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After six years, Sanjay Gupta prepares to return with another gangster film

The director will be returning to the genre with his next, set in Mumbai in the 1980s, the decade of gang wars.

Shriram Iyengar

Director Sanjay Gupta is returning to the gangster genre six years after his Shootout At Wadala (2013). The director is set to begin work on another gangster drama set in the 1980s and 1990s in Mumbai.

The director, who has helmed some cult favourites like Kaante (2002) and Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007), is set to make a film based on the decline of textile mills in Mumbai during the 1980s, which led to the rise of criminal gangs in the city, according to a report in The Times of India newspaper.

The story revolves around the key elements that turned Bombay into Mumbai, including the mills downing shutters, the murders of key businessmen, the nexus among politicians, police, crime and the business fraternity, and the drama around the eventual changes in the city’s landscape.

It has taken the filmmaker six years to return to his favourite genre with a project he had been aiming for since 2013.

Talking about the project, Sanjay Gupta said, "It’s a space that has always intrigued me. The story of this city we live in has its roots in events like the shutting down of the mills and the first ever murder of an industrialist, which was a key factor in changing Bombay into Mumbai. I have always enjoyed documenting the history of this city’s underbelly. It has taken me a while to research the subject and put everything in place. We are yet to finish casting, but the movie will hit the floors in July-August this year.”

The filmmaker's last release was Kaabil (2017) which was released in China on 5 June, after a fairly successful run in India two years ago.