John Abraham said he met classmates of Manya Surve and the then ACP Isaque Bagwan who was in the hit squad that took out the gangster in 1982. "We had Hussain Zaidi (journalist and writer) on the sets of the film and he guided us pretty well. There are only two file photos of Manya Surve -- a passport size photo and after the encounter there was another picture of him... What we could learn from photo is his look", he said.
John said Surve was a ruthless gangster who did not spare even his classmates.
"We spoke to Isaque Bagwan (in the film the character is played by Anil Kapoor) who gave us a lot of information. We did extensive research on Surve. He was a body builder, tough and ruthless. We also met his college friends and his classmates. In 1979 to 1982 he was