Milan Lutharia who gave the absorbing “Taxi No. Nau Do Gyarah”, comes with a killer concept which delivers as it promised on paper-destined to rule not only Mumbai but the entire India, the flick is a toast to Bollywood gangster flicks and undoubtedly rewinds the 70s, 80s nostalgia where you loved “Deewar, Dharmatma, Ooche Log,Scarface” and still do.
Cast: Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai
Concentrating equally on the production, drama, writing, acting and music, â€˜Once Uponâ€¦.â€™ is a loaded Bollywood gun that fires the right bullets at the right time.
Meet the bhaiâ€™s of the seventies, the long locks with bellbottoms and shapely carved boots (wonder if the late Haji Mastan â€“ the reference for Ajay Devgan had ever wore them, white is fine but the fur cap is missing. Anywaysâ€¦. Itâ€™s the time when gold was the no.1 hot item for the bhais and drugs have still not entered.
The don with principles Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgan) ruled the city, the film presents the rise and reign of Sultan over the city and his tempestuous relationship with his biggest fan-turned-foe, Shoaib Khan (Emraan Hashmi) who joins him as a gangster, only to outplay him and take over his empire.
The film has its strengths, It is fastidious in its quest to recreate the styles, manners, talk and cultural minutiae of the 70â€™s 80â€™s the â€˜Deewarâ€™, â€˜Dharmatmaâ€™, â€˜Oonche Logâ€™ type of goonda movies we loved in our childhood and still do. Thereâ€™s a real spirit of using the film to transport the viewer into the past. It gives you an exhilarating sense of the similarities and differences between then and now.