Movie : Shootout At Wadala
Rating : 3.5/5
Cast : John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Kangana Ranaut, Sonu Sood, Tusshar Kapoor and others
Directed by : Sanjay Gupta
Produced by : Sanjay Gupta, Shobha Kapoor, Ekta kapoor, Anuradha Gupta
Shootout At Wadaala is based upon true incidents that happened in Mumbai in 1970’s and 80’s between Bombay underworld and police. Manohar Arjun Surve aka Manya Surve (John Abraham) is a son of a gangster, Manya does not want to follow his father’s footsteps, wants to pass his degree with good marks and earn a respectful job. But however when Manya is sentenced to jail after police accuse him of assisting his brother in murdering a gangster where Manya actually tries to save his brother. Gutted Manya Surve who is in jail becomes even more angrier after his brother is killed in jail and learns fighting skills from an inmate in order to become tougher. Manya eventually runs away from the jail with an inmate Sheikh Muneir(Tussar Kapoor) and starts a new gang against the likes of Zubair Imtiaz Haksar(Manoj Bajpayee) and Dilawar Imtiaz Haksar(Sonu Sood). Rest of the movie is about how does the Bombay police lead by ACP Ishaque Bagwan ends the gang wars by encountering the gangsters one by one.
Artist Performances :
John Abraham did a brilliant job as a good man who turns into dangerous gangster. John suited the character perfectly and he was exceptional with his dialogue delivery. Anil Kapoor did the role of a sincere police officer who wants to end Mumbai underworld and did his job perfectly, no complaints whatsoever. Manoj Baypayee had relatively less screen time but he was undoubtedly the best actor in the movie, he played role of a cruel,fearless and sarcastic gangster and did an outstanding job. Soonu sood and kangna Ranaut were decent and played their part well.
Technical Aspects :
Movie was completely shot in old Mumbai. Director has taken care of every single detail in the movie such that the locations pertain to 1970’s era. Camera work was done exceptionally well where every action sequence looked stylish. Music of the movie is a huge asset, songs are good and background score was very engaging. Overall movie is technically very well presented.
Movie starts off with John Abraham narrating his story to Anil Kapoor in a police van which is en route to hospital after John was shot badly by police. 1st half of the movie is very engaging and interesting where Manya slowly starts building his gang after Haskar brothers refuse to take into their gang. Meanwhile Anil Kapoor and his team keep on hunting some notorious gangsters. First half ends with good punch with audience very much involved in the movie. 2nd half starts off slowly but gathers pace gradually when Manya starts becoming a threat for police after couple of big profile killings. Latter part of 2nd half is dragged a bit with less interesting scenes. Then comes the climax of the movie which has the main shootout episode which was shot well without deviating from authenticity of real incident.
On whole Shoot At Wadala is the movie that was written well but there were some voids in the script at places. Major assets of the movie are its music, dialogues and actor’s performances. Every character in the movie is very well defined and enacted by the actors such that viewers are always engaged to screen . Audience were relived in the middle with 3 item songs with hot women and catchy music . Shootout At Wadala has all the ingredients of a ‘paisa vasool’ flick and will do good business at the box-office, it can attract both multiplex and single screen audience.
Bottom-line : Intense acting, powerful dialogues, bloody gore and hot women combine to form a ‘paisa vasool’ flick !