He rose up the popularity charts with his gritty portrayal of gangster Bhiku Mhatre in Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya (1998). And 14 years later, actor Manoj Bajpayee is set for a tryst with the underworld again in the upcoming Shootout At Wadala. The actor will play Dawood Ibrahim’s elder brother Sabir Kaskar in filmmaker Sanjay Gupta’s next, which is being touted as a prequel to the director’s Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007).
“No one has seen Manoj in the Bhiku Mhatre space after Satya. Now, he will be back to doing what audiences love him for most,” says Sanjay; adding that Manoj has a very strong role considering that Sabir is “still largely unknown.”
“Everyone is aware of the Pathan brothers (dreaded gangsters in the ’70s-’80s) but not many know that Sabir played an instrumental role in creating the underworld. A flamboyant guy, his death spawned the birth of D-gangs in Mumbai,” adds the director. Manoj had won a National Award for Satya.
A few days ago, reports suggested that Manoj’s casting was stuck due to monetary issues. “It’s true that we were in negotiations with him over money for some time now. But once we sat across the table on Thursday, it was finalised within a few minutes,” he says.
The film, which goes on the floors on March 1, will dramatise the first-ever registered encounter by Mumbai police, where gangster Manya Surve (to be played by John Abraham) was shot dead.