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, Sonakshi Sinha and Imran Khan 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 REDand Arri’s Alexa digital motion-picture camera. Once Upon Ay 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 Pacinowas shown the theatrical trailer of the film.
The first trailer of the film was released on 28 May 2013, and the film premiered on 15 August, 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 Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! received mixed to negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office.
The film begins where its predecessor ended, with reigning don Shoaib Khan (Akshay Kumar) earning respect after assassinating his mentor, Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgn). 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 (Sonali Bendre), and Aslam (Imran Khan), a teenager Khan met during a visit to the slums in which he grew up.
An older Khan returns to Bombay to kill Rawal (Mahesh Manjrekar), who opposed his ambition to take the reins in Bombay. Although the city was his first love, rising starlet Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha) 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.
- Akshay Kumar as Shoaib Khan, character 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. Dixit
- Tiku Talsania as Tayyab Ali
- 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”