After Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007), in which he played Dilip Buwa, gangster Maya Dola’s sidekick, Tusshar Kapoor is now super excited about being a part of its prequel, Shootout At Wadala.
The film is inspired by the first registered encounter by the Mumbai police, in which another gangster, Manya Surve was shot dead by two police officers, Raja Tambat and Isaque Bagwan, on January 11, 1982, just as he was stepping out of a cab. Manya succumbed to his injuries while on his way to KEM Hospital in the city, finally putting an end to two years of crime.
John Abraham plays Manya, while Tusshar will play the role of Sheikh Munir, one of his two trusted lieutenants who pulled off several successful heists with him. “This is the first time in my film career that I will be playing a Muslim character who hails from Dharavi.
I learnt how to pray the ‘namaaz’ and took Urdu lessons too,” says Tusshar, sighing over the grueling action sequences, which director Sanjay Gupta has put him through. One of the scenes had Sonu Sood chasing and cornering Tusshar in a masjid where he gets bashed up.
“I manage to escape, jumping into a jeep and speeding away, but then a truck hits the jeep and I go flying, crashing into the
windscreen of another car,” Kapoor narrates, admitting that not only have these stunts left him bruised, but had almost resulted in him being bedridden for a few months.
“I had an accident on the sets while shooting. I was immediately rushed to the the hospital where the doctor told me that I had fractured my leg. Fortunately, my own doctor later reassured me that no bones had been
broken and that I’d had a lucky escape.”
Following many such skirmishes with the police, Sheikh Munir was eventually picked up from a chemical company near Kalyan on June 22, 1981, triggering off speculation that Tusshar’s role will not extend post the interval.
However, he insists that these rumours are untrue: “The film unfolds between 1971 and ’82 and ends with Manya’s death, and not mine. I’m there all through the film and Sanjay has advised me not to sign any films before December 7, which is when the film opens. He’s confident that Shootout At Wadala will be a turning point for me.”