Once Upon A Time In Mumbai

Synopsis: During March 1993, after his Ambassador car is being fished out of water, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Agnel Wilson, narrates to the Commissioner as to how he commenced his investigation against an underworld gangster, Sultan Mirza. He details how Sultan had survived floods in Madras, shortly after Independence; his arrival in Bombay; and his employment which earned him a mere 25 Paisa daily. Agnel's attempts to rein in Sultan fail, but he keeps tabs on him and his romance with Bollywood actress, Rehana; as well as his new recruit, Shoaib, the son of Sub-Inspector Khan. Agnel will find his investigation slipping out of his hands after Sultan temporarily delegates complete responsibility to Shoaib.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Milan Luthria
Production: Viva Entertainment
  1 win & 20 nominations.
134 min

Crossfire in pydhonie

and dockyard road.

Report urgently.

Crossfire in dongri.

All mobile units report quickly.

Crossfire in pydhonie

and dockyard road.

Report urgently.

Inspector chauhan,

please come in.

Inspector chauhan,

please come in.

Please come in, headquarters


Why don't you answer it?

It's been buzzing all day.

Let mumbai burn.

I'm not moving from here.

What do you think?

Who could've done this?

Only agnel sir can answer that.

Sir. - What happened?

Agnel sir has regained


Come on.


What happened?

Who was it?

Who did this?

Just give me his name.

He'll rot in jail for

the rest of his life.

Tell me, sir. Who was it?

Agnel wilson.


I've already investigated.

Nobody's behind it.

What do you mean? - I mean he

tried to commit suicide.

What nonsense... - chauhan,

there's no dent on the car...

...nor any damage.

I inquired with the villagers.

There was no accident

or brake failure.

They saw him drive the

car into the gorge.

You will have to tell me, agnel.

Why did you take

such a big step?

Why did you try to

commit suicide?

You're giving up at a time

when i need you the most.

Were you trying to

evade your duty...

...or were you scared?

No sir... i was trying

to evade myself.

But i won't die so easily after

the trouble i've put this city into.

You're not responsible for

what's going on in the city, agnel.

Mumbai is dormant in the

sound of explosions.

And the reason behind it... is me.

I tried to lock horns

with one man.

But today... the entire city

is paying the price.

Which man?

Who are you talking about?

Sultan mirza.

Sultan mirza?

This story began with

sultan mirza.

Few years after the


...madras was graced with floods.

After losing everything...

...that small boy came to mumbai.

If it wasn't for the floods...

...then sultan and mumbai

might've never met.

He got a job at the docks.

I heard that he was paid

only 25 paise...

...after working all

day in the furnace.

Even at that juvenile age...

...sultan knew how to

conquer hearts.

If you give me this money

then what about you?

Blessings. I'll thrive

on your blessings.

You're an elder person.

And with your blessings someday

i'll make it big.

You don't have a penny...

...but talk like a 'sultan'


That day he got a name.


His juvenile age and

innocence aided him.

The journey to be the

master had begun.

No one knew that one day...

...a stowaway would

rule the seas.

But it was reality.

Because he had only

one principle.

Sultan, we shouldn't

help pathan.

He's our enemy.

Patrick, when we

can be friends...

...then why take up enmity.

The truck is loaded with

gold worth 600,000.

The police know this gold will

be smuggled in the city.

That's why there's strict

security on every road.

The goods will be delivered.

But how will it be possible?

- Just like you were.

With the grace of god, hard

work and lot of dedication.

The job will be done.

We need to check.

Check properly. - Yes, sir.

What's inside this?

Why aren't you raising

the barricade...

...we're getting late.

We'll miss the train.



Get away, sultan!


You're brave and compassionate.

You'll be respected by all.

Sultan was in love with mumbai.

He didn't want mumbai to

be gripped with terror.

That's why he had a meeting...

...with pathan, vishnu,

wardhan and varghese.

Each has cunning men.

They're strong.

If we fight amongst ourselves

we'll be at loss.

Think about it.

Do you want to end it all...

...or make a new beginning?

What... do you want

to say, sultan?

Which station do you have the

most influence, wardhan?

Dharavi. - Fine.

From dharavi to parel station...

...none of us will interfere

in your work.

Sultan, what if we don't

agree to this division?

I wanted all of us to prosper

in our business.


Kill each other.

If we fight each other it'll

make the police's job easier.

And not for us.

Pathan, when we can be friends...

...then why take up enmity?

From dongri to sion station

is your area.

Varghese, from colaba to

tardeo is your area.

I've heard that you speak

fluent english.

It'll be useful.

Vishnu, from bandra to versova.

You're dividing the city as per

the police stations, sultan.

They might be police stations...

...but we're the commissioners

of the city.

Sultan, you've divided the

entire city amongst us.

What about you?

To be precise, entire

mumbai belongs to me.

And i don't need a piece of

land for doing business.

I have the sea.

The sea unites india from

the rest of the country.

If we control the sea our

ships will never sink.

Those who had the strength

to change circumstances...

...were the ones that were alive.

They began smuggling everything

that we banned.

They used the law to climb

the ladder of success.

Mr. Dagger. Owns six mills.

Had a quarrel with his brother.

It's the police's job.

I will have to pay them as well.

I don't do everything for money.

Sultan, don't disappoint me.

Hail a taxi for mr. Daggar.

Why would i take a taxi?

I've a car... - as i said, i don't

do everything for money.

Please spare me something, son.

Feed him well.

And pray for me.

I'm not scared of the

law, get that.

As soon as i'm released...

...l'll throw you out

of the house.

Hey, quiet.

Come on.

Who are you?

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Rajat Arora

Rajat Aroraa (born 23 July 1975) is an independent writer in the Indian film and television industry; widely known for his films Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010), The Dirty Picture (2011), Kick (2014), Gabbar Is Back (2015) and Taxi No. 9211 (2006) He has also written the blockbuster hit and critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010). Rajat wrote Baadshaho (2017) directed by Milan Luthria and starring Ajay Devgn. The movie is scheduled for release in September 2017. He also worked on AZHAR, a biopic on the most controversial Indian cricket captain, with Balaji Telefilms. The movie released on 13 May 2016. Rajat is also working on untitled film for Multi Screen Media (MSM). more…

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