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Love, loyalty, hatred - themes that could've been so much more than heavy lines delivered in a heavy tone.Read more
What you remember from Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai is Ajay Devgn's brooding eyes, Emraan Hashmi's earnestness and dialogue writing that refuses to rest and annoys with its filmy-ness. What you figure from Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara's trailer is that you have no relief from the dialogue and you have Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan playing it out. Not to mention that the title is a mouthful.
Akshay Kumar replacing Ajay Devgn in a sequel only implies a good bye to subtle expressions and a welcome to loudness - thrice over. It doesn't help that the lines sound 'filmi-er' by themselves, if it were possible.
While Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai wasn't the greatest narrative, it had an engaging story. This second episode, however, seems to be more of a love triangle rather than a story of the workings of Mumbai's underbelly. If the underworld is going to mix its romance with guns, I hope they have been able to digest it well.
The music too seems to have received only lukewarm response too. The only hope is that you walk in with minimum expectations, so everything good you get then will be a bonus.
- meeta, a part of the audience
A lady tells off a don, "I am not a city, you can't own me."
It bothered me with Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai and it bothers me again with Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara - how exactly does one own a city like Mumbai? One wants to own it - I can try to imagine the magnanimosity of his aspirations. But when one claims to own it and everyone around him goes on for almost three hours about how he owns it, you begin to really wonder how that works out? How does one own a city like Mumbai, let alone twice? Once I got over it, I warmed up to Once Upon Ay Time Mumbai Dobaara's style and drama, just a teeny-weeny bit. Not enough for sure, but not a complete washout either.
The thing about a move which relies so heavily on its "powerful" dialogue is, you might indeed find four or five dialogues that invoke some kind of an emotion out of you. Either in its romance or skepticism or sarcasm or in its attempt at being profound, there might be a few lines in Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara that you just might remember. Only that you have to sift through tons of such lines including those delivered with enthusiasm by even the smallest of character artists. Whether or not you like it, you have to appreciate the dialogue writer's conviction at make every single line powerful.
In fact, many situations and characters seem like they were created to accommodate the dialogue. Fortunately, there are other situations and characters that exist to build the themes of love, hatred and loyalty. Of the three the theme of loyalty is worked upon the most and works the best. The romance is rather lame and the hatred is purely functional.
Given the huge conflict between loyalty and love, and the route Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara chooses to resolve the conflict, the film could've had a lot more impact. Despite the predictability, there was a lot of human element that could've been explored.
But when style is a priority over content and stylish dialogue delivery over actual acting, the limitations are pre-defined. Even so, though the performances don't get you too involved with the characters, every once in a while, you do forget the actor who is playing it.
You do loathe Shohaib for his audacity and for a bit forget it's Akshay Kumar on screen. This is actually a big deal considering the last few films that he has done. Imran Khan too manages to invoke some kind of sympathy towards Aslam, even if momentarily. Sonakshi Sinha helps Jasmine hold her own against the man who owns Mumbai Dobaara and for what its worth, she does give Akshay Kumar a tough fight with her screen presence.
Unfortunately, the romance has zero chemistry. There is more chemistry between Akshay Kumar and Sonali Bendre and him and Sophie Choudry in the little time they are given than Sonakshi Sinha has with either of the men. Yet, the fault doesn't lie in the performances, the writing and the choice of situations to depict romance lack oomph, despite all the superfluous style.
So, laden with heavy dialogue that is attempted at by one and all, with a heavy voice, Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara isn't as random as the first episode, yet it doesn't suck you in despite having the potential to do so.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...ONCE UPON AY TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA! has a powerful second half and the drama/conflict helps the film regain ground, after a shaky first hour.... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...But when a 160 minute movie slackens in its pace, no amount of huffing and puffing from its leading man can save the day. They say sequels are never as good as their predecessors. So here’s adding one more to the list. ... full review
So-So, Indicine : ... OUATIMD is another example of commerce taking over art. The only reason this film was sanctioned was probably to cash in on the cult following of the previous film... full review
So-So, by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India : ... showtime Once Upon A Time In Mumbai So what’s making it click big time? This year’s first out-and-out masala entertainer. Namrata Joshi COMMENTS PRINT More Sharing Services Share on facebook Share on pinterest_share Share on twitter Share on email Text Size Starring: Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut Directed by Milan Luthria Rating: ** Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbai starts off with the bomb blasts of 1993 and then goes back to the ’70s and ’80s. Loosely based on the rise and fall of Haji Mastan... full review
So-So, by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India : ...Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara’ disappoints on various accounts. Most of all it is the labored pace and the tedious romantic track that makes the film a boredom-inducing watch... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Dobaara has no reason to exist, except perhaps as a bridge to part three of the franchise, presumably when the don runs his criminal empire from exile. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...In writer Rajat Aroraa and director Milan Luthria’s worldview women are commodities men use for distraction, gratification or merely as possessions.... full review
Thumbs down, by FPJ Bureau, Free Press Journal : ...Dobaara’ just doen’t measure up to the first on any level. In fact it makes the ‘first’ one look so good that I am afraid, it might now, in retrospect , get anointed as a classic... full review
Thumbs down, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...The prequel, starring Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi, was an immensely likeable movie. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the sequel. - See more at: http://www.movietalkies.com/movies/reviews/20196/once-upon-ay-time-in-mumbai-dobaara#sthash.Ce4dp1cl.dpuf... full review
Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara is one film that one wouldn't want to chance twice upon! Inane plot, force conflict and lazy writing can bore you to death... full review
Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!” is an exasperating movie experience that doesn’t deliver any of the action it promises. Stay far away from this one... full review
Thumbs down, by SUDHISH KAMATH, The Hindu : ...Because the numerologically- and logically-challenged sequel titled Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbaai Dobaara does not have characters speaking dialogues. They only talk in punch lines... full review
ZITED: Excellent Acting By @akshaykumar Sir As Shoaib And Outstanding Direction By @milanluthria Sir #OUATIMD #HouseFullDobaara
TheStar_report: #OUATIMD me sirf 3 chiz hai,,, ENTERTAINMENT... ENTERTAINMENT... AND.... ENTERTAINMENT entertainment ki khurak #OUATIMD #HouseFullDobaara
therohankalra: Shouldn't 'Once Upon a Time in Mumbai - Dobara' have been instead titled 'Second Upon a Time in Mumbai' Well enjoyed it,somehow... :/
SriNitish: #HouseFullDobaara teenbaar charbaar.itney baar ki bar jaana padega.#OUATIMD is doing mindblowing bus evrywhre.cheers2da entire team
ShayalSingh6: #HouseFullDobaara #OUATIMD IT WAS SO AMAZING! Loved the movie so much, mein dil ka raaz kheta hoon :D
SawanSancheti: AWESOME!!!! :O love story. Must watch, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaraa. @akshaykumar has played a fabulous Character of SHOAIB. #OUATIMD
sanchhi: #OUATIMD A MUST WATCH! :D action and romance at its best. @akshaykumar @sonakshisinha
SalluAamir: #housefulldoobara is #OUATIMD
rushi_1684: once upon a time in mumbai dobara gr8 dialog n a very gud acting by akshay kumar which is rarly seen from him.
ROYRKAJ: the movies directed by Milan Luthria has amazing dialogues #OUATIMD
rohitsatiani: Ohh the dialogues in #OUATIMD . Just tooooo gooood.. @akshaykumar brilliant performance... :D
RajGaikwad07: itni rangeen aadmi ki black & white photo ! kal javed ko bol ke nayi bhijwani padegi! #OUATIMD #HouseFullDobaara
Raj_akkiaddict: Ouatimd may not be as good as ouatim,,but it is definetly a good film.
rainy_leone: #OUATIMD is a great film for ppl who like masala films... full paisa wasool, specially fr Akshay fans
rahulgarje50: Ouatimd is good 3/5
PrithamSadashiv: Saw #OUATIMD, Powerful and Entertaining! Akshay Kumar is just SUPERB as Shoib and His KILLER Dialouges are to watch out for! Quite Liked it!
prathod2008: #OUATIMD is a great film for ppl who like masala films... full paisa wasool, specially fr Akshay fans" #Cinema
prableensinghdj: #OUATIMD is a must watch! Powerful & entertaining!! Milan Lutharia delivers yet again with this impactful tale.... https://www.facebook.com/DJ.Pulse.Prableen.Singh/posts/412218362222495
paavin_dabangg: #OUATIMD superbb movie...watch 2 shows in 1 day...not enough need 2 watch Dobara...@sonakshisinha @akshaykumar imran. http://twitter.com/paavin_dabangg/status/368369870028537856/photo/1
OUATIMDmihir7: Finally watched #ouatimd..Awesome dialogues and awesome movie.Juz one word.Not seen akshay like dis ever before.Awesome style to walk. :-*
mohitiitgn: #OUATIMD First half of movie is typical modern era of bollywood full of dialogues and second completely awesome Just amazing. Go for it
mehakf30: Yaar.. OUATIMD is a very good comedy movie. Loving it!! :D
majevichar: Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara a love set in underworld, not to get mixed up w/the first. Excellent movie.
m_ali313: Just watched once upon a time in Mumbai dobaara with @abubakarahmed45. Awesome movie and @akshaykumar's acting was brilliant. #OUATIMD
kshitijkokas: Not a bad movie, #OUATIMD! Glad I watched it. But have to say, Imran Khan looked out of place. Pretty evidently.
kinganuj21: Sab #OUATIMD ki taarif kr rhe h but mai nhi q ki mere pas words kam pad rhe h taarif krne k liye #HouseFullDobaara
imksingha: love never change #OUATIMD #HouseFullDobaara
iBeingDesi: #HouseFullDobaara #OUATIMD @OUATIMAOfficial 100% ENTERTAINMENT, ENTERTAINMENT AUR ENTERTAINMENT book your tickets now
iamJigar1234j: Thank you ekta for making wonderful OUATIMD, now we all are relax about CE... Thank you very much. #ChennaiExpressWeekend
hriday_hriday: Watched #ouatimd film was good but akki sir was tooooooo gooood....best acting till date
happyquoka: #OUATIMD 3rd time
haldar680: just watched ouatimd......... awesome movie.... have watched both c.e. and ouatimd but won't compare the two as they r incomparable.........
GarryDh44796389: #OUATIMD faboulous
faru_eyes: #HouseFullDobaara #OUATIMD @OUATIMAOfficial Entertainment full on
exclusive_arun: #OUATIMD loved the movie.....
DolphinBay4: Hoping there's a sequel to OUATIMD. I love movies made on the underworld. Loved Company, D Day, OUATIM 1 and 2.
DhruvDhupar: awesome film yar Once upon a time in Mumbai. DobarA......
davinapatel_x: 3.5 stars for ouatimd? what the hell i'd give it at least 4 or 4.5
CsSaurav: OUATIMD IS #rocking Movie.....4 star frm my side,deducting 1 star for overdose of dialogues
cric_champ: i asked my gf hows #OUATIMD she said "fantastic movie.. i dont lyk akshay much but this movie is gr8."
Brijeshmudgal: Akshay kumar's act in #OUATIMD is the return of villian in the bollywood,you will love to hate him!
boss_officials: #ouatimd is just suprb.Go n have fun
aviraag1991: Watched #OUATIMD ... loved the movie ...@akshaykumar rocks :-) ... agar mai ye movie nahi dekhta, toh meri aankhen bura maan jaati :-P
ashu_roxxxx: Superb movie OUATIMD.....I'm watch 2time but my heart say 1time again watch....agar nhi dekh to mera heart bura maan jayega.....@akshaykumar
Arora76Roni: I liked once upon a time in mumbai dobara
AnkitFearless: Watched #OUATIMD !! Its time to leave twitter KRK #OUATIMD is a blockbuster material !!
AjayLomash: Lo ji finally Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara dekh li teebaara means 3rd time awesome movie. #OUATIMD.
aisha5145: One of the finest movies #OUATIMD Love Story ♥ Imraan Khan
abhishek_agg: #OUATIMD a must watch!! Powerful & entertaining!! Milan Lutharia delivers yet again a vryy impactful tale! Awwsumm indeed!!
921munna: #OUATIMD will surely a hit n will complete 100 cr...
2020Ravikumar: #OUATIMD Dekh liya dobaara ab dekhunga 3 bara 4 bara 5 bara #HouseFullDobaara
1mNaresh: #OUATIMD #HouseFullDobaara love it . .
__Red: Went to see OUATIMD. Clear all stages of tiny thief. Damn good movie.
RohitSharma877: OUATIMD averege movie
rakeshmishra77: #OUATIMD is an average film, not up to expectation.The first one was better. #OUATIM
PunjabiMovieRev: #OUATIMD - 2.5 stars. Akki bhai is good, but the writer who wrote his character wasn't. There is nothing else to write about.
kaupar: Just watched Once Upon a time in Mumbai Doobara.. #OUATIMD Nice movie but still first was better....
iam_akanksha: #OUATIMD not that bad tho
yunusM: Ekta ji ko saas, bahu, hindustani pariwar walon ki baddua lagi hai, jitna serials mein kamaya,sab movies mein jayega @kamaalrkhan #OUATIMD
vivekbhambie: #OUATIMD. Waste . Akshay Kumar was SO amazing . I just wished they had someone better than imran. Movie is shit,but worth a watch for AK.
vanillawallah: Once upon a time in Mumbai Dobara was so bad.
tomcruise_l_: #OUATIMD disappointed me. I wish I went for Chennai Express.
thebesttilak: #OUATIMD Super duper Flop .Akki the Real king of Flops. Isse acha joker dekho bhai Log.Paka diya re baba ek dam
sumitsaurabh: Theatre was full, people were excited to see #OUATIMD , by the end of the movie everyone was sleeping . Too long, too boring .
sudeepiyer1: Why did I go and watched #OUATIMD I Should have listed @kamaalrkhan Daam it!!
Siddhartha_100: My personal verdict #OUATIMD is 24 Carat Pure Unadulterated SHIT !! Watch at your own risk.
Shubham05000: I Don't Like #AkshayKumar But I Liked #RowdyRathore and #Khiladi786 .. I Enjoyed His Talent .. #OUATIMD Has Failed to Impress Me .. :/
sharad_doba: Once upon a time in mumbai dobara is once upon a time utter flop movie
s2tbaruah: And we think film with long titles are wow.. What about Once Upon a Time In Mumbai Dobara? #Bollywood . This movie is not an entertainment.
ronyd: Ouatimd is exhaustingly boring. Struggled to stay awake.
ronakchoudhary: #OUATIMD is a test to prove tat d first part was indeed fabulous... Highly disappointed wid Part II...!!!
rohit_bamane: Bokwasss #OUATIMD
rkfanforever: OUATIMD- Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Doob Gaya.
rjstutee: #OUATIMD bachaaaaao!! Ye galti mein dubaaraa nahi karungi promise!
reetiks: List of goods to carry to watch #OUATIMD: 1.Blanket. 2. Crocin (if you fail to take a 160-minute nap). For, even caramel popcorn can't help.
RajiniAnna: Rajat Arora Is Good Writer,But He Wrote Bunch Of Dialogues In #OUATIMD,He Forgot To Write Script In Movie
rahul_vadgama: A Tip: Do not waste money on #OUATIMD, instead go and have pani puri!
pranavdi: Bored! Honestly! Chhod di OUATIMD beech mein!
PinkCancerian: Disappointing ! #OUATIMD
OmarSBhatti: #OUATIMD dull movie. Bukwas
ojha_prashant12: #OUATIMD bore means very bore muvie.......
nishaantyaduka: Ouatimd ... one of the worst movies of akshay kumar.... imran khan wht r u doing in d movie...
NimsPatel: Himmatwala is better than OUATIMD.
naved911: #OUATIMD ------ sch a turn off !!!!! Sucks big tym:-[
Military_Indian: do we need movies like #OUATIMD which glamorizes gangster,murderer,terrorist to b a lover?get a life directors.don't make saint out of devil
Metal_head__: Once upon a time in Mumbai dobara went disappointing. Kaha ajay devgan emran hashmi ka tashan and kaha akshay kumar imran khan ka mithapa.
maggiekavish: Once upon a time in mumbai dobara, ek baar bhi dekhne laayak movie nahi h !
Maddykhanhere: Now I'm confused between #OUATIMD and #himmatwala as the most Chutiyapa movie of the year?
M_Ahmad07: #OUATIMD Not a great movie, neither story nor logic. Akshay was brilliant. But trust me, Once upon a time in Mumbai part 1 was much better
kunalnss30: Rather thn taking sleeping pills. I would suggest to watch #OUATIMD you would not wake up atleast for a day
JoypurGuy: Once upon ahhhhhhh (Yawn!) time in Mumbai Dobara, is unexpectedly a big time let down. #OUATIMD is a lumbering mess without a heart.
iDabaang: Sorry to say but this movie is absolutely not worth a watch ----> #OUATIMD
iamamumbaikar: ooops #OUATIMD other then @akshaykumar the whole film drops loose... sorry dobara
i_ShUbHaM_: ouatimd is a flop...accept it...ab log nh dkh rahe to BOI kya kare..taran kya kare!! haha
heboyme: Its hard to describe how bad is this movie: #OUATIMD . #ChennaiExpress looks like a masterpiece - but only in comparison.
FriedelCrafty: OUATIMD: 1-star ; Dumb as hell. What a bad movie & Akshay needs to retire from all forms of movies
FilmCritik: OUATIMD - Milind wasted a lot of money. Investors would find it hard to get money back. Its neither a gangster film, nor a love story
fahad_mallick: #OUATIMD RUINED THE WHOLE CLASSINESS OF THE FIRST PART:@.ONLY GOOD THING IN THE MOVIE THE MUSIC WHICH WAS TAKEN FROM FIRST ONE
dipsitea2006: We cant catch Dawood but then we make movies like #OUATIMD just 2 test his patience !!
DeepChheda09: Please do not watch #OUATIMD ! This movie is purely a torture! #FreeAdvice
CriticLeo: You know the movie is beyond unbearable when a movie addict like me walks out of it! #OUATIMD
chaitanya17udr: #OUATIMD Way Below expectations :(
BreakingSaul: #OUATIMD is an ABSOLUTE ABSOLUTE COMICSHIT DISASTER. Oh, God !
bharatpress: #Bad, worse, worst? 30 'dimaag-ki-dahi' OUATIMD dialogues - http://bharatpress.com/2013/08/16/bad-worse-worst-30-dimaag-ki-dahi-ouatimd-dialogues/ http://twitter.com/bharatpress/status/368315007584313344/photo/1
AZKhawaja: too long and too much overacting. #OUATIMD
ashismohapatra: OUATIMD was total time waste. Too long. Boring and predictable as hell. Cliched dialogues. @akshaykumar fans might jus like it.
Arijitanywhere: Never trust an Ekta K production. She'll turn even a gangster movie into a soapy love story. #ouatimd
aayushshah_shah: Super duper flop #OUATIMD
Not Interested in Watching, by трансмиссионное масло 75w90 л : Reykjavik
Not Interested in Watching, by guddu : not again
Not Interested in Watching, by TimELiebe : I'm going to hate myself, I know - but my wife will love it, and maybe it won't totally stink...?
Want to Watch, by aktuellerbauzins.com
Want to Watch, by Dalene : Shurrery
Want to Watch, by discus fish facebook
Want to Watch, by granule
Yay! Thumbs Up, by fahrzeug
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Hattie
Yay! Thumbs Up, by karan : entertaining movie.love to watch this....
Yay! Thumbs Up, by трансмиссионное масло mobil 75 : Montgeron
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Roxana : Krickenbach
So-So, by Anup : one time watch on big screen,,,,with some boring scense
So-So, by prafful : one time watch not as good as the way it was promoted.
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