John Abraham’s big gangster thriller, Shootout at Wadala, sees jam-packed action, drama and violence. Our Bollywood film reviewer, Faisal Saif provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.
Based on the infamous 1982 gang encounters in Mumbai, Shootout At Wadala dramatises the events leading up to Mumbai police’s first-ever registered encounter, where gangster Manya Surve was shot dead.
Let me first clarify, Shootout At Wadala is in no way a sequel to Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007), which was produced by Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor. This is instead a fresh film with a new plot. The only common factor here is the notorious gangster Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar (whose name has been changed to Dilawar Imtiyaz Haskar).
The story follows Manya Surve (played by John Abraham), who is about to face life imprisonment for a crime which he has not committed. While in jail, he befriends Sheikh Munir (played by Tusshar Kapoor), and manages to escape from the prison to form a new gang.
Manya is a young, dangerous and cheeky gangster who regularly dares to break the rules and threaten the supremacy of the biggies including Dilawar Imtiyaz Haskar (played by Sonu Sood) and his brother Zubair Imtiyaz Haskar (played by Manoj Bajpai).
Manya also becomes a menace to the police officer ACP Ishaque Bagwan (played by Anil Kapoor). Both brothers, Dilawar and Zubair, want Manya dead at any cost. ACP Ishaque Bagwan is also prepared to show no mercy to finish what Manya has started.
|SHOOTOUT AT WADALA|
|The story of the film is not a sequel to Shootout At Lokhandwala, but a fresh perspective on Mumbai's underworld gangster era.|
|The film has some mind-blowing performances by all the lead actors, especially John Abraham and Anil Kapoor. Rest of the cast are terrific too.|
|Director Sanjay Gupta doesn't resort to Hollywood this time, but instead churns out an honest portrayal of Mumbai crime saga.|
|The camera work, editing and production value of the film is good and goes well with the flow of the script.|
|The songs, especially ‘Babli Badmaash’ and ‘Laila’ are worth watching because of the presence of Priyanka Chopra and Sunny Leone.|
|Review Scores by Faisal Saif|
As far as lead performances go, John Abraham is tremendous as Manya Surve. At many points during the film, John makes you genuinely believe that no one else could have done justice to the character of Manya Surve as he has.
If you have already forgotten Maya Bhai from Shootout At Lokhandwala, trust me, John will create a new terror of Manya Bhai in your hearts.
Anil Kapoor is also electrifying as ACP Ishaque Bagwan. He delivers all his lines with the immense shock value that is required for a no-nonsense police officer. In some of the scenes, Anil easily dominated many of the other actors with his charisma of performance.
Manoj Bajpai is wonderful once again. Sonu Sood surprises you with his Dawood Ibrahim act. Tusshar Kapoor is very good as Manya’s friend, Sheikh Munir. If you look closely, it is in fact Tusshar’s character that makes Manya Surve the Manya Bhai. Kangna Ranaut is terrific in the final frames of the film.
The rest of the cast, which includes Ronit Roy, Mahesh Manjerekar, Jackie Shroff and Ranjeet, are equally good too.
Director Sanjay Gupta brings an honest film with the help of S. Hussain Zaidi’s, Black Friday book. As a director, Gupta has made an amazing film with all the right kind of ingredients and style. Shootout At Wadala can easily be termed as one of the most accomplished works created and directed by him.
The overall cinematography and editing of the film is mind-blowing. The film does not drag but instead moves with the flow. It offers the right kind of atmosphere, all of which has been expertly recreated to give you a perfect feel of the 80’s era. The production values are just outstanding.
The music and songs of the film are not forced on you either, and work well with the script. In fact, the songs cement you to your seats with the spell-binding performances of Priyanka Chopra in ‘Babli Badmaash’, Sunny Leone in ‘Laila’, and ‘Aala Re Aala’, which are all great dance numbers.
Shootout At Wadala is fast-paced, pulse-pounding and racy at the same time. With powerful performances by magnificent stars, the film is a knock-out action thriller!
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