The film is reportedly a remake of the 2017 Tamil film ‘Maanagaram’, which revolved around the lives of four youngsters in a big city and how their stories interlinked. The apparent difference between these two films is that the ‘Maanagaram’ was based in Chennai city whereas ‘Mumbaikar’, as the name suggests, is a Mumbai-based film.
The film boasts of a top-notch cast and the first look poster gives us an inkling that the story will mainly focus on the characters of Vikrant Massey and Vijay Sethupathi while Ranvir Shorey, Sanjay Mishra, Sachin Khedekar and Tanya Maniktala will also be seen in prominent roles. These characters are exhibited in the first look poster, which has the backdrop of Mumbai city.
Vikrant Massey’s initial stint as a television actor had earned him his first film role as Ranveer Singh’s sidekick in Vikramaditya Motwane’s period-drama ‘Lootera’. Thereafter, he pulled off some meaningful performances in films like Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ and Konkona Sen Sharma’s ‘A Death in the Gunj’.
But his comeback television show that truly boosted his popularity in the show business was the mould-breaking ‘Mirzapur’ (which also starred Ali Fazal, Pankaj Tripathi and Divyenndu Sharma). Soon after, Massey again proved his acting prowess in the hard-hitting prison-courtroom-drama ‘Criminal Justice’.
His latest venture ‘Mumbaikar’ is directed by gifted filmmaker and FTII alumni Santosh Sivan, who is arguably India’s most accomplished cinematographer (Dil Se, Fiza, Raavan, Darbar) and a capable director (Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Ashoka The Great’). The way he had shot the climactic bridge-action sequence in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan’ is a fine specimen of Sivan’s powerhouse talent.
A couple of months back, ‘Baahubali’ director S.S.Rajamouli had unveiled the title logo poster of ‘Mumbaikar’, which is expected to hit the theatres in May 2021.