Not glorifying gangsters in film: Sanjay Gupta

Mumbai: Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta, who is bringing a `shootout` on celluloid for the second time with `Shootout at Wadala` says he is not glorifying gangsters in the forthcoming movie.

Directed by Gupta, `Shootout at Wadala` is a sequel to his 2007 film `Shootout at Lokhandwala`. The second instalment will dramatise the first registered encounter by Mumbai police, where gangster Manya Surve was shot dead in 1982 at Wadala.

"We are not glorifying gangsters or the police force in the film. Over here (in the film) we are trying to strike a balance between them (gangster and police) and it is really difficult. But having said that, it is not about a predictable end," Gupta told reporters here, on Wednesday evening.

The ensemble cast of `Shootout at Wadala` includes John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, Mahesh Manjrekar and Ronit Roy. In the film, John plays the role of gangster Manya Surve, while Anil plays ACP Isaque Bagwan, who kills John in an encounter.

Talking about the film, Gupta says, "It is about a journey of a regular college student (John), who became a gangster and why. And the journey of a police officer (Anil) who was given orders to take steps that were not taken earlier. So the reasons behind it is the compelling story and not its outcome." The film is set to hit cinema houses on December 7.

Sanjay`s `Shootout at Lokhandwala`, directed by Apoorva Lakhia, was based upon the 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout, a real-life gun battle between gangsters and Mumbai Police.

Additional Commissioner of Police A A Khan, played by Sanjay Dutt in the film shot dead dreaded gangster Maya Dolas, essayed by Vivek Oberoi in a complex.