BY REEMA CHHABDA
After giving the films like Aatish, Kaante, Shootout At Wadala, and Shootout At Lokhandwala, Sanjay Gupta is back with another Gangster Drama, Mumbai Saga.
The story of the film is based on the real-life of two brothers Amar Naik and Ashwin Naik. Although the director also says that the story of the film is fictional.
Amartya Rao (John Abraham), a youngster takes the beastie turn in his life when his younger brother Arjun (Prateik Babbar) gets beaten up by the goons. Hence, Amartya’s journey into the world of mafias begins and he becomes a blood-thirsty encounter specialist. Ultimately he started dreaming of ruling the city of Mumbai, then called Bombay.
Except with some emotional scenes, John Abraham aces his character with utmost honesty. His punches in the film are fierce and he delivers dialogues like a true gangster. Emraan Hashmi, on the other hand, is an impressive officer who’s a treat to watch in the theaters after so long. He delivers a performance that doesn’t disappoint.
The heroines of the movie Kajal Aggarwal and Anjana Sukhani were only used as wallflowers if they wouldn’t have been there, it still wouldn’t have impacted the film.
Besides John and Emraan, the film has a huge line of actors, out of which only Suniel Shetty and Mahesh Manjrekar manage to make a small impact with their stellar performances and small screen timings. The rest of the cast doesn’t add much impact to the story.
Sanjay Gupta’s direction offers nothing new with this film. With two brilliant actors, John and Emraan, the film could have done well but the script didn’t let it happen. However, the Mumbai Saga would be more interesting if Gupta could use more scissors and kept it short and crisp.
None of the songs of the film connect with the audience. However, Amar-Mohile’s background score is far more impressive than the songs of the film.
Overall, Mumbai Saga is a great package of entertainment served with the old storyline. You can go and watch this for its paisa-vasool action, thrill, and dialogues.