Sanjay Gupta is one of the Bollywood filmmakers whose luxury films do not work without losing hands. He started this series with his first film ‘Atish’ (1994) as a director. It was a cocktail of Hollywood’s ‘State of Grace’ and Hong Kong’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’. Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘wall’ was also slightly tadka. His ‘thorns’ were a combination of Hong Kong’s ‘City on Fire’ and Hollywood’s Razor Dogs. In 2007, he made a shootout at Lokhandwala on the indigenous storyline as a producer, after making several indigenous films. It was directed by Apoorva Lakhia. He has also produced ‘Shootout at Wadala’ (2013) after this film, based on the 1991 encounter of gangsters and police at the Lokhandwala Complex in Mumbai. People are so fascinated with the bloodshed world of gangsters that they have now brought the ‘Mumbai Saga’. Just the name is different. The rest of the film has the same clichéd spices, which have been replicated in dozens of films made on gangsters. The ‘Mumbai Saga’ glorifies the perpetrators and ridicules the police who, in reality, have held sway over the ‘bhau’ and ‘brothers’ of the underworld.
‘Fantasy’ and ‘Truth’ together
At the beginning of ‘Mumbai Saga’, a familiar strip of ‘All the characters and events of this film are fictitious’ is shown. The next moment comes the second strip – ‘Based on true events.’ I did not understand this point. How can the events of a film be ‘imaginary’ and ‘true’ simultaneously? Perhaps Sanjay Gupta wanted to leave the verdict to the audience. Whatever you feel, understand it. The violence in the film is such that in the very first scene, gangster John Abraham fires an industrialist (Sameer Soni). This industrialist was preparing to sell his mill. Bhau (Mahesh Manjrekar) of politics was worried that if the mill is closed, the votes of thousands of his workers will be slipped from his hand. At the behest of Bhau, the front of bloodshed has been handled by John Abraham. John Abraham’s old rivalry is going on with another gangster, Gaitonde (Amol Gupte). In the entire film, Amol Gupte tries to show the villain’s attitude by throwing out his eyes, it does not happen. He seems to parody his character in ‘Singham Returns’. Between the intermittent bullets and someone’s ‘Ram Naam Satya’, the late industrialist’s wife (Anjana Sukhani) arrives at the police headquarters to announce that who will shoot her husband’s killer (John Abraham) in the head, 10 Will get a reward of crores. Just before the Interval, there is an entry of the Encounter Specialist (Emraan Hashmi), the prize winner. Further, the story completes the journey to climax on the lines of ‘Jab-jab-jo-jo hana / Then-then-that-that happens’.
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Guess the next scene in every scene
There is nothing in ‘Mumbai Saga’ that has not been seen in any film before. The viewers who like these kinds of films have also become so used to guessing the next scene in every scene. Many times the applause is also played in advance. Till Interval, ‘Mumbai Saga’ was supported by a good script. In the second part, the script is also loose and Sanjay Gupta’s grip is more loose. It is his old habit to have long scenes with yellow lights in his films. The ‘Mumbai Saga’ also looks tired like a patient, yellow in many parts.
Jon’s not just on emotions
John Abraham specializes in action, but in emotional scenes, he is just as clumsy. When he speaks ‘Main Tere Bina Kaise Rahega’ to his younger brother (Prateik Babbar) in this film, this small jumla reveals the extent of his performance. Kajal Aggarwal only had to walk back and forth with John Abraham. Instead of him, there would have been some other heroine, she would have done so much work as well. Mahesh Manjrekar is right in the character of Bhau, who specializes in political tricks. He has played such a character in so many films that he has been memorized. Sunil Shetty and Gulshan Grover also keep appearing in the film.
Background music shakes ears
The photography of the film is good. Especially the scenes of vehicles rushing on the streets of Mumbai have been filmed well. In the name of background music, there is such a loud noise in many parts that the ear curtains start shaking. The songs are all lifeless. Whenever a song comes on the screen, people walk out of the theater to do the necessary work. Yo Yo Honey Singh came to the silent screen and performed the song ‘Shor Machega’. Unnecessary noise is created throughout the film.
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Film: Mumbai Saga
Rating: 2.5 / 5
Duration: 2.08 hours
Direction: Sanjay Gupta
Writing: Sanjay Gupta, Vaibhav Vishal, Robin Bhatt
Photography: Shikhar Bhatnagar
Music: Amar Mohile
Artists: John Abraham, Emraan Hashmi, Kajal Aggarwal, Sunil Shetty, Mahesh Manjrekar, Gulshan Grover, Anjana Sukhani, Prateek Babbar, Amol Gupte, Rohit Roy etc.