Shootout at Wadala

Shootout at Wadala is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language action crime film[3][1] written and directed by Sanjay Gupta. It is a prequel[4] to the 2007 hit Shootout at Lokhandwala, and it is the second instalment of the Shootout film series. It is loosely based on the book Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia by Hussain Zaidi. The film features John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee and Sonu Sood in lead roles. The film dramatises the encounter by Mumbai police in which gangster Manya Surve was shot dead. It took place at the junction adjacent to Dr. Ambedkar college, Wadala, Mumbai on 11 January 1982.

Shootout at Wadala
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySanjay Gupta
Produced bySanjay Gupta
Anuradha Gupta
Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Screenplay bySanjay Gupta
Sanjay Bhatia
Abhijit Deshpande
Milap Zaveri
Story bySanjay Gupta
Hussain Zaidi
Based onDongri to Dubai
by Hussain Zaidi
StarringJohn Abraham
Anil Kapoor
Kangana Ranaut
Sonu Sood
Manoj Bajpayee
Ronit Roy
Mahesh Manjrekar
Tusshar Kapoor
Narrated byJohn Abraham
Music bySongs:
Anu Malik
Mustafa Zahid
Anand Raj Anand
Meet Bros Anjaan
Background score:
Amar Mohile
CinematographySameer Arya
Sanjay F. Gupta
Edited byBunty Nagi
Distributed byWhite Feather Films (worldwide)
Release date
  • 3 May 2013 (2013-05-03)
Running time
150 minutes[1]
Budget48 crore (US$6.9 million)
Box office75 crore (US$11 million)
(domestic net)[2]

The film was slated to be released on 1 May 2013, but was released on 3 May instead, to coincide with the day that marked 100 years of Bollywood. The film released to mixed reviews from critics, and according to Box Office India, emerged as an "average" at the box office.

The film is remembered for one of John Abraham’s standout performance and its bold love making scenes between John Abraham and Kangana Ranaut.[5][6]


In a police van, Afaaque Baagwan (Anil Kapoor) listens to the story narrated by a gangster, Manya Surve (John Abraham), who is gravely injured with a bullet-riddled body. Surve is a decent student at Kirti college, Dadar. He is in love with Vidya Joshi (Kangana Ranaut) and takes her to his mother to discuss their marriage. Manya has an older brother named Bhargav Surve, who is a gangster. Bhargav is in conflict with an underworld don named Bhatkar (Ranjeet) and currently on the run.

Soon enough, Bhargav is attacked and beaten up by Bhatkar's goons. Manya steps in to save him. While Manya Surve clutches one of the goons, Bhargav stabs the goon and he dies on the spot. On the day of Manya's exam results, before he can discover his grades, Manya and his brother are arrested and publicly humiliated at college by Inspector Ambolkar (Raju Kher) and end up in Yerwada Central Jail. In prison, another convict named Munir (Tusshar Kapoor) saves Manya from being attacked by a goon named Potya (Chetan Hansraj) during lunch time. During this assault, Bhargav is killed. Munir befriends Manya and another convict named Veera. Veera trains Manya to become stronger. Manya trains and then eventually is challenged by Potya. Potya attacks him from behind and beats Manya up, to which Manya responds by stabbing Potya to death.

Later on, both Manya and Munir escape from prison while they are working on a railway track and try to join hands with two brothers who rule Mumbai's deals. The first brother, Zubair Imtiaz Haksar (Manoj Bajpayee), is cool and is impressed by Manya. However, the second brother, Dilawar (Sonu Sood), disapproves of Manya and dislikes him. After this, Manya forms his own gang which consists of him, Munir, Veera, and Gyancho, a sharpshooter brought by Munir. Soon enough, Manya finishes off Bhatkar (the gangster who had him and his brother arrested). Jamal, Bhatkar's bodyguard, also joins them. Next, Manya brings Ambolkar to his knees by beating him brutally in public. The story next shows the death of Sadiq, (Arif Zakaria) an unscrupulous news reporter, by Mastan. This breaks a fight between Haskar brothers and Mastan. Due to this, a truce is called by Haji Maqsood (Akbar Khan). The truce is short lived as Maqsood asks Manya Surve to finish Zubair. After Zubair's assassination, Dilawar kills Gyancho with the help of Jamal. He is about to kill Munir when Manya saves him. Later, Afaaque is asked to kill Manya by Dilawar. Even after his refusal, at first he agrees when police commissioner (Jackie Shroff) orders him to. The story comes to an end after the shootout and Manya's killing by police.


Special appearances


Director Sanjay Gupta knew the consequences of using Dawood Ibrahim's real name while shooting the film, but he carried on with Sonu Sood being addressed as "Dilawar Imtiaz" in the film.[11] On 27 January 2013, Balaji Motion Pictures uploaded a new version of the theatrical trailer, and trimmed nearly every dialogue from the film off. The character of Dawood Ibrahim is only seen for three seconds in the new trailer, to avoid any problems. Also, the character names have been changed as well, except for Abraham's character, whose name remains the same in the film.[12]


Shootout at Wadala
Soundtrack album by
Released12 April 2013
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music India
Anu Malik chronology
Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai
Shootout at Wadala
Meet Bros Anjjan chronology
OMG – Oh My God!
Shootout at Wadala
Mustafa Zahid chronology
Murder 3
Shootout at Wadala
Aashiqui 2
Anand Raj Anand chronology
Deewana Main Deewana
Shootout at Wadala
Singles from Shootout at Wadala
  1. "Babli Badmaash"
    Released: 14 March 2013
  2. "Aala Re Aala"
    Released: 24 April 2013
  3. "Laila"
    Released: 28 April 2013
  4. "Aye Manya"
    Released: 7 May 2013

The music of Shootout at Wadala is composed by Anu Malik, Anand Raj Anand, Meet Bros Anjjan and Mustafa Zahid. Anu Malik was asked to compose for two songs for this film which became instant chartbusters.

Track listing

1."Aala Re Aala" Anu MalikSunidhi Chauhan, Mika Singh5:44
2."Laila" Anand Raaj Anand & Anu MalikMika Singh3:36
3."Babli Badmaash"KumaarAnu MalikSunidhi Chauhan4:27
4."Ek Din Ke Liye" Anu MalikSunidhi Chauhan & Anu Malik0:48
5."Yeh Junoon" Mustafa ZahidMustafa Zahid4:52
6."Aye Manya" Meet Bros AnjjanAdnan Sami, Meet Bros Anjjan & Shaan4:56
7."Goli" Meet Bros AnjjanMeet Bros Anjjan, Sudesh Bhosle, Anil Kapoor & John Abraham4:08
8."Babli Badmaash (Remix by Gourav Das Gupta & Roshan Balu)" Anu MalikSunidhi Chauhan & Anu Malik4:47
9."Aala Re Aala (Remix by Gourav Das Gupta & Roshan Balu)" Anu MalikSunidhi Chauhan, Mika Singh & Anu Malik5:02
10."Laila (Remix by Gourav Das Gupta & Roshan Balu)" Anand Raaj AnandMika Singh & Anand Raj Anand3:27
11."Yeh Junoon (Remix by Mayur Sahani)" Mustafa ZahidMustafa Zahid4:01
12."Goli (Remix by Mayur Sahani)" Meet Bros AnjjanMeet Bros Anjjan, Sudesh Bhosle, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham3:38
Total length:49:26

Critical reception

The film received a mixed reception from critics and audiences.

The ratings for the film provided by the reviewers have been tabulated. Below the table lies a collection of excerpts from the reviews, which can be matched to the respective rating as given in the table by seeing the source.
Review scores
Source Rating
Bollywood Hungama[13]
Times of India[14]
Zee News[16]
DNA India[17]
The Indian Express[21]

Box office


Shootout at Wadala had an opening of around 65% occupancy[23] and went on to collect 101.9 million (US$1.5 million) on first day.[24] After five days of release, the film had amassed a collection of 268.5 million (US$3.9 million).[25] The two-week domestic distributor share is 255.0 million approx.[2][26] The final total came out to be 546.4 million (US$7.9 million).[2]


Shootout at Wadala collected $900,000 over its first weekend.[27] Its final overseas collection was US$1.625 million.[28]

Budget and marketing

Shootout at Wadala was made with a budget of 32 crore (US$4.6 million) of production costs. The prints and marketing budget was 15 crore (US$2.2 million).

Pre-release business

Shootout at Wadala was released in 2013 in theaters across the country through AA Films.

Shootout at Wadala pre-release business
Territories and ancillary revenues Price
First weekend domestic (net) 28 crore (US$4.1 million)
Satellite rights with a TV channel 22 crore (US$3.2 million)
Overseas & home video rights with Eros International 5 crore (US$720,000)
Music rights (T~Series) 5 crore (US$720,000)
Total 75 crore (US$11 million)

  These figures do not include Print and Advertising (P&A) costs.


Director Sanjay Gupta has stated his plans to make a third installment to the franchise. He has also said that he will restart his movie Alibaug, starring Sanjay Dutt, and turn it into the third sequel of the Shootout series. Also, actors Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham have been rumoured to star alongside each other. Abraham will portray real encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar. The project is currently untitled, but it has been reported to be an "epic revenge saga".


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