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08-01-2010, 08:30 AM #1
Top Films based on Mumbai
Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
A look at the best movies which have used Mumbai as a character. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is set in 1970s Mumbai. It follows the rise of Sultan (Ajay Devgan playing a don), and his eventual fall, when his protege Shoaib (Emraan Hashmi), challenges him and takes over to rule the Mumbai mafia.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Danny Boyle's saga about a boy from the slums of Mumbai who goes on to win the quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. The film won eight Oscars and brought glory to A.R. Rahman, Resul Pookutty, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto, Dev Patel, Irrfan Khan and Sukhwinder Singh, apart from the writer Loveleen Tandan and all the child artistes. It has gone down in history as one of the best films depicting Mumbai's underground.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
There is another film which shows the dark and murky side of Mumbai realistically %u2013 Mira Nair's National Film Award-winning Salaam Bombay, based on Sooni Taraporewala's book of the same name. The film also has a young boy as its main protagonist, who runs away from home and ends up leading a rough street kid life in Mumbai, mostly in a red-light area. The poignant tale also won awards at Cannes and various other film festivals. And another thing common to Slumdog Millionaire and Salaam Bombay is the bit part by actor Irrfan Khan.
Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)
This film starring Soha Ali Khan, R Madhavan, Kay Kay Menon and Irrfan Khan portrayed the serial train blasts in Mumbai that took place on July 11, 2007. Mumbai Meri Jaan won three Filmfare Awards and also the National Film Award for best special effects.
Tum Mile (2009)
Soha Ali Khan starred in yet another disaster saga that hit Mumbai. This time, it was a film based on the devastating Mumbai floods of 2006. Emraan Hashmi played the male lead in the film. Unlike Mumbai Meri Jaan, this film did have a developing love story.
A Wednesday (2008)
The ultimate film from the common man's point of view. A Wednesday shows an ordinary Mumbai citizen (Naseeruddin Shah) who anonymously taked the law into his hands against terrorists, an action arising out of sheer helplessness. And even though the police commissioner (Anupam Kher) realises who he is, he lets him go. Watch the film to know why – if you haven't already.
This was the first in the series of films on terrorism in Mumbai. The debut of TV hottie Rajeev Khandelwal, Aamir had him playing the title role of a man who is cleverly cornered by terrorists into blowing up the city by blackmailing him. In the end, Aamir sacrifices himself for Mumbai and its people. Awesome watch.
Life in a…Metro (2007)
Anurag Basu's film did not have an entirely original plot - it was borrowed from Hollywood film The Apartment (1960) and such other films. But the way the director merged all the three parallel stories, and presented it as life in metropolitan Mumbai, really won the hearts of viewers. The film was complemented with good music by Pritam Chakraborty.
Bombay Boys (1998)
Kaizad Gustaad's much-talked about film starred Rahul Bose, Tara Deshpande, Naveen Andrews, Naseeruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, Luke Kenny and Alexander Gifford. It shows the adventures of three NRI young men who arrive in Bombay – some to find their roots and some with Bollywood dreams. The film portrayed Mumbai's bars and slums in the boys' adventures, which also had an encounter with Don Mastana (Naseeruddin Shah), an underworld don-cum-film producer.
Black Friday (2004)
Writer Anurag Kashyap's directorial debut Black Friday about the 1993 Bombay bombings was based on S. Hussain Zaidi's book Black Friday - The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts. The film was so powerful that it was banned until after the verdict of the Mumbai blasts case was out.
City of Gold (2010)
Mahesh Manjrekar's bilingual, titled Lalbaug Parel in Marathi, was based on the story of Mumbai's textile mills that closed down due to land deals, and how the workers' lives were affected by it so much that they took to crime.
Mumbai Salsa (2007)
Vikram Bhatt's film was yet again a film on relationships in the city of Mumbai, and the ups and downs in it. It revolves around eight youngsters living in Mumbai. The film takes a look at dysfunctional relationships in a funny kind of way.
Mani Ratnam's Bombay starred Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala. The film was a love story with the backdrop of the Mumbai riots after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. A.R. Rahman's music perfectly suited the mood of the film, including 'Bombay Theme', which he later used in international assignments.
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma ad written by Anurag Kashyap and Saurabh Shukla, the film on Mumbai's underworld was a superhit. It made a star out of Manoj Bajpai. The film's lead stars were Chakravarthy and Urmila Matondkar. The film shows how a man comes to Mumbai wanting for a better life, but lands into the hands of the Mumbai underworld. He works for them, but meets a brutal end.
Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)
Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor's production was literally that - about the infamous shootout in Lokhandwala (a Mumbai western suburb) in 1991 between the police and gangsters. The film, directed by Apoorva Lakhia, was well-received and also gave Vivek Oberoi's career the much needed push.
Another love story in the heartland of Mumbai's murky underbelly, this Mahesh Bhatt film was a hit. It starred Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. And of course, the unforgettable Sadashiv Amrapurkar who played a eunuch and pimp.
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