Tees Maar Khan
|Tees Maar Khan|
Theatrical release poster and Akshay Kumar in TMK in a Leading Role
|Directed by||Farah Khan|
|Produced by||Twinkle Khanna
|Screenplay by||Shirish Kunder
|Based on||After the Fox
by Vittorio De Sica
|Narrated by||Sanjay Dutt|
|Cinematography||P. S. Vinod|
|Edited by||Shirish Kunder|
|Distributed by||Hari Om Productions
UTV Motion Pictures
|Running time||131 minutes|
|Budget||280 million (US$4.5 million)|
|Box office||1 billion (US$16 million)|
Tees Maar Khan is an 2010 Indian Hindi heist comedy film directed by Farah Khan, starring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Akshaye Khanna in the lead roles. Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor make special appearances in the film. The film was released on 24 December 2010. The film is today primarily remembered for Katrina Kaif's dance number, Sheila Ki Jawaani. The theatrical trailer and title song of the film were released on UTV Motion Pictures YouTube channel on 4 November 2010 for promotional purposes. The trailer was premiered in theatres with Vipul Shah's Action Replayy and Rohit Shetty's Golmaal 3 on 5 November 2010. The film is an official remake of the 1966 Italian film After the Fox.
Tees Maar Khan revolves around conman Tabrez Mirza Khan (TMK, Akshay Kumar) who has been a criminal since he was young. He was caught in France and was deported back to India. Two police officers Chatterjee (Aman Verma) and Mukherjee (Murli Sharma) took him but he escaped.
He is in love with the struggling actress Anya (Katrina Kaif). TMK takes a job from the Johri brothers (Raghu Ram and Rajiv Laxman) to rob a non-stop train loaded with precious antiques. He cons the people of Dhulia village into helping him by saying that he will make a historical film about their village. He approaches the greedy but popular actor Aatish Kapoor (Akshaye Khanna), who is eager to get the Oscar award and fools him into working in his "film". After accidentally exposing a child abduction ring and thus helping many villagers find their long-lost children, TMK feels guilty about conning the villagers and swears that he will give them a share of the treasure. The robbery goes well but all the villagers and Tabrez Mirza Khan get arrested while the Johri brothers make off with the treasure. TMK claims that he is innocent, but he gets arrested anyway. However, at the court, he says many funny jokes, and by chance he hears that he will be in the jail for 7 years. but it was that he will be in the jail for 60 years.
The movie is completed and, at the premiere, Aatish, Anya, TMK's mother, Dollar, Soda, Burger and all the villagers walk the red carpet with Tees Maar Khan and the police. After the film, Tees Maar Khan escapes. Later, on their private jet, the Johri brothers enjoy what they got until Tees Maar Khan and his gang throw them out of the plane. The film ends with TMK and his mother becoming rich, Aatish receiving Oscar awards from actor Anil Kapoor, Anya becoming a spokesperson for hair removal cream and the whole Dhulia village opening their own saloons, party halls and the village inspector opening a poster signing stall to all the people from America. The crew of the film are seen receiving the Oscar awards in the song "Happy Ending".
- Akshay Kumar as Tabrez Mirza Khan/Tees Maar Khan/TMK
- Katrina Kaif as Anya Khan
- Akshaye Khanna as Atish Kapoor
- Raghu Ram and Rajiv Laxman as Johri Brothers
- Arya Babbar as Inspector Dhurinder
- Sachin Khedekar as Commissioner Khadhak Singh
- Vijay Patkar as Inspector Jagtap
- Murli Sharma as Mukherjee
- Aman Verma as Chatterjee
- Ali Asgar (actor) as Burger
- Dharampal as Dollar
- Vijay Maurya as Soda
- Mia Evonne Uyeda as The Girl With Dog
- Apara Mehta as Tabrez's Mother
- Anjan Srivastav as Nana Ganphule
- Shashi Kiran as a Villager
- Avtar Gill as Subedaar
- Sudhir Pandey as Bunty Baweja
- Anvita Dutt Guptan as a Press Reporter
- Viju Khote as a Judge
- Vishal Dadlani as a Film Director in "Sheila Ki Jawani"
- Manish Paul as Master India
- Anil Kapoor in a Special Appearance in Climax
- Salman Khan as Special Appearance in Song "Wallah Re Wallah"
- Chunky Pandey as Himself in Special Appearance
- Komal Nahta as Critic
- Charlotte Yates as The Shocked English Airport Girl
- Maxwell Harding as The Shocked English Backing Dancer
- Sanjay Dutt as The Narrator
The script is penned by director Farah Khan's husband Shirish Kunder. Sanjay Dutt was confirmed to play the role of Sutradhaar (narrator) for the film. Farah stated in an interview that she wanted someone with a voice which people can even recognise in their sleep.
An entire train was made and 500m track laid for Rs. 7.5 million to shoot the climax scenes. Dharmesh Yelande choreographed in this film.
Tees Maar Khan premiered in the UK on 22 December, in Fiji on 22 December and in Canada on 23 December 2010.
Tees Maar Khan received average reviews from critics. Anupama Chopra of NDTV wrote, "Tees Maar Khan, adapted from After the Fox, by writers Shrish and Ashmit Kunder, is disappointingly limp and insistently low IQ. The film has little of the effervescence and flair of a typical Farah Khan film" giving it 2/5 stars. Aseem Chhabra of Rediff.com, who rated the film 1.5/5, stated, "Even at two hours, the film feels like one long and tedious exercise in bad humour. Some people laughed during the screening I attended in New York City. However, most sat with glum faces, in a sense of disbelief ..... How could a talented(..?) person like Khan make such an unfunny film?" Behindwoods review board gave the film a two out of five star rating and quoted "So is Tees Maar Khan watchable? Good Question. Very good question. The answer is 'Yes' if you are in the mood to celebrate. But watch it in theatres as the fun is only when there is a crowd laughing along with you. The second half can have you in splits." Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave a modest rating of 3/5 in his review and said, "Farah Khan's brand new outing Tees Maar Khan will make the most absurd, bizarre and wacky cinema of yore pale in comparison. Not just your cell phone, even your brain needs to be put on 'switched off' mode at the commencement of this film." Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India awarded 2.5/5 stars while commenting, "Sadly, Tees Maar Khan begins as a spoof and remains a spoof, till the very end. All the characters end up as mere caricatures and completely fail to build up an emotional quotient in the film." Yahoo! Movies gave the film 1.5/5 stars. Komal Nahta of Koimoi.com gave it a rating of 2/5 and stated, "Too much of farcical comedy; lack of emotions; over-the-top characters; unbelievable script ..... Tees Maar Khan is definitely a disappointment; but it will bring back the invested money and a bit more." Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis gave the film 2 stars and remarked, "Even Sheila can’t make Tees Maar Khan watchable ... Though the story is interesting (Neil Simon of After The Fox should ideally get the credit), the writing is so pedestrian and Farah Khan’s presentation so lacklustre that you wonder how the film was greenlighted at all." Gaurav Malani of The Economic Times gave 2 stars saying, "To sum up in Tees Maar Khan’s trademark style of dialogue delivery, Akshay Kumar se zara hatke comedy expect karna aur Akshaye Khanna se kuch bhi expect karna bekaar hain. Tees Maar Khan doesn’t even guarantee thirty good laughs in its three-hour runtime." Kaveree Bamzai of India Today rated it 2½/5 saying, "It's an oddly half-hearted film from a woman [Farah Khan] who is never known to do anything in half measure." Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN rated the movie 2/5 suggesting, "If you’re outraged by such low-brow humor, 'Tees Maar Khan' is going to be a long, hard slog for you."
Tees Maar Khan took a 100% opening at most multiplexes across India. The film collected 130.6 million (US$2.1 million) on its first day of business, becoming the second biggest opening day grosser of all time across India for Hindi movies after Dabangg. On the second day of its release, the film netted 135 million (US$2.2 million), taking the two-day total to 265 million (US$4.3 million) nett. Tees Maar Khan collected about 380 million (US$6.2 million) nett at the end of its first weekend, thus becoming the second biggest opening weekend net grosser of all time across India for Hindi movies. Despite its initial huge run at the box office, there had been many negative reports about the film. Box Office India reported, "Tees Maar Khan has not matched the expectations from the film prior to release but its not that bad either as its not as if the film just collapsed. The opening weekend collections are around 15% lower than sensible expectations." Tees Maar Khan underwent a heavy 65% fall on Monday, its fourth day of business, as it collected 45 million (US$730,000). The film further suffered a big drop on Tuesday, its fifth day of business, collecting around 32.5 million (US$530,000) nett, taking the five-day business to 455 million (US$7.4 million) nett. Tees Maar Khan went on to collect 490.4 million (US$7.9 million) nett in its first week of release. The film showed an 85% decline in the second week, on its eight-day of business, as compared to its first day. In its second weekend, the film collected around 80 million (US$1.3 million) nett, taking the ten days collections to 565 million (US$9.2 million) nett. The film collected about 105 million (US$1.7 million) nett in second week, taking the total collections in two weeks to 595 million (US$9.6 million) nett. The film collected 12.5 million (US$200,000) nett in its third week, taking the total domestic collections 610 million (US$9.9 million) nett.
In the overseas market, the film grossed around $2.5 million from its extended weekend, which, according to Box Office India, "is below par for a big film". The breakdown included £320,000 from United Kingdom in 5 days, $750,000 from North America in 5 days, $500,000 from United Arab Emirates in 3 days and $175,000 from Pakistan in 3 days. The nett collections till the end of the second weekend e were: £625,000 from United Kingdom, $1,030,000 from North America, $775,000 from UAE, and $265,000 from Australia.
Awards and nominations
- Zee Cine Award for Best Choreography Award - Farah Khan for "Sheila Ki Jawani"
- Zee Cine Award for Best Track of the Year - "Sheila Ki Jawani"
- Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director - Vishal / Shekhar
- Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer - Male - Sonu Nigam for "Tees Maar Khan"
- Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer - Female - Sunidhi Chauhan for "Sheila Ki Jawani"
- Zee Cine Award for Best Lyricist - Vishal Dadlani for "Sheila Ki Jawani"
- Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male - Akshaye Khanna
- Zee Cine Award for Best Cinematography - P.S. Vinod
- Filmfare Best Playback Singer - Female - Sunidhi Chauhan for Sheila Ki Jawani
- Filmfare Best Choreography Award - Farah Khan for Sheila Ki Jawani
- Other Awards
- GIMA award Best Female playback for Sheila Ki Jawani
- Airtel Dancing Super Star for Sheila Ki Jawani - Katrina Kaif
The music of the film is composed by the music duo of Vishal-Shekhar and one song from debutant music composer Shirish Kunder for title track. Lyrics are penned by Vishal Dadlani, Anvita Dutt Guptan and Shirish Kunder. The music was launched on 14 November 2010. The entire cast and crew travelled on a train booked from Mumbai to Lonavala for the music launch. Sonu Nigam has given 54 voices for the title track of the film. The song 'Sheila Ki Jawani' became a chartbuster and fetched Sunidhi Chauhan a Filmfare Award and many other awards.
|1.||"Badey Dilwala"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||Shreya Ghoshal, Sukhwinder Singh||4:55|
|2.||"Happy Ending"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||Harshit Saxena, Abhijeet Sawant, Debojit Saha, Prajakta Shukre||4:43|
|3.||"Sheila Ki Jawani"||Vishal Dadlani||Vishal Dadlani, Sunidhi Chauhan||4:43|
|4.||"Tees Maar Khan (Music by Shirish Kunder)"||Shirish Kunder||Sonu Nigam||4:17|
|5.||"Wallah Re Wallah"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||Shekhar Ravjiani, Shreya Ghoshal, Raja Hasan, Kamal Khan||5:28|
|6.||"Badey Dilwala - Remix"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||Shreya Ghoshal, Sukhwinder Singh||4:57|
|7.||"Sheila Ki Jawani - Remix"||Vishal Dadlani||Vishal Dadlani, Sunidhi Chauhan||4:48|
|8.||"Tees Maar Khan - Remix"||Shirish Kunder||Sonu Nigam||4:18|
|9.||"Wallah Re Wallah - Remix"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||Shekhar Ravjiani, Shreya Ghoshal, Raja Hasan, Kamal Khan|
Even before the release of the film, the director Farah Khan and her husband Shirish Kunder planned to turn 'Tees Maar Khan! into a franchise by making a sequel to the film. Thus they are currently working on the script and shooting will commence towards the end of 2012 with Akshay Kumar, who has agreed to star in the sequel and will once again play the lead character of the film.
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