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Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai gets rave reviews from all quarters

Agencies  New Delhi, July 30, 2010
First Published: 15:44 IST(30/7/2010) | Last Updated: 15:52 IST(30/7/2010)

From filmmaker Karan Johar to prominent movie critics, everyone seems to be loving Ekta Kapoor's Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai. Read on to know what all has been written about the controversial film.

Karan Johar
Hearing awesome things about "ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI"!!! Dying to see it!!! Well done ekta!!

Mayank Shekhar
Rating: ***
Mumbai’s underworld dons, though for all you know, their real lives may not be fractionally as exciting as their fictional ones on screen. The subject is immediately exhilarating still. As is this film. Luthria rightly recreates retro from the ‘70s. And this is not just in the low angles of the shots; strange prints on expensive nylon shirts; or trumpets for a background score. It’s most importantly in the sense of the big screen occasion, and a throwback to smart, terse dialogue. This one's the best effort I’ve seen in long.

Taran Adarsh
Rating: ****
Since there's tremendous speculation in the media that Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai chronicles the lives of Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim, the curiosity to watch the film increases manifold. Of course, I am no one to comment if it's actually based on their lives or merely borrows a few incidents from their lives or is pure fiction, but as a cinematic experience, I couldn't help getting transported to the bygone era, getting sucked into a world I had no clue of.

Nikhat Kazmi
Rating: **
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai might just take your breath away with its iridescence and engaging quality. Director Milan Luthria chooses to anchor his film in the emotional heartland rather than dabble with guns and gore. Refreshingly, the film goes low on violence and focuses more on the emotional quotient, throwing light on how Sultan Mirza (an awesome Ajay Devgn) rose to his Shahenshah-esque status in the underworld and how he tried to tame the roguish new team member, Shoaib Khan (an edgy Emraan Hashmi). Alas, in vain! And here-in lies the dramatic core of Rajat Arora's dynamic script which catapults the two lead characters as a study in contrast. Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai offers you both substance and soul, even as it dabbles with a slice of reality. Don't miss it.

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