Action Replayy

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Action Replayy
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byVipul Amrutlal Shah
Written bySuresh Nair
Aatish Kapadia
Produced byVipul Amrutlal Shah
StarringAkshay Kumar
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Neha Dhupia
Aditya Roy Kapur
Rannvijay Singh
CinematographySejal Shah
Edited byAmitabh Shukla
Music bySongs:
Background Score:
Distributed byPVR Pictures
Hari Om Entertainment Co.
Sunshine Pictures Pvt. Ltd
Release date
  • 5 November 2010 (2010-11-05)
Running time
129 minutes
Budget 600 million[1]
Box office 480 million[2]

Action Replayy[3] is a 2010 Indian Hindi-language science-fiction romantic comedy film directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and starring Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aditya Roy Kapur.[4] Neha Dhupia, Rannvijay Singh, Om Puri, Kirron Kher and Rajpal Yadav play supporting roles in the film. The plot is inspired by the 1985 film Back to the Future.[5][6] Director Vipul Amrutlal Shah however insists that it is an adaptation of a Gujarati play of the same name[6] and of H. G. Wells' 1895 novel The Time Machine.[7]

The film follows a young man named Bunty, who enlists the help of his girlfriend's grandfather, a scientist, when his parents are about to divorce. With the help of a time machine created by the scientist, he travels back to 1975 when his parents were unmarried, and tries to make them fall in love.

The film was released theatrically on 5 November 2010, coinciding with Diwali.[8]


The story focuses on Bunty (Aditya Roy Kapur), who does not want to get married because of the loveless relationship between his parents. Bunty's girlfriend, Tanya (Sudeepa Singh), keeps proposing to him but he always rejects. She takes Bunty to her grandfather, Anthony Gonsalves (Randhir Kapoor), who happens to be a scientist and he is working on a time machine. Anthony asks Bunty why he refuses to get married. Bunty says that he is scared of marriage because his parents seem so unhappy with theirs.

On their 35th anniversary, Bunty's parents, Kishen (Akshay Kumar) and Mala (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) get in an argument because of her friend Kundan (Rannvijay Singh). Kundan used to bully Kishen and tries to repeat it after all these years. Mala doesn't stop him, moreover laughs over Kishen along with her friends. This leads to a fight between Kishen and Mala and it goes too far that they decide to get a divorce. When Bunty hears this, he runs to Anthony's lab to use the time machine and go back in time, so that he can make his parents fall in love.

Without Anthony's supervision, Bunty enters the time machine and goes back to 1975, a time before his parents got married. He finds his grandfather's house, where he sees Kishen. Bunty realises that the younger Kishen was an unattractive, weak and socially awkward youth, whereas the younger Mala was attractive as well as spirited. Mala keeps making fun of Kishen. Bunty makes Kishen over into a 'cool dude' with the help of money he borrowed from younger Anthony. Mala's friend Mona (Neha Dhupia) falls in love with Bunty.

Bunty creates a plan to help Mala realise her love for Kishen. Meanwhile, Kundan also falls for Mala, making things more complicated. Bunty tells Kishen to ignore Mala, while she is becoming friendlier towards him. The plan succeeds in awakening Mala's feelings and she confesses her love for Kishen. She tells Mona about her feelings. However, Kishen and Mala's parents are against love marriages and, therefore, do not accept their relationship. So the lovers, helped by Bunty, decide to elope. Kundan takes Mala's mother Bholi Devi (Kirron Kher) and servant Bhikhu (Rajpal Yadav), along with Kishen's father Rai Bahadur (Om Puri), to chase the love birds.

At the end of the chase, Kishen slaps Kundan for his bad behaviour. Their parents accept Kishen and Mala's relationship. Mona proposes to Bunty but he tells her that he loves another woman, who is waiting for him. Bunty then uses the time machine to return to the future. As expected, his parents are deeply in love with each other. But, unexpectedly, Mona and Kundan are also married to each other. Bunty then takes Tanya aside, proposes to her, and she accepts happily.



Filming scheduled for Manali in July 2010 was rescheduled when landslides blocked the roads near Rohtang Pass and the crew was evacuated by the army.[9]


Critical reception[edit]

Action Replayy was panned by critics. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN rated it 1.5/5: "Sorely lacking in drama and genuine humour, Action Replayy is mind-numbingly dull because there's no conflict or plot progression, and everything seems to fall into place too conveniently".[10] Mayank Shekhar of Hindustan Times rated it 1/5 "Scenes may well be dull and weak in parts. And they are. But for a musical, the soundtrack is pure third rate".[11] Raja Sen of Rediff rated it 1/5: "This is, first and foremost, a tacky film. The tastelessness flowing right down into the script, however, makes for a very different league of disaster".[12] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated it 3/5: "Action Replayy is a light-hearted rom-com that should be viewed without really seeking much rationale or logic behind every action and reaction".[13] Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India rated it 2.5/5: "Action Replayy needed a much smarter script to keep the laughter ringing".[14] Sarita Tanwar of Mid-Day rated it 2.5/5: "Watch it for the effort and for Akshay-Aishwarya's crackling chemistry."

Box office[edit]

Action Replayy's opening day collections in India were Rs 48.0 million, one of the worst openings ever for an Akshay Kumar starrer.[15] Since the movie released on the day of Diwali, collections were lower than normal, however, it picked up pace at the box office on Saturday and its day 2 collections substantially increased to Rs 69 million.[15][16][17] The film ultimately grossed 480 million.[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2011 Zee Cine Awards



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Soundtrack album by
Released2010 (2010)
GenreFilm soundtrack
Pritam chronology
Badmaash Company
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The film score was composed by Salim–Sulaiman, while the songs and four remixes were by Pritam[20] and lyrics were penned by Irshad Kamil.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Singer Length
1 "Zor Ka Jhatka" Daler Mehndi, Richa Sharma 4:09
2 "O Bekhabar" Shreya Ghoshal 4:29
3 "Nakhre" Francois Castellino 5:34
4 "Chhan Ke Mohalla" Sunidhi Chauhan, Ritu Pathak 5:16
5 "Tera Mera Pyaar" Karthik, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Antara Mitra 5:57
6 "Dhak Dhak Dhak" Mika Singh 4:14
7 "Luk Chup Jaana" KK, Tulsi Kumar 4:22
8 "I'm Dog Gone Crazy" Suraj Jagan 3:26
9 "Baaki Main Bhool Gayi" Shreya Ghoshal 3:43
10 "Zor Ka Jhatka" (remix) Master Saleem, Richa Sharma 3:54
11 "Chhan Ke Mohalla" (remix) Sunidhi Chauhan, Ritu Pathak 4:49
12 "Tera Mera Pyaar" (remix) Karthik, Antara Mitra 5:57
13 "Nakhre" (remix) Francois Castellino 5:02
Total length: 1:00:52


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  9. ^ "Akshay, Ash stranded in Manali!" Times of India / Kunal M Shah, Mumbai Mirror, 15 July 2010.
  10. ^ Masand, Rajeev. "Action Replayy Review". CNN IBN. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  11. ^ Shekhar, Mayank. "Action Replayy Review". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  12. ^ Sen, Raja. "Action Replayy Review". Rediff. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  13. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Action Replayy Review". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  14. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (4 November 2010). "Action Replayy Review". Times of India. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  15. ^ a b Kazmi, Nikhat. "Action Replayy Review". businessofcinema. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  16. ^ "Box Office Opening: Guzaarish & Harry Potter 7". 22 November 2010.
  17. ^ "Thumbs Down for 'Guzaarish' with Rs. 22 CroreThe film's opening week's collection are only Rs.22 crore". 29 November 2010.
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  20. ^ "Action Replayy Audio/Songs Listing". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010.


External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Action Replayy - Movie review". mid-day. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2019.