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Ekta Kapoor: Rs1b isn’t enough

hootout at Wadala is unique and I hope it makes Rs2b club, said the filmmakerS


Filmmaker Ekta Kapoor says it is time to start a new trend of movies doing Rs2 billion (Dh134 million) business.

“Today, every film does Rs100 crore [Rs1 billion] business... even a film which earns Rs95 crore, joins the Rs100 crore club business,” Kapoor told reporters in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

“So now it’s time to create a new trend. ‘Shootout at Wadala’ is unique and I hope it makes the Rs2 billion club. Is there any club of that, should we start one?”

She was at the Great India Place Mall in Noida for the live trailer launch of the crime thriller, a dramatised version of Mumbai Police’s first registered shootout in which gangster Manya Surve was gunned down in 1982 at Wadala. “I did it because I want to present something exciting to the audience. The audience spends Rs200 to watch our films, so the least we can do for them is to excite them with new and interesting things. This is a five city event and may be next time I will make it a 25 city event.”

Kapoor is confident about her film.

“I have made a film and the film is based on a book, so if the book is doing great, then why should I be scared? I think one should remain true to their heart, the rest will fall into place,” she said.

“I think actors have been brave to play the roles and the director has been brave enough to make the film. Also, I think I am in a brave position now to be given such films,” added the filmmaker who dared to make ‘The Dirty Picture’, an unofficial biopic on southern sex symbol ‘Silk Smitha.’

Directed by Sanjay Gupta, the crime thriller is set for a May 1 release and features John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor and Sonu Sood.

The film, a prequel to 2007 film ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala,’ is based on the book ‘Dongri To Dubai’ written by Hussain Zaidi.

It is the story of gangsters such as Sabir Ebrahim, Manya Surve and Dawood Ebrahim and Kapoor has given the same name to the characters of the movies.