Bollywood has produced several underworld and gangster films over the years, often based on real life goons and criminal activities, which have a dedicated fan following. Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms has produced two successful shootout films, including Vivek Oberoi’s Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007) and John Abraham’s Shootout At Wadala (2013). Ekta is all set to produce another movie on the gangster tales of Mumbai, which will be directed by Sanjay Gupta. According to some media reports, this third outing has been tentatively titled, Shootout At Byculla, and will be loosely based on several incidents and encounters that took place in Byculla, South Mumbai. An anonymous source was quoted as saying, “The makers were going back and forth over the last few months regarding the story and have finally reached a consensus.”
The makers are also referring to S Hussain Zaidi’s book, Byculla To Bangkok, while developing the script, according to the same source. Director Sanjay Gupta, who helmed Shoout At Wadala, will be directing this film as well but the cast has not been selected yet. As per reports, the Kaabil director may bring together the cast of the first two installments and the film is expected to go on the floors in early 2020.
The filmmaker, who is seen as an expert on the Mumbai underworld genre, is currently busy with the shooting of another gangster drama, titled Mumbai Saga, which has an ensemble star cast including Emraan Hashmi, John Abraham, Kajal Aggarwal, Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Gulshan Grover, Rohit Roy, Samir Soni and Amole Gupte. Produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series, this action-crime film is based in the 1980s and 1990s time period, when Mumbai was changing, with mills being replaced by malls and high rise buildings. Mumbai Saga will hit the screens on 19th June 2020.