Blood Money (2012 film)

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Blood money
Blood Money Poster 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vishal Mahadkar
Produced by Mukesh Bhatt
Story by Upendra Sidhye
Starring Kunal Khemu
Amrita Puri
Teeshay
Puja Gupta
Music by Jeet Ganguly
Sangeet Siddharth
Pranay.M.Rijia
Cinematography Nigam Bomzan
Distributed by Vishesh Films
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • March 30, 2012 (2012-03-30)
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 7 crore
Box office 9 crore

Blood Money is a 2012 Bollywood crime thriller film directed by Vishal Mahadkar and produced by Mahesh Bhatt.[1] The film stars Kunal Khemu opposite Amrita Puri in lead roles. It released on 30 March 2012, and received mostly positive response from critics. Blood Money managed to perform above average business at the box office. Many critics compared the film to the Blood Diamond (2006), The Firm (1993) and to Bhatt's earlier directorial film Naam (1986).[2]

Plot[edit]

The story is about Kunal (Kunal Khemu) who believes he can do anything by trying his hardest. He receives a job offer through his friend Teeshay and his wife Nadini (Puja Gupta) in Cape Town and moves there with his wife Aarzoo (Amrita Puri). They live a happy life together, until Kunal's boss is revealed to be an underworld gangster. The company Kunal works in deals with exporting diamonds; Kunal has no idea that it happens illegally. His boss, Mr. Zakaria, sends his hot colleague Rosa to charm Kunal and take him away from his wife. The plan works, and Kunal begins to work with Zakaria, with Aarzoo having no idea of this. Soon enough, Kunal realizes the crime he is a part of and decides to and leave Cape Town. However, Zakaria knows that Kunal is aware of the illegal business and the only way to keep him silent is to kill him. Kunal gets fooled by a police officer who is joined with zakaria. Kunal decides to fight against him not knowing of the fact that the police officer has met up with zakaria. Kunal does everything against zakaria but when he reaches the plane area he gets to know about zakarias plan. Then kunal reveils to zakaria that it was his plan to do all this. Zakaria is then arrested and then it is shown at the end that kunal and aarzoo move back to madh island and kunal is shown reading hansel and gretel to little kids and the movie ends with a song.

Cast[edit]

Development[edit]

The film was earlier titled Kalyug 2 and was to be a sequel to 2005's Kalyug. Director Vishal Mahadkar did not appreciate the title and changed it to Jannat 2, making it a sequel to the 2008 hit Jannat. When the public's feedback to this title turned out to be even more negative, it was finally renamed to Blood Money.[3][4]

Reception[edit]

Promotions of Blood Money at R City Mall, Ghatkopar, Mumbai

Critical[edit]

Blood Money received mixed to positive response from critics. Jeeturaaj of radio mirchi gave it 3.5/5 stars saying "interesting insight into diamond trade and brilliant songs".[5] Martin D'souza of glamsham.com said "There are a few flaws, but I'd rather not dwell on those because the overall impact is massive" awarding it 3.5/5 stars.[6] Madhureeta Mukherjee of Times of India said "Debutant director, (Vishal S Mahadkar), tells the story well".[7]

Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com gave it 1/5 stars and wrote "Blood Money is exceptionally hollow in its aspirations".[8] Writing for FilmiTadka, Janhavi Patel gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and said, "Blood Money starts off decently but goes downhill in the second half with a laughable climax. Spend your money elsewhere".[9] Blessy Chettiar of DNA awarded 2 out of 5 stars and said, "Wait for Blood Money’s television premier. Or else, watch the trailer. Why waste 2.5 hours on something you can watch in 2.05 minutes?"[10]

Box office[edit]

The film had an average opening at the box office. Usually, Vishesh Films' collections are a net gross of about Rs.25 crores: Blood Money collected a full 9 crore in its full theatrical run, which is a very high and profitable gross for the Bhatt's nevertheless it was declared an above average by Box Office India.[11]

Soundtrack[edit]

Blood Money
Studio album by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mustafa Zahid, Rana Muzumder
Released February 19, 2012 (2012-02-19)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Sony Music

Blood Money's soundtrack was released on February 19, 2012. It was composed by Jeet Ganguly, Pranay, Sangeet Haldipur and Siddharth Haldipur; lyrics were penned by Sayeed Quadri, Kumaar.

Tracklist[edit]

No. Title Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Chaahat"   Jeet Ganguly Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 4:24
2. "Gunaah"   Jeet Ganguly Mustafa Zahid 4:49
3. "Teri Yaadon Se"   Pranay Mustafa Zahid 4:36
4. "Jo Tere Sang"   Jeet Ganguly Mustafa Zahid 5:06
5. "Aarzoo"   Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur Clinton Cerejo 4:17
6. "Gunaah (Unplugged)"   Jeet Ganguly Rana Muzumdar 5:38
7. "Teri Yaadon Se (Remix)"   Pranay; remixed by Kiran Kamath Mustafa Zahid 5:14
8. "Jo Tere Sang (Remix)"   Jeet Ganguly; remixed by Dj Savio   6:18

Reception[edit]

The album received positive reviews from critics. Joginder Tuteja from Bollywood Hungama gave the album a 3.5/5 stars picking "Teri Yaadon Se (remix)", "Gunaah (unplugged)" and "Chaahat" as his favorites. Musicaloud gave the album 3/5 stars picking "Chaahat" and "Gunaah" as their favourites.[12] Times of India states that "Blood Money, like all previous Bhatt films, has some great music that will help take the movie to a different level altogether".[13]

Professional reviews
Review Scores
Source Rating
Musicperk.com 7/10 stars
Tehelka 2/5 stars
dagger indicates that the given rating is an average rating of all reviews provided by the source

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 141. ISBN 978-1908215017. 
  2. ^ Blood Money not similar to Blood Diamond,Naam : Bhatt, NDTV, 2012-02-29 
  3. ^ "Mahesh Bhatt turns 'Jannat 2' into 'Blood Money'". IndiaGlitz. 19 July 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mahesh Bhatt's 'Blood Money': A sequel to 'Kalyug'?". IBN Live. March 14, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.radiomirchi.com/bioscope/view/bollywood/125/blood-money-/
  6. ^ http://www.top10bollywood.com/2012/03/blood-money-movie-review-ratings.html
  7. ^ "Blood Money - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  8. ^ Sukanya Verma. "Review: Blood Money is mindless and boring". Rediff.com. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 1/5 stars
  9. ^ Patel, Janhavi. "Blood Money Movie Review". FilmiTadka. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 2/5 stars
  10. ^ Chettiar, Blessy. "Review: Blood Money". DNA. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 2/5 stars
  11. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/slideshow/index/type/view/id/1092/Hits+and+Misses+of+the+First+Quarter+of+2012
  12. ^ a b Blood Money – Music Review, MusicAloud, 2012-02-17 
  13. ^ Blood Money – Music Review, Times of India, 2012-03-12 
  14. ^ Blood Money – Music Review, Bollywood Hungama, 2012-03-01 

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