Mumbai Saga Movie Review : John Abraham-Emraan Hashmi face-off fuels this gangster drama

Mumbai Saga Movie Review

Story: Based on real events, ‘Mumbai Saga’ is the story of a gangster Amartya Rao who has become commonplace, a dramatic rise in nineties Mumbai marked by illegality, betrayal and bloody gang wars.

Review: Writer, producer and director Sanjay Gupta’s heavy-duty action saga begins with a bang as a gang of gangsters chase after a cunning businessman to kill him during the day. Welcome to Mumbai (then known as Bombay) ruled by Bhais and Bhas in the early nineties. And the police pawn in the hands of the man who paid the highest price. During these turbulent times, a thick young man, Amartya Rao (John Abraham), is devastated when his younger brother Arjun (Pratik Babbar) is almost killed by gangsters. Thus begins the immortal journey into the big evil world of the mafia, manipulative politicians and bloodthirsty encounter specialists – all of whom eventually want to rule Mumbai.

It’s a big busy screenplay that has all the traps of a big-ticket mass entertainer, full of all the punches, the lyrics and the metaphor. Each line is a heavy duty filmy dialogue, presented with swags and plays to maximize impact. Examples include, “Banduk se nikli goli na eid dekhti hai na holi,” and “Marathi ko jo rokega, Marathi usse tokega.”

It works a lot because they come from strong and inspiring characters, though, one is too much. Their differences are relentless and interesting because it shows the chaotic past of Mumbai, which is very real. The first half was particularly busy with John Abraham hitting the bad guys and everything in the process. But to turn it into a crime pot boiler bigger than life, Gupta also succumbs to the curse of the second half. Here, some plot-turns, conflicts and problems are very difficult to manage. However, there is plenty of paisa-vasol action, thrill and guns.

John Abraham puts this image on his rough and effective shoulders and punches him hard. He struggles in some emotional scenes, but is able to deliver a disappointing performance in the end. Emran Hashmi impresses as Officer Vijay Savarkar. The actor is in good form and seems to have had a lot of fun acting as a trigger-happy encounter specialist. In the ocean of other actors, Sunil Shetty always stands out as Anna in his short, yet, influential special appearance and Mahesh Manjrekar, like the King Maker Bhav, calls the shots with great restraint. The rest of the cast doesn’t add much to the story. Kajal Agarwal and Anjana Sukhani are the only two women in this male-dominated testosterone charged saga with very little range. Amar-Mohile’s background score is much better than the songs.

If you like sandy gangster dramas full of bran, blood and bullets, ‘Mumbai Saga’ may be worth watching.

Directed bySanjay Gupta
Produced byBhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar
Anuradha Gupta
Sangeeta Ahir
Written bySanjay Gupta
Vaibhav Vishal
Screenplay byRobin Bhatt
Sanjay Gupta
StarringJohn Abraham Emraan Hashmi Sunil Shetty Kajal Aggarwal Rohit Roy Anjana Sukhani Mahesh Manjrekar Prateik Babbar Samir Soni Amole Gupte Gulshan Grover
Music byScore:
Amar Mohile
Yo Yo Honey Singh
Payal Dev
Tanishk Bagchi
CinematographyShikhar Bhatnagar
Edited byBunty Negi
White Feather Films
Distributed byAA Films
Release date19 March 2021
Running time128 minutes
Box officeest. ₹22.29 crore

Mumbai Saga Movie Cast

  • John Abraham as Amartya Rao
  • Emraan Hashmi as Inspector Vijay Sarvarkar
  • Kajal Aggarwal as Seema Rao
  • Rohit Roy as Jaykar “Baba” Shinde
  • Anjana Sukhani as Sonali Khaitan
  • Mahesh Manjrekar as Bhau
  • Prateik Babbar as Arjun Rao
  • Suniel Shetty as Murali Shankar (special appearance)
  • Gulshan Grover as Nari Khan
  • Amole Gupte as Gaitonde
  • Akash Khurana as Sunil’s father
  • Samir Soni as Sunil Khaitan
  • Rajendra Gupta as Amartya and Arjun’s father
  • Shaad Randhawa as Jagannath
  • Vivaan Parashar as Sadashiv
  • Ivan Rodrigues as a journalist
  • Rohit Kadu Deshmukh
  • Yo Yo Honey Singh as a guest appearance on the song “Shor Machega”
  • Hommie Dilliwala as a guest appearance on the song “Shor Machega”
  • Shruti Sinha as a guest appearance on the song “Shor Machega”

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