Supari (film)

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Film poster
Directed byPadam Kumar
Written byPadam Kumar
Anuradha Tiwari
Mushtaq Shiekh
(story and screenplay)
Sutapa Sikdar
Atul Sabharwal
Produced byPadam Kumar
StarringUday Chopra
Rahul Dev
Nandita Das
Purab Kohli
Nauheed Cyrusi
Irrfan Khan
R. Velraj
Edited bySanjay Verma
Music byVishal–Shekhar
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 20 June 2003 (2003-06-20)
Running time
143 minutes[2]
Budget 4.25 crore[3]
Box office 2.65 crore[4]

Supari (transl. Contract killing), titled Supari - Your Time Starts Now in the UK,[2] is a 2003 Indian Hindi-language action film[5][6] directed and produced by Padam Kumar. The film stars Uday Chopra, Rahul Dev, Nandita Das, Purab Kohli, Nauheed Cyrusi and Irrfan Khan. The story is set in the Mumbai underworld, and follows four friends who become contract killers after losing a bet to an underworld figure.[7]

Released theatrically on 20 June 2003, it was also the first Hindi-language film to be later distributed online via Kazaa.[8][9] Although the film was not commercially successful, the performances were praised.[10]


Aryan Pandit lives a middle-class lifestyle with his family in Nasik, India, where the entire family depend on his salesman father's earnings. He relocates to Mumbai's St. Andrews College with big dreams of being wealthy and driving a red Ferrari. He befriends three other middle-class youth: Papad, Mushy, and Chicken. He borrows money from Matka Rajan, gambles it, loses everything, and is unable to re-pay. As a result, Rajan sets his goons on him.

Aryan goes to a man named Baba for help, who in turn takes him to Mamta Sekhari. Sekhari offers to hire him as a hit man, agreeing to pay him 20,000 rupees for every killing, so that he can re-pay his gambling loan. Aryan reluctantly accepts, is trained by Baba to shoot a gun, and kills his first target, none other than Rajan himself. He tells his friends about his good fortune, and they join forces with him. In all killing contracts they are provided with a photograph, the location, and are instructed to look at the photo just 15 minutes before killing the person. In this manner the friends enjoy their new-found wealth. When Aryan's Parsi girlfriend, Dilnawaaz finds out, she wants him to quit. He does, but his friends refuse to let go of this easy money and luxurious life. Shortly thereafter, the trio are given a contract; before the killing they look at the photograph ... of Aryan. The trio knows that it is too late to back out of this 'supari' (contract killing). Soon events takes a worst turn as one by one gets killed. Chicken commits suicide and a gun battle ensues where Papad and Mushy are killed with Sekhari's men. Aryan puts everything to an end by killing Mamta Sekhari and Baba once and for all.



Soundtrack album by
Released6 March 2003
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The music was composed by Vishal–Shekhar, with lyrics written by Vishal Dadlani and Javed Akhtar.

Track listing
1."Tere Ishq Mein"Vishal Dadlani, Mahalaxmi Iyer4:07
2."Chand Chahiye"Vishal Dadlani, Sunidhi Chauhan5:26
3."Chhaha"Sunidhi Chauhan, Shekhar Ravjiani4:58
4."Bombai Bagiyan"Makarand Deshpande, Hariharan4:41
5."Bombay Town"K. K.5:08
6."Ek Saans"Sukhwinder Singh3:24


Supari received generally mixed reviews from critics. Shahid Khan from Planet Bollywood gave the film a 7/10 rating and praised the direction, editing and performances, especially that of Nandita Das, while criticizing Chopra's performance in a few scenes, the background score and the ending.[11] Mithun Verma from similarly gave a 7/10, praising the characterizations, performances and shootout sequences, while criticizing the performances of Chopra and Das, and the editing.[12] On the other hand, Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave the film a 1/5 rating, feeling the screenplay and characterizations were "faulty" and found the action sequences ordinary. However, he praised the dialogues, songs and performances.[13] Jitesh Pillai from The Times of India also gave it a 1/5 rating and criticized the performances, dialogue and overabundance of characters, while praising Dev's performance and the cinematography.[14] Saibal Chatterjee from Hindustan Times similarly gave it 1 star and felt Chopra was "terribly miscast" for the action hero role.[15]

Box Office[edit]

Supari opened with 0.45 crore on the first day of release. It grossed 1.25 crore in its first weekend, and 1.85 crore in its first week. The film's closing collections amounted to 2.65 crore.[4] It was one of the biggest commercial failures of 2003.[16]


  1. ^ "Supari Movie - Release Date, Cast & Crew Details". Yash Raj Films.
  2. ^ a b "SUPARI - YOUR TIME STARTS NOW". British Board of Film Classification.
  3. ^ "Supari - Movie". Box Office India.
  4. ^ a b "Supari Box Office Collection till Now". Bollywood Hungama. 20 June 2003.
  5. ^ "Uday Chopra speaks on Supari". BBC Online. The action orientated film, Supari is currently being screened at Cineworld Wolverhampton
  6. ^ "Shah Rukh, Rani still rule BO". Friday saw the action flick Supari and musical Jhankaar Beats hit the marquee.
  7. ^ "Supari is all about easy money".
  8. ^ "How Kazaa plans to sell Supari online".
  9. ^ "First Bollywood film to be sold online via Kazaa". The Economic Times.
  10. ^ "'I don't want to show my chest anymore'".
  11. ^ "Supari - movie review by Shahid Khan". Planet Bollywood.
  12. ^ "Supari review: Supari (Hindi) Movie Review".
  13. ^ "Supari Review". Bollywood Hungama. 20 June 2003.
  14. ^ "Supari". The Times of India. 23 June 2003.
  15. ^ "Supari". Hindustan Times. 21 June 2003.
  16. ^ "Top India Total Net Gross 2003". Box Office India.

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