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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Prakash Jha
Produced by Prakash Jha
Written by Prakash Jha
Screenplay by Anjum Rajabali
Prakash Jha
Story by Prakash Jha
Music by Wayne Sharp
Aadesh Shrivastava
Shantanu Moitra
Cinematography Sachin Kumar Krishnan
Edited by Santosh Mandal
Prakash Jha Productions
Walkwater Media Ltd
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 4 June 2010 (2010-06-04)
Running time
170 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 60 crore (US$9.3 million)[2]
Box office 145.50 crore (US$23 million)
(worldwide gross)[3]

Raajneeti (Hindi: राजनीति; Politics), a 2010 Indian political thriller-crime drama film co-written, directed and produced by Prakash Jha, with a screenplay by Anjum Rajabali and Prakash Jha, and starring Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpayee and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles.[4] It was originally produced by Prakash Jha Productions and distributed by UTV Motion Pictures and Walkwater Media. It was shot in Bhopal. The title translates literally as "Politics" and contextually as "Affairs of State."[5] The draws parallels to the epic Mahabharata where shades of Krishna (Nana Patekar), Arjuna (Ranbir Kapoor), Yudhishthira (Arjun Rampal), Duryodhana (Manoj Bajpai), Karna (Ajay Devgan), and Draupadi (Katrina Kaif) can be seen in the characters portrayed.

Raajneeti was released in theatres worldwide on 4 June 2010, after some controversies regarding similarities between real-life people and the characters in the film, as well as issues about the national anthem. Rajneeti was declared SuperHit [6] by Box Office India. A sequel of Rajneeti has been confirmed by Prakash Jha. The movie cast Katrina Kaif as a powerful politician.[7]


The film begins with the life of Bharti Rai the daughter of chief minister Ramnath Rai. Influenced by leftist ideology, she rebels against her father and joins the rival party of leftist leader Bhaskar Sanyal . Bharti develops an illicit relationship with Bhaskar, who, guilt-ridden over taking advantage of the younger woman, leaves for parts unknown, having unwittingly gotten Bharti pregnant. Upon the child's birth, he is abandoned in a boat by Brij Gopal Bharti's brother. This leaves her devastated. Bharti later marries Chandra Pratap, the younger brother of Bhanu Pratap . Bhanu leads the Rashtrawadi political party. The story tooks a turn, when the state government collapses and Bhanu suffers a stroke. In the hospital, he hands over power to his brother Chandra. Chandra's son, Prithviraj Pratap tries to take advantage of his father's power and starts to impose his own decisions on the party, which results in a clash with Veerendra Pratap. Chandra also take side of his son, sidelining Virendra. When Prithvi rejects the nomination of a local leader, Sooraj Kumar, who is chosen by the common people, Virendra gives his support to Suraj. Unknown to all, Suraj is Bharti's abandoned son, who was found and whose upbringing was done by Pratap's family driver Ram Charittar. Then comes the younger son of Chandra, Samar Pratap from America and meets his childhood friend Indu . Indu loves Samar and thinks he loves her too. When Chandra and Prithvi try to kick Virendra out of his father's party, he ask Sooraj for help. Sooraj ends up assassinating Chandra in his car, while he is returning from the airport after seeing off his younger son, Samar. In an ensuing drama, Prithvi is arrested by police under the influence of Veerendra and put on trial for raping a party worker. Samar comes to the rescue and tricks Veerendra into dropping all charges upon his brother, promising that his brother will resign and that he will move with his family to the U.S. However, Samar does not keep his promise and he, with Prithvi, begins rallying public support. After that Bhanu officially expels Prithvi, the latter splits from the Rashtrawadi party and contests elections under "Jana Shakti party", a new party with Gopal as his mentor and Samar as the executive. Meanwhile, Samar's American girlfriend Sarah (Sarah Thompson) arrives in India to see the situation. To raise funds for the new party, Samar shrewdly ensures Prithvi's marriage to Indu. Though Indu had always loved Samar, Samar only thought of Indu as a friend and loved Sarah.

The circumstances gets murkier with both sides trying every trick to ensure their victory in upcoming elections. Allegations and counter-allegations are made. Subsequently, Samar uncovers that the real murderers of his father are Sooraj and Veerendra, and decides to take revenge. On the other hand, Prithvi executes the former police officer, who had arrested him, and the woman worker at a farmhouse. Veerendra again seeks help from Sooraj and Sooraj makes a plan to assassinate Samar, being aware that Samar was behind all the tricks .A car bomb is planted in Samar's car. Prithvi goes to save Samar and Sarah, who were to be dropped off at the airport in that car. He manages to save Samar but is killed while trying to save Sarah in vain. Devastated by the loss of his brother and girlfriend, Samar decides to retaliate. He suggests Indu to take the reins of the party and arranges the election campaign single-handedly.

Meanwhile, Sooraj is revealed to be the first child of Bharti, who implores him to join his younger brother Samar. Sooraj refuses to part ways with Veerendra and asks his mother to leave. Exit polls predict a victory for Indu's party. On the counting day, Samar lures Veerendra and Sooraj to an unused factory by spreading a rumour about electronic voting machines being hacked. They fall in the trap, and Veerendra gets shot by Samar and his men. Sooraj has an open opportunity to shoot Samar, but can't bring himself to do it since he knows Samar is his brother. Sooraj requests Samar to leave him and Veerendra till they reach the hospital, but Veerendra dies on the way. Gopal prompts Samar to shoot Sooraj who questions the morality of the act, but Gopal convinces him to take revenge for the destruction of his family. Samar shoots Sooraj.

The election results are declared, and Indu emerges with majority and becomes CM. Samar is seen asking forgiveness and is seen attempting reconciliation with Indu. They show Indu accepting Samar's apology and the two reconciling. Explaining his decision to return to America, he reflects that he always wanted to stay away from politics as politics is a game that brings out the "inner devil]]. Indu is revealed to be pregnant with Prithvi's child, while Samar leaves India to look after Sarah's mother and settle there.


Ajay Devgn, Katrina Kaif and Prakash Jha at the pressmeet of Rajneeti, at Lucknow in 2010.


Critical reception[edit]

Mayank Shekhar of Hindustan Times rated it 3/5 and said, "None of the actors assembled on stage let him (the director) down; right from an unusually inspired Rampal to his powerful, polar opposite Bajpayee".[8] Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India rated it 4/5 and said, "The film basically anchors its plot in two classic tales — The Mahabharata and The Godfather — to create an engrossing diatribe on India's political system where democracy may prevail, but not in its purest form."[9] Anupama Chopra of NDTV rated it 3/5 and said "Jha creates a real sense of the machinations and sordid deals that fuel politics but then hobbles it with outlandish twists and some decidedly 'filmy' moments".[10] Rajeev Masand of IBN said, "Raajneeti is thrilling and gripping for the most part, even though it does lose steam in its final act. For the superb acting, and for the exciting dramatic highs, it's a film I recommend you do not miss."[11]

Rachel Saltz of The New York Times said, "[T]he film – full of romance, intrigue and fraternal strife – is too diffuse to score political points. Or to have much impact."[12] Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times found that while it aimed "for something trenchant about thwarted destiny and ugly ambition in modern Indian democracy", it "mostly winds up with a convoluted and tonally awkward Godfather rehash, with nary a character worth rooting for" and that "Kapoor's performance is stony rather than calculating...."[13] Frank Lovece of Film Journal International said, "More pulpy than political, this Godfather-ripoff Hindi electoral drama is a candidate for oblivion in U.S. theatres. ... [I]t all eventually becomes so ridiculous and over-the-top violent that there is nobody, nobody, to root for."[5]

Box office[edit]

Rajneeti grossed 1,431.1 million (US$22 million) worldwide.[3]

Rajneeti worldwide Collections breakdown
Territory Nett Collections (After Entertainment tax)
India 929.3 million (US$14 million)[14]
Distributor share:
487.2 million (US$7.5 million)[14]
Entertainment tax:
313.2 million (US$4.8 million)
(Outside India)
US$3 million(18.86 crore)[3]
US$1,514,558 (United States)[15]
Worldwide 1,431.1 million (US$22 million)[3]


Raajneeti recorded an opening of nearly 10 crore net on its first day.[16] It had the second highest Friday opening in India after 3 Idiots and the highest Friday opening in the first half of the year, surpassing Kites.[17][18][19] It collected 34 crore at the end of the weekend and set a record for biggest weekend in the first half of the year, surpassing Housefull.[20][21] It showed no major decline in business on Tuesday and collected Rs. 5.85 crore.[22] At the end of the first week, the film collected Rs. 54.75 crore and set a record for biggest week in the first half of the year beating Housefull.[23] Raajneeti sustained well in the second weekend and collected 16.25 crore.[24] Rajneeti nett grossed 929.3 million (US$14 million) in India with a distributor share of 487.2 million (US$7.5 million).[14] It was the tenth highest grossing Bollywood film until it was surpassed by Kick starrer Salman Khan.


Overseas, the film opened to weekend business of $2.25 million.[25] In the U.S., Raajneeti played well for a limited release, noted Ray Subers of BoxOfficeMojo.com, grossing $850,244 on 124 screens its opening weekend, "which was good for first among limited releases and 11th place on the overall weekend chart." He specified that Raajneeti "became the third Bollywood movie this year to lead all limited releases in its first weekend," following My Name is Khan and Kites.[26] In Australia and New Zealand, Raajneeti surpassed the opening weekend record set by 3 Idiots.[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

56th Filmfare Awards


17th Annual Star Screen Awards 2011



6th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards


  • Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Arjun Rampal


  • Apsara Award for Best Film – Prakash Jha
  • Apsara Award for Best Lyrics – Sameer for "Mora Piya"
  • Apsara Award for Best Playback Singer (Male) – Aadesh Shrivastava for "Mora Piya"
  • Apsara Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role – Manoj Bajpai
  • Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) – Ajay Devgn and Arjun Rampal(won)
  • Apsara Award for Best Dialogue – Prakash Jha
  • Apsara Award for Best Story – Prakash Jha
  • Apsara Award for Best Screenplay – Anjum Rajabali & Prakash Jha
  • Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) – Ranbir Kapoor
2011 Zee Cine Awards




Raajneeti was first denied a certificate by the censor board of India for their thought that the lead character played by Katrina Kaif is inspired fully or partially from the Congress Party's chief Sonia Gandhi and Rashtriya Janata Dal's chief Rabri Devi. Director Prakash Jha dismissed this allegation, saying his only inspiration was Mahabharata, an epic from ancient India.[33] References to electronic voting machines and parts of the film suggesting that women have to compromise to get ahead in politics, crude dialogues about the Muslim community and some intimate scenes and excessive violence were removed before giving the film a U/A censor certificate.[34]


Soundtrack album by Pritam, Aadesh Shrivastava, Shantanu Moitra, Wayne Sharpe
Released 14 May 2010
Recorded 2009
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Sony Music
Producer Prakash Jha

The background score was composed by Wayne Sharpe while the soundtrack was composed by Wayne Sharpe, Pritam, Aadesh Shrivastava and Shantanu Moitra. The lyrics were penned by Irshad Kamil, Gulzar, Sameer and Swanand Kirkire. The soundtrack consists of five original songs and four remixes. It was released on 14 May 2010.

Track list[edit]

Track # Song Artist(s) Composer Lyricists Duration
1 "Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si" Mohit Chauhan, Antara Mitra Pritam Irshad Kamil 04:37
2 "Mora Piya" (Male) Aadesh Shrivastava, Shashi, Rosalie Nicholson Aadesh Shrivastava Sameer 05:44
3 "Mora Piya" (Female) Kavita Seth Aadesh Shrivastava Sameer 04:17
4 "Ishq Barse" Pranab Biswas, Hamsika Iyer, Swanand Kirkire Shantanu Moitra Swanand Kirkire 04:36
5 "Dhan Dhan Dharti" Shankar Mahadevan Wayne Sharpe Gulzar 04:41
6 "Ishq Barse Club Mix" (The Bombay Bounce Club Mix) Pronob Biswas, Hamsika Iyer, Swanand Kirkire Shantanu Moitra Swanand Kirkire 03:53
7 "Dhan Dhan Dharti Reprise" (Call of the Soil) Sonu Nigam Wayne Sharpe Gulzar 04:35
8 "Mora Piya Remix” (Male) Aadesh Shrivastava, Sachin Pandit and Shashi Aadesh Shrivastava Sameer 04:32
9 "Mora Piya Remix” (Female) Kavita Seth Aadesh Shrivastava Sameer 04:17


Prakash Jha has begun work on Rajneeti 2 but not strictly as a sequel. Sources originally reported that this second Rajneeti could be inspired by Anna Hazare's 'India Against Corruption' campaign and incorporate Satyagraha within the storyline or that it might be an adaptation of the Tamil film Ko. Jha has applied for remake rights, and is considering Ranbir Kapoor as the protagonist.[35] In July 2012, it was announced that Katrina Kaif would have the role of a prime minister of India and that the project was expected to begin filming in late 2014 for a 2015 release.[36]


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