Actor Manoj Bajpayee will now be seen in a new avatar. The thinking man's actor will soon be seen as the host of a new TV show, Encounter. As the name suggests, the new show (to be aired on Sony TV from April 11; 9 pm) is a crime series and is based on various 'real-life' gangster encounters.
Encounter follows the trail of popular TV shows like CID, Crime Patrol and Savdhan India which have seen considerable success in the past.
Many a gangster has risen from the streets of Mumbai to dazzling heights of the underworld, drunk on money, power and brutality. Inspired by such true incidents, the new TV show will showcase some the dangerous encounters between the cops and gangsters.
Manoj, however, is not new to television having worked in TV serials like Kurukshetra, Swabhimaan and Badalte Rishte in the past.
Even as Manoj takes his stint with crime from the silver screen (Satya, Gangs of Wasseypur) to the small screen, we explore the success of encounter-based stories on celluloid.
Ram Gopal Varma's Satya is the first in the series of his gangster films such as Company and D Day. It is inspired by the story of friends-turned-foes gangster Arun Gawli and politician Mohan Rawle. Manoj plays Arun Gawli while Govind Namdeo essays the role of Mohan Rawle.
Shootout at Lokhandwala
The film is based on the 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout, a real-life gun battle between gangsters and Mumbai cops. The film is dedicated to Mumbai Police's ace cop Aftab Ahmed Khan who executed the entire operation. Sanjay Dutt essayed the role in the film. It won the best action film at the AXN Action Awards.
The film faithfully tracks the rise and fall of the D-Company (Dawood Ibrahim gang) while touching upon the fallout between Dawood Ibrahim and his one-time aide turned arch-rival Chota Rajan and its affect on Mumbai underworld.
Shootout at Wadala
The 2013 crime thriller is based on the book Dongri to Dubai, penned by Mumbai journalist S. Hussain Zaidi. The film reveals the first-ever registered encounter by Mumbai Police where gangster Manya Surve was shot dead. The incident is said to have taken place in Wadala, Mumbai on January 11, 1982.
Ab Tak Chappan
Inspired by the life of Mumbai Police encounter specialist Daya Nayak, the film explores issues such as police morality and introspects on law and justice.