Shootout at Lokhandwala Movie Review
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Viveik Anand Oberoi, Tusshar Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan, Rohit Roy, Sammir Dattani, Shabbir Aluwalia; Music: Strings, Euphoria; Director: Apoorva Lakhia; Rating: **
This was easily the most awaited movie for me of this year till now. There was a scarcity of good action films since Kaante, Khaki, Qayamat and Musafir came. We saw some cheesy larger than life action in Dhoom 2 and Krishh but that wasn’t the kind of action, the fans of this genre of movie were looking forward to.
Sanjay Gupta’s film always have had class, well this one does too. This time Gupta gives the director’s seat to Apoorva Lakhia, the one who directed Mumbai Se Aya Mera Dost and Ek Ajnabee, which bombed at the Box Office. This one certainly wont.
The movie is based on real life incident of the encounter of Maya Dolas and his gang, which had shooters like Bhua, Doubling, Fattu and Arsi. In an encounter which took place for 6 hours and over 1755 rounds were fired, was successfully carried out by the then ACP of Mumbai, Mr. A.A.Khan whose role is played by Sanjay Dutt. Maya Dolas has been lived on screen by Vivek Oberoi.Though the real ACP Khan also plays a small part in the movie. He is the Police Commissioner of Mumbai on screen.
The last 30 minutes, the actual shootout is the most interesting part of the movie. The movie gives you an entertaining 2 hours ride and a point to think upon. The point to think upon is that is this treatment that should be given to underworld “pantars” and the terrorists. My opinion is, YES.
Talking about performances, Sanjay Excels and in unbeatable. However, Vivek has given a power packed performance and is the show stealer this time. Tusshar, Rohit, Shabbir, Aditya, Arbaaz, Akhilenda have done well too. Special mention to Suniel Shetty, a brilliant performance again. Note to the film makers, please start taking Sunil seriously. This guy is much better than the over-rated Badshahs and Ikkas of Bollywood.
Conclusion: – Shootout of Lokhandwala is a much watch for all of them who like dark action, cop-underworld films. But hey, this time its real, not a fiction.