Shootout at Wadala has been the most anticipated film of the year 2013. Produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and White Feather Films, the film is directed by the acclaimed director Sanjay Gupta. Starring actors like Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Tusshar Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Sonu Sood along with many other actors, the film is second in shootout series. The first one was 2007 hit Shootout at Lokhandwala.
The film Shootout at Wadala presents the first ever encounter undertaken by the Mumbai Police in 1982. In this encounter, gangster Manya Surve was shot dead at the junction next to Ambedkar College at Wadala in Mumbai. The film is about the transformation of a college boy Manohar Surve to gangster Manya Surve as told to ACP Aafaque Bagraan in a gripping flashback. It shows how innocent Manohar gets wrongly accused of a murder and is imprisoned in jail for life. In jail, Manya becomes close to Sheikh Munir (Tusshar Kapoor), who helps him escape to form his own gang. This gang then challenges the already ruling underworld brothers – Dilawar Imtiyaz Haskar (Sonu Sood) and his brother Zubair Imtiyaz Haskar (Manoj Bajpayee).
The two-and-a-half-hour film is a high voltage blood soaked drama, replete with action scenes. These are interspersed with cussing words all throughout, which makes you, cringe at times. The action sequences look rustic, but after a while they get monotonous.
Based on S Hussain Zaidi’s book Dongri to Dubai, the film also has Kangna Ranaut, playing the love interest of John Abraham. But, her presence looks slightly awkward in a male dominated film.
Also, to give you a breather from action-packed scenes, the film has not just one, but three item songs too – where you see pretty ladies Priyanka Chopra (Babli badmaash), Sunny Leone (Laila) and Sophie Chaudhry (Aala re aala) dancing.
The film captures the rise and fall of Mumbai mafia culture during 70s and 80s quite authentically. Thanks to the beautiful camerawork done by DOP Sameer Arya and additional DOP Sanjay F. Gupta. This film impresses you in parts but fails to leave an impact. However, Shootout at Wadala remains John’s best performance till date after his films like Zinda and Taxi No. 9211. His partner in crime Tusshar Kapoor essaying the role of Munir has done a lot of justice to the role. The talented actor Anil Kapoor plays the role of Aafaque Bagraan with full honesty and delivers a brilliant performance. Sonu Sood as Dilawar is good. And Manoj Bajpayee once again gives a commendable performance as the dominating Zubair.
Overall, the film is a full-on entertainer, if you are fond of action-packed flicks. The screenplay and script will keep you hooked till the very end.