Lai Bhaari

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Lai Bhaari
Lai Bhaari film poster
Film poster
Directed byNishikant Kamat
Written bySanjay Pawar
Screenplay byRitesh Shah
Story bySajid Nadiadwala
Produced byGenelia D'Souza
Jeetendra Thackeray
Ameya Khopkar
StarringRiteish Deshmukh
Sharad Kelkar
Uday Tikekar
Tanvi Azmi
Radhika Apte
Aaditi Pohankar
Digambar Bangde
CinematographySanjay Memane
Edited byAarif Sheikh
Music byAjay-Atul
Mumbai Film Company
Cinemantra Production
Distributed byZee Talkies
Essel Vision
Release date
  • 11 July 2014 (2014-07-11)
Budget8 crores[1]
Box office35crores[2][3][4][5]

Lai Bhaari is a 2014 Indian Marathi-language action drama film directed by Nishikant Kamat. The film marks the debut of Riteish Deshmukh in Marathi cinema, while Salman Khan and Genelia D'Souza also make cameo appearances.[6][7] The film became the highest grossing Marathi film during that time. It was declared a blockbuster at the box office.[8]

On 25 January 2015 Lai Bhaari broke all previous records and got the highest television viewership for any film in Maharashtra (MarathiHindi) with 5727 TVTs.[9][10] It is remade in Odia as Jaga Hatare Pagha starring Anubhav Mohanty.[11] It ran for more than 100 days in Maharashtra.


Pratap Singh Nimbalkar (Uday Tikekar) and his wife Sumitra Devi (Tanvi Azmi) are known for their social work like helping poor farmers by giving them land and shelter. Even though they are blessed by everyone, Sumitra Devi is insulted for not having a child even though she has been married for 9 years. Her maid suggests her to pray to Lord Vithoba (generally known as Vitthal by most common people of Maharashtra) in Pandharpur, a holy place in Maharashtra. Out of eagerness, Sumitra Devi promises to give her first son to Lord Vitthal.

As fate would have it, she gets pregnant soon and confirms the good news to Pratap Singh. But when she tells him that she has promised Lord Vithhal to give him her first child, Pratap Singh, who is modern in thought, says all this is ridiculous and flies off to London. When the baby is born, and Sumitra Devi calls up Pratap Singh and tells him that she is now convinced of keeping the baby. He comes back as soon as possible and names the baby Abhay Singh, or Prince, as a nickname.

25 years later, Prince (Riteish Deshmukh) comes back home after studying abroad. On the other hand, there is Prince's paternal cousin Sangram (Sharad Kelkar) is a crooked guy, who is trying to take all farms from the farmers by torturing them. On hearing this, Pratap Singh warns him for doing so. A few days later, Pratap Singh is killed and it is implied that Sangram was behind his death.

Seeing Prince as the only obstacle left in his plan of owning all the farms in the village. He hires Nandini (Aaditi Pohankar) secretary of Pratap Singh to cheat Prince. In her love Prince signs the property papers and Sangram starts harassing the people. When Prince asks him that he was warned then Sangram shows the papers Prince claim them artificial and was going to the collector Sangram subsequently kills Prince by crashing truck to Prince's car and takes over all the property that belonged to Pratap Singh. Seeing no way left, Sumitra Devi goes to Pandharpur and angrily prays to Lord Vitthal to give back her son. Right outside the temple, Mauli (Riteish Deshmukh), a lookalike of Prince, beats up some goons who were eve teasing.

In a surprising twist, it is revealed that 25 years ago, Sumitra Devi had given birth to twins, one of which she gave to Lord Vitthal. And this son is none other than Mauli, a rowdy, as opposed to the gentleman Prince. How Mauli takes revenge from Sangram forms the crux of the story.



With a budget of 8 crore (US$1.1 million), Lai Bhaari is one of the most expensive Marathi films till date.[12] It has been produced by Jeetendra Thackeray, Ameya Khopkar and Genelia Deshmukh under Cinemantra Production and Mumbai Film Company production banner and it is presented by Zee Talkies and Essel Vision.

This movie marks the third instalment of Ritesh Deshmukh in Marathi after his produced two successful Marathi films Balak-Palak and Yellow.


The music was composed by Ajay−Atul and released by Video Palace. The Song "Mauli Mauli" become one of the most popular Marathi Song that time. This Song belong to God Vitthal Dev.

Lai Bhaari
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMay 28, 2014
LabelVideo Palace
Ajay−Atul chronology
Lai Bhaari
Track list
1."Mauli Mauli"Guru ThakurAjay Gogavale5:07
2."New Nava Tarana"Ajay-AtulKunal Ganjawala4:52
3."Jeev Bhulala"Guru ThakurSonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal4:44
4."Aala Holicha Sar Lai Bhari"Guru ThakurSwapnil Bandodkar, Yogita Godbole Pathak5:23
5."Ye Na Saajna"Guru ThakurShreya Ghoshal5:33
Total length:25:39


The film has received highly positive reviews. Rediff gave 4 out of 5 stars and declared movie awesome.[13] Bollywoodlife and Koimoi have rated the movie 3 stars out of 5 .Times of India gave the movie a rating of 3.5/5.[14] It has been acclaimed by various Bollywood celebrities.[15]

Box office[edit]

Lai Bhaari opened to packed houses all over and grossed around 3.1 crore (US$410,000) on the first day, 3.6 crore (US$480,000) on the first Saturday and 3.85 crore (US$510,000) on its first Sunday, taking the first weekend collections to 10.55 crore (US$1.4 million) in Maharashtra alone.[16] Lai Bhaari collected a total of 17.10 crore (US$2.3 million) in first week. The second week recorded a gross collection of 1.05 crore (US$140,000) on Friday, 1.90 crore (US$250,000) on Saturday and 2.70 crore (US$360,000) on Sunday. The gross collected till 27 July 2014 amounted to 26.43 crore (US$3.5 million).[17] With this lai bhari broke Duniyadari's record of having the second highest box office collection in Marathi cinema. Till 31 July the total collection of the film was 31.52 cr.[18] After the fourth week, the total earnings reached 35 crore (US$4.6 million)[19] and overtook Timepass as the highest grossing Marathi film ever, at that time.[8]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Suhani Singh (13 January 2016). "Sold on substance". India Today. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Monetary boost giving Marathi cinema a new lease of life?". Mid-Day. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Bollywood goes local, eyes Marathi cinema". Hindustan Times. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Here's why Marathi cinema is doing better than Bollywood". Mid-Day. 3 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Meet 'Bhau' Salman Khan of Riteish Deshmukh's Lai Bhaari". India Today. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Genelia's Marathi tadka in Lai Bhaari". The Times of India. TNN. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b Sankar, Gayatri (5 August 2014). "'Lai Bhaari': Riteish Deshmukh delivers highest grossing Marathi film! | Zee News". Zee News. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Lai Bhaari breaks TVT record". The Times of India. TNN. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Zee Marathi clocks highest ratings for 'Lai Bhaari' world TV premiere". 6 February 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Anubhav Versus Babusaan: The showdown". Odisha SunTimes. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  12. ^ Pooja Kulkarni (3 December 2013). "Riteish's Lai Bhari to have an eight crore budget". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Review: Lai Bhaari is awesome". 11 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Lai Bhaari Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". Times of India. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  15. ^ "'Lai Bhaari' Movie Review: Watch it for Riteish Deshmukh and Salman Khan". 11 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Riteish Deshmukh storms box office again, Lai Bhaari earns Rs. 10.55 crore". Hindustan Times. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Lai Bhaari: 2nd Thursday Box Office Collections". Koimoi. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Lai Bhaari 3rd Week Income- 21st Day Box Office Collection". Just Few Seconds. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Lai Bhaari's Fourth Week Box Office Collections". Koimoi. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.

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