‘ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI’, is directed by Milan Luthria and produced by Shobaa and Ekta Kapoor under their Balaji banners. The main star cast includes actors Ajay Devgan(National Award Winner), Emraan Hashmi (always famous for his bold and controversial roles), Kangana Ranaut (The female perfectionist compared to Aamir Khan for it), Prachi Desai (TV actress who made it fast to the silver screen, Randeep Hooda (the paralell cinema actor). Other small characters have been played by Guahar Khan and Avtar Gill.
A Clean, Simple proverbial dialogues, lovely costumes of the bright 70’s, wonderful acting by the entire cast and the devoted efforts of the entire crew of the film have collected ‘Great Applause’ after a very long time, at Box-office.
It is a thriller that depicts the crime scenario in Mumbai during the 70s and 80s. And it has been in the news for legal suit filed by the children of Haji Mastan, claiming that it is based on the life of their father. However, the Mumbai High Court cancelled when the makers of the film issued a press release, clarifying that the film is not based on Mastan and that they didn’t use his name for publicity. But everyone knows that it is the true story of Haji Mastan (the smuggler ‘Robinhood) of the 70’s and Dawood Ibrahim (the Don) and how the latter’s efforts finally made the Mumbai 1993 blasts occur. The story is a flashback narrated by the Inspector played by Randeep.
Crime was so simple viz-a-viz smuggling, stealing, hurting people only. Haji Mastan is shwon to be adored by the Mumbaikars for his kind, brave acts as he did illegal tasks for the welfare of the masses. Ajay has again proved his worth as a serious actor. The film is a reflection of the hatred of the masses towards the Indian politicians who live only for their power and selfish motives.
Emraan, Prachi, Kangana, Randeep all have done justice to their roles. The director needs credit here. The music with a touch of 70’s is running high on the charts of the industry.