Films | SHOOTOUT AT WADALA – Movie Review


Posted by Vivek on May 5, 2013 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Sanjay Gupta, Ekta Kapoor
DIRECTOR – Sanjay Gupta
WRITER – Sanjay Gupta, Sanjay Bhatia, Abhijit Deshpande, Hussain Zaidi, Milap Zaveri
CAST – John Abraham, Manoj Bajpayee, Sonu Sood, Tushar Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut
MUSIC – Anand Raj Anand, Anu Malik

Every year, for the last decade now, Bollywood churns out its share of gangster/underworld movies. Shootout At Wadala is this year’s start of the series. It gives an entertaining, albeit somewhat non convincing or forced convincing, take on the journey of the main protagonist, Manya Surve, played admirably by John Abraham. Entertaining is the key word here, cause although the movie starts with some notes on “based on actual events,” the actual unfolding does not seem to propound that assumption. It is the stylized 70’s once more, so even in a full pace gangster flick, there will be the mandatory item numbers, 3 in this case, mother son and lover emotional drama and of course the justification of “why I became what I became.”

These actually slow down the film and take it away from it main point, of depicting the rise of Manya, to become the dreaded gangster that his real life character, allegedly was.

However, watched from purely an entertainment perspective, the film does keep you on your seat and engaged.

Fine performances by Kangana and Manoj are complemented by able characterization and support from Ronit Roy and Anil Kapoor.  The narrative is engaging and the songs short, but many. Scenes tend to repeat when there was enough room and characters for fresh scenes/stories, but that apart the film does transport us back to the era when allegedly a marked change in the behaviour pattern of cops and robbers, was unfolding in Mumbai (then Bombay).

What definitely takes away from the film, are the whole justification scenes, whether it is about religion, beliefs and also characterization.

Watch if looking for pure entertainment.

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