Taxi No. 9211

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Taxi No. 9 2 11
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Milan Luthria
Produced by Ramesh Sippy
Rohan Sippy
Screenplay by Rajat Arora
Story by Rajat Arora
Starring Nana Patekar
John Abraham
Sameera Reddy
Sonali Kulkarni
Shivaji Satam
Narrated by Sanjay Dutt
Music by Vishal-Shekhar
Cinematography Vijay Karthik
Edited by Aarif Shaikh
Production
company
Distributed by Ramesh Sippy Entertainment
Entertainment One
Release date
  • 24 February 2006 (2006-02-24)
Running time
116 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 480 million (US$7.1 million)

Taxi No. 9 2 11 is a 2006 Bollywood slice-of-life drama film directed by Milan Luthria and produced by Ramesh Sippy. The film stars Nana Patekar along with John Abraham in lead roles. It released on 24 February 2006, received positive response from critics, and was a moderate success at the box office. It is a loose remake of the Hollywood film Changing Lanes.

Plot[edit]

Taxi No. 9 2 11 focuses on Raghav Shastri (Nana Patekar), a cab driver in Mumbai who lies to his wife about his job, pretending to be an insurance salesman. One day, he gives Jai Mittal (John Abraham), the spoilt son of a late businessman, a lift. Jai is fighting for ownership rights of his late father's estate. The cab gets into an accident with Jai escaping as he's in hurry. Jai loses the key to the vault containing his father's will in the back of Raghav's taxi.

Raghav decides to hide it from Jai, who, in search for his lost item, goes to Raghav's house and tells his wife what he really does for a living. She leaves him, taking their son. Raghav decides to take revenge. Raghav and Jai vow to kill each other in their fight for their properties. When Raghav fails to kill Jai he targets Jai's girlfriend, Rupali (Sameera Reddy). As Raghav chases Rupali she is saved by Jai by hair's breadth. Jai lets Rupali escape and he attacks Raghav. They have a dirty car fight but both survive.

Raghav goes to Jai's place. Jai returns to his apartment from a second court hearing regarding his father's estate in defeat, because he doesn't have his father's will. He discovers the will, torn to pieces and pasted on the wall of his apartment. Jai becomes depressed and lonely after his friends leave him. Rupali dumps him, too. Losing everything that used to be precious, Jai realises the hard-hitting life and starts respecting his father and his work.

On the other side Raghav is caught again by police and taken to police station where his wife tells him his real character and problem within himself. Soon, he realises his mistake. Jai, having realised the value of close ones, then bails Raghav out of jail. Raghav insists they have a drink and they go to Jai's house for one. They find out that they share the same birthday. Raghav gives back his will, which he had hidden in the sofa, and says that he had never destroyed it — the torn will on the wall is a fake. Raghav then goes to the railway station to stop his wife and son from leaving him, but arrives a little too late. He goes back home where he sees a birthday cake on the table. He feels that he is hallucinating, but gets a pleasant shock when he sees his wife and son standing there, singing him a birthday song (and finds out that it was Jai who brought them back).

Jai confronts Arjun Bajaj (Shivaji Satam), the friend and custodian of the property of Jai's father, whom he tells that he has realised the value of life. The film ends with Jai rejecting the will and taking back the case, while Arjun Bajaj returns everything and tells him that Jai's father would have been very happy had he lived to that day. They share an emotional hug and Jai leaves shortly after meeting with another car accident this time with a pretty young woman (Priyanka Chopra) with whom he is seemingly interested in and exchanges numbers with before the film ends.

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Taxi No. 9 2 11
Soundtrack album by Vishal-Shekhar
Released
28 January 2006 (India)
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 33:04
Label
Saregama HMV
Producer Vishal-Shekhar
Vishal-Shekhar chronology
Zinda
(2006)
Taxi Number 9211
(2006)
Om Shanti Om
(2007)
Soundtrack
Review scores
Source Rating
Music Review at IndiaFM.com not rated

The music was composed by Vishal-Shekhar with lyrics by Vishal Dadlani and Dev Kohli. The movie has six songs with two remixes. It features a song sung by yesteryear music composer Bappi Lahiri. The soundtrack was released sometime in the third week of January 2006 under the label of Saregama HMV.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Bumbai Nagariya" Bappi Lahiri, Vishal Dadlani, Nana Patekar, John Abraham 3:19
2. "Ek Nazar Mein Bhi" KK, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:37
3. "Meter Down" Adnan Sami 3:12
4. "Aazmale" Shekhar Ravjiani (lyrics by Dev Kohli) 4:54
5. "Bekhudi"    
6. "Udne Do" Shaan (lyrics by Dev Kohli) 4:33
7. "Bumbai Nagariya (Club Mix)" Kunal Ganjawala, Harshdeep Kaur (lyrics by Dev Kohli) 6:15
8. Untitled Bappi Lahiri, Remix By Guru Sharma 3:13

Trivia[edit]

  • This movie is based, with added content and changes of context, on the Hollywood movie Changing Lanes Starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • This is the first movie soundtrack for which music composer Bappi Lahiri has sung for someone else besides himself.
  • The deposit box account number of John Abraham's character, Jai Mittal, is 1129, which is 9211 backwards.
  • This movie marks the comeback of actress Sonali Kulkarni in Hindi. She was last seen in Danav (2003)
  • The movie was remade in Telugu as Game (2006), with Mohan Babu and his son Vishnu Babu.
  • It was remade in Tamil as TN 07 AL 4777 (2009).
  • The number plate MH-01-C-9211 was the same taxi used in Bluffmaster (2005) when Abhishek Bachchan chases Rietish Deshmukh for his car.

Box office[edit]

Taxi No. 9 2 11 was one of the highest grossing films of 2006.[1] Nana Patekar and John Abraham were well applauded for their performances. Sonali Kulkarni was also appreciated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box Office Results 2006". Archived from the original on 4 March 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2007. 

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