MUMBAI: Balaji and Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is finally free from all controversies.
The film recently ran into trouble with Haji Mastan’s daughter – Shamshad Supariwala who took Balaji to the Bombay City Civil Court and demanded a stay on the release of the movie on the grounds that the movie shows her father in bad light. Pursuant to this Haji Mastan’s adopted son also filed a case before the Bombay City Civil Court seeking a similar relief.
However, the court did not stay the release of the movie and only asked Balaji to put a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie stating that the movie was not based on the life of Late Haji Mastan. The son then moved the Bombay High Court against the order passed by the city civil court wherein also no stay on the movie was granted and the Bombay High Court only asked Balaji to issue a press release stating that the movie was not based on the life of Late Haji Mastan.
Seen through the eyes of a police officer, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai traces the changing face of the Mumbai underworld. The film, set primarily in 1970 Mumbai, follows the rise of Sultan (Ajay Devgn), and his eventual fall, when his protégé Shoaib (Emraan Hashmi), challenges his supremacy, and usurps power to rule the murky underbelly of Mumbai.
The movie, directed by Milan Luthria, is all set to release worldwide on 30 July 2010.