Shaitan (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBejoy Nambiar
Produced byAnurag Kashyap
Sunil Bohra
Guneet Monga
Screenplay byMegha Ramaswamy
Bejoy Nambiar
StarringRajit Kapoor
Rajeev Khandelwal
Kalki Koechlin
Pawan Malhotra
Shiv Panditt
Gulshan Devaiah
Neil Bhoopalam
Kirti Kulhari
Rukhsaar Rehman
Sheetal Menon
Rajkummar Rao
Music byPrashant Pillai
Amar Mohile
Ranjit Barot
Anupam Roy
CinematographyR. Madhi
Edited bySreekar Prasad
Distributed byViacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 10 June 2011 (2011-06-10)
Running time
121 minutes
Budget110 million (US$1.5 million)
Box office397.6 million (US$5.6 million)

Shaitan (transl. Devil) is a 2011 Indian crime thriller film directed by Bejoy Nambiar starring Rajeev Khandelwal, Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah, Shiv Panditt, Neil Bhoopalam, Kirti Kulhari, Rajit Kapoor, Pawan Malhotra and Rajkummar Rao. The film was released on 10 June 2011.[1]


Shaitan starts off with Amy (Kalki Koechlin), who is mentally disturbed and deeply affected by the attempted suicide and eventual institutionalisation of her mother, Saira. She moves from Los Angeles to Mumbai, where she meets KC (Gulshan Devaiah) at a party her parents forcefully take her to. KC introduces her to his gang – Dash (Shiv Panditt), Zubin (Neil Bhoopalam) and Tanya (Kirti Kulhari). They lead a directionless life, having fun, drinking, using drugs and driving around in a Hummer. On one such occasion, they start racing a random car and win. In the celebration rush, they run over two people riding on a scooter, killing them instantly.

They quickly leave the spot but are easily traced down by a slimy cop, Inspector Malwankar (Rajkummar Rao), who demands ₹ 2,500,000 to drop the case. Dash tells them about a friend (Rajat Barmecha) who faked his own brother's kidnapping and extracted ₹ 2 million from his own parents. After Amy volunteers to be the kidnapping victim, they hatch a plan. Upon receiving the ransom call, Amy's father, contrary to their expectations immediately approaches Police Commissioner (Pavan Malhotra) for help. The Police Commissioner assigns an upright cop Arvind Mathur (Rajeev Khandelwal) to solve the case unofficially, as he is on suspension after throwing a corporator from the first floor of his own house for allegedly beating up a woman. Inspector Mathur is shown to be having a disturbed married life and nearly divorces his wife.

The group of youngsters then hide in a shady hotel, acting upon the plan hatched by Dash. When Tanya is nearly raped by a man, they react violently and kill him. They escape from the lodge and hide out in a cinema hall, where Amy finds a packet of cocaine in Dash's satchel. Tanya is deeply disturbed by their recent actions, and convinces Zubin to take her home. While Zubin leaves to find a taxi, Tanya gets into an altercation with Amy. Amy, while under the influence of cocaine, is convinced that the phone call that Tanya was making to her sister was actually to the police. In the physical confrontation that follows, KC smashes Tanya's head into a wall and leaves her bleeding and unconscious. Zubin, upon returning, finds the gruesome scene, and thinking Tanya is dead, flees. He is later arrested by the police while attempting to leave the city. Dash takes Amy and KC to a church in the outskirts of Mumbai and instructs them to hide there while he tries to figure things out with Malwankar.

The arrested Zubin, in the meantime, reveals the entire scenario to the police. They track down Malwankar, who was attempting to escape with his wife. In the ensuing chase, Malwankar is nearly killed in a truck collision. While buying food, the exasperated KC sees his handicapped sister being traumatised by the media. He then calls his father and asks him for help. Using this call, the police trace the trio to the church. Upon returning to the church, KC tells the other two everything and tries to convince Amy to leave the church with him. Dash, however, confronts him and the two get into a bloody confrontation. It ends with Dash beating KC to death. Dash then tries to get Amy to leave the church with him. However, a cocaine-fuelled Amy has a traumatic flashback involving her mother trying to drown her as a child. In this frenzy, she stabs Dash, who is trying to restrain her. She is then found by Inspector Mathur.

The police, despite knowing the truth, get the three surviving friends to sign a statement saying that Dash had kidnapped all four. This is done to save the reputation of the much-maligned police force. Mathur then meets his wife, indicating a possible reconciliation. The film ends with Amy being resigned to the convent, which she always feared, albeit with her mother's name (Saira).



Director Bejoy Nambiar, who assisted Mani Ratnam in Guru, approached Kalki Koechlin to play a role in the movie. But since the film was not moving for two years, Anurag Kashyap agreed to produce it on a smaller budget.[3]


The film received positive response from critics in India. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave it 4/5 stars and said "Shaitan is bound to raise eyebrows thanks to its contemporary, thrilling, hard-hitting and forceful content. One of the most ingenious and entertaining thrillers I've seen in a long time."[4] Pankaj Sabnani from Glamsham also gave the film 4/5 and said "Shaitan is a spellbinding thriller with 'awesomeness' written all over it."[5] Nikhat Kazmi gave it 3.5/5 stars and wrote "it turns the camera three-sixty degrees and brings you the grime of a subterranean sub-culture that throbs amidst a certain section of metropolitan maverick twenty-somethings."[6] Anupama Chopra from NDTV gave 3/5 stars.[7] Mayank Shekhar from Hindustan Times gave 3/5 stars.[8] Ankit Ojha of Planet Bollywood praised Shaitan and its thematic element to a large extent, giving the movie 9 stars out of 10, writing, "Nambiar has managed to impress each and everyone of the discerning film viewer and movie buff. This is Hindi cinema finally coming of age! Recommended for more than one watch, as to absorb the totality of the film’s context and subtext! Outstanding stuff!"[9]

One negative review came from Raja Sen of He gave it 2/5 stars and wrote "Populated exclusively by the very coolest of character actors, backgrounded by a blaring retro-loving soundtrack, and shot dizzyingly in hypertechnicolor."[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
18th Annual Colors Screen Awards Screen Award for Most Promising Debut Director Bejoy Nambiar Won
Best Background Music Ranjit Barot Won
Screen Award for Best Cinematography R. Madhi Won
Screen Award for Best Sound Design Kunal Sharma Won
Best Film Shaitan Nominated
Best Director Bejoy Nambiar Nominated
Best Actress Kalki Koechlin Nominated
Screen Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female) Kalki Koechlin Nominated
Screen Award for Best Ensemble Cast Rajeev Khandelwal, Shiv Panditt, Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiya, Neil Bhoopalam, Kirti Kulhari Nominated
Best Female Playback Suman Sridhar Nominated
Best Screenplay Bejoy Nambiar and Megha Ramaswamy Nominated
Best Editing Sreekar Prasad Nominated
Screen Award for Best Action Javed-Ejaaz Nominated
Zee Cine Awards 2012 Best Background Music Ranjit Barot Won
7th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards Apsara Award for Best Screenplay Bejoy Nambiar and Megha Ramaswamy Nominated
Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Gulshan Devaiya Nominated
57th Idea Filmfare Awards 2011 Filmfare Award for Best Background Score Ranjit Barot Won
Best Male Debut Shiv Panditt and Gulshan Devaiya Nominated
Filmfare Award for Best Debut Director Bejoy Nambiar Nominated
Best Cinematography R. Madhi Nominated
Stardust Awards 2012 – Searchlight Awards Best Director Bejoy Nambiar Nominated
Best Actress Kalki Koechlin Nominated
Best Actor Gulshan Devaiya Nominated


The music is composed by Prashant Pillai, Amar Mohile, Ranjit Barot, and Anupam Roy. Lyrics are penned by K. S. Krishnan, Sanjeev Sharma, Colin Terence, Abhishek, and Shradha. "Khoya Khoya Chand" (remix song by Mikey McCleary, vocals by Suman Sridhar). The popular number "Hawa Hawai" from the 1987 film, Mr. India, composed by the duo Laxmikant–Pyarelal has been reused (remix song by Mikey McCleary, vocals by Suman Sridhar) in the film.

Track listing[edit]

1."Amy's Theme"Sanjeev SharmaRanjit BarotSuzanne D'Mello4:07
2."Fareeda"Sanjeev SharmaPrashant PillaiSuraj Jagan3:18
3."Josh"Colin Terence, Abhishek, ShradhaAmar MohileColin Terence, Abhishek, Shradha4:05
4."Hawa Hawai"Javed AkhtarLaxmikant–PyarelalPrashant Pillai, Suman Sridhar4:54
5."Nasha"Sanjeev SharmaPrashant PillaiPrashant Pillai, Bindu Nambiar3:15
6."O Yaara"Sanjeev SharmaPrashant PillaiKirti Sagatia, Preeti Pillai5:07
7."Pintya"Sanjeev SharmaRanjit BarotDr. Ganesh Chandanshive2:58
8."Zindagi"Sanjeev SharmaRanjit BarotRanjit Barot3:11
9."Bali" (The Sound of Shaitan)K. S. KrishnanPrashant PillaiFarhad Bhiwandiwala, K.S. Krishnan, Preeti Pillai, Hitesh Modak, Kalloist3:36
10."Enter" (Music)Sanjeev SharmaPrashant Pillai 1:20
11."Nasha" (Rock & Soul Version)Sanjeev SharmaPrashant PillaiRanjit Barot, Farhad Bhiwandiwala, Bindu Nambiar4:17
12."Outro" (Music)Sanjeev SharmaPrashant Pillai 1:36
13."Retro Pop Shit" (Music)Sanjeev SharmaAnupam Roy 3:17
14."Unleashed" (Music) Bhayanak Maut 3:39


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  2. ^ "Shaitan movie review". India Today. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Anurag Kashyap nurtures talent". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Shaitan movie review". Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Shaitan movie review". Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Gritty crime drama". The Times of India. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Review:Shaitan". Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Mayank Shekhar's review: Shaitan". Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  9. ^ Ankit Ojha. "Ankit Ojha's movie review of Shaitan on Planet Bollywood". Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Review by rediff". Retrieved 10 June 2011.

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