs his best after the promising 'Kachche Dhaage' with some powerful writing by Rajat Arora. Numerous scenes are packed with metaphorical dialogues that will build the required tension without any drama. The background music, cinematography and the crisp editing also make this a commendable thriller. Perhaps there hasn't been a more worthy tribute to the real Dons of yesteryears and even though, the climax does not bear any resemblance to characters or events in real life, the end-note pays a serious tribute that sums up the story and leaves us with a helpless grasp of events that have taken place in real life, due to a real person. "Beyond the myth, lies Mumbai's greatest betrayal."

8.148 on a scale of 1-10.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 39 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed