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Shootout At Wadala Review : Blown out version!!

Dated : May, 3, 2013 BY Divya Solgama

Ratings : star


Right from the Amitabh Bachchan's 'Deewar' days till the recent ones like 'Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai', Mumbai based gangster films have managed to keep its audiences interest indulged in these films. These real life villains became immortal screen heroes when they were showcased in form of cinema. Viewers loved the stories revolving around the gangsters like Haji Mastaan, Dawood Ibrahim or even Vardarajan. Film makers too tired to cash in over these gangsters stories in form of top multistarrer films to B-grade potboilers. Most of these films have a common plot line of revenge drama, but then there are few exceptional like 'Deewar' or in recent time's films like 'Company', 'Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai' or even 'Shootout At Lokhandwala'. These films were brilliantly written with some different style of narrative power attached to it. Speaking of 'Shootout At Lokhandwala', it was an interesting film with lots of different layers attached to it in form of commercial mainstream cinema. This multi starrer film was perfect example of blending of intelligent cinema with mainstream commercial cinema. Half a decade later, the makers decided to make the sequel in form of 'Shootout At Wadala'. So let's find out whether this sequel might have the entertainment quotient as the initial part of this franchise or may join the long list of sequel films trying to cash in over its predecessor's success.

Shootout At Wadala Review


'Shootout At Wadala' is story of Manya Surve {John Abraham}, who forms his own gang to fight against the evil powers possessed by Zubair {Manoj Bajpai} & his hot headed brother Dilawar {Sonu Sood}. In-between there are these cops lead by ACP Ishaque Bagwan {Anil Kapoor}, who are trying to maintain peace. But Manya seeks revenge over the Haskar brothers. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technicalities:

Story is typical revenge drama narrated in different manner. It's a combination of facts and fiction related to the shootout which happened in Wadala-Mumbai way back in 80's. Most of its instances have been borrowed from the book by Hussain Zaidi. The first few minutes are similar as what we saw in the first promo of this film. The whole story is flashback chat between Anil Kapoor & John Abraham which looked like an extension of Anil Kapoor-Suresh Oberoi chat scene from the film 'Tezaab'. There are some entertaining scenes like Anil Kapoor catching Raju Mavani, Manoj Bajpai's first meet with John, testing of Siddharth Kapoor, Siddharth Kapoor and gang at the restaurant, John-Sonu tiff at the hotel, John saving Tusshar, Jackie-Anil discussion followed by the whole encounter process in the finale. First half starts with some unwanted tracks and scenes, but as the story gets established the screenplay tries to do its best despite of weak and thin story line attached to it.

Shootout At Wadala Movie Review

On the flip side the initial part of the film seemed bit dragging, the whole Anil Kapoor-John chat in the van looked bit fake and forced, John-Tusshar jail break scene was overdone. Almost all scenes featuring Kangana Ranaut were display of bad performance, unnecessary usage of love making scenes, Anil's decision to encounter John and many more such scenes which if justified the movie would have been much better than what it is now. This movie lacked the rawness and the hardness which 'Shootout At Lokhandwala' had. Neither the cops nor the main goons were powerful or mean as they were in the earlier film. The best track was of Manoj Bajpai - Sonu Sood, which again is ruined due to bad and abrupt writing. One would have enjoyed if the whole tiff between John and Manoj / Sonu would have been shown in better way. Camera work is good.

Music & Direction:

Music by various music directors is good, but lacks the chartbuster effect as such movies need. Never the less, most of the songs are popular and thus manages to give their impact in the film. 'Laila' featuring Sunny Leone is totally targeted for front benchers with full skin show. 'Hey Maniya' is a beautiful song. 'Babli Badmaash' featuring Priyanka Chopra is copied from R.D Burman's song from the film 'Waris' along with Salman Khan's 'Partner'. 'Alaa Re Aala' establishes the theme of the film and its character.

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Sanjay Gupta returns back to his direction style after a gap of five years. He is known for giving best technical effects to his films, but here there was nothing great. Most of his films have been copied from international films, but here he attempts to do something original. He succeeds in parts and fails in most. He lacks the fineness of Apoorva Lakhiya who had directed 'Shootout At Lokhandwala'. The film might work for its targeted audience, but there is nothing new in this film to offer. The laziness of the director reflects in every shot of the film. There has been no detailing done over the time period in this film, except that right from the bus stop to streets to the brothel and many other places they have just posted old posters of Hindi films. He made the film keeping the original names for his characters of Manoj and Sonu, but then chickened out and changed it. I have loved his copied films like 'Aatish', 'Kaante', 'Zinda' and 'Dus Kahaniyaan'. Looking at the way he has directed 'Shootout At Wadala' would request him to follow his original style of coping foreign films.


Anil Kapoor tries hard to give a hard hitting performance, but ends up mouthing some unwanted dialogs only. John reminds you of Sanjay Dutt from films like 'Vaastav' and others. He looks great and tries very hard to act, but lacks the meanness of Vivek Oberoi as Maaya. Manoj Bajpai is fantastic and looks great. Wished he had lengthier role. Similarly Sonu Sood too impresses with his style and grace. Siddharth Kapoor makes a great debut with his swear words. Tusshar Kapoor is same as he was when he had debuted way back in cave age. Kangana gives her worst performance and looked total artificial. The only place she might impress some of the front benchers is in her sex scenes with john. Raju Kher badly imitates his brother Anupam Kher. Ronit Roy looks great. Soni Razdan, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arif Zakaria, Ranjeet, Akbar Khan, Jackie Shroff, Raju Mavani and many more lend good support.

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So bol meri "FILMI KHOPDI" iss film mein kitna hain Dum?

Dum hain in terms of a time pass action flick, but lacks the power of 'Shootout At Lokhandwala'. This movie might satisfy its single screen audience with huge star cast, action scenes, skin show and popular songs. But when it comes to making a better film than its earlier one, its fails miserably and one might not find anything new in this film. It's just like an extension of blown out version of all the Mumbai gangster films we have seen in recent past.

  • Ratings: 2.5+/5

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