R Madhavan, Kay Kay Menon, Soha Ali Khan, Paresh Rawal,
Irrfan Khan, Vijay Maurya
Directed by Nishikant Kamat
Mumbai Meri Jaan is truly an exceptional movie which
touches your heart, which can make you cry. It salutes
the spirit of Mumbai and does it so effectively that the
viewer can relate through the lives of ordinary persons
in the film.
Also, there is a coffee vendor Thomas (Irrfan Khan) who
is struggling for survival and lets out his pent up
angst by spreading fear among people after the attacks.
Irrfan Khan and Paresh Rawal, as usual are brilliant. A
surprise packet is Vijay Maurya who just stands out with
a convincing performance.
Khan seems a bit loud in her performance in this
otherwise episode which highlights the insensitivity of
the TRP-hungry media, while Madhavan the techie, seems
so really scared and terrorized by the blasts. The
typical fanatic Hindu Suresh played by Kay Kay Menon who
is in a fine form.
The film follows their lives as they tackle the
aftermath of this shocking incident that brings out the
best and worst in them as human beings. Some noteworthy
scenes are those of the aftermath at the blast site, the
hospital and the morgue sequences which create an
Rupali - Soha Ali Khan
Nikhil - Madhavan
Kadam - Vijay Maurya
Suresh - Kay Kay Menon
Tukaram Patil - Paresh Rawal
Vikesh - Anand Tiwari
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala
Directed by Nishikant Kamat
Story -Yogesh Vinayak Joshi
Screenplay - Yogesh Vinayak Joshi, Upendra Sidhaye
Director Nishikant Kamatís film explores the aftermath
of a terrorist attack on the mindset of people. It is
about the infamous July 11, 2006 Mumbai train blasts and
how these incidents affect the lives of different people
in the city. The film simply presents the facts and
reality of life and it does not try to be judgmental at
all. It is upon the viewer to make his own opinion. The
film has five different stories running parallel to each
other which are bound by the same incident.
Nikhil (R. Madhavan) is software professional and a
responsible citizen. Incidently, on the fateful day of
July when there are serial blasts on different trains
throughout Mumbai he doesnít board his usual train
compartment and is thus saved from the bomb blasts. This
terror strikes so deep in his heart that he feels like
leaving Mumbai for good.
These blasts also cause a shattering effect on Rupali (Soha
Ali Khan) who is a brilliant broadcast journalist working
for a news channel and whose beliefs about the fourth
estate are shaken by the incident.
It is about the angry unemployed Suresh (played by Kay Kay
Menon) who is a Hindu fanatic and whose hatred for Muslims
is only strengthened after the blasts.
Tukaram ( Paresh Rawal ) is a
senior constable about to retire in a week when he is
assigned the patrolling duty with a rookie cop Sunil
(Vijay Maurya). There are brilliant instances showing the
humour-laced apathy of a Tukaram and the disillusionment
of Sunil, the new recruit, towards the corrupt system.
Mumbai Meri Jaan stretches at several instances,
thankfully has no songs. There is a bit of comedy
running through its plots involving Paresh Rawal and
Though not a masterpiece, it is a truly realistic movie
which depicts the sadness as well as sense of pride in
the spirit shown by Mumbaikars.
Cinematography - Sanjay Jadhav
Film Editing - Amit Pawar
Visual Effects - Rajiv Raghunathan (Senior Digital
Dialogue - Yogesh Vinayak Joshi
Music - Sameer Phaterpekar
Lyrics - Yogesh Vinayak Joshi
Production Design - Mahesh Salgaonkar, Dhananjay Mondal,
Parimal Das Poddar
Editing Amit Pawar
Audiography - Allwyn Rego, Sanjay Maurya