Shootout At Lokhandwala
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The 2007 action thriller movie Shootout at Lokhandwala was written, co-authored, and co-produced by Sanjay Gupta alongside producer Ekta Kapoor. It was directed by Apoorva Lakhia. The key cast includes Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Tusshar Kapoor, Rakhi Sawant, Arbaaz Khan, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Rohit Roy, Amrita Singh, and Dia Mirza in this film, which is based on the real-life gunfight between gangsters and the Bombay Police in 1991 at the Lokhandwala Complex.
The opening scenes of the movie show people using brooms and dustpans to sweep up dried blood and shell casings near the Swati building at the Lokhandwala Complex. A huge police squad reportedly fired almost 3000 rounds of gunfire at a residential neighbourhood that had previously been quiet, according to TVN reporter Meeta Matu.
The movie then visits Dhingra's office, a former chief justice who is now a private prosecutor, where he conducts interviews with the three top Bombay Encounter Squad officers Shamsher S. Khan, Additional Commissioner of Police, Kaviraj Patil, and Javed Sheikh. The three cops are interviewed by Dhingra in-depth, and while they respond to his questions, scenes from the episodes are flashed back in the main chronology of the movie.
About the Encounter Squad, Dhingra inquires. Khan adds that he personally selected 27 of the top officers and enlisted members of the Bombay police. To assist fight crime, he adapted the idea from the LAPD SWAT unit. A flashback in the movie depicts Khan choosing his men and putting them through rigorous physical and mental training to become "quick, efficient, and deadly." If Khan "shoots to kill," Dhingra observes, he is no better than the thugs he aims to eradicate. Dhingra is not too impressed.
Dhingra questioned the rationale behind Khan's decision. Khan explains that numerous Sikh terrorists migrated to Bombay after Operation Blue Star in 1984 and started building a base there. To expand their operations, they used extortion, assault, and other subversive methods. A bunch of Sikh terrorists were being pursued by Sub-Inspector Mhatre, a highly valiant officer and pupil of Khan when the film cuts back to see him being shot down. Khan is extremely annoyed with the Bombay police's inaction due to internal corruption and inefficiency. After receiving permission from police commissioner Krishnamurthy, he leaves to pursue the insurgents. In order to discourage potential terrorists, Khan requests that Meeta report the incident. He successfully "encounters" the terrorists who wounded PSI Mhatre, as promised by Khan.
The movie then cuts to Maya's life. Maya is the "big boss" in Dubai's second-in-command, and she oversees his criminal enterprise from Bombay. After successfully planning a plan to take out Bhua's former gang, led by Ashok Joshi, Maya hires Bhua. Maya and Bhua are currently in charge of Bombay's criminal underworld and answer to the top dog in Dubai.
When Khan discovers that Maya is accountable for a number of criminal and maybe terrorist operations through his group of informers and operatives, things start to become heated. Around this time, Maya's ambition rise to the point where he wants to declare his freedom from Dubai and seize command of Bombay on his own, fueled by his mother's pressure.
Khan's ATS now concentrates on wiping out Maya and Bhua, starting a deadly cat-and-mouse battle in which neither side displays overt aggressiveness but instead tries to tactically weaken the other. Khan makes "visits" to the relatives of the criminals in an effort to "persuade" them to advise the criminals to turn themselves in. In response, Maya and his men pay the officers a "visit" by approaching them in public. Khan receives a visit from Maya as Khan and his family are enjoying dinner. Maya whispers to Khan: "It's just me and my men in this. Don't include the family in it." Khan responds, "I did this to give you a chance to be truthful. However, it now seems as though every decision is hung on a gun barrel."
Maya becomes further furious after being booted out by illustrious city builder Wadhwani. When Wadhwani claimed to be dealing directly with Dubai, Maya had requested 4 million in security money. Wadhwani's whimpering, obese child is abducted by Maya. When Wadhwani objects, the big boss orders Maya to stop and give the kid back right away. Maya gently lets the boss know that the client has raised the stakes and now wants to rule Bombay.
In November 1991, everything comes to a head. The five offenders, including Maya and Buwa, hide in a flat at the Swati building in Lokhandwala while holding Wadhwani's child. An informant provides Khan with the location information. Khan gathers a sizable police contingent and besieges the area. Residents are instructed to stay inside and secure their windows, he says over the bullhorn.
A protracted and deadly gunfight starts. The offenders attempt to flee while firing rocket-propelled grenades from their apartment. However, police fire overwhelms them, and all five of the offenders are eventually killed. Film views show the staircases, halls, and a number of civilian apartments being completely destroyed by gunfire as the fight decimate the structure. It is telecasted live on television by reporter Meeta Matu
Dhingra has been critical and disparaging of Khan and his work with the ATS up to this time. He provides news accounts and citizen complaints that accuse Khan (and the ATS) of using arbitrary, disproportionate force in a residential area. Khan and the ATS are accused of many offences. But when Dhingra steps forth to defend them as their assigned lawyer, he surprises everyone by putting out an unusual defence.
Khan and the ATS are exonerated as the movie comes to a close.
|Music By||Strings, Anand Raj Anand, Mika Singh, Biddu, Euphoria|
|Production Company||White Feather Films|
|Start Date||25 May 2007|
|Awards||Best Action Film at the AXN Action Awards|
|Content Location||Mumbai, Maharashtra|
|Country of Origin||India|
|Producer||Ekta Kapoor, Sanjay Gupta|
|Name||Shootout At Lokhandwala|
|Shootout at Lokhandwala Character names||Shootout at Lokhandwala Actors real names|
|Defence Lawyer Dhingra||Amitabh Bachchan|
|ACP Shamsher Khan||Sanjay Dutt|
|Maya Dolas||Vivek Oberoi|