Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! (transl. Once upon a time in Mumbai again; Hindi pronunciation: [d̪oːbaːra]) is a 2013 Indian gangster film directed by Milan Luthria and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor. A sequel to 2010’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, the film stars Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles, with Sonali Bendre in a supporting role.
Filming began on 27 August 2012 in Mumbai, with filming moving to Oman in September, becoming the first major Indian production filmed in the sultanate. Footage was shot in beach in Qantab, Qurum, and at the Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat. The film’s visual effects (VFX) were by Reliance MediaWorks, and a team of 40 artists augmented 600 digital shots in one month. The live action sequences were filmed with RED and Arri’s Alexa digital motion-picture camera. Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! was well-promoted, and the film’s second trailer was shown on prime-time slots on four television channels. Hollywood actor Al Pacino was shown the theatrical trailer of the film.
The film released worldwide on 15 August 2013, on the eve of Independence Day in India. This was later scheduled to avoid clashing with Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express, which was released on 9 August. Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! received mixed to negative reviews from critics, and became a box-office failure, despite grossing ₹917 million against a budget of ₹850 million.
The film begins where its predecessor ended, with reigning don Shoaib Khan earning respect after assassinating his mentor, Sultan Mirza. Twelve years later he is still a charismatic, suave womaniser, who has extended his empire to the Middle East. Khan’s only friends are Javed (Sarfaraz Khan) (who oversees his illegal work), his former love Mumtaz, and Aslam, a teenager Khan met during a visit to the slums in which he grew up.
An older Khan returns to Bombay to kill Rawal, who opposed his ambition to take the reins in Bombay. Although the city was his first love, rising starlet Jasmine wins his heart. Khan advances Jasmine’s career by rigging awards, and showers her with gifts; he becomes obsessed with her. He sends Aslam and another trustworthy aide, Jimmy, to kill Rawal. Jimmy fails, accidentally killing his girlfriend, Mona, and flees. He is soon captured by the police, hot on Khan’s trail after learning about his arrival in Bombay. Jimmy, loyal to Khan, does not crack during his interrogation and is freed due to lack of evidence. The police intend to draw Khan out from hiding; he has eluded them for twelve years, and this is their last chance to take him on Indian soil.
Khan, suspicious that Jimmy has become a police informer, decides to kill him but Aslam offers to do the deed to deflect police attention. He, Dedh Tang and several thugs masquerade as rival biker gangs and stage a brawl. Plain-clothes police officers try to control the chaos when Aslam corners Jimmy. When a police officer stops Aslam, Khan appears out of nowhere, murders Jimmy and injures the policeman. A chase ensues; the police fail to catch the two, who escape in Khan’s Mercedes.
Although Khan has bought Jasmine a house, she rejects his advances, saying that she has never seen him as being more than a friend. Angry and disappointed, Khan slaps her and tells her to leave. He angrily destroys the set of the film she is cast in, leaving with her a twenty-four-hour deadline to accept his proposal. Jasmine returns home to see that Khan has filled her house with expensive presents. Her mother is taken aback when Jasmine explains that Khan is a gangster with whom she’d prefer not to associate. Her family questions the sense in rejecting a man as powerful and dangerous as Khan.
Later in the night, Jasmine meets Aslam at his uncle’s restaurant. He tries to explain his love for her, only to be interrupted and told that she is engaged and the two should stop seeing one another. Dejected and disappointed, Aslam meets with Khan, who seems unusually pensive. The two lament their relationships, not knowing they are both in love with the same woman. Just before Khan is about to reveal the name of his romantic interest, a phone rings – Khan, jubilant, announces that his proposal has been accepted and orders Aslam to pick up his new “bhabhi,” or sister-in-law.
Aslam arrives at the address Khan has given him and, much to his shock, sees Jasmine walking towards his car. Initially angry that he is still following her, the two realise that they have been caught up in a complicated affair – that Aslam, unbeknownst to Jasmine, works for Khan, and that Jasmine was the one he had been sent to pick up. Before either can speak, a car containing Rawal and his henchmen arrives at a distance. Rawal shoots Jasmine, having learned of her relationship with Khan and hoping that hurting her lure the gangster into a vulnerable position.
Jasmine remains unconscious at the hospital as Khan arrives. He accuses Aslam of being in love with his fiancée – an accusation which Aslam denies as Khan reveals that he has masterminded a plan to murder Rawal and ensure his own dominance over the Mumbai underworld. Khan intends to fabricate a story of him feuding with Aslam to tempt Rawal and his rivals into contacting Aslam. The “news” reaches Rawal, who seems delighted at the prospect of being able to turn Khan’s right-hand man against him.
When Rawal calls Aslam at the hospital, Aslam, now fully aware of Khan’s feelings towards Jasmine, seems unsure whether to abide by Khan’s plan. He reluctantly provides Rawal with an address, ending the phone call by telling him to “murder the bastard.” Khan, lying in wait outside the address with a sniper rifle, kills Rawal and his henchmen when they arrive. Khan, having consolidated power, savours his victory and walks into a police station as a taunt to law enforcement. However, Dedh Tang accidentally reveals Aslam’s love for Jasmine in the midst of celebration. Khan, infuriated, diverts the car to the hospital to confront Aslam, who has continued to stay with Jasmine as she recovers from being shot by Rawal. Knowing that his friend is in danger, Dedh Tang honks the horn of the car repeatedly after Shoaib and his henchmen enter the building, alerting Aslam to the danger and giving him time to escape. Entering to see an empty bed where Jasmine had before been laying, Khan realises that Dedh Tang had given him away.
Khan sends his aide Akbar to kill Aslam after he and Jasmine flee to Aslam’s uncle’s restaurant in Dongri. Aslam assures Jasmine that Khan, though violent, would never hurt him. Their conversation is interrupted by a car’s horn honking – running outside, Aslam is ambushed by Akbar after discovering the body of Dedh Tang, who has been killed by Shoaib for aiding the couple in their escape. Aslam, though injured and initially losing the fight, kills Akbar with a shovel. He calls Khan to tell him that the murder of Dedh Tang has, in effect, erased his deep-seated loyalty to his former boss. Khan responds by telling Aslam that sending Akbar was a mistake, as he must be the one to kill the man he views as also having betrayed him by “stealing” Jasmine.
Aslam and Khan confront one another as the police, having been alerted to Khan’s location by a storekeeper, descend upon Dongri. Shoaib rains down blows and insults upon Aslam, urging him to defend himself in front of Jasmine. Nevertheless, Aslam, who still feels indebted and bound to Khan, does not fight back until Inspector Sawant appears through the gathered crowd – even then, Aslam only pushes Khan away so that Khan is not shot by the officer. Reacting quickly, Khan draws a pistol of his own and shoots Sawant before turning his weapon on Jasmine and Aslam. Jasmine, through tears and while holding a bleeding Aslam, tells Khan that he is truly evil and will never have her love. Khan seems to recognise the truth in her words as he drops his weapon and stares at the couple. Just then, more police officers arrive on the scene and open fire on Khan, who, now injured, is dragged away by one of his henchmen. He and Aslam, both alive but bloodied, lock eyes and reach out for another, having finally put aside their differences.
In the last scene, a bullet-ridden, dejected Khan reads a letter he was unable to give Jasmine in the cargo hold of a ship leaving the city forever.
Akshay Kumar as Shoaib Khan based on Dawood Ibrahim
Imran Khan as Aslam
Sonakshi Sinha as Jasmine Sheikh
Sonali Bendre as Mumtaz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan as Javed
Mahesh Manjrekar as Local Gangster Rawal
Abhimanyu Singh as ACP Ashish Sawant
Kurush Deboo as Stylo Tailor Manager
Pitobash Tripathy as Dedh Taang
Chetan Hansraj as Jimmy
Sophie Choudry as Mrs. Ayesha Dixit
Tiku Talsania as Tayyab Ali
Emraan Hashmi as Shoaib Khan (footage from previous film)
Ajay Devgn as Sultan Mirza (footage from previous film)
Vidya Balan (cameo).
Amanda Rosario as an item number “Tu Hi Khwahish”
Hazel Crowney as an item number “Tu Hi Khwalish” • Nazea Hasan Sayed as Jasmine’s sister