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Thappad film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnubhav Sinha
Produced byBhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar
Anubhav Sinha
Written byAnubhav Sinha
Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul
StarringTaapsee Pannu
Music byScore:
Mangesh Dhakde
Anurag Saikia
CinematographySoumik Mukherjee
Edited byYasha Ramchandani
Benaras Media Works
Distributed byAA Films
Release date
  • 28 February 2020 (2020-02-28)[1]
Running time
142 minutes[2]
Budgetest. 24 crore[3]
Box officeest. 44.54 crore[4]

Thappad (transl. Slap) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Anubhav Sinha, which he also co-produced with Bhushan Kumar of T-Series. The film, starring Taapsee Pannu, was released in theatres on 28 February 2020.[1] The film bears a striking similarity to the popular Australian drama series, The Slap, which itself is based on The Slap, a 2008 novel by Christos Tsiolkas. [5]


Amrita Sandhu and Vikram Sabharwal have been happily married for several years. Amrita is a sparkling woman and a homemaker, who is shown to spend her days looking after Vikram and the house. They throw a party at home to celebrate Vikram's promotion that would have them relocate to London. At the party, however, Vikram gets a call informing him that his promotion contract has been compromised for his inexperienced junior, who is a relative of his boss. Angered, he gets into an argument with his superior, Rajhans, whom he accuses of two timing him. When Amrita tries to break up the argument, Vikram slaps her in front of everyone. The incident leaves her shaken; she starts to realize all the little unfair things that she had previously ignored and admits to herself that Vikram slapping her isn't what a husband who respects her would do. Moreover, Vikram refuses to take accountability for his actions, stating that he was upset, she got in the way, and that such things happen sometimes and it's normal.

Unable to "forget it and move on", as everyone advises her to, Amrita leaves for her parents’ home, leading to an argument between her and Vikram, as he thinks she's overreacting. He sends her a legal document to legally force her to return home. When she refuses, her lawyer Netra Jaisingh, a renowned advocate, explains to her that her options are to either reconcile, file for legal separation or get a divorce. She files for divorce, shocking her family and relatives, who also believe she should get over it. Amrita doesn't make any claims for alimony nor does she file a domestic violence charge; her stand is simply that Vikram has no right to hit her, not even once. She explains that she only asks for respect and happiness and the slap opened her eyes to the fact that she wasn't getting either. Things get complicated when she discovers she is pregnant. Vikram and his lawyer Pramod Gujral play dirty when he finds out that about the pregnancy. They make false claims against her mental stability and honesty and file frivolous charges against Amrita to try and intimidate her and get sole custody of the unborn child. Hurt, Amrita decides to file for the domestic violence charge against Vikram unless he agrees to a mutual consent divorce and joint custody of their expected child.

Vikram and Gujral agree to the terms presented by Amrita and Netra and settle for a mutual consent divorce. Meanwhile, Rajhans informs him that the board changed their mind and Vikram got the promotion. While congratulating him personally, Rajhans mentions that he heard about the divorce and calmly tells Vikram that what happened on the night of the party was Vikram's fault. He talks about how even though Vikram was arguing with him, he did not slap Rajhans even once but raised a hand on Amrita who was just trying to help him.

Later at a family ceremony to bless her pregnancy, Amrita speaks to her mother-in-law Sulakshana in the presence of both their families, explaining that she was hurt that on the night that he slapped her, nobody in the family came to see her or asked even once if she was okay; they did not even chastise Vikram, tell him he was wrong, or advise him to apologise. They simply told her to endure it to keep the peace. She mentions that she had lost her sense of identity over the years while trying hard to keep Vikram and everyone else happy. Sulakshana apologises for the family's mistake, acknowledging their ingrained misogyny, and tells Amrita that she is doing the right thing by taking a stand for herself. Vikram realises he is in the wrong.

Throughout the film, Amrita's journey is intertwined with that of Netra and the Sandhus' maid, Sunita, who realise that they have been wronged by their husbands as well. Her actions help them find the strength to confront those problems and find solutions. The film also shows snippets of the life of Amrita's neighbour, Shivani Fonseca, who is a single working mother to a young girl and Amrita's dance student Sania.

When Amrita and Vikram meet to finalise their divorce, he apologises to her properly and tells her that he rejected the promotion and quit his job. He wonders out loud why he ever thought that he had a right to hit her or disrespect her in any way. He explains that he will start again from scratch and will try to be someone who deserves her. They complete the formalities and part ways with a sense of renewed hope.


  • Taapsee Pannu as Amrita Sabharwal (nee Sandhu)
  • Pavail Gulati as Vikram Sabharwal, Amrita’s husband
  • Dia Mirza as Shivani Fonseca, Amrita’s friend; Vikram’s neighbour
  • Maya Sarao as Advocate Netra Jaisingh
  • Geetika Vidya Ohlyan as Sunita
  • Kumud Mishra as Sachin Sandhu, Amrita’s father
  • Ratna Pathak Shah as Sandhya Sandhu, Amrita’s mother
  • Tanvi Azmi as Sulakshana Sabharwal, Vikram's mother
  • Ram Kapoor as Advocate Pramod Gujral
  • Naila Grewal as Swati (Karan's fiancé)
  • Ankur Rathee as Karan Sandhu, Amrita’s brother
  • Sushil Dahiya as Romesh Sabharwal, Vikram’s father
  • Nidhi Uttam as Kavita Sabharwal, Vikram’s sister-in-law
  • Siddhant Karnick as Viraj Sabharwal, Vikram’s brother
  • Manav Kaul as Rohit Jaisingh, Netra’s husband
  • Gracy Goswami as Sania Fonseca
  • Rohan Khurana as Priyan
  • Shantanu Ghatak as Subodh
  • Harssh A. Singh as Rajhans
  • Purnendu Bhattacharya as Thapar
  • Anil Rastogi as Justice Jaisingh, Netra's father-in-law
  • Mritunjoy Dev Nath as actor


Principal photography began on 6 September 2019 and ended on 16 October.[6] The film was shot in various places of Uttar Pradesh mainly at Shalimar Paradise, Barabanki and other locations in Lucknow.

Promotion and release[edit]

The film was initially set for release on 6 March 2020, but was moved a week earlier to 28 February 2020 in order to avoid clashing with Baaghi 3, a big commercial release.[7]

On 11 February, a second trailer[8] was released which showed Pannu breaking the fourth wall and asking viewers to report the video so that it gets blocked on YouTube.[9]


Critical response[edit]

Praise about the film was focussed on its social message, screenplay, direction and performances, but there was criticism for the film's pace.[10][11] An independent Palestinian Bollywood journalist noted the film's striking similarity to the Australian drama series, The Slap, which itself is based off of the The Slap, a 2008 novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas.[12]

Box office[edit]

Thappad earned 2.76 crore net at the domestic box office on the first day. On the second day, the film collected ₹5.05 crore. On the third day, the film collected ₹5.76 crore taking total opening weekend collection to ₹13.57 crore.[4]

As of 19 March 2020, with a gross of 35.13 crore in India and 8.64 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of 43.77 crore.[4]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
AACTA Awards 30 November 2020 Best Asian Film Anubhav Sinha, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar Nominated [13]
Asian Film Awards 28 October 2020 Best Film Thappad Nominated [14]
Best Editing Yasha Ramchandani Nominated
Filmfare Awards 11 April 2021 Best Film Anubhav Sinha, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar Won [15]
Best Film (Critics) Anubhav Sinha Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Best Story Anubhav Sinha and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Actress Taapsee Pannu Won
Best Actress (Critics) Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Kumud Mishra Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Tanvi Azmi Nominated
Best Lyricist Shakeel Azmi (For the song Ek Tukda Dhoop) Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Raghav Chaitanya (For the song Ek Tukda Dhoop) Won
Best Editing Yasha Ramchandani Won
Best Background Score Mangesh Dhakde Won
Best Cinematography Soumik Mukherjee Nominated
Best Sound Design Kaamod Kharade Won


Soundtrack album by
Released29 February 2020[16]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The film's songs are composed by Anurag Saikia and lyrics written by Shakeel Azmi and Sanah Moidutty. Additional verses of the song 'Ek Tukda Dhoop' appear only in the movie and these are not officially released in any of the digital platforms.

The song Hayo Rabba is the recreation of Pakistani folk singer Reshma's old song Hai O Rabba Nahion Lagda Dil Mera.

Track listing
1."Ek Tukda Dhoop"Raghav Chaitanya5:25
2."Dancing In The Sun"Sharvi Yadav3:49
3."Hayo Rabba"Suvarna Tiwari5:02
Total length:14:14

Home Media[edit]

The film was made available to stream on OTT platform Prime Video on 1 May 2020.[17]


Followіng the fіlm's release, Rajasthan Police shared a poster of the film with the helpline number to report domestic violence.[18][19][20]


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  3. ^ "Thappad Box Office Collection Day 5". Amar Ujala. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
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  6. ^ "Taapsee Pannu Tweets New Film Thappad's Release Date; Director Anubhav Sinha Says 'No One Told Me'". NDTV. 16 December 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Taapsee Pannu's Thappad to release on Feb, director Anubhav Sinha complains 'no one told me'". Hindustan Times. 16 December 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
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  13. ^ "Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  14. ^ "The 14th Asian Film Awards Nominations Announced". 8 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  15. ^ "66th Vimal Elaichi Filmfare Awards 2021: Check out the complete list of nominees". Retrieved 25 March 2021.
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  17. ^ "'Thappad' To Premiere On Amazon Prime Video On May 1, Announces Taapsee Pannu". RepublicWorld. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Inspired by 'Thappad', Rajasthan Police share helpline number to report domestic violence". Republic World. 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Thappad: Rajasthan police takes inspiration from Taapsee Pannu starrer and starts a helpline for women". Pinkvilla. 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  20. ^ "घरेलू हिंसा पर राजस्थान पुलिस का ट्वीट- एक थप्पड़, पर नहीं मार सकता". Aaj Tak. 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.

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