Shootout At Lokhandwala was an exceptional film and showcased the story of Mumbai mafia in new style which was different from RGV films. The formidable team of Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor is now back with Shootout At Wadala which looks bigger and better than its predecessor. Ekta too have left absolutely no stone unturned to promote this mult-starrer.
Shootout At Wadala stars John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Sonu Sood, Tusshar Kapoor, Rohit Roy, Mahesh Manjrekar and Shakti Kapoor’s son Siddhant in leading roles. John essays real-life gangster Manya Surve who terrorized Mumbaikars in late 70s and early 80s and was the first victim of the encounter spree initiated by Mumbai Police. The promos are exciting to say the least and the film seems replete with action, full-on masala, dialoguebaazi…and item songs too! Priyanka Chopra does her first-ever typical item number in this film and so does Sunny Leone, the latter which has become a chartbuster already.
Shootout At Wadala sadly has few obstacles. Firstly, the film is laced with expletives and bloodshed, which might a section of moviegoing audience away. Even Shootout At Lokhandwala faced the same issue. Secondly, the makers initially promoted the film on the fact that it’s as real as it can be and that real names of all characters will be used. The first trailer too had the mention of Dawood Ibrahim, his brother Sabir and Inspector Isaque Bagwan. However, it led to some problems, prompting the makers to change the names of those who are still living. Manya Surve, the deceased, remains unchanged. One wonders if this would create lip-sync problems, especially in close shots. Thirdly, the film has as many as 3 ‘item numbers’ – Babli, Laila and Ala Re Ala. In a fast-paced action flick, were so many songs necessary? Will it hamper the pace of the film? Lastly, the film was scheduled to release on Wednesday May 1, a holiday. Again, at the last moment, the film was postponed to May 3 on the grounds that it’ll be unfair for the prospects of the film released in the previous week. As if, they didn’t realize this before!
A lot of expectations are riding on Shootout At Wadala and one hopes it meets all of them. And hopefully, it’ll be the first film of 2013 to cross 100 crore. Let’s hope for the best!
The other release of the week is Bombay Talkies, comprising of four short films made by Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akthar and Anurag Kashyap. Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ranvir Shorey and Katrina Kaif (sp appearance) feature in this film which is made as a part of celebrations of 100 years of Indian cinema. Each story lasts around 20-25 minutes and each filmmaker was allotted 1.5 crore and hence the four films are all made in just 6 crore. The P&A and other expenses totaled another 6 crore and hence total cost of the film comes to just 12 crore.
The promo of the film is impressive but has turned out to be too arthouse cinema-like, which might keep a large chunk of moviegoers away. Also, Shootout At Wadala will give a tough competition to the film. Besides, the much talked about title song of the film, featuring around 20 stars of Bollywood, has got thumbs down. However, good word of mouth can do the trick and the film can slowly and steadily grow.
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