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Review Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai & earn 20 DM Points*
Satya met Bhiku, Chandu met Malik now once upon a time in Mumbai Shoaib meets Sultan.
If I take this film as a prologue to Satya & Company since it is set in the 70s and just compare this film with Company I find two things which makes this film pale in comparison and that is its writing & direction.
I am a fan of Rajat Aroras dialogues. In spirit he belongs to the lost tribe of writers of the 70s who wrote amazing one liners. His dialogues in Bluffmaster & Taxi no 9211 is clap and whistle worthy and he doesnt disappoint with this one too. But a script which is filled with just good one liners doesnt work. It looked like every scene is an excuse to write some punchy dialogues. After a point I felt like I was watching a game of tennis. Like one of Ajay Devgns dialogues in the film I felt like saying bahot ho gaya sawaal jawaab. The dialogue writer overpowered the script writer in this one. The director succeeds in taking us back to the 70s but his storytelling which should have belonged to 2010 is a poor imitation of films of those times. The film takes too much time to set up the premise and by the time it does it doesnt do justice to it. It juggles between telling two love stories and the story which it is supposed to tell. The films pace is like the body language of its lead actors. Laidback. Amongst the cast Ajay Devgn does what he had done best in Company. Emraan Hashmi goes back to his debut performance in Footpath. His was good in that, he is good in this but he doesnt bring the energy which this role required. The one person who stands out amongst all is Randeep Hooda. His is a surprise performance. I am a sucker for the Hindi masala films of the 70s but as this film promotional line said Rewind Mumbai. I didnt feel I had the 70s Hindi film experience.
Final few words: If Satya & Company has not satiated your appetite for gangster films go watch this one but make sure you walk into a single screen. Some films just work best in a single screen.