The fascination with gangster movies has been immense worldwide. On this side of the Atlantic, several gangster films have left giant footprints on the sands of time. Films like Deewar (Yash Chopra), Dharmatma (Feroz Khan), Nayakan (Mani Ratnam), Angaar (Shashilal Nair), Parinda (Vidhu Vinod Chopra), Agneeth (Mukul Anand), Satya and Company (Ramgopal Varma), Vaastav (Mahesh Manjrekar), Gangster (Anurag Basu), D (Vishram Sawant) and Shootout Ta Lokhandwala (Apoorva Lakhia) have tremendous recall value to this day.
Once Upon A Time in Mumbai recreates an era that so many of us have left behind and for those who arrived on this planet post 80s, I am sure, they must have visited the era through some medium or the other, mainly movies and internet or during their academic careers.
Once Upon A Time in Mumbai is not part of history, but it attempts to portray on celluloid tales that are now considered legendary, that continue to make news to this date. Of course, the disclaimer claims that it bears no resemblance to a particular person, but you can't help but draw parallels with real-life characters. It could be a coincidence, though!