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Former Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Iqbal Shaikh slams Shootout movies discrediting men in uniform; filmmaker Sanjay Gupta says cop seeking unnecessary media attention.
Iqbal Shaikh and Hemal Ashar (MID-DAY; May 4, 2013)
When former Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Isaque Bagwan held a press conference earlier, to lash out at the makers of the just released film ‘Shootout at Wadala’, all I wanted to say is: I endorse that. With all these gangland novels, books and movies, there are a number of people who want to depict the underworld and gangsterism on celluloid and in books. I do not say no to that but when it is done just to make it box-office material, then it is time to sit up and take notice because it is done at the cost of a peaceful society and leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
When the equilibrium of society is affected adversely, the result can take lethal shape in the form of communal riots. I am disappointed that the film was released because I thought that it was the duty of the Mumbai police and the State Home Dept. to see that the makers of Shootout at Wadala were reined in so that in the name of art, freedom of expression, the makers do not go berserk disturbing peace and sanity in society. The director of ‘Shootout at Wadala’, Sanjay Gupta, needed to be stopped before he released such a film as he is a history sheeter in such things.
Twisted Though I have not seen the film, ‘Shootout at Wadala’, in the first, ‘Shootout at More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; February 27, 2013)
When the first promo of Shootout At Wadala hit the internet, it created a furore. Sanjay Gupta, after taking a break for long, suddenly seemed to be in his best form. The one thing that made the promo stand apart was the way the characters were addressed — by their real names. Now that was something novel in the Bollywood. The last part of the promo, where Manya Surve (the gangster on whose life the film is based upon played by John Abraham) challenges Dawood Ibrahim (Sonu Sood) publicly, was widely discussed.
However, a lot of things seem to have changed since then. A source reveals, “Using Dawood’s name in this manner obviously didn’t go down well with some quarters. To avoid any complications, Gupta and Ekta Kapoor decided to change his name in the film. The story is about Manya Surve and they have the permission to use his name. But the entire Kaskar clan (including Dawood and brother Sabir) who feature in the film as significant characters will now be named differently.”
As one is aware, the character of Dawood Ibrahim has been portrayed by many actors before in several movies (Company and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai) among others, but no filmmaker has ever used his actual name. That’s what made the promo so special. But now, we believe it will give way to a ‘fictional’ character onscreen.
The inside details of what led to this dramatic turnaround are still not known. The tough part was that the promo had already hit the More >
Bollywood’s fascination with the dreaded don continues
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; February 18, 2013)
After playing a ruthless gangster in Agneepath, Rishi Kapoor is taking a big step ahead. In his next film, D-Day, helmed by Nikhil Advani, the veteran actor will essay the role of Dawood Ibrahim.
A source informs, “Although much is not known about the story, the fact remains that it deals with four Indian agents including Irrfan and Arjun Rampal bringing Dawood to India via road. Rishi plays the don who is based out of Karachi. He gets arrested and is being brought back to India. Nikhil has kept the characters and the storyline under wraps.”
Bollywood fascination with the dreaded don seems to be unending. In the past too, several leading actors have played the kingpin. In Company, Ajay Devgn played Dawood and in ‘D’ Randeep Hooda was shown as the young Dawood. In Once Upon A Time On Mumbaai, Emraan Hashmi played the young kingpin. In fact in films like Black Friday and Shootout At Lokhandwala too, Dawood was ‘ spotted’. In Maan Gaye Mughal- E- Azam, Dawood was seen in a comic role.
In the upcoming films – Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala and iin Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again — Dawood makes an appearance yet again!
BOMBAY TIMES (February 16, 2013)
Sanjay Gupta and Vivek Oberoi have blown hot and cold with each other on a number of occasions. But the fact of the matter is, both genuinely care for each other. So, their slight misunderstandings have not lasted long, despite their war of words in the media.
Their combination worked well in Shootout At Lokhandwala, a film where Vivek played gangster Maya Dolas. Gupta was keen that Vivek should play Dawood Ibrahim in his film Shootout At Wadala.
Unfortunately, Vivek wasn’t able to accommodate the film and a hurt Gupta retaliated. But when the two met at the Bombay Times party, they were in a gregarious mood. Vivek, who has just had a son, is feeling on top of the world. He locked eyes with Gupta, then both men hugged, spoke about their sons and all was forgiven.
Said Vivek, “I was offered to play Dawood’s role in Shootout At Wadala which is now being played by Sonu Sood. Sanjay Gupta was upset and I always said he is a great filmmaker, a great guy and it’s a great film but it was not the right role for me. I had to choose between that and doing Krrish 3 and the dates were the same. I was much happier doing Krrish 3 as it was an iconic role. He was a little upset about it. I had not liked the role when he had narrated it to me and he re-wrote it, which I still did not like, so I quit. It was very sweet of him when I met him at the Bombay Times party after my son was born and he gave me a big hug. He wished the best for my son and I More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; February 14, 2013)
Sources say that Sonu Sood can’t contain his excitement after having seen some portions of Shootout At Wadala where he plays Dawood Ibrahim. The actor has apparently been receiving a flurry of calls from his fans and friends alike after they watched him in the film’s promo. And as a token of gratitude, Sonu has gifted director Sanjay Gupta a highend watch.
Our source says, “ The response to the promos has been good and Sonu has been getting many calls regarding his look.” Says Sonu, “I felt that this is definitely one of my best roles till date. Sanjay is my brother and it was something that I did just out of an impulse.”
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; January 30, 2013)
What’s in a name? Apparently a lot as the producers of Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala think. Just 10 days ago, the film’s first-look was released that introduced its characters with their on-screen names. However, a new promo is out that has omitted names of all the controversial characters.
Gupta’s film is based on gangsters like Manya Surve and underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim and cop Isaque Bagwan.
Our source says, Sonu Sood plays Dawood while Manoj Bajpayee plays Sabbir. Anil Kapoor will be seen as Isaac and John play Manya. However in spite of the first promo creating the necessary buzz, the new promo strangely has no names of these characters.” An industry insider comments, “One wonders if there has been any pressure from the original characters to remove their names. Also Ekta Kapoor was always adamant to use the real names and the project has been promoted in that manner. This new development seems completely strange.”
In safe zone?
Buzz is that it is just a strategy embraced by the production house to stay safe, considering that the promos were generating too much attention.
Also the recent outcry by super-cop Isaque might also be one of the reasons. Suddenly he seems to have developed cold feet. There are also whispers that people connected to the underworld could have raised strong objections to the content of the promo.
Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures says, “It’s our strategy to release a new promo More >
Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena’s son-in-law Zubair Khan to make a film on Vijay Salaskar who was killed in the 26/11 attacks
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; November 11, 2012)
Director Zubair Khan made headlines a few months back when he was shooting for his film in Nagpada and Dongri. He was allowed access where no filmmaker could shoot.
Buzz was that it was due to his alleged closeness to Dawood Ibrahim. He is the son-in-law of Dawood’s sister Haseena Parkar although he is very uncomfortable with the relationship and doesn’t reap the benefits of the name. Now he is all set to make a film on the life of encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar who was killed in the 26/ 11 terrorist attacks.
Khan says, “My research is done and I am talking to a few actors. I will start the film after my film Lakeer Ke Fakeer releases next month. It is my tribute to a daredevil officer who died on duty and was a loyal cop. I don’t remember any single person who did not have affection for him. My film will not be like a Rowdy Rathore or a Singham but will treat the cop in a realistic manner and will be authentic, as I have spoken to people who have been close to him.” He adds, “The first half of the film will be about his life as a cop and his various encounters. He was the first person in Maharashtra who got a licensed AK 47 gun. The second half of the film will be in a timeline with minute- to-minute real info on the 26/11 attacks and how he was killed fulfilling his duty.” When asked if his family More >
The opening sequence of Milan Luthria’s gangster film depicts how cricket matches would roll out under Dawood’s watchful gaze
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; October 5, 2012)
There is no denying that the big bad underworld always had had an influence over the Gentleman’s Game. And the opening sequence of Milan Luthria’s next Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again paints a very similar picture.
The sequence of the film portrays Dawood Ibrahim (Akshay Kumar) attending a cricket match between India and Pakistan at the Sharjah cricket stadium. Our source says, “Akshay’s entry in the film is quite unique. It opens with a cricket match between India and Pakistan at Sharjah in the ’80s. While the two captains are shown waiting for the toss to begin, everyone else is shown waiting for some special person’s entry.”
The entry is that of none other than the dreaded don Dawood, who arrives in a car and then gives a signal for the all-important toss to begin. The source adds, “It is known that underworld don and Mumbai blast-accused, Dawood left the city for Dubai. Being a cricket fanatic, Dawood was always present at the India-Pakistan matches at Sharjah. There have been many pictures of the don watching matches from the VIP box of the stadium.” This particular sequence in the gangster film is said to be inspired from such real-life incidents.
Hiren Kotwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 11, 2012)
Sometimes, playing a bad man can have its advantages. As Sonu Sood discovered while playing Dawood Ibrahim in his new film Shootout At Wadala, more so when he was shooting in Dongri, where the underworld don spent his earlier years. Not surprisingly, the actor was even addressed as Dawood bhai by the locals and they even brought special tea, snacks and sweets like phirni for him during the time he filmed there. The first time he set his foot in the area, the actor was surprised by the curiosity of the people. “They were asking ‘Dawood bhai kidhar hai?’ and I was wondering what is the matter,” recalls the actor. If that wasn’t enough, the people would applaud loudly after every shot during the action scenes. As Sonu says, “The character is a very bindaas person, very daring. No wonder when we were shooting action sequences, people were cheering as if I was one of their own.” Asked about being served home-made special tea, snacks and desserts, the actor replied, “Even though they’d gather to see the shoot, they were extremely cooperative. So when they’d get eatables for me out of love and affection, it’s only right that I acknowledge their feelings by having some of the things.” At the end of it all, it looks like Sonu sure had a field day playing Dawood, and that too in the dreaded don’s own neighbourhood.
THE TIMES OF INDIA (August 24, 2012)
The CBI on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to uphold actor Sanjay Dutt’s conviction under the Arms Act and his six-year jail term awarded by the Bombay HC.
The apex court is holding a final hearing on the appeals filed by convicts and the CBI in the case in which 12 persons were awarded death penalty and 78 others sentenced to jail terms ranging from three years to life imprisonment.
However, Dutt’s lawyer insisted that the 16-inch rifle spring, which was later shown as a recovery, was planted on the actor by the CBI. “The seizure memo mentioned an 18-inch spring. But when it was produced in the court, it became 16 inches. This was done because an 18-inch spring isn’t used in an AK-56,” he said.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had asked the actor about the extent of his contact with fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, who is wanted in India for the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
Replying to the query, his lawyer informed the court that Dutt had only attended a dinner hosted by Dawood in Dubai before the terror strike.
In November 2006, a special TADA court had acquitted Dutt of terror charges but held him guilty under the Arms Act for illegal possession of a 9-mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle. He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment. In 2007, Dutt was granted bail on his appeal challenging his conviction in the serial blasts. AGENCIES