Movies on cops have become the latest trend in Bollywood, where every other actor is seen growing a moustache and donning khakhi to beat up the bad guys. But not everything in vogue must be blindly aped; a sentiment you're bound to share with us after watching ‘Mumbai Mirror’.
What’s it about?
Inspector Abhijeet 'Yeda' Patil (Sachiin Joshi) is a hard-headed cop who works in the Mumbai police department. Even though he's loyal and committed to the job, Abhijeet’s habit of drinking while on duty and betting during cricket matches doesn’t make him the department's poster boy. When ‘bar king’ Shetty (Prakash Raj) decides to open a dance bar in Abhijeet’s jurisdiction, drama unfolds. The tussle between Shetty and Abhijeet becomes fodder for the media while a love story and betrayal saga play on at the sidelines.
Sachiin Joshi's act as a no-nonsense police officer is difficult to digest. Not only is his look borrowed from every cop film we've seen in the last three years, but his daring one-liners (“Is duniya mein mujhe sirf ek cheez se darr lagta hai, ki mujhe kissi cheez se darr nahi lagta”) are also facepalm-worthy lifts from scripts of Salman Khan films like ‘Wanted’ and ‘Bodyguard’. There's little logic to his shifts in affection for the cleavage-baring prostitute Rani (Gihana Khan) and reporter Jia (Vimla Raman). The makers also try to cram in too much and so poor Yeda Patil, in addition to juggling the advances of two women and an alcohol problem, also battles drug addiction at one point of time!
Prakash Raj, who has now played the south Indian villain so many times, is reliable but his act's getting repetitive. Mahesh Manjrekar is an actor you can usually bank on, but there's nothing novel to his role as Abhijeet's uncle either.
Vimla Raman, as the reporter of a news channel called Mumbai Mirror, is hardly worth mention. Considering the name of the movie, her role or that of her news channel in the plot, is near non-existent. Zara is barely better, even though she wears tinier clothes and has more lines. Aditya Pancholi and Prashant Narayanan are wasted.
What to do?
Scrap any plans of going for ‘Mumbai Mirror’. We’d suggest watching ‘Wanted’ on DVD over this one.
in.com rating- 1.5/5
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