Series have been quite rare in Bollywood. After the super success of Shootout the second edition is back. This time again Sanjay Gupta has managed to nail it and give a power packed entertainer. Shootout At Wadala (SAW) is perfect blend of crime fiction action and entertainment.

Manohar Surve (John Abraham) is an innocent guy who wants to study hard, become successful in life and live a good life. He is about to settle in his life with his love Vidya (Kangana Ranaut) but unfortunately Manohar becomes a victim of a murder case and his life takes a 360 degree change. He is jailed for lifetime. His life takes a turn in jail where he becomes Manya from Manohar learns all those things which he never dreamed of it. He escapes from jail with Munir (Tusshar Kapoor) and forms his gang in Mumbai. His competition is Dilawar (Sonu Sood) and Zubair (Manoj Bajpai). Meanwhile ACP Ishaque (Anil Kapoor) is in search of Manya. Basically SAW deals about Manohar Surve’s life.

John Abraham as Manohar/Manya just blows your mind with his never seen before avatar. John is perfect and has worked very hard to get things right for this role. John is superb. Anil Kapoor as ACP Ishaque was something refreshing to watch on screen from Anil Kapoor. Manoj Bajpai and Sonu Sood were very normal yet create a strong impact on you. Kangana Ranaut as Vidya was very ordinary, as it is there was nothing much for her to do in this film still she was good. The supporting cast: Mahesh Manjrekar, Karan Patel, Ronit Roy, Jackie Shroff were good. Overall performances of SAW were good.

Sanjay Gupta has done it again. His direction was just too good. Some awesome camera angles and some very good executions of normal scenes made the direction of this film special. Screenplay by Sanjay Gupta, Sanjay Bhatia and Abhijit Deshpande is quite good. Some of the characters and incidents in the film could have been better but none the less it’s good. Story by Sanjay Gupta and Hussain Zaidi is impressive. Normal cop story yet differently presented. Dialogues by Milap Zaveri are just outstanding. Some vulgar some hard hitting and some normal, the dialogues of the film needs to be applauded. Sameer Arya’s Cinematography is good. He captured the jail and the retro era very beautifully. Editing by Bunty Nagi was the only disappointing factor in the entire movie. The film could have been shorter. The length of the film affects the pace of the film.

Music of the film has been composed by various artists. Babli Badmash and Laila are good songs but they affect the film. The film could have been better without them also, it’s clearly visible that these two numbers have been forcefully incorporated in the film. The other songs are quite good and go with the mood of the film. Overall music of the film is above average.

The ensemble cast, their power packed performances, outstanding dialogues, decent music and good story makes Shootout At Wadala a good watch. The film inspite of being little long keeps you engaged throughout the film. Sanjay Gupta has done a very good job. This is one is recommended.

Rating: 3/5.


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