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OUATIMD fails to impress critics

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, August 16, 2013
First Published: 13:07 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 13:47 IST(19/8/2013)

Multi-starrer Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara has failed to impress critics and viewers. 

Director: Milan Luthria

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sonali Bendre, Kurush Deboo, Abhimanyu Singh, Pitobash, Sarfaraz Khan, Hussain Shaikh

SPOILERS AHEAD

Plot:  The movie commences from where the previous film ended with Shoaib Khan (Akshay Kumar) being the reigning don after successfully assassinating his mentor and predecessor, Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgn). He is a charismatic man with womanising skills and has extended his empire upto the Middle east. His only friends are Javed, who oversees his illegal works, his old-time love Mumtaz (Sonali Bendre) and Aslam (Imran Khan), a youth spotted by Shoaib during one of his visits to the slums, where he once spent the early years of his life.


Most critics feel that the script is the worst in the package. Film analyst Rajeev Masand writes, "Characters in Hindi movies tend to be more naïve than the audience that's watching them on screen. The audience will guess early on that the most earnest cop in the unit is the traitor who's been leaking information to the bad guy." 



Film critic Raja Sen writes, "What is most upsetting is how the vital lines flounder the most: unrelated inanities pop up throughout, but it is when the script actually demands a line with some heft that there is none to be found. It is as if the writers copy-paste lines from railway station shayari books whenever they can, but at times of actual dramatic punch, nothing fits."

Saibal Chatterjee writes for NDTV, " Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! falls well short of being quite as engaging as the film that it is a sequel to. The reason is pretty obvious: the characters that Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi fleshed out in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai were infinitely more complex and nuanced."

Not only is the plot too loose, even the dialogues lack the punch, feel critics. 

Mayank Shekhar agrees, "You're not sure if his character is a cartoon or a don. He talks as if he fishes out a book of poor rhymes and bad poetry when he has to even say hello: "Naam bataya toh pehchan bura maan jayegi… Daan kiya toh dhanda bura maan jayega… Jisne doodh mein nimbu daala, paneer uski."" 

Madhureeta Mukherjee (Times Of India), however, finds the first half engaging: "The first part is more engaging; thereon, the sluggish pace lacks the same dum. The heavy-duty dialogues (Rajat Arora) punch drama in the story, though at times too overbearing."



The critics are not convinced with performances either.  

Shubhra Gupta writes (Indian Express), "Akshay Kumar lacks menace and quickens only when those glasses are off his face, which doesn't happen too often in the film . And his delivery is a drone, crackling strictly in a couple of moments. Imran is too clean-cut to be a goon, especially one that's meant to be grimy."

Masand writes, "Fresh off her terrific performance in Lootera, Sonakshi constructs a singularly contemptible character in Jasmine. Akshay Kumar, for all those sinister threats, ultimately turns Shoaib into a laughable cliché. He goes on and on about being a villain, but we never see him get truly down and dirty."

Saibal Chatterjee writes: "This is Akshay Kumar's film all the way - he struts around with the cocky confidence that he owns every frame. Just a degree of moderation might have stood in better stead."

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