Mumbai Mirror (2013) *LQ*

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Abhijeet Patil (Sachiin Joshi) is an ‘upright cop’, who might drink on duty, indulge in illegal cricket betting and snort cocaine, but cannot stand the sight of a woman being oppressed.The only reason why he is still on the force is his uncle Gaitonde (Mahesh Manjrekar), who protects him from departmental retribution. When Patil starts cracking down on dance bars, this brings him in conflict with Shetty (Prakash Raj), a powerful dance bar lord, who will not stop at anything to get what he wants.

However, Patil has other enemies to deal with- Lala (Aditya Pancholi), to who he owes lots of money after losing a bet on a cricket match and JP (Sudesh Berry), a CBI officer, who wants to prove that Patil killed four men in a fake encounter.How Patil deals with his enemies and uses his brilliance at chess to get rid of all his enemies with a well-orchestrated plan is what the rest of the movie deals with.

MUMBAI MIRROR has a couple of plusses going in its favor: The dramatic moments between Sachin and Prakash Raj, the raw action sequences and of course, the viewpoint of the aam aadmi on issues plaguing the country today, right from corruption to spineless goons to slimy politicians to dishonest cops. Sure, these have been depicted in scores of Hindi movies before, but Ankush Bhatt succeeds in holding your attention in a number of scenes. Additionally, the feverish pace and energy add pep and vigor to the proceedings. And with Sachiin working hard on having a toned physique, the action looks plausible and credible.

On the flipside, you yearn for some innovative stuff that Ankush promised in his earlier film. MUMBAI MIRROR seems like a hodgepodge of so many films put together. Nothing wrong with that, but the tried and tested stuff gets monotonous after a point. Also, the romance doesn’t work, with the mandatory song-and-dance routine looking like an aberration. The soundtrack too is plain mediocre, barring the high-on-energy track ‘Govinda’ at the commencement of the film. Action, of course, is a highpoint.

Sachiin portrays the tough cop with gusto. It’s a vast improvement over his previous outing AAZAAN. He has worked hard on his physique and does the head-smashing bit [read action scenes] with flourish. Besides, the confidence that you witness in his second Hindi movie is worth lauding! Prakash Raj is getting typecast in similar roles. Mahesh Manjrekar is first-rate. Aditya Pancholi has a brief role, which he handles quite well. Prashant Narayanan excels yet again. Sudesh Berry impresses. Gihana Khan and Vimala Raman are adequate.

On the whole, MUMBAI MIRROR is for those who relish masala movies. Especially for the single screen circuit.

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