My thoughts on ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI (Hindi, 2010)
Recently we’ve seen a new wave of “masala” films hitting the forte. Whether it’s WANTED, GHAJINI or the recent DABANNG, however none of these films really grasped the sentiment of those Salim-Javed greats from the 70’s. Either the core emotional resonance was misisng, or the film was more a modern-day-counterpart of modern day Tamil/Telugu cinema than tapping into the rich history of 70’s Hindi cinema. I must admit, I LOVED the idea of ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI (namely the title and cast) from the first day it was announced. Milan Luthria had impressed me as a story-teller in one way or another with almost all his directional ventures (KACHCHE DHAAGE, CHORI CHORI, DEEWAAR-LBOHH and TAXI NO.9211).
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