#SAW – Shootout at Wadala


Shootout at Wadala is a saga about the rise and fall of dreaded Mumbai gangster Manya Surve (John Abraham) in the 1970s, and his death in 1982 in what is supposedly the first police encounter.

Based on a chapter in S Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘From Dongri To Dubai’, the movie has director Sanjay Gupta written all over it.  Anyone familiar with this director’s work such as Kaante, Zinda etc, will recognize it as having his stamp all over it!  Gupta is a director for the masses and SAW is no different.  Full of seeti-maar dialogues, item songs with sexy girls, sex and violence show traces of  Terentino’s fan in the film.  

The story is rooted in Manya Surve’s journey from an innocent, bright college student to one of the city’s most powerful mafia dons.  It follows Manohar – a boy is framed by the cops who befriends Munir (Tusshar Kapoor), in prison, and escapes a hardened criminal. Manya decides to stand up to the Haksar dons, brothers Zubair (Manoj Bajpai) and Dilawar (Sonu Sood), and form his own gang. Meanwhile, the cops, led by the dedicated Aafaque Bagraan (Anil Kapoor) and his team (Ronit Roy and Mahesh Manjrekar), try to contain the gang wars by pitting one against the other. Manya’s biggest weakness is his college sweetheart, Vidya (Kangna Ranaut), who does not approve of his work but can’t give him up or walk away from him.


The things I liked about the movie :

1.  Dialogues, dialogues, dialogues!  – Take a bow Milap Zaveri, you have emerged as the true hero of the film!  

2.  John Abraham – John pours his heart and soul in what is the role of a lifetime in his career thus far.  It’s hard to ignore the effort he has put into becoming Manya.  As endearing as he is as Manohar, he is just as likeable as Manya.  

3.  Slick camera work that is Gupta’s trademark and the direction which takes us into Gupta’s vision flawlessly!  

4. Manoj Bajpai – What dialogue delivery, what conviction!  Not once can you picture Zubair being played by anyone else … Bajpai is as usual, actor par excellence and the best in the movie after the dialogues! 

5.  Sonu Sood – who’d have thought that Chedi Singh from Dabang can also flawlessly portray Dilawar.  Sood has shown tremendous control and restrain and plays the perfect part of Zubair’s little brother.  BRAVO!! 

6.  Costumes – The actors all wear the retro look fittingly right down to the retro glasses worn by John.  The costume designer has done an AMAZING job! 


Things I did NOT like about the movie :

1.  Kangana Ranaut – her character is quite comic to put it as politely as possible.  Even with a weak character, there is nothing in her acting that makes you take notice of her.  The role could’ve been played by anyone and there would be no difference.  

2. Babli Badmash – this song is just a mashup of a long list of what’s wrong with it.  The choreography, it looked SO odd!! Priyanka Chopra, what a misfit!! Neither her, nor her costume looked anything like an item girl.  More importantly, this song was the only song in the movie which felt shoved in there.  

3.  Sunny Leone – as much as I liked the song “Laila” the only thing that didn’t fit there was Leone.  There are parts of the song where it is clear that she is purposely moving her lehenga just to showcase her legs and that makes it very evident that it’s the forced masala that is being shoved down our throat in the name of choreography.  

4.  The glorification of Manya Surve – as important as it was for us to understand the journey of Manohar to Manya, was it really necessary to glorify him?  What kind of message does that send to society?  


Track I enjoyed the most :


Sophie sizzles in this track and manages to look total item song worthy without looking vulgar or cheap.  The track is one that can easily get stuck in your head and one finds themselves leaving the theater humming this song!


Beautiful – soothing – lovely! 


All in all, if you are looking for an entertainer for the masses, go watch it!  A point worth noting though, it is an Adult certified movie due to the violence, language and the sex scenes so please do NOT take your kids along and, if you’re like me, you might not want to watch it with your parents either. 🙂 

Whether this movie will be a super-duper 100cr club hit or not is yet to be seen but, one thing is for certain – all the awards for best dialogue belong to Milap Zaveri next year.  

If you aren’t following him on Twitter yet, do so now instead of waiting until he wins all the awards next year – his twitter handle is @zmilap

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