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Sanjay Gupta is desperately hunting a ‘lost director’ for Shootout At Wadala

Quite a few filmmakers have tried recreating yesterday's 'Bombay' in today's 'Mumbai' but with mixed results. In the recent times, Milan Luthria and Vipul Shah have tried doing that with Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and Action Replayy. Now, when Sanjay Gupta is entering the same territory with Shootout At Wadala, he doesn't wish to take any chances. In order to lend an authentic view to his action drama, he is desperately searching for a director from the late 70s/early 80s who had made his only feature film almost quarter of a century ago.


"His name is Zafar Hai who had directed this immensely engrossing dramatic thriller called The Perfect Murder (Naseeruddin Shah, Amjad Khan, Madhur Jaffrey, Annu Kapoor and Mohan Agashe)", informs a source close to Sanjay, "The film was set in (then) Bombay and the most notable aspect of the film was it's title sequence which was an amalgamation of some beautiful stock shots of the city. The way it had captured Bombay's 'harbour line' is what caught Sanjay's attention. Now he wants to meet Zafar and see if he could be of any help to his Anil Kapoor-John Abraham starrer."


However, trouble lies in the fact that post The Perfect Murder, Zafar hasn't directed a single feature film and is practically untraceable. Though Sanjay has instructed his production team to spread out across the city and try to find his whereabouts, luck has evaded him so far.


"While Sanjay certainly wants to have an elaborate discussion with Zafar and understand how Bombay of the 70s indeed looked, he also wants to study quite a few other city centric documentaries that he had made then", the source continues, "That was the time when quite a few independent filmmakers were experimenting with stunning visuals of the city and Sanjay wants to learn from Zafar's work instead of creating something on the basis of just some photographs or archives from the library available to him."


So far the team of Shootout At Wadala has been unsuccessful in gaining hold of any clue whatsoever that could lead them to Zafar. While this is pretty much akin to the reel life situation in The Last Lear where Arjun Rampal had desperately tried hunting for a reclusive actor (played by Amitabh Bachchan), Sanjay understands that this isn't going to be a fairy tale journey for him.


"I really admire Zafar's work and still can't get over the visuals he had created in the opening sequence of The Perfect Murder. I want something similar for my Shootout At Wadala", admits Sanjay, "I really want to meet him but in the worst case scenario, I want to catch hold of his work. I would be happy to use it provided it is in good condition so that I can further correct them in a lab and make it ready for my film. May be your website can help me connect to Zafar."


Any pointers?

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