Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, directed by Milan Luthria, completes eight years today. We seldom make movies whose characters, their traits and their dialogues people remember verbatim. This gangster drama that showcased the rise and rise of Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgn), followed by the birth of another wannabe gangster Shoaib Khan (Emraan Hashmi), was based in the Bombay of the 70’s but was packaged as a modern-day masala entertainer. Rajat Arora gave some delicious one-liners to his actors to chew on and both Devgn and Hashmi delivered them with effortlessness and ease, making this a clap-trap, whistle-worthy cinematic experience.
Right from the music to the confrontation scenes of Ajay Devgn and Randeep Hooda to the romantic interlude between him and Kangana Ranaut, everything was vintage Bollywood, the kind of cinema people reveled in the era of the 70’s. Salim-Javed would have definitely enjoyed the verbal exchanges that happened between the characters. Sample this- A drug lord wants Sultan to smuggle white powder and he rejects the offer not by saying a simple NO but with a dialogue that still echoes in people’s minds- Main Un Cheezon Ki Smuggling Karta Hoon Jinki Ijaazat Sarkar Nahin Deti, Un Cheezon Ki Nahin Jinki Ijaazat Zameer Nahin Deta.
When Hashmi’s character wants to join Mirza’s gang, he doesn’t ask for the opportunity with a Give Me One Chance To Prove Myself kind of a line, but quotes this- Sher Se Hal Chalaoge To Kisaan To Marega Hi. Who wouldn’t clap?
How we wish they never made a sequel and mar the fun that lied in the first part!
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