Panga (film)

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Panga film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAshwiny Iyer Tiwari
Produced byFox Star Studios
Written byNikhil Mehrohtra
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Screenplay byNitesh Tiwari
StarringKangana Ranaut
Jassi Gill
Richa Chadda
Neena Gupta
Music bySongs:
Sanchit Balhara
Ankit Balhara
CinematographyJay I. Patel
Edited byBallu Saluja
Distributed byFox Star Studios
Release date
  • 24 January 2020 (2020-01-24)
Running time
131 minutes[1]
Box officeest. 41.71 crore[3]

Panga (transl. Clash) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language sports film directed and co-written by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and produced by Fox Star Studios, based on a script written by her and Nikhil Mehrotra, with Nitesh Tiwari providing additional script inputs. Kangana Ranaut and Jassie Gill star in the lead roles, while Yagya Bhasin, Neena Gupta, Richa Chadha, Megha Burman and Smita Tambe appearing in supporting roles.

Shot largely in Panaji, Bhopal, Mumbai and Kolkata, the film was released in India on 24 January 2020.[4][5] The film received positive reviews, praise for Ranaut's performance, and grossed 41.71 crore.[6] For her performance in Panga, Ranaut won a National Film Award for Best Actress at the 67th National Film Awards, 2021. This was Ranaut's third win in the category and overall her 4th National Film Award.[7]


Rooted in the subculture of societal facts, Panga is an emotional roller coaster tale of a middle-class Indian woman, where a forgotten Kabaddi world champion catalyzes an inner desire to give a new meaning to her existing role as a wife and mother and takes an ingenious decision to come back to the sport despite the challenges of age stereotypes and new generation complexities which creates an upheaval in her life as she is torn between societal pressures of family responsibility and love for the sport.


Jaya Nigam is a middle-class railway reservation counter clerk and former Kabaddi champion living with her husband Prashant Sachdeva, a railway section engineer, and 7-year-old son Aditya "Adi" Sachdeva, in Bhopal. Despite the support of both Prashant and Adi, she regrets having to quit the sport after Adi's birth. Learning of her achievements through Prashant, Adi pushes her to return to the sport despite facing challenges of physical fitness and newer, more experienced players, while her friend, former teammate, and Kabaddi coach Meenal "Meenu" Singh, helps her with the training. Initially unable to deal with the pressures of a hectic job and the exercise routines that Adi's enthusiasm pushes her through, she finally regains composure and, with support from Prashant and Adi, goes on to mark her comeback to the sport as a mother of a 7-year-old after her story gets noticed again. In the big finale, she wins the Kabaddi cup for team India.


  • Kangana Ranaut as Jaya Nigam Sachdeva, a kabaddi player
  • Jassi Gill as Prashant Sachdeva, Jaya's husband, a railways section engineer
  • Richa Chadda as Meenal "Meenu" Singh, Jaya's best friend, former teammate, and a kabaddi coach
  • Neena Gupta as Rachna Nigam, Jaya's mother, Prashant's mother-in-law, and Adi's grandmother
  • Yagya Bhasin as Aditya "Adi" Sachdeva, Jaya's and Prashant's son
  • Megha Burman as Nisha Das, Jaya's present teammate
  • Rajesh Tailang as Mr. Sinha, Indian National Coach
  • Smita Tambe as Gauri, Indian team captain
  • Lavish Anil Jain in an uncredited cameo appearance
  • Manoj Jadhav as selection executive
  • Piyush Seetha as Piyush, Jaya's assistant boy



Panga was announced on 21 August 2018 with Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari sharing an emotional Instagram video montage of herself, Kangana Ranaut, Jassi Gill, Neena Gupta and their families, indicating that "when your kin stands behind you, no one in the world can take ‘panga’ with you".[8] Ranaut told the Mumbai Mirror in an interview: “When Ashwiny narrated the film's story, I was completely moved. My family has been my pillar of strength and has always stood by me through thick and thin. I could really relate to the emotions of the film. Plus, Ashwiny is known for her slice-of-life films and I loved her recent work in Bareilly Ki Barfi. Panga is even more special for me as, for the first time, I will be playing the role of a national-level kabaddi player. That's going to be challenging for sure! I am looking forward to some exciting times with Ashwiny and the Fox Star team.”[9]

Gil,l who is playing the role of Ranaut's husband in this film told the Mumbai Mirror: “I loved the script, especially the inspiring family angle. The film is a roller-coaster of emotions but to me the real Indian family feeling was the most heart-warming part of the subject. Since I come from a very close-knit family, I could identify with the story.”[9]


The actors appearing in the film as kabaddi players, including Ranaut, underwent training in kabaddi for over two months.[10]


Filming began on 23 March 2017 in Panaji.[11][12] The first schedule of the film was wrapped up on 7 December 2018.[4] The second schedule of the film was wrapped up on 22 June 2019.[5] The director planned next schedule in a Delhi stadium in April.[13] The third schedule of shooting began in April 2019 in Delhi.[14] The Delhi schedule of the film was completed in mid April and next schedule of shooting to begin in Kolkata.[15] The filming was completed in mid July 2019. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, the director of the film wrote on her Instagram account, "My dearest Panga Humans are the sun. The sun that spread a ray of hope when things seem really impossible to achieve."[16]

Marketing and release[edit]

First look of the film was shared by the director of the film Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on 7 March 2019, a still photo in which leading pair is laughing while looking at the sunset.[17]

The first look poster of Ranaut was released on 19 December 2019.[18]

The film was released in India on 24 January 2020.[19]


Soundtrack album by
Released21 January 2020[20]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
ProducerShankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Meghdeep Bose
Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy chronology
Bandish Bandits
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The film's music is composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy while lyrics are written by Javed Akhtar.

Track listing
1."Panga - Title Track"Harshdeep Kaur, Divya Kumar, Siddharth Mahadevan3:19
2."Dil Ne Kaha"Shahid Mallya, Asees Kaur4:46
3."Jugnu"Sunny Hindustani, Shankar Mahadevan4:40
4."Bibby Song"Annu Kapoor, Sherry2:50
5."Wahi Hai Raste"Mohan Kannan, Asees Kaur4:28
6."Dil Ne Kaha" (Reprise)Jassi Gill, Asees Kaur3:52
Total length:23:55

Box office[edit]

Panga earned only 2.70 crore at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected 5.61 crore. On the third day, the film collected 6.60 crore, taking total opening weekend collection to 14.91 crore.[3]

As of 28 February 2020, with a gross of 34.43 crore in India and 7.28 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of 41.71 crore.[3]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 94% based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10.[21]


Year[a] Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2021 National Film Awards Best Actress Kangana Ranaut Won[b] [22]
2021 Filmfare Awards Best Actress Kangana Ranaut Nominated [23]
Best Supporting Actress Richa Chadda Nominated
Best Cinematography Archit Patel, Jay I. Patel Nominated
Best Production Design Sandeep Meher Nominated


  1. ^ Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.
  2. ^ Also for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.


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  2. ^ "Panga". Box Office India. Retrieved 2 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Panga Box Office". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 29 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b "Kangana Ranaut wraps up the first schedule of Panga". Times of India. 7 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Panga: Kangana Ranaut and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari wrap up second schedule". Bollywood Hungama. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  6. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. "Panga Box Office Collection till Now | Box Collection - Bollywood Hungama".
  7. ^ "67th National Film Awards: Kangana Ranaut, Sushant Singh Rajput's Chhichhore win. See complete list of winners here". Hindustan Times. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  8. ^ "My existing reality is a reflection of my dear ones' belief in me. From the team backed by its families. Presenting Panga". Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on Instagram. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Panga, Kangana Ranaut's kabaddi film title announced with emotional Instagram video". Hindustani Times. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Kangana Ranaut-Ahwiny Iyer Tiwari's 'Panga' first look out, movie slated to release next year". DNA India. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  11. ^ "No 'Panga' with Kangana Ranaut: Director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari on Her Equation with Her Film's Star". India West. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Photo: Kangana Ranaut heads for the shoot of her upcoming film 'Panga'". Times of India. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Panga shoot takes Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari to Delhi". Times of India. 7 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Photo: Kangana Ranaut enjoys 'Gol Gappas' in Delhi". Times of India. 5 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Photos: Kangana Ranaut wraps up the Delhi schedule of her upcoming film 'Panga'". Times of India. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Panga' wrap-up: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari thanks her team!". Business Standard. 14 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Panga FIRST LOOK: Kangana Ranaut laughs with abandon in this heartwarming still from the film". Times Now News. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Panga first poster out: Jo sapne dekhte hain woh panga lete hain". India Today. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  19. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (7 March 2019). "Release date finalised... Richa Chadha, Jassie Gill, and Neena Gupta and Kangana, ... #Panga to release on 10 Jan 2020... Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari... Produced by Fox Star Studios." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "Panga - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Jio Saavn.
  21. ^ "Panga (2020)". Retrieved 29 December 2020 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ "67th National Film Awards: Kangana Ranaut wins best actress for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi & Panga". Indiatv News. 22 March 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  23. ^ "NOMINATIONS FOR 66th VIMAL ELAICHI FILMFARE AWARDS 2021". Filmfare. Retrieved 28 March 2021.

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