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Last Updated 02.04.2020 | 3:53 PM IST



“I want every character to be the way they really were” – Sanjay Gupta

Every film based on real-life incidents and characters ends up putting in a disclaimer at the start that it's all made-up and fictional.

Sanjay Gupta's Shootout At Wadala would go the other way. There will be no disclaimer, but a 'claimer' stating, 'Everything you're about to watch happened on the streets of Mumbai.'

And thereafter, every character that will appear on screen will be real. No apologies or camouflage. To ensure that he doesn't have to resort any kind of subterfuge or concealment, Sanjay Gupta has sorted out the services of one of the finest lawyer in Mumbai, Ameet Nayak who has been entrusted the task of making sure all loopholes are covered while Gupta calls a spade a spade. Or a Dawood, a Dawood.

Permission to name every cop that was involved in the incident that the film describes (the first 'encounter' killing of 1982) has already been acquired.

Says Sanjay Gupta with earned pride, "We've got No Objection Certificates (NOC) from the police department. So essentially we're free to name any of the cops who were part of the incident. We're now in the process of covering all legal hurdles as far as naming every character from the underworld is concerned."

Interestingly the completely and unwavering marriage of the real and reel characters would be announced at the beginning of the film with the images of Manya Surve and Isaque Bagwan fusing into the images of John Abraham and Anil Kapoor who play the two parts.

Says Gupta, "There's no point in beating around the bush. No point in getting into a real-life plot and then turning back half-way with semi-fictional devices. I want every character to be named and depicted the way they were. You either make a fiction or a non-fiction film. There's no middle-ground for this. I am making a film based on an incident that happened in 1982, and I've got legal advice to make sure I can tell my story without fear of a backlash."

Gupta is going ahead naming the people the characters are based on when other filmmakers get into trouble for the same, exemplary logic in a country, where any effort to make real-life cinema gets stymied days before release.

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