Mumbai Saga Review & Rating
Mumbai Saga Review: More Of The Same With Different Faces
Mumbai Saga is one of the films John Abraham fans have been waiting to see as a precursor to the more anticipated action extravaganza Satyameva Jayate 2. The film is a gangster film - one of the hundreds made based on the mafia gangs that peppered Mumbai and before that Bombay. Right from the Angry Young Man days of Amitabh Bachchan to the latest films to exploit the genre by newer directors via Ram Gopal Varma who squeezed the hell out of the subject, there’s no angle that’s left unexplored.
Here also we see the rise and fall of a gangster from his Robin Hood days to the building of the crime empire and it getting crumbled into pieces by an officer who obviously wants to get a Mumbai rid of the criminal nexus. This time, the difference is the officer is not John Abraham. He’s not the righteous cop but the Robin Hood sort of gangster - Amartya Rao.
He has his moral code and promises to save everyone in his circle including the girl he loves (earlier his love lady and later his wife. And his kid brother who’s actually not a kid. And the people in his surroundings who are harassed by another gangster. Obviously he has to encounter and kill that gangster at a point of time. Finding him to be capable right hand man for the next few years, a local politician takes him under his wing and try to use him for his growth. Count the number of hairs on your head. So, you got the point. You know what happens next.
The writing of the film is decent but it didn’t go into depth. As is the characteristic of Sanjay Gupta films, it glorifies the violence and is stylistically shot. The dialogues are as stylised as Shakespearean drama and are out of place in the real world. The screenplay followed the regular template. Blood splattered over the screen in regular intervals. The concentration is more on face/offs and action sequences than the characters and human beings involved in the drama.
Mumbai Saga is not a bad film per se. But it has no business to show up in its current form now in the 2020s. But the taking of the film is good. The shotmaking is trendy. The editing is so crisp that the action on the screen is relentlessly fast paced. You blink and risk miss an interesting piece. He routineness of the subject and the simplistic way of exploring a subject which is completely explored are what make Mumbai Saga fail as a film. If you forget that this is a gangster film based on Mumbai city and it’s underbelly, and enjoy it as a popcorn entertainer, you can give it a try.
PS: John Abraham is stone-faced as required by his Bhai sort of role, and did exceptionally well despite lacking script support. Emraan Hashmi is sleepy looking in the role. But gave his nest shot. Kajal Aggarwal? What’s KL Rahul’s score in the 3rd T20I?
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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