Abhishek in Sanjay Gupta’s Ek Tha Gangster
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It’s been less than a month since the release of his first film this year, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Jazbaa, and Sanjay Gupta already has another Bachchan on board for his next.
Known for his hi-octane gangster dramas like the Shootout series, Gupta’s next is titled Ek Tha Gangster and features Abhishek Bachchan in a lead role. The racy thriller is based on S. Hussain Zaidi’s 2014 bestseller, Byculla to Bangkok, a sequel to his 2012 novel, Dongri to Dubai.
The film will trace how youngsters were recruited and went on to become local goon Arun Gawli, wheelchairbound Ashwin Naik, a former engineer and Chhota Rajan, former deputy and friend-turned-foe of Dawood Ibrahim, who was arrested in Bali last week.”The film won’t focus on Chhota Rajan, but will follow the colourful lives of the cops and politicians. There will be songs and dances as well,” a source close to the director told Mirror.
Junior Bachchan who was last seen in Umesh Shukla’s comic caper, All Is Well, will be seen in a more gritty avatar. The actionpacked drama will also feature police inspectors inspired by real-life cops Vijay Salaskar and Pradeep Sharma.
Gupta had also purchased the film rights of Zaidi’s book, Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia for his John Abraham-starrer, Shootout at Wadala. However, he is quick to say that Ek Tha Gangster has no resemblance to his earlier film. “This film will be a lot more filmy, featuring A-listers, with massy dialogue,” the source promises.
Gupta had bought the rights of the sequel last year and had titled his script Mumbai Saga, but now with a few changes in the story, the film has been re-titled Ek Tha Gangster and will roll in Mumbai in December.
“Sanjay’s screenplay is riveting. He is the best mafia moviemaker in the industry. There are some sensational, high-voltage scenes I am looking forward to viewing on the big screen, in particular, the first interaction between a don and an encounter specialist. That should keep viewers glued to their seats,” Zaidi informed Mirror.
The filmmaker plans to wrap-up the gangster-drama by March-end, after which he will begin prepping for his next with Hrithik Roshan (Mirror, October 22).