Mumbaikar Movie Review: Release Date, Cast, Trailer, Songs and More
Just as Mumbaikar fails to respect the city whose name it proudly bears, it also fails to borrow the soul of the original.
Star Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Vikrant Massey, Sachin Khedekar, Sanjay Mishra, Tanya Maniktala, Pulkit Shorey, and Ensemble.
Director: Santosh Sivan
Language: Hindi (with subtitles).
Available On: Jiocinema
Runtime: 123 Minutes.
User Rating: Unknowingly, four strangers cross paths in Mumbai and become entwined in a lethal thread that leads to disaster. When they all try to solve the problem collectively, they make matters much worse before realizing that the game was never about them.
What’s Good: Vijay Sethupathi portrays a role that seems to belong in another film and is far superior to the one he is in.
What’s Bad: An ace DOP turned director fails to generate even a visual spectacle; forget about everything else. Also, the audacity to title your film Mumbaikar without mentioning the city at all.
Loo Break: Take lots because nothing on screen is doing the source material or its audience justice.
Watch or Not?: Watch the original. Maanagaram is a sophisticated and emotional story with several flaws.
Mumbaikar: Release Date, Trailer, Songs, Cast
- Release Date: 2 June 2023
- Language: Hindi
- Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
- Duration: 2h 3min
- Cast: Vikrant Massey, Vijay Sethupathi, Raghav Binani, Hridhu Haroon, Tanya Maniktala, Sachin Khedekar, Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey
- Director: Santosh Sivan
- Writer: Himanshu Singh, Amit Joshi
- Cinematography: Santosh Sivan
- Music: Salil Amrute, Ram Surendar
- Producer: Shibu Thameens
- Production: Thameens Films
- Certificate: 16+
About Mumbaikar Movie (2023)
The film describes the events that intertwine the lives of Mumbai residents. A remake of the Tamil film Maanagaram, starring Vikrant Massey and Vijay Sethupathi.
Mumbaikar Movie Review: Script Analysis
Mumbaikar Movie Review: How many more remakes of good films do we need before we realize that the core of some stories belongs to its root terrain and that if you can't adapt it in your milieu, it's a waste of not only your time but an entire village's involvement in making it? Maanagaram by Lokesh Kanagaraj was about a city, and the map depicted four individuals going around it like cursors, fighting to stay alive, physically and metaphorically. That film's essence remains intact; the emotions landed, the narrative talked to the viewer, and the technical team worked hard to give it a good feel.
When Santosh Sivan decided to adapt the film, he enlisted Himanshu Singh, Aradhana Sah, and Amit Joshi to rehash the original rather than breathe new life into the narrative. What it produced is a film that belongs nowhere geographically, has little regard for the city into which it attempts to shape itself, and fails to evoke anything. Of course, one could argue that the essence of Bombay was necessary because the story is international.
But why is it called the 'Mumbai'kar? There are so many lovely scenes in the original that might have been shaped into the heart of Mumbai: local trains, public transportation, the alleys of the Southern zone, and so on. But you never get to see the Bombay you've been living in. Then why the title?
Just as the film fails to recognize the city whose name it proudly adopts, it also fails to borrow the soul of the original. The fact that this is a rehash makes it a bland story with no high spots, even when the tension in the story is at its pinnacle. Add to that the fact that the person writing this has viewed the original twice.
There is nothing more to say about Mumbaikar because it never even tries to go into the deeper concepts of these characters, who are all technically grey. The only well-developed character is Don, played by Vijay Sethupathi, who was deceived into this. Even Ranvir Shorey appears in three sequences as a cardboard thug eating Vada Pav, the only Mumbai depiction they could come up with.
Mumbaikar Movie Review: Star Performance
Mumbaikar Movie Review Star Performance: All of the actors in Mumbaikar are experienced performers who have worked on a variety of previous productions. However, the script is so one-note and bland that they are limited in their options. Vijay Sethupathi, for example, receives the most interesting role, and the man only knows how to execute magnificently. For a man who simply wants to be famous, even if it means doing an illegal job, he is confident of his role and sells it like nobody's business. However, the script fails to conclude his story.
Similarly, Vikrant Massey becomes a one-note figure with no room for the audience to envisage his destiny. Tanya Maniktala, like the original, ends up being nothing more than a story device. Hridhu Haroon makes every effort to make this work. He is the second best after Vijay and manages to captivate the audience for a short time. However, the script never supports it. Sanjay Mishra has been completely sidelined, and I wish he hadn't agreed to this.
Mumbaikar Movie Review: Direction, Music
Mumbaikar Movie Review Music: As a director, Santosh Sivan never attempted to explore beyond the frame. For him, the story is only what is happening right now, and the thought that the world exists beyond it is foreign. The editing is sloppy to the point where you can notice lazy cuts. The pictures never do things justice. A parking lot for an IT firm is painted with pink lights as if to frighten people. This causes the vibe to feel forced at times.
The background score is mediocre and contributes nothing to the entire experience.
Mumbaikar Movie Review: The Last Word
The most important question for a film titled Mumbaikar is, where is Mumbai? This is a needless bland remake with little reference to the city or its feel. I feel bad for Vijay Sethupathi.
Mumbaikar Movie Trailer
Mumbaikar Movie Review: Vijay Sethupathi Is Busy Being His Splendid Self In A Juvenile Remake Of A Good Film That Forgets It's Set In Mumbai
Verdict: Overall, Mumbaikar is a mediocre remake of Maanagaram that benefits greatly from Vijay Sethupathi's outstanding performance. Vikrant Massey and others are excellent in their parts, but Mumbaikar falls short of capturing the soul of the original. Those who have seen Maanagaram may not enjoy Mumbaikar, which is only a passable viewing for the rest of us.