Shootout at Lokhandwala is a 2007 Hindi feature film directed by Apoorva Lakhia. It is based upon the real-life police shootout led by Mumbai Police Inspector Aftab Ahmed Khan at Lokhandwala Complex on November 16, 1991. The leading protagonists in the film have slightly different names than their real-life counterparts and the film caption is "based on true rumours." The film was released on May 25, 2007.


The film opens with shots of brooms and dustpans cleaning dried blood and bullet casings in and around Swati building at Lokhandwala Complex[1]. NTV reporter Meeta Matu (Diya Mirza) reports that some 3000 rounds of ammunition were discharged by a large police squad at a previously peaceful residential locality. Why did they do this? Who were they after?

The film moves to the offices of former chief justice turned private prosecutor Dhingra (Amitabh Bachchan) where he interviews the three leading members of the Mumbai Police Anti-Terrorist Squad, Additional Inspector General Shamsher Khan (referring to A A Khan, played by Sanjay Dutt), Senior Inspector Kaviraj Patil (Sunil Shetty) and Head constable Javed Sheikh (Arbaaz Khan). The main film timeline is the extended interview of the three officers by Dhingra; as the officers answer Dhingra's questions, the film flashes back to show the incidents.

Dhingra asks about the Anti-Terrorist Squad. Khan explains that he hand-picked 27 of Mumbai Police's best enlisted men and officers. He borrowed the concept from the LAPD SWAT team to help combat terrorism in the city. The film flashes back to show Khan selecting his men and putting them through intensive training to be "fast, efficient and deadly". Dhingra is hardly impressed: he points out that if Khan chooses to "shoot to kill" then Khan is no different from the terrorists he seeks to destroy.

Dhingra asks why Khan felt he had do this. Khan explains that following Operation Bluestar in 1984, several Sikh terrorists fled to Mumbai and began establishing a base in the city. They engaged in violence, extortion and other subversive tactics to grow their operations. The film flashes back to show Inspector Abhishek Mhatre (Abhishek Bachchan) pursuing and subsequently getting shot down by a group of Sikh terrorists. Khan is deeply frustrated when the city police, mired in internal bureaucracy and corruption, fails to act. He obtains clearance from the police commissioner Krishnamurthy (played by the real A A Khan) and sets out after the militants. Khan asks Meeta Matu to cover the incident so as to deter future terrorists. True to Khan's words, he successfully "encounters" (a practice mistakenly considered unique to Indian Police; it indicates summarily gunning down criminals; 'extra judicial killings' is the term accepted internationally) the terrorists who had shot Inspector Mhatre.

At this point the film segues into the life of Maya (referring to Mumbai gangster Mahindra Dolas though the film never mentions "Dolas" specifically; played by Vivek Oberoi). The film mentios "Dolas" only in the credits where Vivek Oberoi is credited as playing Maya Dolas. Maya is the second-in-command of the big boss in Dubai (a clear reference to Dawood Ibrahim though the film does not mention his name at all) and runs Dawood's criminal activities in Mumbai. (It is worth noting that the film does not establish a connection between the Sikh terrorists and Dawood.) Maya recruits Bhua (referring to Dilip Buwa, played by Tusshar Kapoor ) after successfully hatching a plot to eliminate Bhua's old gang led by Ashok Joshi. At this point, Maya and Bhua are at the top of Mumbai's underworld, reporting directly to the big boss in Dubai.

Things heat up when Khan recognizes, through his network of spies and informers, that Maya is responsible for several criminal and possibly terrorist activities. Around this time, Maya's ambitions, fueled by his Aai's (Amrita Singh) insistence, grow to the point where he wishes to assert his independence from Dubai and take over Mumbai himself.

Khan's ATS now focuses on eliminating Maya and Bhua, and begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game where neither side shows any overt aggression but tries to disable the adversary by tactical maneouver. Khan launches "visits" to the criminals' families to try and "persuade" them to counsel the criminals to surrender. In turn, Maya and his men return the "visit" by approaching the cops at social situations. Maya visits Khan at a restaurant where Khan is having dinner with his family. Maya quietly tells Khan: "This is between your men and mine. Leave the families out of it." Khan retorts: "I did this to give you an opportunity to come clean. But now it appears that any resolution hangs off the barrel of a gun."

Maya's rage intensifies when he gets thrown out by prominent city builder Wadhwani: Maya had demanded 40 lakhs protection money; Wadhwani claimed to deal directly with Dubai. Maya kidnaps Wadhwani's sniveling and overweight kid. When Wadhwani complains, the big boss asks Maya to cut it out and return the kid immediately. Maya quietly informs the boss that he has upped his demands and that he wants to reign supreme in Mumbai.

The film also explores the personal lives of the protagonists. Khan's wife is unable to bear his constant neglect of his family life. She files for divorce. Patil's divorce is nearly upon him, too. In the enemy camp, Buwa has shacked up with a bar dancer Tanu (Aarti Chhabria) but is unable to spend any quality time with her. Fellow criminals Phatu (estranged from his parents) and RC (plagued by ghost-like visions of an innocent family he gunned down) have similar troubles.

It all comes to a head in November 1991. The five criminals including Maya and Buwa secure themselves, while holding Wadhwani's kid, in a flat at Swati building in Lokhandwala. Khan is tipped off of the location by an informant. (In Dhingra's questioning, Khan allegedly also received a call from the big boss in Dubai. Khan vehemently denies this.) Khan assembles a large squad of cops and lays siege to the location. He announces over the bullhorn that residents are advised to stay indoors and bolt their windows.

A long and devastating gun battle begins. The criminals launch RPG(rocket propelled grenade) from their flat and try to escape. But they are overwhelmed by police fire and all five criminals are eventually slain. The battle lays waste to the entire building: film shots show the staircases, hallways and several civilian flats completely pulverized by gunfire. Reporter Meeta Matu covers the action live.

Up to this point, Dhingra has been negative and denigrating of Khan and his efforts with the ATS. He cites press reports and civilian complaints that condemn Khan (and the ATS) of unilateral and unwarranted excessive force in a residential locality. Charges are brought against Khan and the ATS. But when Dhingra rises to defend them as their appointed counsel, he, in a surprising twist, presents an unconventional argument as defense.

The film ends with Khan and the ATS being acquitted.


A lot of scenes were shot on actual locations at Lokhandwala Complex in Mumbai. There was the chase sequence with Sunil Shetty and Arbaaz Khan (playing cops) through Lokhandwala.

It would have been difficult to shoot this sequence with the public around.Hidden cameras were used at five places and the two actors ran 200 meters at the real location to can the scene.


Sanjay Dutt ACP Shamsher Khan
Sunil Shetty Kaviraj Patil
Vivek Oberoi Maya Dolas
Arbaaz Khan Javed Shaikh
Tusshar Kapoor Dilip Buwa
Amitabh Bachchan Dhingra
Abhishek Bachchan Abhishek Mhatre (Special Appearance)
Aftab Ahmed Khan Commissioner Krishnamurthy
Rohit Roy Fattu
Amrita Singh Aai (Maya's mother)
Shabbir Ahluwalia RC
Aditya Lakhia Doubling
Ravi Gosain Aslam Kasai
Dia Mirza Meeta Mattoo
Neha Dhupia ACP Shamsher Khan's Wife
Aarti Chhabria Tarannum
Rakhi Sawant Herself

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