Monsoon Shootout

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Monsoon Shootout
Monsoon shootout film poster.jpg
Film Poster
Directed by Amit Kumar
Produced by Guneet Monga
Anurag Kashyap
Vivek Rangachari
Martijn de Grunt
Asif Kapadia
Written by Amit Kumar
Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Vijay Varma
Tannishtha Chatterjee
Neeraj Kabi
Sreejita De
Music by Songs:
Rochak Kohli
Chinmay Harshe
Background score:
Gingger Shankar
Atif Afzal
Cinematography Rajeev Ravi
Edited by Atanu Mukherjee
Release date
  • 18 May 2013 (2013-05-18) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • 15 December 2017 (2017-12-15) (India)
Running time
92 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Monsoon Shootout is a Hindi noir thriller directed by Amit Kumar and produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, and Vivek Rangachari. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tannishtha Chatterjee in the lead roles. The film was shown during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Midnight Screenings section.[1][2]


Production and development[edit]

Director Amit Kumar stated that after he saw Robert Enrico's Oscar-winning short film An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, he became interested and fascinated by the idea of human decision-making, and how quick can one make a very difficult decision when one's life is at stake. This idea came to fruition in the form of Monsoon Shootout.[3]

Kumar had previously assisted film director Asif Kapadia on his BAFTA-winning feature The Warrior where he met Trevor Ingman. Ingman decided to help seek finances for Kumar's film starting in 2008, but was unable to do so because of the closure of the UK Film Council which was initially supposed to cover half the production costs. Kumar set sights to find an Indian production partner and in 2010, he ran into Guneet Monga who had produced Michael Winterbottom's Trishna. When Kumar stated his lack of an Indian producer, Monga immediately jumped at the opportunity to fund the film. However, the producers decided that although they loved Kumar's script and idea, they felt he needed to cast a star in the lead role. Kumar stated that "I just wanted to work with good actors". Kumar had the pleasure of working with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in his student short film The Bypass and decided to cast him in the lead role.[4]

Cannes reception[edit]

Early Cannes reception for the film has been positive with many international critics taking a liking to the film's noir, artistic detailing.

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw gave a very positive first look review of the film stating that it's "a brash exploitation picture, a violent thriller on the tough streets of Mumbai about rule-breaking, bone-breaking cops" and "an entertaining popcorn movie with a twist, for which commercial success is on the cards." He described the film as "Dirty Harry meets Sliding Doors."[5]

The Hollywood Reporter's Deborah Young described the film as "a ferocious Mumbai cops and gangsters drama, and a satisfyingly arty plot that turns in on itself to examine the outcome of three possible choices a rookie cop might make when he confronts a ruthless killer. Three times the story returns to a key moment: a boy with a gun uncertain whether to pull the trigger." She had major praise for Nawazuddin Siddiqui's performance, stating that "Most memorable of all is Siddiqui, who is every inch an unstoppable force of nature, and lucky we are that so much of the violence he wreaks happens off-camera."[6]


The soundtrack was released by Saregama Music.[7]

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Pal" Sumant Vadhera Rochak Kohli Arijit Singh 4:48
2. "Andheri Raat" Kartik Krishnan Viveick Rajagopalan, Mayur Narvekar Neha Bhasin, Aklesh Sutar, Rajiv Sundaresan 3:38
3. "Miliyo Re" Deepak Ramola Rochak Kohli Rochak Kohli, Neeti Mohan 3:22
4. "Miss You Balma" Chinmay Harshe Chinmay Harshe Akriti Kakar 2:54
5. "Maachis Ki Teeli" Rohit Bhasy, Neeraj Sharma Vikram-Chetan Bhavya Pandit, Gautam Chatterjee, Neeraj Sharma 4:09
6. "Faislay" Rohit Bhasy, Vidhi Gulati, Vinit Gulati, Vikram Shastri Vikram-Chetan Mandar Deshpande, Chetan Rao, Fiona D'Monty 4:20
Total length: 23:11


  1. ^ "Bollywood film Monsoon Shootout premiered at Cannes". 2013-05-18. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Monsoon Shootout Release". Film Guffy. 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2014-07-06. 
  3. ^ Forde, Leon (2013-05-18). "Amit Kumar, Monsoon Shootout | Features | Screen". Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  4. ^ "It's important to find the right partners: Amit Kumar, Director, "Monsoon Shootout"". 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  5. ^ Peter Bradshaw (2013-05-19). "Cannes 2013: Monsoon Shootout – first look review". London: Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  6. ^ Young, Deborah (2013-05-19). "Monsoon Shootout: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  7. ^ "New Song: Arijit Singh's Romantic Song Pal From Monsoon Shootout Is Out". 16 November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017. 

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