Hrithik Roshan is playing the role of a don in Karan Johar's remake of Agneepath. John Abraham too is portraying a similar role in Shootout at Wadala. John's character would be based on Mumbai gangster Manya Surve.
Films with same subject have a risk of getting ignored by the audience. Considering Ajay Devgn's Shaheed Bhagat Singh overshadowed Bobby Deol's 23rd March 1931: Shaheed, we wonder if the same can happen with Agneepath and Shootout at Wadala also.
Sanjay Gupta, producer and director of Shootout at Wadala told Mid Day, "As far as I am concerned, there is no similarity between the two films. Agneepath was a hardcore potboiler, though I'm not sure how much of that has been retained in the remake. Shootout at Wadala, on the other hand, is an acute re-telling of the Manya Surve story during the Dawood Ibrahim era. We have gone down to meticulous details about Surve's mannerisms, likes, dislikes and his overall style of living."
Agneepath director Karan Malhotra says there is no comparison between the films. "Every role in Agneepath comes out of fiction. There is no comparison to anyone in reality," he insists.
Interestingly both Hrithik and John have played villains in Dhoom series. This would be another clash for the actors.