Shootout at Wadala

Director Sanjay Gupta returns to action fest with his latest Shootout at Wadala, eight years after his last presentations like Zinda and Kaante. It is a good old gangster film set in the Mumbai of 1980s and has been filmed as a sequel to the film Shootout at Lokhandwala. If you are looking for a lot of action and violence, occasionally relieved by item songs, then this movie is definitely worth a watch. The movie is a fictionalized version depicting the underworld of Mumbai, based on the book “Domgri to Dubai” by S. Hussain Zahidi. It is essentially a journalistic account, but it has been filmed with expertise. Dates have been inserted and the story borrows heavily from police reports to add a flair of authenticity to the plot.

The story revolves round a honest young college student, Manya Surve (played by John Abraham) who is sent to jail after being falsely accused of murder. He toughens up at prison and vows to become the ‘lion of crime’. He escapes from prison and attempts to dominate the Mumbai underworld. The present crime bosses are not eager to give up their position while the cops are also out to get him. In this situation, Manya struggles and rises to huge power till he is shot dead in a police encounter – the first of its type in Mumbai.

The film has overemphasized on John Abraham as he seems to be present in every scene. However, excellent performances have been given by Anil Kapoor in the role of the ACP who pursues Manya and Manoj Bajpayee who plays a character modeled on Dawood Ibrahim. Kangana Ranaut in the role of Manya’s lover did not get much scope to portray her acting skills. Unabashed relief is provided by three item songs including Babli Badmaash by Priyanka Chopra,Laila by Sunny Leone and Aala re aala by Sophie Chaudhury. Other cast members who have helped to make the film authentic are Sonu Sood, Ronit Kapoor, Tushaar Kapoor, Siddhant Kapoor etc. the music of the film is by Anu Malik, Mustafa Zahid, Anand Raj Anand, Nadeem Saifi and Anjjan Meet.

The film is a masala mixture of sex and violence with emphasis on the latter. However, the story has a logical core which helps to maintain interest. Gupta is at his best in showing off the seedy lanes, prisons, gang hideaways and sordid brothels and he has incorporated all that here. If you like your violence with a flavor of authenticity then SAW is just for you.
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