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Big box office clash: ‘Bombay Talkies’,’Shootout At Wadala’ release today

It is a mixed bag this week - <i>Bombay Talkies</i> vs <i>Shootout At Wadala</i>.

Two big movies are up for release today – Bombay Talkies,a tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema versus gangster movie Shootout At Wadala.

First up is Bombay Talkies,which is a compilation of four short stories directed by four different filmmakers – Anurag Kashyap,Dibakar Banerjee,Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar.

Bombay Talkies is out on the day when India’s first feature film – Raja Harishchandra – by the legendary Dadasaheb Phalke was released.

The movie will also be shown at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

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Anurag Kashyap’s 20-minute film is about an ardent fan’s wish to meet his idol,Amitabh Bachchan. Big B plays a cameo in the film where he meets the fan,who comes to visit him all the way from his hometown Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Zoya Akhtar’s story is about the effect of cinema on the life of a small town boy in Indore.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the lead role in Dibakar Banerjee’s story which is about a failed actor.

Early reviews have already given the movie a thumbs up.

Next release of the week is John Abraham’s action drama Shootout At Wadala directed by Sanjay Gupta.

The action crime drama is the prequel to 2007 hit film Shootout at Lokhandwala and is based on the book Dongri to Dubai.

John Abraham is very excited about the film and is hopeful that the audience will like it. “We are proud of the film. We have seen it and enjoyed it. We want to show a good film to audience. We are very excited about the movie,” he told PTI.

John is playing Manohar Arjun Surve alias Manya Surve,a member of the Mumbai underworld who was gunned down in the encounter with police at suburban Wadala in 1982,in what is said to be the city’s first recorded encounter.

John is hopeful that the role will be watershed in his career as it did for Sanjay Dutt in the 1999 crime drama Vaastav.

John also met classmates of Manya Surve and the then ACP Isaque Bagwan who was in the hit squad that took out the gangster in 1982. He also said Manya Surve was a ruthless gangster who did not spare even his classmates.

The movie also marks the debut of Shakti Kapoor’s son Siddhanth in Bollywood.

Besides a major star cast,Shooutout At Wadala has not one or two but three item songs – Sunny Leone’s Laila Teri Le Legi,Priyanka Chopra’s Babli badmash and Sophie Choudry’s Ala re Manya.

Laila,which is the debut item song of former adult film star is already topping the charts.

On the other had Priyanka’s Balbi Badmaash,which was an ode to megastar Amitabh Bachchan,was also liked by fans.

The film also features Anil Kapoor as a police officer,Kangna Ranaut as John’s love interest and Tusshar Kapoor and Sonu Sood as gangsters among others.

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What will be your pick this week? Keep watching this space for the review of both the movies later today by our critic Shubhra Gupta. (with PTI inputs)