Genre: Crime, Thriller
Release Date: 18th January, 2013
Cast: Sachiin Joshi, Vimala Raman, Gihana Khan, Prakash Raj, Aditya Pancholi, Mahesh Manjrekar, Prashant Narayanan
Director: Ankush Bhatt
Producer: Raina Sachiin Joshi
Plot: ‘Mumbai Mirror’ is a cop-drama film, which with its unique screenplay also manages to fall in the genres of suspense and action. The protagonist of the film is Abhijeet Patil, a police officer; and the film revolves around the rise and falls of his life.
Being a police officer in this big-bad city called Mumbai can be quite some task. Mumbai, contrary to the other parts of the country, works on
its own unique little philosophy. People here are the most ambitious and the risks taken for the fulfillment of the same are the most dangerous. Everybody who comes here, starts running for an unknown race, and each one aspires to win it. This film predominantly captures this struggle for the survival of the fittest.
When Abhijeet sets out in the beginning of the film, he is one of the best cops, handling an important mission involving drug dealing and being successful in completing it with ease. But as the film progresses we see him rubbing the wrong people on the wrong sides. He messes up with a very powerful man called Shetty, who runs innumerous illegal bars and is involved in drug mafia. Little did he know then, that trying to fool him, could end up being his most foolish mistake. He gets entangled in the hard core drug circuit, where most of his seniors are involved and ends up getting for him a termination from the job.
Abhijeet on one hand is a no-nonsense cop, not allowing illegal activities to run in his territories, but on the other hand, is a notorious cop who does constant cricket betting and later even gets caught up in a severe drug addiction. Abhijeet arrests Shetty, who runs illegal activities. While Shetty is out for revenge, Durrani, who heads the betting mafia, is also out there for recovery of his payments.
After the termination, the series of destructing and humiliating experiences that follow leave Abhijeet worried and broken. That’s when his loved ones come to his rescue, help him get out of this situation and have a probable fight back.
People and their reach or influences are unpredictable. This is one other factor that gets exposed through the layers of the film, as the screenplay progresses. When Abhijeet starts investigating one of his colleagues’ murder, a completely new racket comes out in open.
As the movie progresses, Abhijeet learns to play his cards wisely and thus changes the game.
Rating: 0.5/5 stars
Star Cast: Sachiin Joshi, Gihani Khan, Vimala Raman, Prashant Narayanan, Prakash Raj, Aditya Pancholi, Mahesh Manjrekar.
What’s Good: The unintentional comedy.
What’s Bad: The foolish story and script; the sleepwalking performance; mostly everything.
Loo Break: As many as you like.
Watch or Not?: Give it a miss.
The hero smirks, his handlebar moustache bristles and he delivers his supposed claptrap, “Iss duniya mein mujhe ek hi cheez se darr lagta hai, ke mujhe kisi bhi cheez se darr nahi lagta.” Now watch your hopes burn.
Abhijeet Patil’s (Sachiin Joshi) intro scene is like the one from Wanted, with a Janmashtami scene instead. Our dear hero is a crooked cop with a vague moral compass: he sleeps with prostitutes but will not allow dance bars to function in his “area”. Importantly, he dislikes men physically abusing women because his father was a drunk cop who always hit his mother. Though he always flouts the rules, Abhijeet usually escapes punishment courtesy the Great Indian Family with ACP Gaitonde (Mahesh Manjrekar) being his uncle. Though he has his detractors in the department, Abhijeet is adored by his team. His habit for betting has put him into debt worth lakhs with his bookie Durrani (Aditya Pancholi).
When the local Bar King Shetty (Prakash Raj) wants to open a bar in Abhijeet’s area, he allows him to do so, but soon shuts it down after he catches bar dancers in there. After mixing with Shetty and getting cozy with his girl Rani (Gihani Khan), Abhijeet gets hooked to cocaine. One of his team members gets shot in a restaurant, leaving him furious. After a token investigation, he rams into a house and, finding Rani hostage there, kills everyone else in the room in revenge while making it look like an encounter.
But the hounds are after Abhijeet. After an investigation (backed by Shetty) reveals that Rani was just with her clients, Abhijeet is suspended. He joins Shetty as a bouncer in his bar while a journalist Jia (Vimala Raman) plays his lover and nurse from time to time.
While you’re racking your head around all this, the hero manages to win back his honour, crack a cocaine ring, end his debts and emancipates women all over the planet. Or maybe I missed the point.
Mumbai Mirror Review: Script Analysis
The movie script has been shamelessly lifted from the gritty and fantastic 1997 neo-noir film L.A. Confidential by Curtis Hanson. While there’s no shred of respect for the book or the movie, writer Ghalib Asad Bhopali has instead used it to make the movie bear no semblance to sanity or logic. A crooked cop is understandable –and heck, even the new ‘it’ thing – but we have a policeman snorting cocaine, losing lakhs by betting on cricket matches, and you’re supposed to root for him. You also have other policemen in his team who don’t think twice before touching bullet shells on the crime scene with their bare hands. The hero calmly wakes up at the heroine’s house after a night of substance abuse; how he got her address is our mystery to solve. Or even how he can serenade into Shetty’s fortress and steal a packet of cocaine from his moll’s bag. Or why two-bit roadside ruffians seem to be dealing coke. Or why they had a script for this film.
Abhijeet’s wisecracks are accompanied by a “Dum pe lakdi” song and music, but his bland comebacks are not a lakdi on anything. The dialogues might make you laugh, but that’s definitely not what the writer intended.
Mumbai Mirror Review: Star Performances
There’s a Dabangg wannabe, there’s a Salman Khan wannabe, and then there’s Sachiin Joshi. Sachiin doesn’t really have the charm or charisma, and when he tries to look nonchalant, he just looks cocky and arrogant. Considering the traits his character displays in the movie, he might give it a rest for some time. Gihani Khan mostly displays the twins while mouthing some uninteresting dialogues as Rani. Vimala Raman does well as the journalist-turned-nurse-turned-social activist Jia. The poor thing looks like she has to dance with a brick when Sachiin tries to shake a leg with her. Prashant Narayanan is wasted in his role as Inspector Prashant and delivers his dialogues without pausing for breath.
Prakash Raj sleepwalks his way through this movie (and is probably the only salvaging factor) but his character, traits and persona as Shetty are exactly the same as his roles in Wanted and Singham. Aditya Pancholi is alright as Durrani. Mahesh Manjrekar is good as Gaitonde.
Mumbai Mirror Review: Direction, Music & Editing
Ankush Bhatt does a bad job. A garbled script, jerky characters and a disappointing lead actor don’t add up to any points for the director. Anand Raj Anand and Amjad Nadeem’s music is alright. The item songs attack you out of the blue and are not even much to look at. The cinematography is alright. The editing is sloppy.
Mumbai Mirror Review: The Last Word
Mumbai Mirror is a terrible mistake. If you want to laugh at the utter nonsense going on on-screen, you might as well sit through it.
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Mumbai Mirror released on 18th January, 2013.
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