Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara movie review: Just another gloomy and mindless gangster flick!

Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara movie review: Just another gloomy and mindless gangster flick!

Milan Luthria’s lame attempt to recreate and better his original 2010 hit film bites the dust

The Akshay Kumar-Imran Khan-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara is an excruciating experience. Considering Milan Luthria’s second instalment of his gangster flick has been riding high on good hype, Akshay Kumar’s star power and the fact that it’s a sequel to the 2010 hit film starring Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi, I consciously made up my mind to enter the cinema hall with no preconceived notions.

After being completely besotted with Ajay-Emraan’s game of one-upmanship, dumdaar screenplay and dhaansu dialogue baazi in the first film, I expected an equal dosage of the same from Shoaib (Akshay Kumar) and his subordinate Aslam (Imran Khan), if not more, in this new one. But unfortunately, much to my dismay Luthria, dialogue writer Rajat Arora and producers Balaji Motion Pictures have left me disappointed…. big time.

The comparisons between Luthria’s two representations of the underworld and its ruling dons based in Mumbai are inevitable. While Ajay was superlative as Sultan Mirza, Akshay as Shoaib, the new ruling mafiosi, is as overbearing as his character demands he be. Emraan Hashmi’s quest to outdo his mentor Mirza was effectively portrayed by the versatile actor whereas Imran is a total misfit as a gangster who prefers to stay loyal to his guardian Shoaib, even after getting beaten up by him in the climax for snatching away his ladylove Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha). The Lootera actor is good, as she invariably is, but has very little scope for showing off her talent.

Milan has lost his finesse this time simply because more importance is given to glorifying the movie version of the dreaded gangster than actually showcasing his struggle to become the most feared underworld don. We have to wonder – with a giggle – which hardcore and ruthless criminal on earth would churn out one-liners at breathtaking speed while communicating with his colleagues, as Akshay does in this film. The sequel is painfully over-long and silly. So we strongly recommend that our readers watch the original instead of this two hour-plus unbearable mess Luthria calls a film! As for me, if I see a movie like this dobaara, mera profession bura maan jayega!

Rating: 1 out of 51 Star Rating

Reviewed by Dhiren Trivedi

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  • Aamir

    LoL , what more u expect when a gangster movie is based on love triangle.
    Will not go to watch after this review, Thanks

  • kirlia07

    hahahahaha i knew it

  • ram mohan

    its a poor movie.
    milan luthariya disappoint me this time .
    so i hope next time he will do work better.

  • LB

    this movie is very nice its rating should be 4 stars

  • pradhuman

    pahuch gaye kya pese ….you are a biased critic..movie is worth 3.5 star….

  • Imran

    Its a good movie . it deserves more than 3 stars . not 1…….


  • himal

    movie is too good

  • sara

    Himmatwala 2

  • rahul

    wtf !! harsh review ! atleast 3 stars because of screenplay and akshay’s performance
    and by the way, why people comparing with the old one…i dont understand ..the movie itself says “this time its personal”so why the hell critics comparing the 2 movies
    shame on you !!

  • Hiten

    Two superstars gone wrong in two consecutive weeks… Shah Rukh (Ham) Khan did everything but acting in CE and Akshay took hamming to another level and redefined it in OUATIMD… Film dekhi ki nahi… yeh Dobaara mat poochna… warna mera dimaag bura maan jaayega… Film dekh kar marne ke liye tayyar ho jaaaaaaaaaaaaao!

  • danny

    Disaster flop