Wed. Jul 17th, 2019

Shootout At Wadala Review

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Shootout At Wadala

Cast: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Manoj Bajpai, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Jackie Shroff, Ronit Roy
Direction: Sanjay Gupta

Timing – 155 minutes

Rating: 3/5

Guns, gore and blasts. Toss the item bombs into the mix and you have the good old seeti bajaao stuff going. Shootout At Wadala (SAW) marking the return of director Sanjay Gupta does not reveal much ambition beyond pleasuring the larger audience with a loud spectacle of sex and violence, but it works.

What’s Good: Balanced and Tempting action sequences which hit hard yet do not leave a traumatizing effect.

What’s Bad: The narrative is ruined by the languid editing towards the later half of the film which makes the ending a little troublesome.

The film borrows from S. Hussain Zaidi’s book Dongri To Dubai to account the Mumbai police force’s first recorded encounter killing – of gangster Manya Surve at the Wadala junction on November 1, 1982. In that sense, the events in this film precede the timeline of Shootout At Lokhandwala (SOL), Gupta’s 2007 production narrating the Maya Dolas encounter of 1991. SAW is definitely more gripping than SOL.

The inclusion of three sex-soaked “item songs,” starring adult film star Sunny Leone, Bollywood’sPriyanka Chopra and British actress Sophie Choudry (sporting some unnerving plastic surgery), also lessen credibility. But Gupta has always been what you’d call a man’s director. His films are a model of machismo — women are only there to entertain, and occasionally to cry over their boyfriends’ corpses.

John Abraham was designer perfect as Manya, hunk of an antihero who is emotionally vulnerable but shrewd as a goon. John gives his best to this film, making most of the action hero avatar at hand.
The film benefits from a stellar supporting cast. Anil Kapoor’s top cop is a delight to watch, scoring with sheer screen presence. Manoj Bajpai’s role bearing shades of Dawood Ibrahim’s brother is a prime attraction. Sonu Sood continues evolving with each new role.

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