Badlapur (film)

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Badlapur
Badlapur Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySriram Raghavan
Produced byDinesh Vijan
Sunil Lulla
Screenplay bySriram Raghavan
Arijit Biswas
Pooja Ladha Surti
Story byMassimo Carlotto
Based onDeath's Dark Abyss
by Massimo Carlotto
Starring
Music bySachin-Jigar
CinematographyAnil Mehta
Edited byPooja Ladha Surti
Production
company
Maddock Films
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 20 February 2015 (2015-02-20)
Running time
128 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget16 crore[1]
Box officeest. 78.9 crore[2]

Badlapur (transl. City of Vengeance) is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language neo-noir action thriller film[3][4] directed by Sriram Raghavan and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Sunil Lulla under Maddock Films. The film, drawing from Italian writer Massimo Carlotto's novel Death's Dark Abyss, stars Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead roles, with Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam, Vinay Pathak, Divya Dutta and Radhika Apte in supporting roles. The film was released on 20 February 2015.[5] Box Office India reported that Badlapur grossed approximately 78.9 crore (US$11 million) worldwide.[6]

On 11 January 2016, the film was nominated for Best Film in the 61st Filmfare Awards, as well as other categories.

Plot[edit]

Two friends, Liak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Harman (Vinay Pathak), rob a bank in Pune and steal a car belonging to Misha (Yami Gautam) and her son Robin to flee away. During the chase that ensues, Robin falls out of the car while Misha gets shot. As per the plan, Harman jumps out of the car and escapes while the police get hold of Liak. Both Misha and her son succumb to their injuries in a hospital, shattering her husband Raghav "Raghu" Purohit (Varun Dhawan), who violently attacks Liak in prison before learning through Inspector Govind (Kumud Mishra) that Liak had a partner. Soon, Raghu approaches a private detective, Mrs. Joshi (Ashwini Kalsekar) who tells him about Liak's girlfriend and a sex worker, Jhimli (Huma Qureshi). Raghu meets and interrogates her but she reveals nothing. He decides to give her the entire insurance money he received for his son's death in exchange for telling him Liak's partner's name. But finding no information despite of his cooperation, an enraged Raghu forces her to dance for him and eventually rapes her. Liak soon gets sentenced when he is proven guilty, and Raghu exiles himself to a reclusive life far away from Pune.

15 years later, Liak becomes terminally ill and wishes to spend his remaining life with his mother. For that, Raghu is approached by a social worker, Shobha (Divya Dutta), who asks him to forgive Liak but he declines. However, he has a change of mind when he's told Liak's partner's name by his mother Zeenat (Pratima Kazmi) who wants her son to be paroled on compassionate grounds. Liak is paroled but is followed by a cop secretly so as to be led by him to Harman, his partner. Raghu locates Harman and gets closer to his wife Kanchan "Koko" Khatri (Radhika Apte), who invites him for lunch to their home where Raghu's true intentions are revealed. Harman agrees that he was a participant in the robbery but denies having killed Misha and Robin, and tries to deal with Raghu who threatens to call the police. Koko begins to plead him to spare them, in exchange for which Raghu demands her sleeping with him. Harman and Raghu have a fight in which Raghu overpowers the former and proceeds to the bedroom where he exacts his revenge by making Koko strip and forcing her to scream, in order to make Harman believe they're involved in intercourse.

Liak contacts Harman for his share of money with passport and arranges for a meeting. However, Raghu asks for Liak's share and tells Harman to book tickets for Shirdi. He arrives at his house, taking the money before attacking and killing both Koko and Harman one by one. He then goes to meet Shobha and pretends to be in love with her, creating a perfect alibi. Liak, upon not meeting Harman, grows suspicious when the police start investigating his disappearance along with his wife. He is told by Zeenat that she gave Harman's name to Raghu in exchange for Liak's own freedom. Shobha on the other hand is enraged to discover that Raghu told the cops they had sex. Exchanging a few harsh words with her, Raghu arrives at home where a fight ensues between him and Liak, resulting in Raghu beating the latter unconscious. As Liak wakes up, Raghu explains his entire modus operandi before Liak reveals himself to be the one who killed Raghu's family and that too out of panic unlike Raghu who, Liak points out, planned his murders with a cool mind and without guilt. He then goes to meet Jhimli, who's now a concubine of a local businessman, Patil (Zakir Hussain), for one last time and tells her he's nearing death. Having circumstantial evidence against Raghu, Govind tries to blackmail him into giving him Liak's share of money, which Raghu clearly refuses. However, Liak walks into the police station and takes the blame for Raghu's crimes, giving him a second chance to live his life and redeeming himself.

After seven months, when Liak succumbs to cancer in jail, Jhimli meets Raghu and makes him realize the futility of his revenge. She then drives away with Patil in a car, leaving him standing in the rain.

Cast[edit]

(L-R)Varun Dhawan, Huma Qureshi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Production[edit]

The film began shooting in May 2014.[7][8][9]

Critical reception[edit]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 100%, based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10.[10]

Raja Sen from Rediff.com rated it 4 out of 5 and said "Badlapur is a dark, unflinching, fantastic film."[11] Sudhish Kamath from The Hindu wrote that the film was "darkly ambitious and very well made."[12] Rachit Gupta from Filmfare stated that it had "exhilarating performances, stellar storytelling."[13]

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV rated it 3/5 and noted the pervasive contemptful treatment of women in the film, writing, "If one can ignore the overt misogyny on show all through the film, Badlapur throws up enough surprises to hold the viewer's interest right until the bitter end."[14]

Mohar Basu of The Times of India rated Badlapur 4 out of 5.[15] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express rated the movie 2.5 stars out of 5, describing it as riveting, but also noting that the film "comes off too contrived in many places, and leaves us hanging in others."[16] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN rated it 3.5 out of 5 and wrote: "The pace slackens post-intermission, plot contrivances are many, and you might say the film is misogynistic in its treatment of women ... [However], the film keeps you on your toes, curious to see where its twists and turns will lead."[17]

In December 2015, Badlapur got 15 nominations at the Stardust Awards, having the maximum number of award nominations from one film for the year. Both Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui were nominated for Best Actor category. The film was nominated for awards in Story (2), Screenplay (2), Direction, Lyrics (2), Best Playback Singer (Male), Best Choreographer, Music Direction (2), Best Actor (2), Best Supporting Actor (Female) (2).[18]

Box office[edit]

According to Koimoi, the film collected 32 crore (US$4.6 million) in five days at the domestic box-office, with 7 crore (US$1.0 million) on the first day.[19][20] By the end of the third weekend, Badlapur grossed 48.3 crore (US$7.0 million).[21] By the end of its third week run, the movie grossed 50 crore (US$7.2 million) nett at India box offices,[22] leading Koimoi to estimate the film has taken in double its expenses.[23] Box Office India reported that Badlapur grossed approximately 77 crore (US$11 million) worldwide.[24]

Soundtrack[edit]

Badlapur
Soundtrack album by
Released23 January 2015 (2015-01-23)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length23:14
LanguageHindi
LabelEros Music
Sachin-Jigar chronology
Ungli
(2014)
Badlapur
(2015)
ABCD 2
(2015)

The soundtrack is composed entirely by Sachin-Jigar, while the lyrics were written by Dinesh Vijan and Priya Saraiya. The first song, "Jee Karda", was released as a single on 9 December 2014. The song "Jeena Jeena" was released on 14 February 2015. Jeena Jeena reached number one on the Indian iTunes charts,[25] Radio Mirchi charts,[26] and Bollywood Planet charts[27] for several weeks.

All lyrics are written by Priya Saraiya & Dinesh Vijan; all music is composed by Sachin-Jigar.

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Jee Karda"Divya Kumar4:01
2."Jeena Jeena"Atif Aslam3:49
3."Jee Karda" (Rock Version)Divya Kumar4:00
4."Judaai"Rekha Bhardwaj, Arijit Singh4:32
5."Jeena Jeena" (Remix)Atif Aslam3:39
6."Badla Badla"Vishal Dadlani, Jasleen Royal, Suraj Jagan3:13
Total length:23:14

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref.
8th Mirchi Music Awards Album of The Year Sachin-Jigar, Dinesh Vijan, Priya Saraiya Nominated [28]
Best Song Producer (Programming & Arranging) Sachin–Jigar - "Jee Karda"
61st Filmfare Awards Best Film Dinesh Vijan, Sunil Lulla Nominated [29]
Best Director Sriram Raghavan
Best Actor Varun Dhawan
Best Supporting Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Best Supporting Actress Huma Qureshi
Best Singer – Male Atif Aslam for "Jeena Jeena"

Further reading[edit]

  • Nair, Gayatri; Tamang, Dipti (2016). "Representations of rape in popular culture: Gone Girl and Badlapur". International Feminist Journal of Politics. 18 (4): 614–618. doi:10.1080/14616742.2016.1226401.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ https://boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=2666
  3. ^ "Oops moment: Varun Dhawan's punch lands Vinay Pathak in hospital". India Today.
  4. ^ "'Badlapur' is content-driven and entertaining: Radhika Apte". Indian Express.
  5. ^ "Badlapur: A numerological review of the movie". merinews.com. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  6. ^ https://boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=2666
  7. ^ "Varun Dhawan to play three generations in Sriram Raghavan's next". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Sriram Raghavan's next with Varun titled Badlapur". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Varun Dhawan in Sriram Raghavan's next?". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Badlapur (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Review: Badlapur is a dark, unflinching, fantastic film". Rediff.com. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.4/5 stars
  12. ^ Kamath, Sudhish. "Badlapur: Darkly ambitious, and very well made". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Movie Review: Badlapur". Filmfare. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Badlapur Movie Review". NDTV. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Badlapur Movie Review". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2015.4/5 stars
  16. ^ "Badlapur movie review – The Indian Express". The Indian Express. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.2.5/5 stars
  17. ^ "Review".3.5/5 stars
  18. ^ "Stardust awards: Badlapur, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, others nominated; complete list of nominations". International Business Times. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Badlapur 5th Day (1st Tuesday) Box Office Collections". Koimoi. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Varun's Badlapur Takes 3rd Best Opening Of 2015 – 1st Friday Collections". Koimoi. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  21. ^ "Box Office Collection: 'Badlapur' is Second Highest Grosser of 2015; 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' Fares Better in Second Weekend". International Business Times. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Badlapur Touches 50 Cr Mark – 3rd Tuesday, Wednesday Collections". Koimoi. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  23. ^ Koimoi Staff. "Box-Office Verdict 2015". Koimoi. Archived from the original on 11 May 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  24. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 2015". Box Office India. 12 March 2015. Archived from the original on 14 March 2015.
  25. ^ https://www.apple.com/in/itunes/charts/
  26. ^ http://www.radiomirchi.com/more/mirchi-top-20/
  27. ^ http://www.planetbollywood.com/top10Songs.php?id=272
  28. ^ "MMA Mirchi Music Awards". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  29. ^ "Nominations for the 61st Britannia Filmfare Awards". filmfare.com. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

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