Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara

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Love, loyalty, hatred - themes that could've been so much more than heavy lines delivered in a heavy tone.

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Director: Milan Luthria
Running time: 160 minutes
Genres: Crime, Romance
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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.

Music Reviews:
Bollyspice - "3.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
glamsham - "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "Do gaane work in this Dobaara."
Music Aloud - "6/10"

- 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

27 reviewers(?) - 1 yays 11 so-so 15 nays

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Thumbs up, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...Watch this story of deewana dons and their dilrubas. There's nothing criminal about it! ... full review

So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad , Anupama Chopra : ...OUATIMD is not an absolute washout though. ... full review

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, by Anupama Chopra , Hindustan Times : ...Yes, the film is over-wrought, melodramatic and designed as pulp fiction.... 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 Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...The film fails to be a proper crime thriller or a love saga as it dismally flops at both doing absolutely no justice to either.... full review

So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara is a better crafted film than it's predecessor but unfortunately considerably shallower... full review

So-So, by sai, NDTV : ...Yet Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! falls well short of being quite as engaging as the film that it is a sequel to ... full review

So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Yet Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! falls well short of being quite as engaging as the film that it is a sequel to ... 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 Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...hoaib (Akshay Kumar) is the undisputed, unscrupulous don... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Luthria stages a couple of competent action sequences, along with some enjoyable masala moments.... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...spend an evening with your family instead of watching this avoidable, boring and repetitive sequel this festive weekend.... 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 Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...'Dobaara' leaves the door open for a third part. But you suspect that the gangster flick genre has had its heyday. Enough please.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini : ...Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara is commercial filmmaking gone horribly wrong ... full review

Thumbs down, by Dhiren Trivedi, DNA : ...Milan Luthria's lame attempt to recreate and better his original 2010 hit film bites the dust... 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 Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost : ...there’s nothing remotely new or exciting about the film.... 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 Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Hashmi's brash I want-to-take-over-everything Shoaib is played by Akshay Kumar in the new film... 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

108 tweeters(?) - 53 yays 5 so-so 50 nays

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


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 :(


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

11 readers - 5 yays 2 so-so 4 nays

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.

Nay! Thumbs Down, by cric.ml : Freiburghaus

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Fan : Totally avoidable film.

Nay! Thumbs Down, by LiL : Horrible

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Vikramjeet Singh Mann : Waste of money

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lot of gun fights and some blood shed.
  • Language: A couple of abusive words.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A making out scene and some talk about it.
  • Concept: Love, hatred and loyalty
  • General Look and Feel: Crisp feel though set in the 80s

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Running time:
160 minutes

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"Akshay Kumar replacing Ajay Devgn in a sequel only implies a good bye to subtle expressions and a welcome to loudness - thrice over."~Exact reason why i'm not looking forward to this one despite being a fan of its prequel. Imo,Akshay is no match to Ajay in the crime/gangster genre! And the lesser we talk of Imran,the better (specific to the genre). This one might end up being a misfire!


The charm of ajay was gone,,,,akshay's dialogue delivery seems like how street boys use to say sometimes using atitude in there voice,,,,imran khan is totally miscast,,,,shahid the first option of the directer was better,,,,dont know why he was replaced,,,,change in genre gives more disappointment to me,,,,and the bad songs(except- ye tune kya kiya) only add to the dissappointment....

@Anuj @Anup I hear ya, friends. *sigh*

::facepalm:: Tammy's going to want to see this anyway, because it's Akshay Kumar - being serious! I have to say that I'm looking at this and saying, "Wait a minute - who's playing what here, anyway? And Imran Khan as a slum rat in a period piece - this is a joke, right?"

Mind, I like Imran Khan better than a lot of people do - but his talent is playing a very modern, middle-class, well-educated and globally-thinking Indian who's as comfortable with English as with Hindi. I can appreciate his wanting to stretch past "India's answer to John Cusack" roles, but don't think this is the way he can comfortably go....

I'm guessing Akshay is the guy who was the bad guy in the last movie? I keep hearing him refer to himself as "Villain" and whoever Imran Khan's playing as "Hero" in the trailer - which is never a good sign.

Also, hasn't this movie been "coming soon" since basically The Dawn of Time? What took so long - and what happened to Shahid Kapoor, who might have been a bit better fit as the young interloper?

@TimELiebe No idea what took so long and why no Shahid Kapoor. The signs aren't good, is all I have to say for now :D


@Meetu @TimEliebe : Akshay's role is an extension from where Emraan Hashmi's "Shoaib" left off in the prequel!


@Meetu : Here's some food for thought for those wondering why mediocre films are recording historic box office collections these days!



ur review is better then what i expected,,,,seems u liked the sequal more then its preceeder(which i had liked alot)

Vikramjeet Singh Mann

Hey Meetu ,

I read your review which I stopped after Special Chabbis and the reason being its an Akshay movie and I contradict your reviews in Akshay movies like Houseful 2 and Special Chabbis.

Here in this movie also I have a different view than yours.You have categorized this movie as Even the keen wait for DVD while I would have categorized as - Switch channel if its on TV.

Also I have changed my mind about No Smoking after a person who smoke heavily told me that he got frieghted a lot after watching the movie and one person have stopped smoking. Hopefully you dont smoke. But now I think it is due to fact that I am not a heavy smoker I was not in a position to understand or appreciate the movie.

That's what I figured, @Anuj - I suppose it's pointless of me to point out he's all wrong for Shoaib? The article you linked to it interesting - it sounds kind of like what we call "tentpole" movies here in the US (the current STAR TREK and IRON MAN entries, PACIFIC RIM though that did much better in Asia than the US, and ELYSIUM). Movies that can become hits despite not hitting during the main moviegoing seasons (summer and Christmas in the US) tend to draw a bit different audience, so the movies are aimed more towards them - ROWDY RAHORE and DABANGG 2 actually sound like the kind of movie that would have been huge hits on the drive-in and "grindhouse" circuits (similar to what the blogger Ashar calls "the masses") back when they were still a factor over here.

@Meetu - sounds like you only "mildly disliked" it rather than the "outright hated" it that your Preview suggested you suspected you'd feel. I wish I could see this film with Shahid Kapoor instead of Imran Khan....

The recent trends says that a film title must be linked to a past work. Films like Murder 3 , Aashiqui 2 are prime examples of good renumeration on weekends. Irrespective whether it is a sequel or prequel , these films have managed to trick the audience .Who knows they might have planned a third installment as well.


i have good what i expected,,,,surly its better then. CE ,,,, but akshay is no ajay devgan,,imran is no emraan. and abhimanyu singh is no randeep hooda,,,,the movie a lot of melodrama,,,,with herois dialogues everywhere,,,,some fits perfectly some doesnt,,,,but atleast it has some decent story....And if we ignore some streched scense in 2nd half and some unwanted songs it could be a good time pass,,,,nothing more....


I hated the movie. What a pakao movie. The dialogue start getting on your nerves pretty quickly, and Akshay Kumar pretends as if he wants every dialogue to a historic/classic one. Sonakshi was irritating. Imraan Khan was confused whether he was a gangster or a lover boy. Songs were barely ok. Switch channels if its on cable.

@Anuj That link isn't working.

@Anup, Vikramjeet oh well, there are always times when I surprise myself ;)

@Vikramjeet I'm not a smoker, No Smoking just fascinates me by being so ambiguous. I'm glad it worked for the person who quit smoking. And I'm glad that you could see the film in new light.

@TimELiebe Acutally, I mildly liked it. :D

@Guddu Really? Any studies to that end? Also, it would be interesting to know if there are films that are named so and weren't a hit. Oh and I'm sure this one has a third instalment coming. :D

@LostinLamancha oh well...


it good movie! atleast 1 time watch


Meetu - didn't find preview of Madras Cafe on Wogma yet. Coming soon, I hope :)

@Prafful :)

@Swapnil Have been delayed, coming up by end of day today. :D

outim is the best movie... i love this movie... 10/10..


Horrible film. Together with Himmatwala this will go down as the worst film of 2013 (and will also figure in the top 10 of last 10 years' worst movies ever).

The intercourse joke, if one could call it a joke, just goes on an on.

Dialogue writer seems to be on an elevated track penning dialogues with best vocabulary words but the entire sentence makes no sense. Seems like he/she has used an automatic dialogue generator based on group of hi-fi sounding words.

Milan Luthria as director has no idea what he wants to convey, or film.

Everybody believes that he/she is the smartest alec in town with cheesy sounding dialogs but that make no sense at all.

If suing was allowed to producer for rendering my productive time useless by watching this crappy product, then I would certainly do that.

Totally avoidable film.

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