Shikari (2016 film)

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Shikari Second Theatrical Poster.jpeg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by Joydip Mukherjee
Produced by Abdul Aziz
Himanshu Dhanuka
Screenplay by Pele Bhattacharya
Abdullah Zahir Gaby
Story by Pele Bhattacharya
Abdullah Zahir Babu
Music by Indradeep Dasgupta
Cinematography Tuban
Edited by Somnath Dey
Distributed by Jaaz Multimedia
Eskay Movies
Release date
  • July 7, 2016 (2016-07-07) (Bangladesh)[1]
  • August 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
Running time
160 Minutes
Country Bangladesh
Language Bengali
Budget ৳ 4.05 crore[2]

Shikari (English: Hunter)[3][4] is a 2016 Bangladesh-India joint venture thriller drama film directed by Joydip Mukherjee.[5] Produced by Abdul Aziz and Himanshu Dhanuka under the Jaaz Multimedia and Eskay Movies banners, and stars Bangladeshi superstar Shakib Khan, Srabanti Chatterjee, Rahul Dev and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty in pivotal roles and centers around Khan, a disguised professional assassin with mysterious past, tasked with assassinating a top government official. The film also features Amit Hasan, Kharaj Mukherjee, and Shupriyo Dutta in supporting roles.[6] It is an official remake of the 2009 Tamil movie Aadhavan which was itself inspired from the 1990 Malayalam movie His Highness Abdullah. The soundtrack album and background score of the film was composed by Indradeep Dasgupta.[7]

A collaborative Jaaz-Eskay project involving Khan was first reported during mid 2014. However, the project was later shelved due to unavailability of actor. Due to numerous media reports, the film was originally planned to be a multi-starrer film. Eskay Movies & Jaaz Multimedia intended to begin production of the film again after revisions in the script of the film. The production was officially announced by Eskay Movies & Jaaz Multimedia in January 2016, and Zakir Hossain Simanto and Joydip Mukherjee was hired as directors. The film is produced by Ashok Dhanuka & Abdul Aziz, under the production Eskay Movies & Jaaz Multimedia. A few percent of the film and songs were shot in London, UK. The film was released in Bangladesh on 7 July 2016.[8] It became the highest-grossing Bengali film of 2016.[clarification needed][9][10] Shakib Khan won his eight Meril Prothom Alo Awards for this film.[11]


Sultan (Shakib Khan) is a professional assassin who had run away from home in his childhood after being convicted of attempting to murder his father. Rahul Dev, an influential child trafficker hires Sultan to kill prominent Judge Rudro Chowdhury (Sabyasachi Chatterjee), since he is handling the inquiry and verdict on Rahul Dev's child trafficking case in Kolkata.[7] Sultan arrives in Kolkata and attempts to murder Judge Chowdhury by sniping, but misfires due to large crowd and media around the Judge.[12] The West Bengal police force chases after him, but ultimately fails to catch him. After Rahul Dev insults him for his inability, Sultan is angry with himself, and vows to kill Judge Chowdhury within ten days.[13][14]

Sultan enters Judge Chowdhury's household disguising as a servant, and slowly begins to win over the members of the family.[15]



Casting and development[edit]

The project was first announced in January 2016 with an official statement by Jaaz Multimedia.[21][not in citation given] Srabanti Chatterjee was signed to play the female lead opposite Khan in the film. The film was made official in a press conference held in Dhaka on 7 March 2016, where the cast members of the film were introduced.[22]


The shooting schedule of Shikari commenced on 14 March 2016.[23] The first phase of the film was shot in 12-day schedule and entirely filmed in Kolkata.[24] The second phase of the filming took place in London. The last phase of the film was filmed in Dhaka, and lasted 26-days. The entire film was shot on a 48-day schedule. During filming, the shooting was halted for 2-days in Kolkata due to strike from the production crew.[25]

The music of the film was shot at various locations in London and Kolkata. A romantic track sequence was shot at Beachy Head in East Sussex, England while other sequences were shot at Piccadilly Circus.[citation needed]


The film also released in North America and Europe on 12 August 2016.[26]


Promotion of Shikari began on 16 June 2016 with the release of "Harabo Toke Niye" on YouTube.[27] The track featured Shakib Khan, Srabanti Chatterjee and the track was shot in London.[28] The video received an overwhelming response of YouTube, and creating record of becoming the fastest Bengali language video track to reach 1 million views.[29] The track received praises from audiences and critics. The official teaser of the film was revealed on 18 June 2016 and instantly became the top trend online for 24 hours. Khan's new look and highly packed action sequences were highly praised.[30][31] The film officially began promotion with a press conference on 22 June 2016, where the films' cast and crews were present.[32]


The soundtrack for Shikari was released worldwide on 12 August 2016.[33]

Shikari (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Indradeep Dasgupta
Released 12 August 2016
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Bengali
Label Jaaz Music
Eskay Music
Indradeep Dasgupta chronology
Kelor Kirti
Shikari (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Haripada Bandwala
Singles from Shikari: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Harabo Toke"
    Released: 16 June 2016
1."Harabo Toke"Proshen, Arijit ChowdhuryIndradeep DasguptaShaan4:45
2."Mamo Chittey" (Duet Version)Rabindranath TagoreIndradeep DasguptaArijit Singh, Madhuraa Bhattacharya3:55
3."Uth Chhuri Tor Biye Hobe"ProshenIndradeep DasguptaNakash Aziz, Madhubanti Bagchi4:29
4."Ar Kono Kotha Na Bole"ProshenIndradeep DasguptaArijit Singh, Madhubanti Bagchi4:30
5."Mamo Chittey" (Solo Version)Rabindranath TagoreIndradeep DasguptaArijit Singh3:55


Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result Reference(s)
Meril Prothom Alo Awards Best Actor Shakib Khan Won [11]
Kalakar Awards Best Film Shikari Won [34]
Best Actress Srabanti Chatterjee Won
Tele Cine Awards Best Actor (Bangladesh) Shakib Khan Won [35]
Filmfare Awards East Best Choreography "Uth Chhuri Tor Biye Hobe" Nominated [36]


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