Mumbai Saga Verdict: SEMI-HIT
Release Date: 19 March 2021
OTT Platform: Prime Video
Directed By: Sanjay Gupta
Written By: Sanjay Gupta, Vaibhav Vishal
- John Abraham as Amartya Rao (based on Amar Naik)
- Emraan Hashmi as Inspector Vijay Savarkar (based on Vijay Salaskar)
- Kajal Aggarwal as Seema Rao (based on Anjali Naik)
- Rohit Roy as Jaykar “Baba” Shinde
- Anjana Sukhani as Sonali Khaitan
- Mahesh Manjrekar as Bhau (based on Bal Thackeray)
- Prateik Babbar as Arjun Naik (based on Ashwin Naik)
- Suniel Shetty as Sada Anna (Cameo)
- Gulshan Grover as Nari Khan (based on Haji Mastan)
- Amole Gupte as Gaitonde (based on Arun Gawli)
- STORY- ⭐⭐⭐
- ACTING- ⭐⭐⭐1/2
- DIRECTION- ⭐⭐⭐
- SCREENPLAY- ⭐⭐⭐
- OVERALL- ⭐⭐⭐
Mumbai Saga is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language action crime film directed by Sanjay Gupta and produced by T-Series .It features the ensemble cast of John Abraham, Emraan Hashmi, Kajal Aggarwal, Rohit Roy, Anjana Sukhani, Mahesh Manjrekar, Prateik Babbar, Samir Soni, Amole Gupte and Gulshan Grover. Set in the ’80s and ’90s, Mumbai Saga shows changing phases of Mumbai by closing mills to make malls and high-rise buildings.
The film was released theatrically on 19 March 2021. But it underperformed commercially as collections were affected by the resurgence in COVID-19 pandemic cases which had led to a night curfew and lockdown imposition in Maharashtra.
MUMBAI SAGA is the story of a gangster and his rivalry with a cop. Undoubtedly, story is interesting and full of thrills and even twists and turns. Also, the film is inspired by true events. Moreover, it is based on those people who many might not know about. Robin Bhatt and Sanjay Gupta’s screenplay is only effective. But the writers tried their best to ensure that the focus remains on the main plot and that viewers don’t get bored even for a second. Hence, the film moves at a supersonic speed. Undoubtedly, a few moments are exceptional in the film and very well thought of Sanjay Gupta’s dialogues (additional dialogues by Vaibhav Vishal) enhance the film’s mass appeal. Also, some one-liners are sure to induce claps in the theatres.
Sanjay Gupta’s direction is only appropriate. It is because he treats the story in a very dramatic and entertaining manner and tries his best to cater to the lowest denominator. As a result, he peppers the narrative with massy moments in abundance. The characters of Amartya and Savarkar especially are strong and well fleshed out. But on the flipside, a few characters don’t get the deserved screen time. Sanjay Gupta also should have made the second half, particularly the climax sharper. The length in the second half is also a bit of an issue.
John Abraham is in top form. He looks every inch a dreaded gangster and he is fantastic in the action scenes. But at several places, he flashes his dimpled smile briefly and that adds to his character’s charisma. Sadly, Emraan Hashmi has a late entry and that might make his fans unhappy. Mahesh Manjrekar is too good as the shrewd politician. Amole Gupte is superb. Prateik Babbar looks a bit off but manages to leave a mark. Kajal Aggarwal and Anjana Sukhani got limited scope. And same goes for Tithi Raaj (Neelam; Arjun’s wife). Gulshan Grover (Nari Khan) looks stylish and is decent. Rohit Bose Roy (Baba) is fine as Amartya’s right hand man.
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