We often complain that Bollywood never tries anything new, but this new release titled ‘The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City’ is different and it’s scary, dark, real and a punch in the friggin’ guts. After decades of film-making, Mahesh Bhatt is also making his acting debut with this film.

Written and directed by Tariq Khan, it stars Avii, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Deepraj Rana, Alisha Seema Khan, Gul Hameed, Neha Khan, Jyoti Malshe, Irfan Hussein, Aarti Puri and Kay Kay Menon in lead roles.

the dark side of life mumbai city

They dropped the trailer last month which gave off a lot of Requiem For A Dream vibes.

However, the trailers failed to create much hype on the internet. Partly because it’s a relatively low budget film that lacks a star-cast, plus the plot of the film isn’t too chirpy and it might be a turn off for a lot of people.


Set in the city of dreams – Mumbai, the plot of the film mainly revolves around seven different yet similar characters who are all slowly succumbing to the harsh realities of life. It’s grim, dark and the kind of film you should watch if you like honest cinema. It portrays modern life challenges people struggle through everyday and are pushed to the brink of contemplating suicide. It also nicely wraps the individual stories of the characters with an overarching plot.

Although the film seems a bit to preachy at times, it’s still a decent watch for good acting performances and a lit soundtrack.

Have you watched it yet? let us know in the comments below!