Sanjay Gupta has given Bollywood some of its most memorable gangster films in Kaante, Musafir and Shootout At Wadala and the director is now all set to begin filming another ambitious project with Mumbai Saga.
Gupta announced that the shooting of the film will begin on the 27th of August and the film will mostly be shot in South Mumbai or SoBo as its more fondly know. However, the director revealed that the climax of the film will not be shot within the city limits.
Speaking to Mid-Day about the same, Gupta said, “I have been working on this film for more than four years. It’s a human drama about cops and gangsters, with an emphasis on the events between the mid-’80s to the ’90s. There’s an explosive story about how the mills were shut down to make way for malls and high rises, thus changing the landscape of the city.” He, however, refused to name any one particular incident that has inspired the film.
Given the fact that the film focuses on the changing landscape of the city of dreams; the director reveals that it will be shot in a start-to-finish schedule with the city limits of Mumbai. However; Gupta also mentioned, “We will be shooting extensively in South Mumbai as it retains the old charm of the city. We plan to wrap the film by the first week of December. The only scene that won’t be shot in Mumbai is the climax; we require an air-strip for that sequence.”
The film that boasts of an impressive ensemble with John Abraham, Emraan Hashmi, Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty and Prateik Babbar among others is Gupta’s “most ambitious project till date.”
Sanjay said that the script requires two heavyweight actors to be pitting amongst one another. While John had always been on board, Gupta felt it would be good to explore the dynamics between Hashmi and Abraham, since the former has given one of his best performances in Once Upon A Time In Mumbai.
Gupta concluded saying, “John was always on board as we had discussed the idea earlier. I felt Emraan was the perfect choice for the other role as the two actors complement each other.”