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Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)

Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)

Shootout at Lokhandwala





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Director Apoorva Lakhia teams with screenwriters Suresh Nair and Sanjay Gupta to offer a harrowing account of the stand-off that found suburban Mumbai transformed into an urban war zone. The year is 1991, and as the summer sun shines down on the Lokhandwala Complex, five hardened thieves count their most recent take in flat 32B. The sum is substantial, yet this skilled team of extortionists led by criminal masterminds Maya and Dilip will never live to enjoy the fruits of their nefarious labor. Just outside, 286 heavily armed policemen await permission to open fire; when that permission is granted by renegade lawman ACP Khan, this history of this city will be changed in the time it takes to pull a trigger. Six hours later, when the smoke cleared on the massacre, the criminals who raised a red flag within Khan's newly formed ATS squad for daring to go against the most fearsome figures in the underworld would finally be off the streets - but at what cost? A hardened policeman who recruited only the most fearless lawmen to aid him in taking down ruthless Khalistini extremists, Khan would later be charged with multiple human rights violations for his reckless bravado in addition to becoming the subject of an inquisition from his own department. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
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Written By: Apoorva Lakhia
On DVD: Jul 12, 2007
Box Office: $0.3M


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Critic Reviews for Shootout at Lokhandwala

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Shootout at Lokhandwala may still be a rush for action fans because it never slows down long enough to become even remotely boring.

Full Review… | May 31, 2007
L.A. Weekly
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As troubling as it is surprising. [It's also] one of the most realistic representations of the dangerous lawlessness that plagued the city in the early '90s.

Full Review… | June 7, 2007
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Shootout at Lokhandwala


In "Shootout at Lockandwala," Justice Dhingra(Amitabh Bachchan) would really like to know from Police Commander Shamsher Khan(Sanjay Dutt) what led to a violent shootout involving his elite unit in an apartment building in Mumbai.(He would also like to know why Shamsher did not arrest Maya(Vivek Oberoi) and his gang while they were singing and dancing.) For Shamsher, the moment of truth came when a trusted subordinate was brutally gunned down in the street. After which, he recruited Javed(Arbaaz Khan) and Kavi(Sunil Shetty) to be on his elite task force.

On the surface, "Shootout at Lockandwala" is an entertaining police procedural. Even more importantly is how it implies that rogue units like Shamsher's are little better than the gangs they are intent on stopping. That is before it goes 180 degrees in the opposite direction to say why such shoot first units may be necessary in order to cut crime.(The movie is 'based on true rumors.') Not only is such weak thinking based on shaky causation but it can also lead to civilian deaths and such intense blowback that would make the police department's job that much harder than before.

Walter M.

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