Dus

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Dus
Dus movieposter reduced.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anubhav Sinha
Produced by Sohail Maklai
Nitin Manmohan
Story by Vinay
Yash
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Sunil Shetty
Abhishek Bachchan
Zayed Khan
Shilpa Shetty
Esha Deol
Music by Songs:
Vishal-Shekhar
Background Score:
Ranjit Barot
Cinematography Vijay Arora
Edited by Amarjeet Singh
Distributed by Karma Entertainment
Release date(s) July 8, 2005
Running time 151 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget Rs. 23 crores
Box office Rs. 33 crores

Dus (Hindi: दस, translation: Ten) is a 2005 Bollywood action spy thriller film directed by Anubhav Sinha and produced by Nitin Manmohan. It stars Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty, Zayed Khan and Esha Deol in lead roles.

The film is a tribute to celebrated director Mukul S. Anand, who had died while filming the 1997 incomplete film of the same name, and which had also starred Sanjay Dutt in the lead role. The film was commercial and critical success at the Indian Box Office.

The film follows the head of the ATC, played by Dutt, and his team, as they embark on a mission to prevent a deadly terrorist attack orchestrated by an international terrorist and criminal, Jamwaal with only 7 days to do so. The incident was to take place on the 10th of May, thus explaining the name of the film.

Plot[edit]

In the opening scene, Siddhant Dheer (Sanjay Dutt), the head of the Anti-Terrorist Cell (a fictitious organisation), narrates how rampant terrorism has become in the world and goes on to tell the story of 7 of the hardest days in his life.

The ATC has a tip off about an impending terrorist attack on the 10th May, targeting 20-25 thousand people. The man behind the plan is one Jamwaal, a Keyser Söze who is feared by politics and the law alike. The only piece of information, known about the impending attack is the codeword "JEET". Siddhant starts an unofficial investigation against Jamwaal. A goon named Altaf is arrested in connection to the case after the ATC diffuse a bomb threat at a building.

Later, a woman is shot dead at her own home by an unknown assailant. Siddhant gets a tip from Neha (Esha Deol), an undercover officer stationed by him in Canada, that an aide of Jamwaal named Himmat Mehendi has been arrested by the Canadian police. He sends his brother Shashank (Abhishek Bachchan) and another colleague, Aditya (Zayed Khan) to grab Himmat, take him to a safe location pointed out by Neha and extract information from him about Jamwaal. After attending his sister Anu's (Diya Mirza) engagement, Shashank and Aditya head to Canada on the same day. At the same time, Anu and her husband are kidnapped in lieu of Altaaf's release. Siddhant, then realizes that there is a terrorist informer in the ATC itself.

Meanwhile, in Canada, Aditya and Shashank are caught in a tense situation when they realise that the car they are travelling in has a bomb, which Neha claims to have planted as a part of what she calls, a test. Being a specialist at diffusing bombs, Aditya asks Shashank to drive fast as reducing the speed would detonate it. A local police officer named Dan (Suniel Shetty) is meeting his wife, trying to convince her to return to him after an incident that killed their baby while she was still pregnant, when he sees them driving at top speed, and without thinking or considering the fact that he is off duty and with his wife, he gets into his wife's car and pursues them in a high speed car chase which ultimately culminates in Aditya and Shashank jumping off the car as it travels a bridge, causing it to slow down and explode. They then meet Neha and go to her house. The two manage to kidnap Himmat, who, at first, claims to them that he is "JD". Dan sees them again and now chases them to another bridge, where he roughly interrogates them, all the while refusing to believe who they really are. However one of Jamwaal's enemies has sent a hit squad to kill Himmat. One of their bullets hits Dan on the shoulder while Aditya and Shashank react quickly enough to kill the men. Later, in custody Himmat breaks down and tells them that everybody working for Jamwaal is a pawn who doesn't know his identity. It is here that Dan teams up with them in return for their saving his life and the trio move to his house.

While Himmat claims that he does not know anything else, the quartet realise that Himmat is too scared of Jamwaal to be entirely plausible. They then stage an attempt on Himmat's life and a scared Himmat informs them that the only people who pose any real danger to Jamwaal are Aasif and Irfan, his once friends turned foes, who betrayed him to foil his plans. Himmat tells them that he knows where Aasif might be.

The quartet turn up at a disco, Asif's supposed hideout, with Himmat and question him. Aasif merely gives them Irfan's whereabouts and commits suicide. This leads the group to realize that Irfan himself is Jamwaal. They confront Irfan, and after killing his goons, kill him too. In India, Siddhant prepares a trap to rescue Anu. Anu's husband dies, but Anu is saved and the mole, Roy, is detained and commits suicide instead of suffering the indignity of going to prison, but not before revealing the codeword for the entire operation, "JEET". An enraged Siddhant learns from Altaf that the latter had been hired by Jamwaal to kill Aasif and Irfan in Canada before his arrest since they were the only people who could foil Jamwaal's plans for the 10th of May. Siddhant decides to go to Canada, while his colleague and love interest, Aditi (Shilpa Shetty) decides to use Altaf as a bait to track down people in league with Jamwaal. As a result, many high profile individuals and politicians are exposed.

In Canada, Himmat is set free. Shashank decides to propose to Neha and goes to her house along with Dan and Aditya. However, they find the house suspiciously empty and dark. Suddenly, they hear the footsteps of an intruder and confront him. They are shocked to find that the intruder is Siddhant, who tells them that Neha had been murdered a long time back. Now, it is revealed that the woman who was shot to death earlier was actually Neha. Siddhant explains that Jamwaal had Neha killed and replaced a fake Neha, since he had had prior information to Aditya and Shashank's arrival in Canada (possibly from Roy). The day Altaf was arrested, Jamwaal suffered an accident and was arrested in a "drunk and driving case". The real Neha, who had been following them at that point, only knew the real Himmat Mehendi, who had been with Jamwaal at the time and who had been killed by Irfan shortly after that event. Further more, Jamwaal had wanted to kill his former friends as they could foil his still unknown plans while they were trying to kill him too (implying that it was Aasif who had sent the hit squad on the bridge). But when Altaf, his hired gun, was arrested by ATC, and even he was arrested while being assumed to be Himmat Mehendi, he kept the misunderstanding going and conned Aditya, Shashank and Dan to do what he had wanted Altaaf to do, thus making his coast clear. This leads to one shocking reality- The person that the group had assumed to be Himmat Mehendi was the real Jamwaal and that he had made four officers from two nations dance to his tune while being in front of them all the while.

Still clueless about Jamwaal's plans, the quartet, once again, focuses on "JEET". Siddhant realizes that every letter in the word had something to do with its position in the English alphabet (e.g. J is 10, E is 5 & T is 20) all the time keeping his investigation focused on the fact that on the 10th of May, a football match was going to take place at a nearby stadium, the chief guest of which was the Prime Minister of India, information that he receives from Dan later on.

Realizing that this stadium will be bombed on the fateful day at 5 o'clock, the quartet turns up at the stadium and splits up. Siddhant is captured by the guards, who were in on the plan. Aditya finds the bomb on a car whose registration number ends with the number 20, thus explaining the meaning of the letter T in the word JEET. He drives the car outside the stadium while. Shashank finds another bomb of the same size and takes it to a nearby flying club, where he runs into the fake Neha, who confesses that she has fallen in love with him. They load the bombs into a small plane, with Shashank deciding to dispose the bomb off at a deserted area, away from city limits. Dan enters the stadium by another route, only to end up being taken hostage along with his estranged wife and some school children.

Dan somehow rescues his wife and the children, while Siddhant manages to escape and kill some goons despite being temporarily blinded. As both head to different directions to find Jamwaal, the latter is informed by his men that both the bombs have been taken away and that the mission has failed. Jamwaal tries to escape from the building, only to run into Siddhant. As Siddhant doesn't know him, Jamwaal nearly succeeds in escaping by pretending to be someone else, but Siddhant calls him on his bluff. Here, Shashank realizes that he has too little time to dispose off the bomb safely and decides to crash the plane along with himself and the fake Neha, much to Siddhant's anguish. He bids an emotional farewell to the others and then crashes the plane into a nearby lake. Meanwhile, Aditya also faces the same plight. Siddhant is distraught by the turn of events. Dan calls for help, with which he succeeds in rescuing Aditya just moments before the jeep explodes in a valley. Jamwaal tries to escape, but is tracked down and shot dead by Siddhant in an elevator.

The film ends as Shashank's ashes are immersed in the river while Siddhant laments that everything had returned to normal after those 7 days, but he had lost his brother forever, somewhere in the sands of time.

Cast[edit]

  • Sanjay Dutt as Siddhant Dheer: The head of the Anti-Terrorist Cell.
  • Suniel Shetty as Danish aka Dan: A local cop in Canada who helps the ATC.
  • Abhishek Bachchan as Shashank Dheer: Younger brother of Siddhant Dheer and one of the former member of Anti-Terrorist Cell (ATC).
  • Zayed Khan as Aditya Singh: One of the former member of Anti-Terrorist Cell (ATC) who is sent to Canada with Shashank Dheer.
  • Shilpa Shetty as Aditi Kumar: A former member of Anti-Terrorist Cell (ATC) and Siddhant Dheer's love interest.
  • Diya Mirza as Anuradha Dheer: Younger sister of Siddhant Dheer and Shashank Dheer
  • Esha Deol as Neha: Fake neha replaced by Jamwaal
  • Raima Sen as Priya, Dan's estranged wife
  • Gulshan Grover as Irfaan
  • Pankaj Kapoor as Himmat Mehandi / Jamwaal
  • Rajendra Sethi as Altaf
  • Mayte Garcia as the lead singer / dancer in Deedar de song

Box office[edit]

According to boxoffice-india it had an excellent opening. In its full theatrical run at the box office it grossed around Rs.40 Crores and was rated an above average grosser.[1] It was the third highest grossing film of the year (Bollywood films of 2005).

Soundtrack[edit]

The music is composed by Vishal-Shekhar. Lyrics are penned by Panchhi Jalonvi and Mehboob.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Adrenaline Nitrate - Dus Theme"       5:45
2. "Alternate Trance"   Panchhi Jalonvi Cara 2:22
3. "Chham Se"   Panchhi Jalonvi Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Babul Supriyo, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sapna Mukherjee 5:17
4. "Deedar De"   Panchhi Jalonvi Sunidhi Chauhan, Krishna 4:56
5. "Deedar De - 2"   Panchhi Jalonvi Sunidhi Chauhan, Krishna 5:05
6. "Dus Bahane"   Panchhi Jalonvi KK, Shaan 3:26
7. "Dus Bahane - Extended"   Panchhi Jalonvi KK, Shaan 4:39
8. "Get Into My Car"   Panchhi Jalonvi Cara, Earl 3:53
9. "Jaaniya Ve"   Panchhi Jalonvi Hariharan, Mahalakshmi Iyer 6:06
10. "Make Some Noise"   Panchhi Jalonvi Ranjit Barot 3:25
11. "Samne Aati Ho"   Panchhi Jalonvi Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:49
12. "Unse Pooche"   Panchhi Jalonvi Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 4:50
13. "Zalzala"   Mehboob Sukhwinder Singh 4:31

Sequel[edit]

Filmmaker Samir Karnik has expressed his desire to deliver the second installment of his 2006 multi-starrer film ‘Dus’. The filmmaker confirmed the news during a promotional event of his lately released film ‘Chaar Din Ki Chandni’. Earlier it was speculated that Sanjay has opted out of the project. However, the film maker has asserted that he would be casting Sanjay Dutt again for the sequel.

Speculations were also rife that Shilpa Shetty who played the female leading role in the original has been replaced by leggie lass Deepika Padukone as Shetty is heavily pregnant with her first child. However Karnik has also rubbished these reports and has revealed that he has not yet finalized the star cast of the film. The filmmaker Samir Karnik has films like ‘Heroes’ and ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’ to his credits.

Dus producer Nitin Manmohan will also be the part of sequel. However Dus 2 won't be directed by Sinha, but Samir Karnik. Apparently producer Nitin Manmohan who has been on the look-out for an appropriate director to make the Dus sequel broached the subject with Karnik when they were shooting Yamla Pagla Deewana, the film that Nitin Manmohan produced and Karnik directed.

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