“Bad is the new good,” said Akshay Kumar recently, and he shows us how in the new theatrical trailer for Milan Luthria’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara’.
The trailer for the film which is a loose follow-up to ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ starts off with Akshay Kumar’s character, narrating the characteristics of a hero in his inimitable voice. The images on screen during this monologue are of a very seventies-looking Imran Khan.
Imran Khan’s character (Aslam) is in love with Sonakshi Sinha’s character but it looks like Akshay Kumar’s don character (Shoaib) has his eyes set on her too. We also see Imran Khan getting down and dirty for the don.
The ‘Special 26’ star then goes on to talk about the characteristics of a villain which he proudly claims he is. “Main… Main toh villain hoon.” We see Akshay Kumar indulging in high-brow criminal acts like gambling at cricket matches, but he also gets onto the streets while beating up petty criminals.
There is also a major fight sequence between the two actors Imran Khan and Akshay Kumar as they pit against each other surrounded by a crowd of aghast onlookers. Imran Khan’s amateur gangster gets beaten up terribly by the grand master that is Akshay Kumar.
The trailer is sprinkled with sizzling one-liners, just like the first film. “Hero marne ke baad swarg jata hai, aur villain jeete-jeete swarg pata hai” and “Har aate jaate raastein pe likh do: yahaan kanoon ka aana-jaana mana hai” are lines that stand out. In fact, it was a good idea to fashion the trailer around the hero/villain monologue that Akshay Kumar’s character delivers. The background score, too, takes you back to the seventies along with the costumes and props.
Looks like after ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara’ is going to be a worthy sequel to ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’, and a huge factor in its being good will be the larger-than-life presence of Akshay Kumar. Girls, guns, cricket and good versus evil, Milan Luthria looks to providing a lethal masala combo when ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara’ releases on Independence Day, 15 August, 2013.