‘Mumbai Saga’ is knitted with a powerful story revolving around the events that led to the transformation of Bombay into Mumbai. Based on the events that transpired between the 1980s and 1990s are dunked in politics, grime, crime, filth, blood, and bullets. The makers announced the commencement with the string of men who would take the Saga to the final conclusion. It’s time to meet the men that hold the fort of ‘Mumbai Saga’.
John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi play as Amartya Rao and officer Vijay Savarka respectively who are pitted against each other, Mahesh Manjrekar plays Bhau, who culled out of the political atmosphere that existed in the Bombay of yore. Amole Gupte as Gaitonde, Prateik Babbar as Amar’s brother Arjun, Rohit Bose Roy as Baba, Shaad Randhawa as Jagannath, Vivaan Parashar as Sadashiv, Suniel Shetty as Sada Anna, Gulshan Grover as Nari Khan and Sandesh Jadhav as Samant are the men who make this Saga worth a ride with their power-packed dialogues and swag.
“While narrating a story soaked in reality, one has to ensure that no aspect is barred from representation. For instance, when I was working on the story of ‘Mumbai Saga’ for years together, the only thing that held my hand was the belief that I have to be true to the story, and I have to depict all the stakeholders in the story the way they were back in the day. Every character is a mix of several individuals who existed at that time in the said space. They’re real and yet, larger than life,” says Sanjay Gupta, who has produced, directed and written the film.
Bhushan Kumar adds, “The one thing about Sanjay Gupta’s writing and direction is his ability to blend reality with fiction. I have enjoyed how his cinema takes on a ‘reality’ ride with lots of masala and seetis. ‘Mumbai Saga’ is an amalgamation of the reality Mumbai faced in the 80s and 90s with the tweak of fiction in it.”
A T-Series and White Feather Films production, Mumbai Saga, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anuradha Gupta and Sangeeta Ahir, releases on March 19.