CAST & CREW
The number of films that have been made in Bollywood with the theme of a larger than life super cop taking upon himself to clean up all the dirt in the underworld -have been numerous. “ Mumbai Mirror” is one more in this genre, except that it focuses primarily on the cleaning up an unholy nexus in the area of dance bars and the various associated crimes that these bars seem to be surreptitiously breeding – like drugs and prostitution.
Plot: The plot opens with the central character Abhijeet Patil portrayed by Sachin Joshi, in the role of a police officer who has been entrusted the critical assignment of dealing with corrupt dance bar operators, who also double up as drug dealers and run prostitution dens. His first encounter is with the leader of such illegal business carrying the name Shetty – an acutely negative character, portrayed in his usual manner by actor Prakash Raj. It does not take Abhijeet much time to discover that many of his own bosses are beneficiaries of the drug cartel. The price he has to pay for his mission clean up is the loss of his job – manipulated by the drug barons through their accomplices in the police hierarchy. The remainder of the film and indeed its high points deal with the fight back of Abhijeet in not only reclaiming his honour back, and his job back, but also to expose and entrap the direct and indirect players in the vice rackets.
As we would expect it is not an easy task for him, and he has to pass through several near terminal situations, and use his physical and mental bravado to get things back in his favour. He does this using liberally spaced sermons to the baddies in between the physical skirmishes he has to engage in while tackling all their machinations to eliminate him. He is portrayed in the film as almost having to rage a lone battle with his fellow cops either already entangled with the mafia, or scared enough to render themselves ineffective. For director Ankush Bhatt, this is a repeat of sorts; with his previous venture “ Bhindi Baazaar Inc.” being more or less on the same lines, though the description and activities of the goons are slightly different. In an attempt to try innovations in this latest film of his, he seems to have crammed too many disjointed incidents and lots part of the focus and the momentum.
At these places, the film seems to be moving forward mechanically. The other disconcerting feature is the unnecessarily large number of song breaks and item numbers, although in a film on dance bars such interruptions cannot be totally obliterated. As for the acting part, Sachin Joshi is known to be someone keen to make a name as a lead actor and has tried several means to achieve this fascination of his – including liberally diverting funds from his own business to produce and promote his own films. While in his performance in this film he has been able to shed much of his blandness and uneasy movements, he still has a long way to go to establish himself as a lead actor. To his favour what can be said is that he handles the action scenes much better than emotional ones, thanks to his physique and masculine looks. Amongst the other actors, most of whom are veterans, Prakash Raj and Mahesh Manjrekar stand out, but unfortunately, both of them are almost getting typed in such roles, there being no dearth of films of almost overlapping genres. On the production values of the film, although no special mention is needed on any specific area, on the whole, these seem to have been adequate.
Verdict: All those who like this particular genre would not mind sitting through the film, though given a better choice, may not be that induced to opt for the film.
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