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OUATIMD Movie Review: Akshay Kumar's Dialogues, A Saving Grace

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2.5/5
Once upon a time in Mumbai, when gangsters were heroes, there lived a mafia king called Shoaib Khan (Akshay Kumar). He was a charismatic man with womanising expertise. Milan Luthria directed Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara revolves completely around this don and the characters played by Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan are only secondary.

Akshay Kumar's dialogues delivery is a saving grace for this slow paced movie that revolves around a story where two men fall for the same woman. Every dialogue said by Akshay receives a thunderous response from the audience. However, only his villainous presence is the sole charm of the movie. The rest is predictable, and therefore becomes a drag.

OUATIMD is said to be crime gangster film, but the movie would have been good with a little more action. Although everyone loves some chemistry on screen, the romantic angle to this underworld life gets quite boring at some point. Imran Khan and Sonakshi have done decent job, but somehow they do not seem like the central characters in the film.

Story
The movie begins from where the prequel Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai ended. Only this time, it is Akshay Kumar who is Shoaib Khan instead of Imran Hashmi who played the role in the first part. Shoaib, a successful don who assassinated his mentor, the previous don Sultan Mirza has now earned his share of respect.

OUATIMD is set in the 1980s of Bombay, where Shoaib's sole interest is the supremacy of Mumbai, but his heart is swayed by a lovely lady called Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha). In the movie, Shoaib is like a godfather to Aslam (Imran Khan). Aslam was spotted by Shoaib during one of his visits to the slums.

The tagline of the movie says 'This time it's personal' and yes, we do see a lot more than crime and killing. When Shoaib's passion for Jasmine grows into something more, there arises a rift between the young Aslam and godfather Shoaib. The two vie for Jasmine's love.

Performances

Akshay Kumar: He plays the role Shoaib Khan, a flamboyant bad guy. Akshay lives like a king in the movie. He returns as villain after 12 years. He was last seen as the bad guy in Khiladi. Akshay brings his character alive with the dialogues and style. For a change, we enjoy watching the bad guy say lines such as 'Peene ki capacity, jeene ki strength, account ka balance aur naam ka kauff kabhi bhi kam na hona chahiye'. In the movie, Shoaib says that he is not a player, but the game itself, and here we have Akshay who is more or less the story himself.

Sonakshi Sinha: This beautiful actress plays the role Jasmine who is an innocent starlet. Although the movie's actors are swayed by her, the audiences are not awed by her. Her performance is fine, but her presence seems minimal in the movie. She somehow doesn't grab eyeballs this time.

Imran Khan: Imran Khan is Aslam in the movie and is an ambitious young lad. He starts off pretty well by giving us some good action and chase in the train scene. However, neither his love story nor his lines sway us. 

Verdict

Director Milan Luthria has tried his best in the movie set-up and given us a picture of the 80s, but fails in some aspects. He has focused only on Ashay Kumar. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara makes gangsters the heroes and for once you don't mind that. It is often said that for a movie to become a hit, you need five good dialogues and here you have plenty. However, don't expect the movie to take you on a jolly ride, it is quite slow paced.

OUATIMD has a bit of love, melodious music, dashing dialogues and action and yet there is something lacking in the film. However, one could watch the movie for some kickass dialogues from Akshay Kumar. So put on those shades and suits from the 80s and get ready to escape to an underworld love story.

Do not miss the slide show for images and more details on OUATIMD. 

Akshay Kumar

The film's story is nothing but Akshay Kumar. The role of Shoaib played by him looks natural and and effortless. Yes, he says those extremely filmy dialogues, but that fits the 80s perfectly. Almost the entire movie, we see him in suits and shades and walking like a King.

Fall In Love With The Villain

Akshay Kumar may be the villain in the film, but he definitely charms you with his style and catchy lines. He even smokes in a particular style that impresses everyone. In the film, Shoaib even says that he doesn't want to be the hero and proclaims that he wants to be a villain.

1980s

Right from the clothes, cars and catchy lines everything fits the 1980s era. This is a cabaret dance (song - Tu hi khwahish).

Music

Pritam gives the audience what is essential for the movie. 'Tayyab Ali pyaar ka dushman' is perfectly paced and it sure will get you tapping your feet. 'Ye tune kya kiya' too is enjoyable and melodious.

Vidya Balan Surprise

For a second, you wonder whether you actually saw Vidya Balan in the movie or not. She is seen sporting a burqa in the song 'Tayyab Ali', but this appearance does not last for more than a few seconds.

The Chase

There are a few chasing scenes in the film. This image gives you glimpse of the Shoaib and Aslam escaping from the Bombay police.

Aslam And Jasmine

Imran Khan and Sonakshi meet through their respective friends and they soon become very close and fall in love.

Rail-Track Romance

Aslam and Jasmine are lying down below the rail tracks because she wants to see stars. He instead shows her the fire sparks falling from the passing train wheels friction.

The Don And His Lady Love

Shoaib, whose prime interest is in the city ends up falling in love with Jasmine who comes his way. Good chemistry can be observed between the two in the songs.

Love Triangle

Both Shoaib and Aslam fall in love with Jasmine around the same time, but they have no clue that the other knows Jasmine. Only towards the end of the film, they learn about this love triangle.

Sonakshi Sinha

Jasmine played by Sonakshi Sinha is an innocent girl from Kashmir and is alone in the big city. She finds friendship in Shoaib and Aslam and is not aware that Aslam works for Shoaib. At the start, when everyone else fears the don, she is the only one who talks to him boldly, but later she wants to escape from the same gangster.

The Rift

Shoaib is like a godfather to Aslam. Aslam even dresses like Shoaib because he aims to be like him. Even though there arises a rift between the two because of a woman, Aslam remains loyal to Shoaib.

Dance

Imran Khan shakes a leg for the song 'Tayyab Ali' and this is the first time that he meets Sonakshi Sinha in the movie.

Sonali Bendre Cameo

Sonali Bendre plays the role of Mumtaz in the movie and she is seen in three scenes. Mumtaz is an old time love of Shoaib. In Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara, she is even seen giving advice to Akshay Kumar and tells him to be a hero for once.

Sophie Choudry Chemistry

Sophie is seen in the beginning of the movie where she meets Akshay Kumar at the cricket stadium. There she falls for his flirty womanising skills and later the two have a very short intimate scene on screen.

Topics: once upon a time in mumbaai dobara, akshay kumar, sonakshi sinha, imran khan, milan luthria

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