Movie Review: Shootout At Wadala (2013)

[ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Avg.

SHOOTOUT AT WADALA narrates the story of Manya [John Abraham], who gets implicated in a murder case and is sentenced to life imprisonment. Manya flees the prison, returns to Mumbai and forms his gang. The cops launch Operation Manya Surve to curb his dominance…Besides encapsulating the rise and fall of Manya Surve, SHOOTOUT AT WADALA talks about the lesser-known aspect of his life: His love interest. And it is this attribute in Manya’s personality that sets it apart from other gangster movies. It brings to the fore the humane aspect of a gangster who sent a chill down the spine in his prime.

Gangster flicks — especially the ones depicting the underbelly of Mumbai — aren’t new. Films like DEEWAAR [Yash Chopra], PARINDA [Vidhu Vinod Chopra], AGNEEPATH [Mukul S. Anand], DAYAVAN [Feroz Khan], SATYA [Ramgopal Varma], COMPANY [Ramgopal Varma], VAASTAV [Mahesh Manjrekar], GANGSTER [Anurag Basu], SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA [Apoorva Lakhia] and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI [Milan Luthria] have left an indelible impression on the minds of cineastes. Now Sanjay Gupta enters the dark alleys of 1970s and 1980s with SHOOTOUT AT WADALA, which is partly based on a book [‘Dongri To Dubai’, penned by Hussain Zaidi]. It chronicles the lives of gangsters, gang wars and also talks of the first encounter killing of a gangster.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “SHOOTOUT AT WADALA is a fire-brand, paisa vasool entertainer.”
Bollywood Hungama
4.0 “You may not like this film if don’t have the appetite for blood and gore.”
Times of India
3.5 “Balanced and Tempting action sequences which hit hard yet do not leave a traumatizing effect.”
3.5 “Meet the raw, unabashed Manya Surve! “
Zee News
3.5 “Shootout At Wadala is definitely an honest attempt that chronicles Manya’s eccentric life from a righteous simpleton to a bloodcurdling monster. “
One india
3.0 “Definitely a watch!”
3.0 “Going by what most critics feel Shootout At Wadala is a masala entertainer which packs enough punch.”
Hindustan Times
3.0 “Shootout at Lokhandwala is high on action and its raw quotient. A crowd pleaser and a potential game changer in the career of John Abraham. Its sheer entertainment.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Shootout at Wadala is a hyper-dramatized and stylized cinematic version of what is essentially a journalistic account.”
NDTV Movies
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Shootout At Wadala lacks innovation and courtesy the long run time and jarring songs ends up disappointing the audience.”
1.5 “It’s unfortunate that despite such a great cast, what you get is a mediocre, offensive film. Watch Shootout At Wadala only if you must.”
1.0 “Every line in the picture is loud dialoguebaazi. This makes it at best a super cheap, cheesier version of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai.”
Daily BHaskar
0.0 “Shootout At Wadala fails on all counts.”

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