Mumbai goes rewind with Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, does this tribute flashback work? In parts, YES, in parts, NO. Milan Luthria's direction is sharp, but the writing is half-baked.
Gangster films have always caught Media attention, and so did 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai', but somehow this flick doesn't rank amongst those classics. A tale of a gangster/robin-hood and a complete Hitler, has it's moments, but at the end of the day, it gets restricted by it's unavoidable flaws. The film begins well, and the characters of Sultan Mirza & Shoaib Khan have appeal, but it's the writing in the second hour, which pulls down the momentum. The culmination however, is effective and note-worthy.
Milan Luthria is in complete form this time. His direction is sharp, and truly commendable. The Screenplay, as mentioned, is flawed. Aseem Mishra's is Cinematography stylish. Pritam's music is superb, most of the songs are of chart-buster category.