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    Sanjay Gupta has decided to modify certain portions of his upcoming film Shootout At Wadala in an attempt to put a lid on controversies and avoid getting into legal tangles.

    Produced by Ekta Kapoor, the film is based on S Hussain Zaidi's book Dongri to Dubai, which is a story that revolves around 'gangster' Manya Surve.

    A few days back, retired ACP Isaque Bagwan, who had headed Surve's encounter at Wadala in January 1982, claimed that the film contained factual errors and pointed out that Surve was only a small-time crook and not a smuggler and assassin as depicted in the film. The veteran cop also warned that such depictions were sure to open up old wounds which might even lead to gang wars on the streets.

    Following this, as per the advice of his lawyers, Gupta has decided to play safe and change the names of all the characters in his movie, except Surve, whose character has been essayed by John Abraham.

    Explaining his decision, Gupta said: "I don't want to get into legal disputes with people who are directly or indirectly associated with the film.

    "We have decided to change the names of Isaque Bagwan, Haji Mastan, Dawood Ibrahim, Sabir and several other key characters in the film. Also, we will have to re-shoot several close ups and re-dub certain portions."

    Balaji Motion Pictures CEO Tanuj Garg also confirmed the news and said: "Certain precautions have been taken to avoid legal issues."

    Shootout At Wadala is the prequel to 2007 film Shootout at Lokhandwala, produced by Sanjay Gupta and directed by Apoorva Lakhia.



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