Movie Title: 'Mumbai Saga'
Cast: John Abraham, Emraan Hashmi, Sunil Shetty, Kajal Aggarwal, Gulshan Grover, Rohit Roy
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Category: Hindi, Action, Crime
Duration: 2 Hrs 8 Min
Release Date: 19 March 2021
Sanjay Gupta, who featured in action-packed dark and intense films with gangsters like 'Kaante', 'Kaabil', 'Shootout at Lokhandwala', 'Shootout at Wadala', once again appears in his old style in 'Mumbai Saga'. Mumbai's underworld and its black world have been Gupta's favorite subjects. Here too, he is seen roasting the same element.
The Mumbai Saga is the story of a typical boy from Amartya Rao (John Abraham) setting up a vegetable-cooking shop to become a gangster. The film features 80s Mumbai, where Gaitonde (Amol Gupte), through his goons, sits in jail and runs a week-long extortion racket. In the same sequence, once he gets killed by his goons Amartya Rao's younger brother Arjun (Prateik Babbar), Amartya picks up a weapon to take revenge. Mumbai's Kingmaker Bhau (Mahesh Manjrekar) puts his hand on Amartya's head in the path of becoming a gangster, Amartya's stature increases as a gangster in this journey of mafia, power, politics, and enmity.
He also marries Kajal Aggarwal and sends his younger brother Arjun to London to keep him away from this bloody game, but the twist in the story comes when Amthaan's well-known mill owner Khaitan (Sameer Soni) Kills the public in public, and from there, Amartya's arithmetic to hold Mumbai's power is disturbed. Khaitan's wife (Anjana Sukhani) places a reward of ten crores on her husband to catch her murderer. Now Amartya has to face many enemies like Gaitonde, as well as to avoid the attack of an encounter specialist like Vijay Savarkar (Emraan Hashmi). You have to watch the film to know who wins in this hide and seek of the gangster and the police.
John fits into the character of a merciless gangster in all manner of action with delightful scenes. Emraan Hashmi's entry lies in the film, but as an encounter specialist officer, he adds color. John and Emraan have proved to be tremors on Nahle. Mahesh Manjrekar is cast as Kingmaker Bhau, while Amol Gupte is shocked by the role of Gaitonde. Female cast like Kajal Aggarwal and Anjana Sukhani has not been given the opportunity to do much on screen. Other artists like Prateik Babbar, Rohit Roy, Gulshan Grover, etc. have given justice to their roles. Sunil Shetty arrives as a guest artist.
Director Sanjay Gupta starts the film with a stirring scene of chasing and murder and manages to keep the scenes hooked up to the first half with blatant action and emotion. Making the characters of his film look larger than his looks, action and dialogue have been the specialty of Sanjay Gupta, which he has done well here. But the problem comes when you have to see the story you have seen many times before. There is a lack of newness in Gupta's story. The rapidly changing developments in the second half complicate the story. The climax director has put in his favorite genre. Dialogues such as 'Gol hai na eid dekhte na na dekhli na na holi', which will stop Marathi, Marathi him will be written keeping in mind the frontbenchers. The look of the film gives a complete 80's feel. Talking about music, Dev Negi sings in Payal Dev's music, "Danka Baja" takes the story forward, but "Noise will come" suddenly in the voice of Honey Singh.
Why watch-action fans fond of dodges and fans of John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi can watch this film.