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Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 Review

Critic Score 41

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Bad- 5

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Indicine | Indicine Team

OUATIMD is another example of commerce taking over art. The only reason this film was sanctioned was probably to cash in on the cult following of the previous film. I can only hope that Milan and Rajat get back to tackling original ideas and don’t follow the herd. They are simply too talented for that. OUATIMD does have its moments, but overall the film doesn’t work. It doesn’t come together as fluidly as it could and should have.

40

Not Recommended
 
 

Critics Reviews

 
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

Milan is a connoisseur who extracts proficient performances from his actors and this is apparent in ONCE UPON AY TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA! as well. Akshay enacts the grey character with flourish. He adds a lot of novelty and uniqueness to his character, underplaying it magnificently and modulating his voice dexterously. After playing urban characters in his earlier films, Imran plays a desi character [his second this year!] this time, catching you by complete surprise yet again. It won't be erroneous to state that he's the dark horse. Sonakshi seems to be improving with every film. Besides exuding the right amount of innocence, she goes on to demonstrate that she can handle emotional outbursts really well, especially during the climax confrontation with Akshay.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Rediff | Raja Sen

Except, that is, Akshay Kumar. Kumar -- despite his preparation for this film consisting merely of picking out the right pair of sunglasses -- relishes playing villain. He says as much, too, in a rare good line about how the Hindi film hero only enjoys the final reel where things end happily while the baddie lives it up throughout the film.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

While the story definitely doesn't offer anything to look forth to, the performances turn into major let downs as well. Akshay Kumar does a downright shallow depiction of the character immortalized by Emraan Hashmi and fails miserably in all attempts to infuse a suave shade to his persona. The ample dialoguebaazi, a few interesting but mostly all puerile only make matters worse for him as he mouths them in such repetitive tone and accent that you literally get tired of all the excess talking that this film involves.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Bollywood Life | Dhiren Trivedi

The Akshay Kumar-Imran Khan-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara is an excruciating experience. Considering Milan Luthria’s second instalment of his gangster flick has been riding high on good hype, Akshay Kumar’s star power and the fact that it’s a sequel to the 2010 hit film starring Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi, I consciously made up my mind to enter the cinema hall with no preconceived notions.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Sify | Sonia Chopra

Akshay Kumar’s is a largely one-dimensional performance, where he’s  consistently straight-faced to look like boss-man and menacing. Imran Khan is likeable as the lover-boy caught between love and loyalty, but even he can’t soar above the mediocre story. Sonakshi Sinha does well despite the hazy characterization.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Sukanya Verma

What doesn't is her moronic logic of rejecting someone because he's a criminal and embracing another criminal to rescue her from the first one or that never-never-ending sequence in the hospital. It's disappointing to see her squander in Luthria's silly cash-in sequel so quickly after one of her best works (Lootera).

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Koimoi | Koimoi

Milan Luthria has given fabulous films before and this one feels stark and abrupt given his wonderful repertoire of fantastic films. His don shows off, has no charisma, his story lacks charm, the romance is not beautiful enough and fails to strike a chord and you will end up laughing at moments in the film’s most nailbiting moments. There is no simple way to present the fact but here it is – the film is a fiasco of sorts. Lesser than Himmatwala but nevertheless a damp squib that is the last thing expected from Luthria and Balaji. Rajat Aroraa’s dialogues felt labored and did not have the ease in its throw!

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

I missed Ajay Devgn and Emran Hashmi of the original, who made credible 'bhais', and carried off those rhyming dialogues. Akshay Kumar lacks menace and quickens only when those glasses are off his face, which doesn't happen too often in the film . And his delivery is a drone, crackling strictly in a couple of moments. Imran is too clean-cut to be a goon, especially one that's meant to be grimy. Nice to see Sonali Bendre back, though, even if in a cameo: as Shoaib's wife/consort, she is looking weathered, and more interesting.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Zeenews | Gayatri Sankar

Of the technical team, dialogue write Rajat Aroraa deserves a loud applause for adding life to an otherwise sombre and predictable script. Kudos to Rajat for making the film interesting with his catchy lines. And Akshay Kumar deserves a special mention for delivering the dialogues in a manner that can sweep people off their feet!

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Bollyspice | Pooja Rao

There is a famous adage that what isn’t broken needn’t be fixed. While the premise borrows substance to keep this sequel afloat, the issue is that there isn’t enough cohesiveness in the conflict between the king and his sidekick. There is very little carried forward from part 1 bearing a few references and one-liners which end up being this film’s best moments, the rest of it could altogether be a different movie.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
IBNLive | Rajeev Masand

The film does have a few strong bits, including an inspired cameo by Sonali Bendre, and a clever scene in which Shoaib walks into a police station intending to surrender himself. But these are small mercies in a major misfire as this. Too long at over 150 minutes, and way too predictable to ever surprise you, Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara is the equivalent of getting a root canal.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Mid-Day India | Shubha Shetty-Saha

Rajat Arora's dialogues were breath-taking, for all the wrong reasons. Writing smart dialogues to fit the script is one thing, but forcibly squeezing in "clever" sounding dialogues is another thing.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | Madhureeta Mukherjee

Milan Luthria captures the essence of the period, packed with characters living behind 'dark shades' with an even darker conscience. This is a love story of a gangsta, it does not reopen dons' crime diaries. The first part is more engaging; thereon, the sluggish pace lacks the same dum. The heavy-duty dialogues (Rajat Aroraa) punch drama in the story, though at times too overbearing. The background score (Pritam & Anupam Amod) pitches in dramatically. This film has its moments, but it's not as compelling as the prequel.

70

Recommended
 
 
India Today | India Today

I don't know who wrote the hideously bloated dialogues of this film. And I don't want to know. I'd just like to suggest to the dialogue writer to go easy on the bumper-sticker wisdom next time. You can't make the hero look heroic by spilling tacky wisdom all over the frames in the hope that audiences would applaud the bombastic words without thinking about their relevance.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Nikhil Kumar

Akshay Kumar, mercifully, is the sole silver lining in this botched sequel. There’s no denying the campiness in his act, but he aptly plays to the gallery with his somewhat affected style and swagger. Pitted opposite him, Imran Khan is mostly out of sorts, trying to stay relevant and justify his paycheck, but hardly lending any credence to his character. Sonakshi Sinha as the beauty with little brains just about passes muster and gives you some unintended laughs in an emotional outburst at the film’s fag end.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Mayank Shekhar

But that is true of everybody else in the film. The drawl is infectious. When Akki man pauses to parts his lips, you hold your breath for his next impersonation of Jeevan ‘The Rabert’ from Amar Akbar Anthony, say it slowly, “Dactarrr, agar isko kuch hua toh tera post mortem pucca,” “Mein woh hoon jo sabki maa behn karna chahta hoon, Aslam. Villain hoon mein. Villain!” Cracked up? Paisa vasool! The joke is sadly on the hero. So was the film. Each appearance of his on the screen is designed like a grand entry.

20

Not Recommended
 
 
Filmfare | Rachit Gupta

OUATIMD had its moments too. Certain developments avoid a clichéd path. Imran’s Aslam doesn’t fall for Sonakshi’s Jasmine at the drop of a hat. He thinks twice before choosing between love and his faithfulness towards his boss Shoaib. But the writing doesn’t maintain the same sense of newness throughout. There are too many tepid scenes that seem like excuses to indulge in some more dialogue baazi. And the movie drags its heels and ends in a more-than-convenient twist.

60

Recommended
 
 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

This is Akshay Kumar’s film all the way – he struts around with the cocky confidence that he owns every frame. Just a degree of moderation might have stood in better stead.
It is for Imran Khan, who sheds his milksop lover-boy image and takes on a tougher guise for the second time in his career after Matru Ki Bijlee.., that this film could prove to be a breakthrough. He provides evidence that he can handle a wider range of roles than he is usually allowed to play.
Sonakshi, too, is given generous play by the screenplay, and she measures up to the demands of the role.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Hindustan Times | Anupama Chopra

Some of the lines were so twisted that I couldn’t even decipher the meaning behind the imagery. The pacing is bumpy — too many songs unnecessarily stretch the film to 160 minutes. 

60

Recommended
 
 
Wogma | meetu

Unfortunately, the romance has zero chemistry. There is more chemistry between Akshay Kumar and Sonali Bendre and him and Sophie Choudry in the little time they are given than Sonakshi Sinha has with either of the men. Yet, the fault doesn't lie in the performances, the writing and the choice of situations to depict romance lack oomph, despite all the superfluous style. 

40

Not Recommended
 
 

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