Maximum (film)

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First Look
Directed by Kabeer Kaushik
Screenplay by Kabeer Kaushik
Story by Kabeer Kaushik
Music by
Cinematography Krishna Ramanan
Edited by Lionel Fernandes
Release dates
  • 29 June 2012 (2012-06-29)
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 22.5 million (US$330,000)(1st week domestic)[1][2]

Maximum is a 2012 Hindi crime/thriller film written and directed by Kabeer Kaushik. The project features Naseeruddin Shah, Sonu Sood, Neha Dhupia, and Vinay Pathak in pivotal roles. Maximum was released on 29 June 2012.[3] After the film's release, the film got mixed reviews but was a disaster at the box office.


Story of Maximum revolves around two of Mumbai Police's top encounter specialists. It's a story of their fight for control and oneupmanship. This fight goes through a complex maze of politics, land deals, fake encounters and bad money. Pundit (Sonu Sood) and Inamdar (Naseeruddin Shah) are two encounter specialists who try to overtake each other for power. Each kill the other's informers and the Mumbai police gets divided. Inamdar and his superiors frame a false case against Pundit and he gets suspended. After a couple of years Pundit comes back into the force with the help of a minister, Tiwari (Vinay Pathak). After the Mumbai blasts Inamdar is removed from his position and Pundit gets reinstated. Meanwhile, it is time for the elections and Tiwari gets the responsibility of the entire procedure. One night when he is at home his accomplices are shot. He goes forward to check and finds the culprit to be Pundit. Before Tiwari can shoot him Pundit shoots Pathak.

In flashback it is shown that while Pundit is travelling with his wife, Supriya (Neha Dhupia) there are shots on the car. In the confusion his car falls into a jungle. After that he shoots all the people and says that they were Niranjan's people. But when he comes back he realises that his wife is no more. Then it is revealed that Tiwari had got an offer of Home Ministry and 700 million from Pundit's enemies in exchange of Pundit and thus had sent his men to attack Pundit and ended up killing his wife. That was the reason Pundit shot Tiwari.

Before dying Tiwari confesses that he should not have done what he did. He said he should have rejected but could not reject the offer of Home Ministry. He says that if you have always wanted something throughout your life and then that comes in front of you then a man cannot resist. Pundit asks whether Subodh(his superior) knew of this. Finally Pundit shoots Tiwari.

Pundit hands over property documents to a reporter. The reporter tells him that there's no going back once this goes public. Pundit says that he does not want to return. Pundit comes with his daughter and the reporter to leave the city. Meanwhile, Inamdar with his men starts shooting at them. Many people from both sides are shot dead in the shootout. Meanwhile, the train is about to start. Pundit sends off his daughter with his brother and the reporter to catch the train. She is unwilling to leave without him but finally leaves teary eyed. An open shootout follows in which both Pundit and Inamdar are shot. A severely injured Pundit runs towards the train to meet his daughter. Before he can do so he is shot by Inamdar. Yet before dying he manages to shoot Inamdar. Pundit has a last look at his daughter before finally dropping dead.


Box office[edit]

Maximum had a poor opening facing heavy competition from The Amazing Spider-Man. The second week also went poorly, as the much awaited release Bol Bachchan released.On the third week,it almost disappeared from cinemas due to release of Cocktail and was declared a disaster grossing only Rs22.5 million at box office.


Casting and filming[edit]

According to media consultants of Maximum, Perception Managers, Movie is set in scenes of Mumbai during 2003. Big Land deals, intense politics and in the center of it all, a volatile story about two cops (Sonu Sood, Naseeruddin Shah).[5] Arshad Warsi is also reported to play encounter specialist against his previous roles,[6] but later he turned down the part.[7]


Critical reception[edit]

Maximum garnered mostly negative reviews from various top critics of India. Aniruddha Guha of DNA gave it 2 stars (on 5) and wrote – "Maximum ends up as a 'me too' among many RGV-inspired films in the last few years, even though that may not have been the intention. Sadly, there was potential".[8] Janhavi Patel of FilmiTadka rated Maximum with 2 out of 5 stars and wrote in her review – "There is not much to remember when you walk out. The twist in the end is the saving grace of the movie, if we can call it that. Maximum does not deserve your time or money".[9] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave it 2.5 out of five stars and said – "Maximum isn’t a washout – not by a long chalk. It is well crafted and superbly acted. Sonu Sood in particular leaves a lasting impression as the police officer under fire for excesses committed in the line of duty. The cameos by Vinay Pathak and Rajendra Gupta are impressive. Sadly, the effort is maximum, the impact not quite so".[10] Madhureeta Mukherjee writing for Times of India rated it with 3 out of five stars.[11] Writing for Hindustan Times, Anupama Chopra once again gave Maximum 2 stars and commented – "Maximum has stray moments of power but the film feels like a Ram Gopal Varma rehash; mercifully though there are no cameras zooming into teacups like there were in Varma's recently released Department, which was also about power-hungry, corrupt encounter specialists".[12] Social Movie Rating site MOZVO rated MAXIMUM at 1.9 out of 5.[13]


Music is composed by Amjad Nadeem Vikram and Devi Sri Prasad(Aa ante amlapuram), with lyrics penned by Raqueeb Alam and Shabbir Ahmed.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Aa Ante Amalapuram"   Malathy 5:30
2. "Ya Maula"   Shafqat Amanat Ali  
3. "Aaja Meri Jaan"   Tochi Raina, Ritu Pathak 4:33
4. "Sutta"   Nadeem Khan, Tulsi Kumar  
5. "Namami Shamishan"   Bandini sharma  
6. "Maan Qunto Maula"   Raga Boys  


  1. ^ week one
  2. ^ Maximum Has Dull Weekend
  3. ^ "Maximum Cast & Crew". 
  4. ^ Iyer, Meena (2 June 2012). "Salman's Hazel as item girl". Times of India. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bollywood Projects-Maximum". 
  6. ^ Nikhil Ramsubramaniam (2 February 2012). "Arshad Warsi turns villain in Maximum". One India Entertainment. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Priyanka Jain (1 February 2012). "Maximum not a sequel: Kabeer Kaushik". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Guha, Aniruddha. "Aniruddha Guha reviews: Maximum is a cop-out". DNA. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Patel, Janhavi. "Maximum Movie Review". FilmiTadka. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal. "Review: Maximum". NDTV. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Mukherjee, Madhureeta. "Maximum". Times of India. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Chopra, Anupam. "Anupama Chopra's review: Maximum". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Rating & Reviews For MAXIMUM". MOZVO. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 

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