Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007) Movie Review – Fast Paced Shootout

Shootout at Lokhandwala portrays the dark world that exists within the tinsel city of which denizens are unaware of, the atrocities and life behind this darkness. Director Apoorva Lakhia has captured the bloodshed and violence of 1991 Lokhandwala shootout in the true sense. If you are the one who can’t stand gore and downpour of bullets, then this movie is not your cup of tea, else it might get into your collection library.

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberio, Suniel Shetty, Tusshar Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan, Neha Dhupia, Amrita Singh, Aarti Chhabaria, Rakhi Sawant, Abhishek Bachchan(sp. app)

SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA follows Western movies in terms of presenting an incident on celluloid. And with an impressive cast at his disposal, director Apoorva Lakhia gives faces to characters that aren’t in public memory anymore, also enlightening those who weren’t aware that such an incident took place in a bustling locality of Mumbai.

Blood stained staris and rooms, bullets scattered all over these are the only rremains of chaos after the encopunter at Lokhandwala as being reported by Meeta Mattoo (Dai Mirza). The movie begins with a shootout at the place called Lokhandwala complex in 1991. The story revolves around the waging war between ATS led by ACP Aftab Ahmad Khan (Sanjay Dutt), along with Inspector Kaviraj Patil (Suniel Shetty) and Constable Javed Shaikh (Arbaaz Khan), and underworld group led by Maya (Vivek Oberio). It tells a story of the final encounter between the five underworld men and 286 men from the police force. the story unfolds as it is narrated to Dingra (Amitabh Bachchan), the police officer’s lawyer.

His fearless nature sees Maya move rapidly up the ladder and become an asset to the underworld Bhai of Mumbai, the chief person handling his jobs. The taste of power overtakes him, and with his gang members Dilip Bhuwa (Tusshar Kapoor), RC (Shabbir Ahluwalia), Fatim (Rohit Roy) and Doubling (Aditya Lakhia), they take things in their own hands after being provoked by Aai (Amrita Singh).

The movie is completely fast paced, without any speed breaker. Even music compliments the scenes adding intensity in this fast paced movie. Though based upon true rumors as tagline of the movie suggests, the story seems to have been adapted to make the story much more thrilling and entertaining instead of leaving it as mere documentary.

Performancewise Sanjay Dutt stands out among the all others, though the entire major cast seems to be justified. Vivek seems to be repeating his Company acts, so not much surprise there. Abhishek’s cameo can be bit disappointing to his fans. Tusshar, still doesn’t seems convincing. After Kalyug, Amrita Singh once again shows her intensified character. I am still puzzled, why big directors are leaving this highly talented actor. Neha & Aarti don’t share much screen space.

Every frame of the movie sends shiver down your spine.

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