Mumbai, the erstwhile Bombay is a city that has been romanticised by many a movie. The city is a magnet for people who see dreams of making it big in life and it has actually made the term “from rags to riches” come true. With a rocking night life and a citizenry that is passionate about its city, it has attracted the likes of the good and the bad. The city has its share of glamorous and beautiful people who step out of their big cars on nights into pubs , discotheques and restaurants. But beneath this glamour and beauty, the city has a dark side. This dark side is also called the underbelly of the city that is completely different from what you see on the outside.
This is the side that many movies have tried to capture. From Satya to the latest Once Upon A Time In Mumbai various films have given to us the interpretation of that side of the city which has thrills of a different kind. Here it is Money that rules the roost. But apart from money the people working for this side exhibit one more trait that sets them apart and that trait is – Fearlessness.
This side of the city is also called the Underworld and the latest movie to romanticize the Underworld is Ekta Kapoor’s and Milan Luthra’s “Once Upon A Time In Mumbai”. It has been widely reported in the media that the movie has tried to capture the lives of its most (in)famous dons – Haji Mastaan & Dawood Ibrahim. Two popular Bollywood actors, Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi portray the lives of these two men. Ajay Devgan, with those intense eyes, lends a dimension to the character of an underworld Don that has never been seen on screen before. The Don with a heart of gold has been depicted beautifully by this talented actor who has portrayed an underworld character on the silver screen before as well. The character of “Don”, inspired by Dawood Ibrahim, has also been portrayed well by the legendary Emraan Hashmi.
Sadly, the two leading ladies Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai don’t have much to do in the film. Kangana’s “lip job” is very obvious, so much so that throughout the film she appears to have a swollen lip.
All in all, the film is a one time watch. There are some really funny one liners in the film. But it is unnerving that this is yet another film which glorifies the underworld and crime. Crime has been shown as the fast route to success and money. What effect it shall have on the youth can only be guessed! We do hope that “Once Upon…” makes up for Ekta kapoor’s loss of TV success.