Badla (2019 film)

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Badla poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySujoy Ghosh
Produced by
Written bySujoy Ghosh
Raj Vasant
Screenplay bySujoy Ghosh
Based onThe Invisible Guest by Oriol Paulo
Music by
CinematographyAvik Mukhopadhyay
Edited byMonisha R. Baldawa
Red Chillies Entertainment
Azure Entertainment
Distributed byAA Films
Zee Studios
Release date
  • 8 March 2019 (2019-03-08)[1]
Running time
118 minutes[2]
Budget10 crore[3]
Box officeest. 96.44 crore[4][5]

Badla (transl. Revenge) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language mystery thriller film[2] directed by Sujoy Ghosh and starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu. Amrita Singh, Tony Luke, Manav Kaul, and Tanveer Ghani appear in supporting roles. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Azure Entertainment, and is an official adaptation of the 2017 Spanish film The Invisible Guest.[6][7] The story follows an interview between a lawyer and a businesswoman, in which the latter insists that she is wrongfully framed for the murder of her lover.

The film was released on 8 March 2019,[8][9] and received generally positive reviews from critics.[10] It has grossed over 96 crore (US$13 million) worldwide against a production budget of 10 crore (US$1.4 million) to emerge as a commercial success.[5][11]


Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu), is a young successful businesswoman with a perfect family. Naina's world turns topsy-turvy when she gets arrested for the murder of her secret lover Arjun Joseph (Tony Luke). Her lawyer (Manav Kaul) hires prestigious defence attorney, Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) to defend her, and over the course of one late evening, they work together to find out what actually happened that fateful day.



The principal photography of the film began on 14 June 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.[18][19]

Marketing and release[edit]

On 11 February 2019, Shah Rukh Khan, whose production house Red Chillies Entertainment is producing the film, tweeted two first look posters of the film, one with Bachchan's character and another with Pannu's.[20][21][22] The film was released on International Women's Day, the 8 March 2019.[23] The film was certified by British Board of Film Classification with runtime of 118 minutes.[24]

On 12 February 2019, Red Chillies Entertainment posted the official trailer on YouTube. The trailer reached 252K views within 1 hour and has garnered 27 million views since the day of release.[25]

Promotional Videos

Three unplugged innovative promotional videos which involved a conversation between Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan were launched on 3 March 2019, 6 March 2019 and 9 March 2019 respectively, which also featured Taapsee Pannu, to promote the film.[26][27]

Dialogue Promos

Main Sach Hi Toh Bol Rahi Hoon was published on 25 February 2019, Homework on 28 February 2019, Sab Ka Sach Alag Alag Hota Hai on 1 March 2019 & Mere Paas Teen Sawaal Hain was published on 7 March 2019 on YouTube, featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu respectively.[28]


Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has scored 75% based on 8 reviews with average rating of 6.5/10.[29] Gaurang Chauhan reviewing for Times Now rates the film with three and half stars out of five and opines that Sujoy Ghosh has delivered yet another interesting, enticing and an edge of the seat mystery thriller.[15] Rachit Gupta of The Times of India also rates the film with three and half stars out of five and finds that the film is a slick but predictable thriller with solid performances. He say, "Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla delivers solid thrills and some genuine twists with great effect." He feels that this whodunit film, keeps the viewer engaging and constantly guessing about the big reveal.[13] Anupama Chopra of Film Companion gives two and half stars out of five with remarks, "Nothing is what it seems and there are many turns, but the film isn’t as clever as it thinks it is." and concludes the review as "Badla remains watchable until the end but it doesn’t become essential viewing." [30] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV giving it three stars out of five, finds Amitabh Bachchan classy and Taapsee Pannu right on button in edgy thriller.[31] Taran Adarsh gives the film three and half stars out of five and finds it captivating and star cast of film Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee and Amrita Singh brilliant.[32]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend Badla collected 27.38 crore from domestic market.[33] As of 18 March 2019 the domestic gross is 70.57 crore and overseas gross is 25.87 crore taking the worldwide gross collection to 96.44 crore.[4][5]


Soundtrack album by
Released4 March 2019 [34]
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
External audio
Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Amaal Mallik chronology
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
De De Pyaar De
Anupam Roy chronology
Clinton Cerejo chronology
Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh

The music of the film is composed by Amaal Mallik, Anupam Roy and Clinton Cerejo while the lyrics are penned by Kumaar, A. M. Turaz, Siddhant Kaushal, Manoj Yadav, Anupam Roy and Jizzy. Amitabh Bachchan, inspired by Ranveer Singh's Gully Boy, rapped the song "Aukaat".[35]

Track listing
1."Kyun Rabba"KumaarAmaal MallikArmaan Malik4:52
2."Aukaat"Siddhant Kaushal, JizzyClinton CerejoAmitabh Bachchan, Amit Mishra, Clinton Cerejo
Rap: Jizzy
3."Tum Na Aaye"A. M. TurazAmaal MallikK. K.2:59
4."Badla"Manoj Yadav, Anupam RoyAnupam RoyAnupam Roy4:08
5."Kyun Rabba" (Acoustic)KumaarAmaal MallikArmaan Malik3:34
Total length:18:05


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