Starring: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Manoj Bajpai, Tusshar Kapoor, Siddhanth Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Producer: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor, Sanjay Gupta, Anuradha Gupta
Music: Anu Malik, Mustafa Zahid, Anand Raj Anand, Nadeem Saifi, Anjjan Meet
By Kommal D Seth
Gangster movies are one of the most popular genres in Bollywood after romantic flicks, and filmmaker Sanjay Gupta takes on the challenge of telling the story of one of Bombay’s first Hindu Don Manohar Surve aka Manya Surve. In the 70’s, the Bombay underworld was ruled by the Muslim gangs, and the Haskar brothers Zubair (Manoj Bajpai) and Dilawar(Sonu Sood). The police team lead by ACP Afaque Baghraan (Anil Kapoor) in fact have to leverage the Haskar brother to arrest a deadly criminal Yakub.
Just like any other college student, Manohar wants to graduate and get a job, but his dreams get shattered when he gets pushed into the crime world accidentally, and his love life too goes for a toss with his ladylove Vidya (Kangana Ranaut). In the jail he meets Muneer Khan (Tusshar Kapoor), who becomes Manya’s guide to becoming a powerful Don. Manya hires Goucho (Siddhanth Kapoor) as a sharp shooter, and two more members and he tries to become as powerful as the Haskar brothers.
Screenplay of the movie is strong, Abhijeet Deshpande along with Sanjay Gupta and Sanjay Bhatia try to make the plot quite interesting. Dialogues of the movie are ultimate, Milap Milan Zaveri has penned some of the best lines and all the actors do full justice to the dialogues as they deliver it with full punch, and especially the ‘Police ki uniform khaki kyon hoti hai?’ lines leaves the audiences in splits.
‘Laila teri’ is the first song of the movie, and its quite refreshing, John and Tusshar do most of the dancing while Sunny is the perfect eye candy. Priyanka is a treat to watch for in ‘Babli Badmaash hai’. ‘Ala re Ala’ featuring Sophie has the crowds cheering and whistling.
‘Shootout at Wadala’ has some of the best action scenes directed by Tinu Verma; John’s jail fight, Anil’s Dhobi Ghat fight and the Sonu Sood’s hitting the goons are some of the best action sequences. John looks and behaves like Manya Surve every inch, the actor has come a long way and his sincere effort gets paid off as this movie is undoubtedly his career best so far. John looks powerful in the way he ‘roars’, and especially in the ‘bus scene’ you can’t imagine any other actor. Sonu Sood is one of the strongest villains; he looks great and delivers the best lines in the movie with full emotions.
Anil Kapoor reinvents himself again; he plays his character really well. Manoj Bajpai is very impressive. Tusshar Kapoor is awesome; he is funny and plays the perfect ‘partner in crime’. Siddhanth Kapoor makes a good debut and he is quite confident, the actor will sure go a long way in tinsel town. Ronit Roy is good and Mahesh Manjerkar plays the lousy cop really well.
‘Shootout at Wadala’ is a mass entertainer and will do good business in small towns and cities, especially in the single screen theatres.