It is learnt that Bollywood actor John Abraham is brushing up his colloquial Marathi (local language of Maharashtra, India) skills for the forthcoming film, Shootout At Wadala. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, the film is the prequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala and is based on the first ever recorded encounter in Mumbai.
John Abraham, who is reportedly playing a character on the lines of infamous gangster Manya Surve in Shootout at Wadala, is being trained in Marathi by actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar, who is an ace in the language, having written, directed and acted in many Marathi films to date.
Confirming the news says Sanjay Gupta said, “John till date has never used rough language in his films. I want him to have the basic knowledge of colloquial Marathi as it will help him grasp the minute details of his character. Mahesh is going to help us out. He will meet John a few times, by the end of the month to discuss the nitty-gritty of Marathi. We are keeping their interactions at the end of February since the film goes on floors in March. So, things will be fresh in John’s mind by the time the first schedule kicks off.”
Mahesh may also act in the film on director Sanjay Gupta’s request. “I have asked Mahesh to choose a role for himself. We go back a long way and I wanted to continue the association with Shootout at Wadala. Plus, he is a superb actor. So he will be part of the film for sure,” adds Gupta.