Recently, it was said that Balaji Motion Pictures has decided to change the name of Sonu Sood's character Dawood Ibrahim in Shootout At Wadala as it did not go down well with the people who were associated with the incidences shown in the movie. Reacting to this, John Abraham, who plays gangster Manya Surve in the movie, says that he still stands by the fact that the film is "real".
When he was asked if by changing the name, the studio is trying to change its stance that the film is based on real incidents, he said he still believe the film is based on real incidents and he is not going to change his stance on it. His character will stay as Manya Surve, that will never change and he is very proud of it.
He was quoted by IANS as saying, "It is a studio decision to change other names and I am fine with that. I don't think it affects the structure of the film in any way. The film is too impactful for anything to affect it."
When asked if he believes that this is his best performance till date, John said, "By light years. It is a performance where John Abraham would be completely perceived differently as an actor."
IANS quoted John as saying, "I feel there are certain portions in the film and my characterisation is going to impact the audience very differently."
Written and directed by Sanjay Gupta, Shootout at Wadala is the prequel to Shootout at Lokhandwala. The movie stars John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Mahesh Manjrekar and Sonu Sood in the lead roles. It is slated to release on May 1.