Shootout at Wadala is another Balaji Motion Pictures and White Feather Films production. Contrary to it being called the sequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala it is not a sequel. There is a new set of villains, heroes and showgirls.

Let’s go through the plot quickly which is about an honest guy turning a bad ass villain all because the Police betrays him. Based on the true story of the Bombay don, Manohar Surve popularly known as Manya he wants to educate himself and earn a decent living. However his step brother is drenched in crime and on the day of receiving his college results the Police arrest him for assisting his brother in committing a murder. At the time, his girlfriend Vidya had prompted him to save his step brother and he ended up in jail. What if Vidya never asked Manya to save his step brother would he have been saved, who he have never become a don? Vidya has never been located and we may never know the real truth. Manya then goes to jail and hires Veera upon the request of Munir to build his mental and physical strength to fight the evils to become the God of Evil. He picks a fight with the Haskar brothers and this brings his downfall too.

I have purposely kept the plot short because it is best watched and unfolds better with the filming at real locations of the story including Dongri. It is also best narrated by Manya when he is on his last leg of survival after being shot several times by the Police force and is being taken to the hospital. In the Police van, Police Office Afaaque Baaghran is questioning him and purposely delaying the trip to the hospital.

John Abraham is going to go down in history for playing the character of Manya Surve, this is so far his best. He does deliver with conviction and his physical appearance adds weight to an otherwise stealth type of villain. He delivers blows in words and punches in action. Director Sanjay Gupta also brings in a new way of treating the romance between Vidya and Manya. Vidya is played by Kangna Ranaut and unfortunately she is paralyzed in delivering emotions through her eyes.  Manya doesn’t hesitate to show his love and lust for her and Sanjay is very bold in their treatment, telling it like it is and no floss.

An Honest Cop, actor Anil Kapoor looks fit and fine. His dialogue delivery remains par excellence and he plays the role of Afaaque Baaghran. With the Police morale low especially over the recent rape case of Damini perhaps Anil’s depiction of a cop standing up and fighting for the spirit of their force can’t be more timely.

Naked showgirls are the signature of Director Sanjay Gupta. While top heroine Priyanka Chopra gets away looking decent and has an item song completely dedicated to her “Babli Badmaash” the other two women are stripped bare. Porn star Sunny Leone does the “Laila” song and it doesn’t take too much effort to make the cuts on her outfit and show all that’s possible. Next comes Sophie Choudhry who does the “Aala Re Manya” song with John too and she is as good as wearing a bikini and dancing away. Surely Sanjay can come up with a better way to show seduction and vulgarity? Why should these songs dominate the USP of the film or drive audiences to the theatre? Prostitution and rape are part of the crime world but strong and deliberate vulgarity on the silver screen cheapen the portrayal of a woman.

The supporting cast is made up of Tusshar Kapoor as Munir who befriends Manya and becomes his right hand man. Tusshar is not good-looking and interesting. The Haskar brothers are played by Manoj Bajpai who is brilliant as usual and Sonu Sood delivers decently too. Ronit Roy plays Inspector Raja Tambat and part of Afraaque’s team, is improving and making his mark from a TV actor to Films stronger. Mahesh Manjrekar is good with his dialogues and plays the integral role of Inspector Shinde that involves the Haskar brothers to do the dirty job that the Police can’t perform- shoot at sight.

The winner of this film is the dialogue write Milap Zaveri. When you have power packed comments, rhyming lines and raw talk it is interesting. Only one dialogue deserved to be omitted by all means and it is a pity the home of Balaji Motion Pictures made up of two women Ekta and Shobha Kapoor did not sympathize with the recent event of Damini who was raped multiple times on a moving bus. This dialogue comes and is said by Tusshar Kapoor as Munir when they go to look for work with the Haskar brothers “we can even rape women if you want as long as they are beautiful”. Thus, Bollywood does have a responsibility to be careful and mindful or they could have the opportunity to balance it out with a hard-hitting dialogue later from Inspector Afraaque and settle the score. Clearly entertainment and down right dirty business were the priority of the day.

In conclusion, it is a must watch for die-hard Bollywood fans otherwise you have not missed anything, preferably read the book that the film was based on, “Dongri to Dubai” by Hussain Zaidi.