The trailer of Sanjay Gupta directorial crime thriller Mumbai Saga is out. The film, set in the 1980s and 90s, chronicles the transformation of Bombay to Mumbai. It stars John Abraham, Emraan Hashmi, Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty, Amol Gupte, Prateik Babbar, Gulshan Grover and Rohit Roy.
In the Mumbai Saga trailer, John Abraham’s character Amartya Rao has only one goal in life — to rule the city. He doesn’t think twice before killing, and there’s nobody who could stop him. But it is not all easy for him with Emraan Hashmi’s cop dogging his every step. Now, who will win between a deadly don and a determined cop, remains to be seen. However, from the trailer, Mumbai Saga seems to be like any other gangster film. You won’t even miss a ‘Ganpati’ song as the ‘hero’ throws a few punches, and the cop chases him. There is also the customary good don meeting the good cop for a final meeting before the big blow-up. In other words, if you have one gangster drama from this school of thought, you have seen them all.
Before releasing the trailer, John Abraham had shared his character poster on Instagram where he described the film as, “The one who wants to RULE at all costs Vs The one who wants to STOP him, no matter what #MumbaiSaga begins in cinemas on 19th March.”
The Mumbai Saga teaser earlier introduced John as a gangster who “rose from the streets of Bombay to rule Mumbai” while Emraan as a cop who “rose from the ghettos of Bombay to stop” his character, Amartya Rao.
Mumbai Saga was initially supposed to release in June 2020, but after the cinema halls were shut during the pandemic, the release was delayed. There was also speculation that the makers were considering a digital release. Gupta, however, believed that his gangster saga is best viewed on the 70mm screen. He had written on Twitter, “And the more we see it & experience it every day the more convinced we are that it needs THEATRES. #MumbaiSaga.”
Claiming that Mumbai Saga is his most ambitious movie till date, Gupta said in a statement, “25 years, 17 films later I had to give my audience something bigger and better. Mumbai Saga is by far my most ambitious film which needed a visionary producer. And I am grateful to Bhushan Kumar for putting his faith and might in it. It is one story that needs to be said on screen.”
Produced by T-Series and White Feather Films production, Mumbai Saga is slated for a release on March 19.