A lively glimpse into the making of a Bollywood gangster film, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Liz Mermin's documentary also delves into the lurid background of the 1991 Bombay terrorist outrage that inspired it. Three figures dominate proceedings, among them is Sanjay Dutt, an Indian screen star facing prison for weapons possession; A A Khan, the Mumbai police officer whose Dirty Harry-style law enforcement has made him a people's hero; and Apoorva Lakhia, the movie's young director.
The chaotic, on-the-hoof approach to film-making is typified by Lakhia's automatic response to any half-decent scene that won't require another take: "Mind-blowing!" Indeed, the director's cool pragmatism, cheerfulness and energy come to seem quite admirable. His movie, on the other hand, looks absolutely terrible.