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Last Updated 18.08.2019 | 5:03 PM IST



Sanjay Gupta to make Anil-John’s Shootout At Wadala as two part biopic?

This isn’t a trend with Bollywood films but it may well turn out to be the case for Shootout At Wadala. With continued research resulting in quite a few startling facts about the advent of underworld during the late 70s/early 80s with encounters beginning to take an organised shape, the available material is turning out to be so exhaustive that Shoot Out At Wadala could well be made as a two part film. As writer-director Sanjay Gupta tries to bind it all together, he isn’t closing the option of making his film a two-part affair.

“The film is turning out to be much bigger than it was originally envisaged. After Shootout At Lokhandwala, Sanjay Gupta as well as his co-producer Ekta Kapoor were clear that next in the franchise had to be bigger and better. With an interesting tale in hand around the real life incidents that had happened in Mumbai during the 70s, it was decided that this time around there would be a period film in the offering. However the research has thrown quite a few shocking episodes that have taken Sanjay by surprise. He wants to incorporate quite a few of them in his Anil KapoorJohn Abraham starrer but is restricted by constraints around the film’s run time”, informs a source.

In the post multiplex era, standard run time of a film is mostly restricted to two hours. However, Gupta is sure that it is near impossible to tell everything within such short timeframe.

“Over the last few days, he has been having quite a few closed doors discussions with his team around how to take this situation forward”, the source adds, “He doesn’t want to extend the film to a three or three and a half hours duration. The only option left is to shoot the film at length and break the story down into two parts. After that it will boils down to logistics around whether he wants to release the second part immediately after the first or perhaps give a small gap between the two.”

If the makers indeed close on this approach, a smart promotional strategy would have to be put together because when Ram Gopal Varma tried doing that with his much smaller film Rakht Charitra, results weren’t satisfactory.

“Why are you forgetting the Ekta Kapoor factor here”, comments a trade guru, “When she can bring audience for a mobile film like Ragini MMS, then this is a full-on mainstream film we are talking about. Expect some real innovation here if at all Shootout At Wadala takes this route. All that Sanjay has to do is concentrate on making the film right. Post that he can leave it to Ekta when it comes to pitching a film.”

When contacted, Sanjay didn’t deny the possibility of a two-part film. However he also added, “It is too early to take a final call as other logistics are being worked upon. We will make a formal announcement soon.”

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