Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai

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Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Milan Luthria
Produced by Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Meraj Shaikh
Written by Rajat Arora
Starring
Narrated by Randeep Hooda
Music by Pritam
Cinematography Asee Mishra
Edited by Akiv Ali
Distributed by Balaji Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • 30 July 2010 (2010-07-30)
Running time 135 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR280 million (US$4.6 million)[2]
Box office INR785 million (US$13 million)
(domestic gross)[3]

Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is a 2010 Indian period gangster film directed by Milan Luthria and produced by Ekta Kapoor. It stars Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Kangna Ranaut and Randeep Hooda.[4][5] The film is produced under Balaji Motion Pictures and released on 30 July 2010. Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai received mixed to positive reviews from critics and was declared a box office hit.[6][7][8]

The sequel, Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!, released on 15 August 2013, Independence Day. It featured Akshay Kumar replacing Hashmi from the first film alongside Imran Khan.[9] The filming for the sequel began in August 2012 apparently in Qatar.[10] Despite mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, the sequel was a box office flop.[4]

Plot[edit]

The film opens with a suicide attempt by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Agnel Wilson (Randeep Hooda) on the pretext of the Bombay Bombings in 1993. When questioned by his superior, he breaks down and claims that the recent tragic events are his own fault. Wilson recounts that 18 years ago, when he was posted as the ACP in the Mumbai crime branch, his inability to take the necessary action led to the rise of Shoaib Khan (Emraan Hashmi), who played a central role in the bombings. Throughout the film, Wilson narrates the story of 1970s Bombay, when it was ruled by smuggler Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgn), and how Mirza's downfall led to Shoaib's rise to power.

After being hit by a flood in his hometown in Madras, a young Mirza arrives in Mumbai, where he lands a job as a coal shoveller. In spite of his meager earnings, the boy never fails to help the poor and needy, which soon gains their respect and admiration. Mirza is given the nickname of "Sultan."

As a grown man, Sultan Mirza becomes the kingpin of Mumbai's smuggling underworld. Through his influence, Mirza peacefully divides the city among four gangsters, thus thwarting police efforts to curb illegal activities. Despite being a criminal, Sultan Mirza is portrayed as a man of principle and a godfather-like figure to the people. He even refrains from smuggling contraband, as it is against his Muslim faith.

Mirza has a crush on Bollywood actress Rehana (Kangna Ranaut) and eventually the two begin dating. Sultan invests black money in her upcoming films. ACP Wilson moves to stop Rehana's films funded by Sultan. Later, Sultan and Rehana frame Wilson to make it look as if Wilson is accepting a bribe, which damages his credibility.

Meanwhile, Shoaib is – even in childhood – a very ambitious person with a dark and daring character. He is frequently involved in petty theft. His father, Hussain Khan (Asif Basra), who is a sub-inspector with the Bombay Police, tries in vain to guide and control his son. Worried, the father turns to Sultan for help. Sultan agrees and helps the young man set up an electronics shop. But Shoaib is unsatisfied, as his only real ambition is to become rich and powerful, like Mirza Sultan.

Shoaib's beautiful girlfriend, Mumtaz (Prachi Desai), works in a local jewellery shop, which Shoaib visits often, to the aggravation of the girl's boss. Shoaib gives her a necklace, which, unbeknownst to Mumtaz, Shoaib had stolen from a lady during a home robbery. Later, that lady comes to the shop with her husband to buy more jewellery. The lady soon recognises her own necklace being worn by Mumtaz; she then admits to the outraged customer that her boyfriend had given the item to her. The lady and her husband demand she take them to her boyfriend's shop, where they confront him. This enrages Shoaib, who beats up the husband and destroys his own shop.

Shoaib goes to Sultan and asks to be a part of his crime ring. Seeing his potential, Sultan agrees to take him under his wing. Shoaib learns the tricks of the trade and soon becomes Sultan's trusted aide. ACP Wilson hatches a plan to use Shoaib's reckless ambition for quick money and power as a way to cause the downfall of Sultan. Wilson even refrains from killing Sultan and Shoaib when he has the opportunity. Wilson's plan backfires, however. Finally, when Shoaib becomes invincible, Wilson blames himself for the subsequent catastrophe.

Sultan decides to hand over his power to Shoaib, and opts to enter politics. He travels to Delhi to meet the Home Minister of India. Shoaib's unscrupulous ambitions lead him to carry out trades and acts which Sultan himself would strongly condemn. Shoaib starts manufacturing illicit liquor, accepts contract killings, invests in drug peddling and runs extortion rackets. When Sultan returns to Bombay, he learns of Shoaib's misdeeds. He finds Shoaib at a party and slaps him in public for his unethical activities. This infuriates Shoaib and he plots revenge. The next day, as Sultan campaigns for his new party, Shoaib appears and assassinates Sultan Mirza whilst addressing the people on the dais, thus ending the saga of a smuggler who was loved by his people.

In his narration, Wilson laments that Shoaib – Mumbai's new underworld kingpin – has since established a global smuggling empire. No government or force could now reach or harm him.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai has an investment of around 38 crore (Rs 28 crore production, Rs 10 crore publicity and advertising). Rs 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.[2][11]

Inspiration for the film[edit]

The film depicts the growth of the Mumbai underworld, from crime and smuggling in its early stages to its connection with international terrorism in recent times. It is believed to be based on the lives of real-life gangsters Haji Mastan and Dawood Ibrahim, portrayed by the characters Sultan and Shoaib, respectively.[12][13] Originally Sanjay Dutt was chosen to play the role of Haji Mastan[14] but the role went to Ajay Devgn instead.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film is rated 6.0/10 on the Hindi film review aggregator website ReviewGang, indicating generally favourable reviews.[15] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN rated the film 2.5 out of 5 saying, "The film is watchable and enjoyable in parts even, but it doesn't quite pull off the retro chic tone it was going for".[16] Ians rated the movie 3.5 out of 5 saying, "Rajat Arora’s dialogues flow from the storytelling in a smooth flow of poetry and street wisdom."[17] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 4/5 and called it "An outstanding Cinematic experience".[18] Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India gave it 4/5 and stated, "Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai offers you both substance and soul, even as it dabbles with a slice of reality".[19] Rediff gave it 4/5 and said, "Book your tickets now".[20]

Box office[edit]

India[edit]

OUATIM worldwide Collections breakdown
Territory Nett Collections (After Entertainment tax)
India INR580.3 million (US$9.5 million)[3]
Distributor share:
INR296.4 million (US$4.9 million)[3]
Entertainment tax:
INR204.7 million (US$3.4 million)[3]
Overseas
(Outside India)
US$3 million(INR18.86 crore)
US$302,862 (United States)[21]
Worldwide INR945.0 million (US$15 million)[3]

Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai managed to have a decent weekend despite starting slowly. The film picked up from Friday evening and managed to have good Saturday and Sunday collections. The approximate breakdowns are 5.50 crore (Friday), 7 crore (Saturday) and 7.75 crore (Sunday) for a 20.25 crore weekend.[22] The film grossed Rs.78.50 crore in India at the end of its ninth week.[3] Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai was declared a "super-hit" by Box Office India.[6]

Overseas[edit]

In its opening weekend the film showed a day-wise growth in U.K. [Friday £ 15,755, Saturday £ 19,381 and Sunday £ 19,644] and a decent start in U.S. [approx. $ 1,37,000 at 32 venues].[23] In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 16,249 on 14 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 1,161. Total: £ 1,07,988 at U.K boxoffice.[24] In its third weekend, the film has collected £ 5,909 on 8 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 739. Total: £ 1,22,257 in U.K.[25] In its fourth weekend in U.K, the film has collected £ 743 on 4 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 186. Total: £ 1,26,696.[26] In its fifth weekend in U.K, the film has collected £ 105 on 2 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 53. Total: £ 1,27,338.In its fifth weekend at U.S.A boxoffice, the film has collected $ 1,131 on 2 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 566. Total: $ 3,02,862.[21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film received many awards at several award functions. Ajay Devgn and Prachi Desai received accolades for their nominations, while other awards were won for the film's music, playback and technical direction.

56th Filmfare Awards

Nominated

BIG Star Entertainment Awards

Nominated

2011 Star Screen Awards

Won[27]

  • Star Screen Award for Best Popular Music – Pritam
Stardust Awards

Won[28]

Nominated[29]

Lions Gold Awards 2010[30]

Won

6th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards

Won[31]

  • Apsara Award for Best Screenplay – Rajat Arora
  • Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Prachi Desai

Nominated[32]

  • Apsara Award for Best Film – Balaji Motion Pictures
  • Apsara Award for Best Actor – Ajay Devgn
  • Apsara Award for Best Director – Milan Luthria
  • Apsara Award for Best Dialogue – Rajat Arora
  • Apsara Award for Best Choreography – Raju Khan for "Parda Parda"
  • Apsara Award for Best Lyrics – Irshad Kamil for "Pee Loon"
  • Apsara Award for Best Music – Pritam
  • Apsara Award for Best Playback Singer (Male) – Mohit Chauhan for "Pee Loon"
  • Apsara Award for Best Playback Singer (Female) – Tulsi Kumar for "Tum Jo Aaye"
  • Apsara Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role – Emraan Hashmi
  • Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) – Emraan Hashmi
2011 Zee Cine Awards

Won[33]

Nominated[34]

Global Indian Music Awards,2011

Won[35]

  • Best Music Arranger & ProgrammerSandeep Shirodkar for the Song Pee Loon
  • Best LyricistIrshad Kamil for the Song Pee Loon
  • Best PlayBack Singer(Male)Mohit Chauhan for the Song Pee Loon
  • Best Song of The YearPee Loon
  • MTV Hot Pick of The YearTum Jo Aaye
International Indian Film Academy Awards 2011

Won

Global Indian Film and Television Honours 2011

Won

Soundtrack[edit]

Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai
Soundtrack album by Pritam
Released 28 June 2010
Genre Soundtrack
Label T-Series
Pritam chronology
Khatta Meetha
(2010)
Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai
(2010)
Aashayein
(2010)

The film's soundtrack was released on 28 June 2010. The music is composed by Pritam and lyrics are penned by Irshad Kamil, Neelesh Misra and Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Track listing[edit]

No. Track Singers Duration
01 "Tum Jo Aaye Zindagi Mein" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Tulsi Kumar 4:48
02 "Pee Loon" Mohit Chauhan 4:47
03 "I Am in Love" KK & Dominique Cerejo 4:47
04 "Parda" Sunidhi Chauhan & Rana Mazumder 5:23
05 "Baburao Mast Hai" Mika Singh 4:49
06 "Tum Jo Aaye Zindagi Mein" (Reprise) Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 4:45
07 "I Am in Love" Karthik 5:01
08 "Pee Loon" (Remix) Mohit Chauhan 4:50
09 "I Am in Love" (Dance Mix) KK & Dominique Cerejo 4:42

The song "Parda" is a medley containing samples from the following 1970's Bollywood songs; "Duniya mein logon ko" (Apna Desh), "Piya Tu Ab To Aaja" (Caravan).

Sequel[edit]

Due to the film's commercial and critical success, a sequel was planned. Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan[36] have been roped in as the male leads. The sequel, Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!,[37] features Sonakshi Sinha playing the role of actress Mandakini, whilst Sonali Bendre has also been roped in for a role apparently.[38] The film started shooting in August 2012 apparently, whilst the film released on 15 August 2013, thus avoids clashing with Rohit Shetty directorial Chennai Express, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, which released one week before the release of OUATIMD. The film was declared flop at box office as it had very slow opening with very low occupancy while Chennai Express was breaking various Bollywood Box office records throughout its release. [36]

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