Irada (2017 film)

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Irada Movie Poster.jpg
Directed by Aparnaa Singh
Produced by Falguni Patel
Prince Soni
Written by Aparnaa Singh
Anushka Rajan
Starring Naseeruddin Shah
Arshad Warsi
Divya Dutta
Sharad Kelkar
Sagarika Ghatge
Music by Songs
Neeraj Sridhar
Background Music
Raju Singh
Cinematography Ravi Walia
Edited by Yashashwini Yp
Release date
  • 17 February 2017 (2017-02-17)
Running time
110 min[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 75 million[2]
Box office 11 million[2]

Irada (English:Intention) is a 2017 Indian thriller film directed by Aparnaa Singh and produced by Falguni Patel and Prince Soni. The film is written by Aparnaa Singh and Anushka Rajan, and stars Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Divya Dutta, Sharad Kelkar, Sagarika Ghatge in lead roles.


The film is set in Bhatinda, with its thermal power plants and factories always in the background and is based on the true story of this city and its people.[3]

The daughter of an ex Army man (Naseeruddin Shah) discovers that she has a serious life-threatening illness. Gradually they piece together the reason for this and discover that it is due to the carcinogenic elements that have entered the ground water. Everyone in the city is affected by it.[4]

A journalist meanwhile has discovered files that will incriminate the people responsible for this ground water poisoning, but he is kidnapped and missing. His girl friend (Sagarika Ghatge), who is also a journalist pursues the case, trying to convince the authorities to arrest the people responsible.

Meanwhile, a mysterious bomb blast in a business tycoon (Sharad Kelkar)'s factory prompts the state CM (Divya Dutta) to hire an NIA officer (Arshad Warsi). He meets the ex-army man seeking revenge for his dead daughter and the journalist demanding justice for her slain boyfriend. He himself tries to balance his knowledge of the truth, his wish for a more stable posting (having just come from a Naxal region), a better family life and his conscience. Nothing is what it seems.

The film raises the contemporary ecological issues of uranium poisoning, reverse boring, fertliser poisoning due to the green revolution and their immediate adverse impact on the people who live in Malwa region, with a lot of thrills en route.[5]


  • Naseeruddin Shah as Lt Col Parabjeet Walia (Retd)
  • Arshad Warsi as Arjun Mishra
  • Sharad Kelkar as Paddy F Sharma
  • Sagarika Ghatge as Maya Singh
  • Divya Dutta as Ramadeep Braitch, CM- Paddy's mistress
  • Diwakar Kumar as Aniruddh Dutt- Maya's boyfriend
  • Nikhil Pandey as Jagat Sinha
  • Rajesh Sharma as Jeetu Arora- Paddy's Manager
  • Prashantt Gupta as Bhagat Singh
  • Savita Bhatti as Harmeet Braich
  • Rumana Molla as Riya Walia
  • Prince Soni as Sunday Singh
  • Rohan Shah as Ricky Bhullar
  • Radhika Bangia as Ruby Gill
  • Rajeev Mehta as Abdul Hasan
  • Mehtaab as Nanu Hasan
  • Lubhani Attwal as Dolly Chadha
  • Seerat Kaur as Mitali Sharma


Soundtrack album by Neeraj Sridhar
Released 1 February 2017 (2017-02-01)[6]
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 21:47
Label Times Music
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The soundtrack of the film consists of 4 songs all of which have been composed by Neeraj Sridhar, while the lyrics have been penned by Sameer Anjaan.[7] The first song titled "Mahi" from the movie was released on 3 February 2017, along with the music video. The full movie jukebox was unveiled on 17 February 2017 and it consists 4 songs in total, including the movie theme song. The music rights are bought by Times Music.[8]

The film also uses Hindi poetry and Urdu Shayari to convey its message at critical junctures. Parts of the Hindi poet Dushyant Kumar's poem ""Ho Gayi hai Peer Parvat Si"(हो गई है पीर पर्वत-सी)" have been used by Naseeruddin Shah's character, especially during a book launch, to convey that people need to speak out and rise when they see injustice. Similar, contemporary Urdu shayari by Nawaz Deo bandhi has been used at critical junctures.[9]

1."Mahi"Harshdeep Kaur & Shabab Sabri05:08
2."Irada"Nikhil Uzgare05:31
3."Chaand Rajai Odhe"Papon06:42
4."Mitran De"Master Saleem, Kaur B & Earl Edgar04:26
Total length:21:47

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Irada has an approval score of 57% on the basis of 7 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 10.[10] Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and said, "Constructed on the lines of A Wednesday!, Irada tries to look like a thriller but fails to sustain the initial momentum as many sub-stories cross paths."[11] Saibal Chattarjee of NDTV rated the film 3 out of 5 and said, "Irada is a gripping enough tale somewhat undermined by its two facile villains – one represents the manipulative big corporations, the other the pliant political class."[12] Nandini Ramnath of praised the performances of the actors and said that, "‘Irada’ is a well-intended expose of pollution and graft. A superb cast and some smart writing paper over the flaws in Aparnaa Singh’s debut movie."[13] Mohar Basu of Mid-Day gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5 saying that, "Irada' has an overcrowded plot with facile characters, and lacks both the required energy and depth of the subject. There are too many parallel narratives and Aparnaa Singh's limited directorial skills aren't enough to handle the snags"[14] Udita Jhunjhunwala of LiveMint praised the concept of the film and the performances of actors Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi but criticized the execution of the film saying that, "While there’s no faulting Irada’s intentions, the narrative is poorly crafted and clumsily executed."[15] Namrata Joshi of The Hindu said that, "Irada has its heart in the right place—dealing with the theme of ecological and human hazards that points to big corporations and their irresponsible disposed of chemical wastes. But alas, it fails to fashion a compelling film out of it."[16]

Meena Iyer of The Times of India praised the concept of the film saying that, "Irada has its heart in the right place. Having picked up a subject that talks of environmental hazards, debutant director Aparnaa Singh’s conscientious streak shows" but criticized it's writing saying that, "the film’s failing is it’s amateur writing and execution. You can see that the maker is crushed under the weight of the material chosen". The critic gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5.[17] Box Office India said, "Aparnaa Singh's direction makes Irada a gripping and an intriguing film, which opens your eyes to some harsh realities in the world."[18] Shubha Shetty Saha from Catch News rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and said, "Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah surprise us with this socially relevant thriller!"[19] Stutee Ghosh of The Quint gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5 saying that, "‘Irada’ is well intentioned. Unfortunately, however, it suffers from amateurish execution. It has some nice touches but it never truly comes together. Still, it deals with an important issue that should reach more people and it definitely merits attention."[20] Rachit Gupta of Filmfare gave the film a rating of 1.5 out of 5 and said that, "The clichéd story telling, the jaded treatment, this film massacres its objective – that of highlighting the rampant pollution of habitats in Punjab. The only silver lining to this film is watching the great cast trying to lend respectability to a movie that least deserves it."[21]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of Ceremony Awards Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
3 April 2018 National Film Awards Best Film on Environment/Conservation/Preservation Producer: Irada Entertainment

Director: Aparnaa Singh

Won [22]
Best Supporting Actress Divya Dutta Won


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  2. ^ a b "Irada - Box Office". Box Office India. 
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  4. ^ Sharma, Aparnaa. "Iraada – the full film". You tube. Aparnaa Sharma. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Dogra, Chander Suta (24 April 2013). "Mad rush for RO plants in cancer-hit Malwa region". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
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  7. ^ "Music Review: Irada". Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Irada Movie Title Track". Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Irada – film and credits". 
  10. ^ "Irada - 2017". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  11. ^ "Irada movie review". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Irada Movie Review". NDTV. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Film review: 'Irada' is a well-intended expose of pollution and graft". 
  14. ^ "Irada - Movie Review". Mid-Day. 
  15. ^ "Film Review : Strong performances by Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, but the film-making leaves much to be desired". LiveMint. 
  16. ^ "Irada: Conscientious but not compelling". The Hindu. 
  17. ^ "Irada - Movie Review". The Times of India. 
  18. ^ "Review: Irada". Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Irada movie review: Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah surprise us with this socially relevant thriller!". Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "'Irada' Review: Good Intentions But Amateur Execution". The Quint. 
  21. ^ "Movie Review - Irada". Filmfare. 
  22. ^ "65th National Film Awards LIVE: Sridevi Posthumously Awarded Best Actress; Vinod Khanna Honoured With Dada Saheb Phalke Award". News18. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 

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