Recent media reports in which encounter specialist Isaque Bhagwan claimed that director Sanjay Gupta’s Shootout At Wadala (SAW) has tampered with the facts of the real life case, has irked the filmmaker. Bhagwan was involved in the encounter in which underworld don Manya Surve was killed, “How can he tell what’s in the movie just by seeing a trailer?” says Gupta. Anil Kapoor plays Bhagwan in the film and John Abraham is portraying the slain gangster.
Bhagwan reportedly said that Gupta twisted the story and gave credit to other gangsters instead of the Mumbai Police for killing Surve. Gupta counters this, saying that Bhagwan was formally involved with the film so he knows exactly what was being made. “He had signed a sheaf of documents for the film. He is aware that there is nothing out of context. We can take him to court if he says anything wrong about the context of the film,” says the director.
Gupta reveals that when Bhagwan was earlier asked by the makers to not give out wrong information related to the film, the cop had agreed to it. “We have the letter that he had sent us saying everything is okay with the film,” says Gupta. SAW is supposedly a prequel to the Apoorva Lakhia-directed Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007), which follows the story of Surve’s encounter by the Mumbai Police following which Dawood Ibrahim became the underworld kingpin.
The film is set to hit theatres on May 1.