By Arun Sajnani
MUMBAI SAGA – Due to the India Lockdown, and its short release in March, “MUMBAI SAGA” can now be seen on Amazon Prime, which released on April 21st for streaming. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, who has made films like “Kaante”, Shootout at Lokhandwala”, and “Shootout at Wadala”, comes another rehash gangster/vendetta film. “MUMBAI SAGA” is fast paced, but has nothing new to offer, and once again John Abraham is back to appearing muscular, yet wooden in his performance, of a good samaritan that protects his younger brother from goons on the street, that collect protection money from their place of work and source of income.
Director Sanjay Gupta as always delivers a slickly made product, but with no emotions, and has repeated subject that has nothing new to offer. yet the surprise packet is Emraan Hashmi as a Police Officer that has some grey shades. Once again it is the Cat & Mouse chase that becomes a bore. What amazes me is that they loosely immortalize real characters like Bal Thackeray into a fictitious one, played by Mahesh Manjrekar. He takes the character of John Abraham’s character under his wing, and makes him one of his top henchman’s. basically he gets his dirty work done by him.
What I don’t get is why does Abraham take the road of a Mafia Don??, which ends up in no positive gain. As for Prateek Babbar, as the younger brother that gets into constant trouble is the integral part of the plot, but ends up into a very weak performance.