Movie Review: Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara (2013)

Box Office: Below Avg.

Review by: Surveen ( Official Reviewer)
You have hope it will outdo the first one after all Akshay as matured Shohaib was looking stunning with dialogues one after another Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara was one of the most anticipated movie of the year. Despite the same crew team, the movie disappoints. Barring few lines, which after one point of time sound corny, the movie falls flat with no script whatsoever.

The absurdity of the story begins from very start when biggest don of Mumbai comes from Dubai to kill a man who planted a bomb in his car. In the name of his henchmen you are always show 2-3 men who walk along with him.
A biggest gangster of Mumbai who in his own words owns Mumbai is shown like small time goon who goes after to kill one of his own henchman fearing what if the henchmen becomes Police witness ?

Are you kidding? Is he playing biggest DON of Mumbai ?

The movie looks more of 80s romance between Imran & Sonakshi, Sonakshi & Akshay than a gangster movie. The maker seems so confused with the movie at one time you feel like the maker wanted to show Akshay as good guy. Even Gangsters are human, they too can fall in love, and they can also have golden heart. But, Akshay is given dialogues like he is some kind of ruthless menance. The story and screenplay just doesn’t add up and it fails to withhold any attention of an audience from the word go. It looks like the makers made this movie as a tribute just for underworld king.

The whole movie story can be written in one line. Akshay is a Don, Imran works for him they both fall for same girl Sonakshi with Imran getting Sonakshi after big fight with Akshay in the end .
Yes, that’s the whole story. There is no twists, no chills, no thrills, no big ego clash no deewar/shakti or any cat and mouse games. Nothing!

The story itself was so wafer thin, so the makers came up with an idea of making screenplay like some poetry with lots and lots of rhyming dialogues with long pauses, close camera shots. Alas, if only they had thought some better script and focused more on Shohaib’s menace, his notorious acts, his cunningness or his daring than his puppy love.

Screen presence wise it looks like the whole movie was made just for the three pivotal characters. There is no need of any supporting characters at all. 80% of time only these three clowns (ya, after sometime they look like that) cover the screen. Mahesh as main antagonist is given role like some side kick Shakti Kapoor or Ranjeet was given when Amrish Puri was ruling the Bad world of Bollywood. His antics look so childish.

Performance wise Akshay gets to look suave and does trash talk most of the times. Sonakshi looks vibrant as an innocent Kashmiri girl and plays her part well. Imran as a lover boy is good, but beating up goons who are thrice the size of him is not at all convincing dude. Mahesh as said before looks more like joker than main villains. Sonali as guest appearance gets two scenes bit. Vidya gets blink and miss role as extras. Other supporting cast gets roles more like extras in other Bollywood movies. So there isn’t anything to comment upon them.

Music is mediocre. They come and go with no significance whatsoever in the movie. Choreography looks good in few songs. Cinematography, nothing notable. Especially in a gangster thriller you expect some raw and rough edgy cinematography and some effects but you there never comes such sequences in the movie where cinematographer could try something above mediocre.
Action which is very important in any gangster movie takes backseat with puppy love driving the movie. Be it Imran’s train fight or the climax nothing which you haven’t seen before. Specially when you have biggest action star playing the biggest don, you expect some fire crackers but nah… even police chase scene looks pathetic. At one time I thought, have we been so much engulfed into Salman’s kick and punches with goons flying all around we feel Akshay or Imran’s fight as some school boys street fight ? But seriously audience expects some substance not just.

The movie looks like it has been ghost directed by Ekta Kapoor herself instead of Milan. How would you else explain a thriller underworld drama (OUTIM) turned into some nonesense lethargic rom-com as OUTIM Dobaara.

BoxOffice wise, the multiplex where I saw first day first show there was no more than 20% occupancy.
With strong competition still from Chennai Express, the movie is already losing in terms of release screens coupled with poor script, the movie will find uphill task to even break even.

The movie falters, badly.

Our Critics Rating


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “Watch this story of deewana dons and their dilrubas. There’s nothing criminal about it!”
Times Of India
Average Reviews
2.5 “ONCE UPON AY TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA! has a powerful second half and the drama/conflict helps the film regain ground, after a shaky first hour.”
Bollywood Hungama
2.5 “A gangster drama masquerading as a violent love story, this is Akshay’s film all the way.”
NDTV Movies
2.5 “OUATIMD is said to be crime gangster film, but the movie would have been good with a little more action.”
One India
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Akshay Kumar makes some of those lines work, but things have gotten far worse this time around.”
2.0 “Milan Luthria directed Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai in 2010 a film with a riveting story and fine performances. The sequel is sadly a washed-out version.”
2.0 “Milan Luthria’s OUATIMD lacks the effervescence and naturalness of its prequel. “
2.0 “Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara is nothing but an out and out Akshay Kumar film with nothing more to offer.”
Zee News
2.0 “Watch it for Akshay Kumar, if you must. “
1.5 “Everything is going well for a time-pass genre of a film, when suddenly Milan Luthria decides to push Sonakshi Sinha onto the screen. In comparison, Chennai Express looks like a work of art!”
1.5 “Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara is one film that one wouldn’t want to chance twice upon! Inane plot, force conflict and lazy writing can bore you to death. Take this time if you want undisturbed three hour long sleep in an air-conditioned hall. “
1.0 “Walk very gently into this film, if you must.”
Daily Bhaskar
1.0 “It’s an uninspired, boring and highly disappointing sequel you’ll ever see.”
1.0 “Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! is an exasperating movie experience that doesn’t deliver any of the action it promises. Stay far away from this one.”
Blog Reuters

Video Reviews:

Video Reviews
2.0 Washout!
KRK Live
2.0 Wai Hat !
Public Review
3.0 Akshay Rocks, but script ?
Anupama Chopra, StarWorld
3.5 Not Good as First
Omar, Zoom

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