The screening of John Abraham-Kangana Ranaut starrer "Shootout at Wadala" has been cancelled in theatres across several north Indian cities, following a complaint from an outfit called Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam over some of the dialogues that they claimed was offensive.
"We have already sent legal notices to producer of the film, Ekta Kapoor, and director Sanjay Gupta. They should think twice before saying anything against Valmikiji. These dialogues could have serious repercussions in whole nation," Laxman Dravid, National Director of the outfit, told a leading daily.
"In one dialogue, an actor has used wrong language for Valmikiji by saying har chor valmiki nahi hota and in other dialogue John Abraham says Eklavya ne angutha dia tha, main poora haath de dunga. Once these are censored, we have no objection to the movie," Deepak Hans, President of Dr Ambedkar Ekta Mission said.
The cancellation of the film's screening has come at a time when the Censor Board of Pakistan has delayed the release of the film after they found certain elements in the film to be "bold" and "provocative" and thus affecting the religious sentiments of Muslims. According to a source, the Censor Board found the "Laila" song with Sunny Leone and the love-making scene between John and Kangana are too "provocative ".
"Shootout at Wadala", which was released on 3 May, has been doing exceptionally well at the Indian and overseas box offices. The film opened to a great start collecting ₹10.1 crore in India and emerging as one of the top openers of the year. The John Abraham starrer is also doing good business overseas. It minted a total of ₹97.29 lakh from four circuits - US, UK, Australia and New Zealand - within two days of its release.
The crime drama written and directed by Sanjay Gupta is a sequel to the 2007 hit "Shootout at Lokhandwala". Besides John Abraham, "Shootout at Wadala" boasts of an ensemble cast including Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpai, Ronit Roy and Mahesh Manjrekar.