Films are as unpredictable as summer rain. You don"t know whether a film will do well or not until it proves at the box office. Even big-budgeted films fail in spite of huge publicity. Sometimes good word of mouth works wonders to small-budgeted films. And the views of the critics determine the opening of a film to a large extent. If we are to go by this criteria, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai has won half the battle, as it has got good reviews.
Popular film critic Taran Adarsh strong recommended the film in his review. “Once Upon A Time in Mumbai is not to be missed. Set everything aside this coming weekend and watch this one. Strongly recommended!," he wrote. “Once Upon A Time in Mumbai is an extremely well-made film that lingers in your memory. The realism coupled with stellar direction, power-packed writing, exceptional performances and ear-pleasing tunes are its trump cards. An outstanding cinematic experience!," he added.
Well known writer Shobhaa De tweeted, “Once Upon a Time...'is well worth your time and money. Superb performances, esp Emran's and Hooda's. Linear narrative. Passionate and gripping." Award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar also tweeted, “Saw Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. Is a great cinematic experience of 80s era Ajay Devgn and Emran Hashmi's performances rock. After a long time full claptrap, total paisa vasool, more power to Ekta Kapoor and Milan Lutharia."
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai is directed by Milan Luthria and features actors Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai, Randeep Hooda, Gauhar Khan and Avtar Gill. It is a thriller that depicts the crime scenario in Mumbai during the 70s and 80s. And it has been in the news for legal suit filed by the children of Haji Mastan, claiming that it is based on the life of their father. However, the Mumbai High Court has disposed of the suit after the makers of the film issued a press release, clarifying that the film is not based on Mastan and that they didn"t use his name for publicty.
The film is releasing today. Watch out for this thriller!