Once Upon A Time … There Was Sultan

It’s easy to pick between good and bad, but it’s tough to pick among two bad ass. Sultan was bad ass against flaws in system, but was messiah for common. His evolution as a smuggler robin hood in Bombay was during three decades of independent India and country was struggling to recover from unemployment. Though Sultan earned the money by smuggling means, but eventually his black money was helping several youngsters from Bombay  to earn their bread and butter. He became inspiration for youth. Despite being involved in illegal activities, Sultan was man of discipline. He smuggled the things for which govt. doesn’t permit, but he never do illegal import of things for which his soul doesn’t permit. 70’s was era of his evolution and there was someone else who was waiting to follow his footsteps. Shoaib  was another bad ass who happened to be a cop’s son, was involved in criminal activities since his childhood. Shoaib was like Sultan in bravery and ambitions, but unlike sultan his ambitions was not bind to any protocols. Sultan never knew that he is seeding his bleak fortune when he gave shelter to Shoaib, initially in form of small shop and later on he became Sultan’s right hand to such an extent that one fine day sultan give Shoaib power of attorney to take care of his business during his visit to Delhi. Sultan somehow want to slow down his illegal activities and his Delhi visit was to serve this purpose. The time when he  joined forces with politics , Shoaib, by attaining power of attorney, went many steps above and involved in activities which was never in books of Sultan, just for sake of money. He made many abrupt changes in sultan’s empire by breaking all his set of rules which was not in welfare of common man. On his return, Sultan couldn’t bear the topples of his business ethics by Shoaib and a friction evolve between duos which resulted in fall of sultan’s reign. Shoaib could easily be caught by cops, had ACP of Bombay never developed the idea to catch sultan by means of Shoaib. It leads to drastic changes in Bombay reign which was handed over to another bad ass, but difference lies in fact that this ass was bastard’s one. Bombay was secure during sultan’s supremacy, but now Bombay become hub of terror with reign switchover. This was drastic mistake by Bombay cops who couldn’t identify the difference between bad and bastard, but damage had done and couldn’t revert back. 

Milan luthria’s earlier work was not bad. Kache Dhaage and Deewar was his best outings. I even liked Hattrick and Taxi No 9-2-11. But OUATIM goes many steps ahead. This is big leap by director from his earlier work. And I will not hesitate to say that this movie is my most satisfying experience among 2010 releases. Movie has soul, substance and style. It recreates the 70’s era which is treat to watch. Characters have references of well known 70’s smugglers in Bombay. Few critics has drawn parallels to bachchan’s smash hit Deewar, but similarity ends at references and execution style only. Movie has drawn consistent pace throughout first half, drags a bit in between of second half, but picks up in finale. There are many sequences which you take home and here’s lying the success of movie. Sultan’s first smuggling attempt where it was required to portray the varying characteristics  of sultan, deftly executed and thrilling as well. Romances of both protagonists doesn’t look odd and forced, these parallel tracks blended well with story. Sultan’s idea of romance is likeable. The character difference between Sultan and Shoaib was clearly visible in the portrayal of their romances. While Shoaib was aggressive, possessive and cheat with ease kind of guy with loved ones. Sultan was man of words and he did everything with his heart and soul. Despite so many dark patches in Shoaib’s character, he got advantage of cop’s son and this is where ACP of Bombay had worst blunder ever which leads the Bombay to disastrous rout. This is Ajay devgan movie all the way, his portrayal of Sultan is one of his best performances ever, mark it as only award worthy among all 2010 performances[though I know he will not even get nomination ..:)]. Emraan hashmi is first rate. Devil character of Shoaib reflected well in mannerisms of Emraan. Both leading ladies are something to watch out for their beauties. Randeep Hooda as ACP Agnel Wilson bills perfect. His act of frustrated, guilty conscious  and at the same time fearless police officer is something to watch out for. Songs are well placed, though I prefer this theme without songs or never mind in background, this movie could have been done effortlessly without songs. Background music is its USP which took the movie to another level. Kudos to Pritam for fine tunes and blasting BGM. Cinematography is another USP of movie. Recreating 70’s was not an easy job. Watching Bombay of 70’s is a treat to watch. Two thumbs up for cinematographer. 

Overall, missing OUATIM in theater is serious crime in my books whose punishment will be nothing less than putting the accused in theater playing RGV’s Aag for whole day … 🙂

— BollyBusiness


~ by Yakuza on August 2, 2010.

33 Responses to “Once Upon A Time … There Was Sultan”

  1. Don VS don? Three words: Ram Gopal Varma

  2. BTW, catch two movies back to back yesterday, OUATIM and Raavan (TV premier). I end up liking Raavan as well. Last hour was thrilling and thought provoking as well. personally i feel some other title could serve better for movie. Raavan was misleading title. But overall after reading all reviews, i already presumed that Beera is not maniac at all, and it helps me to enjoy the movie.

    • Hi Yak, hope you are fine. Nice review. This film is on my must watch list now.

      BTW could you please update the BO Status for OUATIM becuase BOI is quoting diffrenet figure, BOC is quoting different figures, Taran Adarsh is quoting different figures. Dont know really whom to believe

  3. Hi Yak, hope you are fine. Nice review. This film is on my must watch list now.

    BTW could you please update the BO Status for OUATIM becuase BOI is quoting diffrenet figure, BOC is quoting different figures, Taran Adarsh is quoting different figures. Dont know really whom to believe ?

    • Hi David, i will give my numbers tomorrow [though right now i am in office and can see numbers, but don’t have time for analysis and calculations]

      • give the number for KM too

      • You mean you can see the numbers of BOI, BOC and Taran. Now you can again change them by 10% and paste them 😉

        • Seems you know me better , I am sequel of bluffmaster ..:), BTW check my cut/paste report within next 10 minutes. I have pasted and just going to publish .. 🙂

  4. Yakuza:I was also watchinng Raavan first time yesterday but after 20 mins of movie,i changed my channel……..Yakk..it not my type of movie..I wonder how ppl sit in theater for 2 and half hours..

    • sudeep, i agree, movie was not entertaining at all. But somehow i manage to like it withstanding all major flaws.

  5. Overall, missing OUATIM in theater is serious crime in my books whose punishment will be nothing less than putting the accused in theater playing RGV’s Aag for whole day . this is awesome line

  6. read ur write up . very well written . it seems u have written the script not rajat arora 🙂

    with so much expectation due to critic reviews and then getting overdose of heavy dialogues really put me off 😦

    anyways everybody has his own choice but surely u ur write up 4 OUTIM in great.

    I read on BOI that OUTIM needs 23 cr DS to recover, seems difficult to be ahit but will recover if trending remains as per wom

    Great to see u back to ur passion -movies . seems ur mom has fully or almost recovered. 🙂

    • No idea how this comment went to spam .. 😦

    • btw, thanks Manish , let’s see how it trends. yes, my mom is really recovering now .. :touch wood:

      • i mistakenly posted my review twice , after that when i posted my comment after ur review , it said done bt dint show so i posted in the other thread bt same thing happened.

        so maybe becoz of posting my review twice , the system took my posts to spam 😦

  7. thiiis is ajay deveng year ?

    what do u think Yakuza ajay will take the award best actor?

    and the movie will be hit ??

    Box Office: Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai picks up over weekend =)

    MUMBAI: Balaji Motion Pictures’ Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (OUATIM), directed by Milan Luthria, has done decent business at the box office in its opening weekend.

    As was reported earlier by Businessofcinema.com, the opening day (Friday) net collections of the movie stood at Rs 59.80 million (Rs 5.98 crore). OUATIM picked up considerable pace over Saturday and Sunday going by the positive word of mouth. As per early estimates with Businessofcinema.com, the movie collected approximately Rs 70 million (Rs 7 crore) on Saturday and Rs 90 million (Rs 9 crore) on Sunday.

    The opening weekend net collections of the movie stand at approximately Rs 220 million (Rs 22 crore).

    The movie did net collections of Rs 96.20 million (Rs 9.62 crore) in Bombay over the three days: Friday – Rs 2.62 crore, Saturday – Rs 3 crore, Sunday – Rs 4 crore. On the other hand, in Delhi, the movie’s net collections for the weekend were in the range of Rs 45.50 million (Rs 4.55 crore). Sunday saw OUATIM picking up across most centers in India.

    Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai stars Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai.

    • well, i am blown up by Ajay’s portrayal of sultan. I can’t imagine anyone as perfect as Ajay. Thumbs up from public is his biggest award.

  8. WILL ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI COVER ITS COSTS?

    IT WILL BE CLOSE CALL BUT WEEKDAYS WILL DECIDE. THE FILM HAS AN INVESTMENT OF AROUND 38 CRORE (28 PRODUCTION, 10 PUBLICITY AND ADVERTISING). 10 CRORE HAS COME FROM SATELLITE, OVERSEAS (2 CR), MUSIC (2CR) AND HOME VIDEO (2CR) SHOULD ADD 6 CRORE LEAVING 22 CR TO BE MADE FROM INDIA THEATRICAL. WITH ADDING DISTRIBUTOR COMMISSION A SHARE OF 23 CRORE PLUS WILL SEE THE MAKERS IN THE MONEY

    • How all of sudden BOI remember distribution commission as another cost, which i was shouting since ages … 🙂 ?

      • seems like ur blog has really made them to be more transparent . revealing the costs which they never considered . u were with BOI earlier na ????? i have their archives before 2002 saved with me and how they later changed it 😦

  9. The film had a slow start on Friday morning, but the terrific word of mouth and glowing reviews resulted in an escalation in business from Friday evening itself. It went from strength to strength on Saturday and Sunday, getting bigger and better with each passing day. The breakup is as follows:- Friday Rs. 6.05 cr. nett, Saturday Rs. 6.90 cr. nett and Sunday Rs. 9.06 cr. nett. The 3-day total stands at Rs. 22.01 cr. nett. Monday was rock-steady in Mumbai/Maharashtra belt and also at plexes of major cities

  10. MUMBAI: Balaji Motion Pictures’ Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (OUATIM), directed by Milan Luthria, has done decent business at the box office in its opening weekend.
    As was reported earlier by Businessofcinema.com, the opening day (Friday) net collections of the movie stood at Rs 59.80 million (Rs 5.98 crore). OUATIM picked up considerable pace over Saturday and Sunday going by the positive word of mouth. As per early estimates with Businessofcinema.com, the movie collected approximately Rs 70 million (Rs 7 crore) on Saturday and Rs 90 million (Rs 9 crore) on Sunday.
    The opening weekend net collections of the movie stand at approximately Rs 220 million (Rs 22 crore).
    The movie did net collections of Rs 96.20 million (Rs 9.62 crore) in Bombay over the three days: Friday – Rs 2.62 crore, Saturday – Rs 3 crore, Sunday – Rs 4 crore. On the other hand, in Delhi, the movie’s net collections for the weekend were in the range of Rs 45.50 million (Rs 4.55 crore). Sunday saw OUATIM picking up across most centers in India.
    Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai stars Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Prachi Desai

    http://businessofcinema.com/news.php?newsid=16758

  11. huhu nice to see u back yakuza bhaiya

    hws ur mom

  12. this time will be unjustice if they will give awards to some body else because ajay is supeb in OUATIM,

    • shakir

      i agree with u.

      He was awesome in this movie. he also had another hit earlier this year in Rajneeti. An above avg. in athiti tum kab jaoge.
      But he deserves recognition for his talent. He really is an unsung hero of Bollywood. If Ajay doesn’t get it this year i will be really dissappointed because i remember when SRK won it for Swades, he’d had 2 other hit films so therefore that weighed a lot in his favour. Ajay is in the same boat – he’s had an amazing performance in OUATIM and 2 hits so far and he’s got 2more movies in G3 & Akrosh coming.

  13. AJAY DEVGN CAN ACT BETTER THAN SRK AND SALMAN KHAN…

  14. no one can,t do ajay,s act evan amir also h e actor king of bollywood super star

  15. super star actor king ajay devgan in bollywood

  16. Yakuza Bhai

    OATIM is an amazing film. lets hope it hits the bullseye.

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