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Movie Review; Shootout at wadala

This action, crime movie in the starring John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Manoj Bajpai, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ronit Roy, can be described in one word –Triple A
Story, Sanjay Gupta, Hussain Zaidi,(Dongri to Dubai)
Produced and directed by Sanjay Gupta. co produced by Anuradha Gupta ,Ekta Kapoor , Shobha Kapoor

Sanjay Gupta has come up with a film so full of violence, cuss words and sex that it can be considered as Bollywood’s answer to XXX Films. This movie is based on the Hussain Zaidi’s book “Dongri to Dubai“, the film’s plot centres around the rise of international terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and his rivalry with gangster Manya Surve.

The film mainly focuses on the first ever police encounter and outlines the gang wars as it culminates into a three-way epic face-off between the gangsters, Manya Surve, Haskar brothers and Mumbai police in which Manya Surve was shot dead, This incident took place at the junction next to Dr. Ambedkar college, Wadala, Mumbai on 11 January 1982.Thus the name ‘ShootOut at wadala’.

Sanjay Gupta who has returned to direction after 8 years has left no stone unturned to make this film a commercial hit. He even took the creative liberty to use the real names involved in the incident to his characters.

The main strength of the film is it’s powerful dialogues written by Milan Zaveri . Every character has a couple of lines which make the audience whistle and clap for them .

John Abraham, as the main protagonist of the film gets the best dialogues, best action sequences and the chance to romance the sole heroine in the film Kangana Ranaut. Though in the start his dialogue delivery is flat but as he works on building his body in the prison there is also some improvement in his acting. So there are actually claps from the audience when he says ‘haddi se lekar kanoon tak, sab todta hoon’

Manoj Bajpai and Sonu Sood are perfect for the role of Haskar brothers. They represent power with hidden cruelty which is shown when they kill another gangster with a fruit juicer!

Anil Kapoor as the police officer who wants to get the city rid of gangsters has given an action packed performance. He looks fit and smart and makes us wish there were more police officers like him in real life.

Sanjay Gupta’s passion for perfection can be seen when he spends over Rs 2 crores only on shooting one sequence featuring an old BEST bus from the 70s. “

The sequence would have cost us under under a crore, but we had to get a vintage bus which was not available and even when we managed to get one, it wasn’t allowed to enter Mumbai city. Because of that we had to shoot the sequence outside the city, which tripled our budget and we ended up spending more than Rs 2.6 crore,” said Gupta in an interview.

There are three item songs, where Sunny Leone, Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Choudhry seem to compete with each other in showing the maximum cleavage and doing the most provocative steps.

Best Dialogue –
Baadshah ki gali mein aake uska pata nahin poochhte. Ghulamo ke jhuke hue sar khud ba khud raasta bata dete hain.’

If you are over 18 and like gangster flicks there is no reason for you to avoid this film.
Rating – 2.5 stars

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