Wanted (2009 film)

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Wanted
Wanted7.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPrabhu Deva
Written byShiraz Ahmed
Story byPuri Jagannadh
Based onPokiri (2006)
by Puri Jagannadh
Produced byBoney Kapoor
StarringSalman Khan
Ayesha Takia
Prakash Raj
Mahesh Manjrekar
Vinod Khanna
CinematographyNirav Shah
Sethu Sriram
Edited byDilip Deo
Music bySongs:
Sajid–Wajid
Background Score:
Salim–Sulaiman
Production
company
BSK Entertainment
Distributed bySahara One Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 18 September 2009 (2009-09-18)
Running time
147 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget35 crore (US$4.4 million)
Box officeest. 118 crore (US$15 million)[1]

Wanted is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Prabhu Deva. A remake of 2006 Telugu film Pokiri starring Mahesh Babu, the film stars Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia, Prakash Raj (in his Hindi film debut), while Vinod Khanna, Mahesh Manjrekar and Inder Kumar appeared in supporting roles. Prabhu Deva, Govinda and Anil Kapoor made special appearances in the film. Nirav Shah and Sethu Sriram handled the cinematography while Dilip Deo edited the film. The soundtracks were composed by Sajid–Wajid, while Salim–Sulaiman handled the background music score. The film was shot in Mumbai for the whole part, while Australia and other foreign countries are shot for songs. Set in Mumbai, The plot revolves around a local goon whose killer instincts earn him not only his girlfriend's disapproval and a corrupt cop's enmity but also the attention of a wanted don

The film was released theatrically on 18 September 2009 to generally positive reviews, mainly praising the action sequences, humor, and the lead cast performances and was a commercial success, grossing around 118 crore (US$15 million) and thus, it emerged as one of the biggest successful films of 2009. The film received 3 IIFA nominations and 1 Filmfare Award.

Plot[edit]

The city of Mumbai is rifed with the nefarious activities of land mafia. There are two rival gangs: one under Gani Bhai, who resides in Dubai and another operated by a local goon named Datta Pawle. They threaten builders and landowners into giving them protection money or property through force, extortion, or murder. Ashraf Khan IPS takes charge as the new Police Commissioner of Mumbai and starts cracking down crime in the city.

Radhe is a thug, who is abducted by Jankiz and his henchmen. Radhe has taken a contract from Pawle to beat up Jankiz, which he does. However, Golden Bhai, Gani Bhai's brother invite Radhe to join their gang. Radhe declines stating that he does not work for any gang, but is ready to do anything for money. Meanwhile, Radhe falls in love with Jhanvi, an aerobic teacher, when he visits his friend Ajay's aerobics class, but she mistakes him for a pervert. Jhanvi lives with her widowed mother Lakshmi and younger brother Pappu. Sonu Gates, a software engineer, lives above Shruthi's house and frequently, albeit comically and unsuccessfully, tries to convince her to marry him. Daulat Talpade is a corrupt Senior Inspector in the colony where Radhe and Jhanvi live and is on Gani Bhai's payroll. He lusts for Jhanvi and decides to make her his mistress, even after she rejects him multiple times.

Radhe's first assignment with Gani Bhai's gang is to kill a member of Pawle's gang. However, The police show up at the spot where Radhe and the other gangsters are waiting. Radhe engages the cops long enough for the others to finish the task and flee. He also helps Jhanvi escape from Talpade. She is impressed by his kindness, and a friendship soon blossoms between the two, leading to the development of unspoken romantic feelings for each other. When Jhanvi tries to express her feelings to Radhe, they are attacked by members of Pawle's gang, whom Radhe finishes off. Jhanvi is shocked to learn that Radhe is a gangster with no qualms about killing people. Later, Talpade arranges for some thugs to pretend to assault Jhanvi, so that no decent family will want to take her as their daughter-in-law, as a result of which with no other option, Jhanvi and Lakshmi will accept his demands. Radhe learns of this and thrashes Talpade incognito. After much ado and mental anguish, Jhanvi's accepts Radhe's love. Soon, Gani Bhai arrives from Dubai and kills Pawle. He also meets Radhe to discuss the killing of a minister by blowing up a school. Radhe disagrees with Gani Bhai's method as it would involve killing innocents, including women and children.

In the middle of their argument, the police raids the club and arrests Gani Bhai. His gang members retaliate by kidnapping Ashraff's daughter, drugging her and creating a lewd video of her which they threaten to release to the media if Gani Bhai is not released, forcing the embattled commissioner to release Gani Bhai. However, in her drugged state, Ashraff's daughter reveals that her father had placed an undercover officer as a mole in Gani Bhai's gang. The gang members find out that an IPS police officer by the name of Rajveer Shekhawat, the son of a retired police inspector Srikhant Shekhawat, has gone undercover to finish off the underworld mafia gangs and is now a part of their gang. Gani Bhai kills Ajay, believing he is Rajveer. However, it is revealed that Ajay was actually Shrikhant's adopted son. Gani Bhai then kills Shrikhant to lure the real Rajveer. When Rajveer actually turns up, everyone, especially Jhanvi and Talpade are shocked to see that he is Radhe. Radhe had gone undercover by posing himself as Radhe and had killed all the gangsters under Ashraff's orders. After Shrikhant and Ajay's funerals, Radhe forces Talpade to call Gani Bhai to find out his location, which is Binny Mills. He goes there and starts to kill Gani Bhai's gang members one by one, rescuing Ashraff's daughter in the process.

In a final confrontation, Radhe thrashes and kills Gani Bhai by slashing his throat with a broken glass window, following which he shoots Talpade by saying the following words: Ek bar joh maine commitment kar di uske baad toh main khud ki bhi nahi sunta (transl. Once I get committed, I won't listen even to my own words)

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Director Prabhu Deva was also the director of the previous Tamil remake, Pokkiri.

Asin Thottumkal & Ileana D'Cruz were approached for the role of Jhanvi, but due to other commitments, both rejected the offer. Consequently, the role went to Ayesha Takia. Nana Patekar was originally offered the role of Gani Bhai but due to his busy schedule, the role went to Prakash Raj, who was seen in the original.[2] Salman Khan became very excited after hearing the script and agreed to the role. Part of the film was shot in the Greek Islands of Rodos, Santorini, and Paros.[3]

Music[edit]

Wanted
Soundtrack album by
Released16 August 2009 (India)
Recorded2008–09
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelT-Series
Sajid–Wajid chronology
Kal Kissne Dekha
(2009)
Wanted
(2009)
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Bollywood Hungama[4]

The music of the film was given by Sajid–Wajid. The album received mixed to negative reviews from critics, with some songs seeing positive response. The songs "Jalwa", "Love Me Love Me" and "Le Le Maza Le" became a huge hit among the audiences.[5]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Main Yahan Tu Bhi Yahan"SameerKamaal Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello04:48
2."Dil Leke"Arun BhairavShaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Suzanne D'Mello (English Vocals)04:35
3."Le Le Mazaa Le"Wajid Ali, Shabbir AhmedSuzanne D'Mello, Sowmya Raoh, Hrishikesh Kamerkar, Nikita Nigam, Carlyta Mouhini04:11
4."Jalwa"Jalees SherwaniWajid Ali, Earl D'Souza04:31
5."Tose Pyaar Karte Hai"Shabbir AhmedWajid Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan03:47
6."Most Wanted Track"Salman KhanSalman Khan04:26
7."Love Me Love Me"Jalees SherwaniWajid Ali, Amrita Kak04:06
8."Dil Leke" (Remix)Arun BhairavShaan, Shreya Ghoshal03:15
9."Main Yahan Tu Bhi Yahan" (Remix)SameerKamaal Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello04:04
10."Jalwa On The House" (Remix)Jalees SherwaniWajid Ali, Earl D'Souza04:15
11."Tose Pyar Karte Hai" (Bhojpuri Makhan Mix)Shabbir AhmedWajid Ali, Earl D'Souza, Sunidhi Chauhan04:53
12."Love Me Love Me" (Mama Papa Mix)Jalees SherwaniWajid Ali, Amrita Kak04:43

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Wanted received positive reviews from critics. Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India gave it 4 out of 5 stars praising Khan's performance. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave it 4 out of 5 stars saying, "WANTED rides on Salman Khan's star power. He may not be the best actor in town, but in a film like WANTED, in a role that seems like an extension of his personality, you can't think of anyone else enacting this role with flourish." Raja Sen from Rediff gave a negative rating of 2 out of 5 stars and said, "The writing is both amateurish and crass, while the songs are plain hideous...Khan might be having fun, but the fact a film like Wanted underscores is how badly Bollywood needs a breed of younger leading men. And how the existing lot need roles that fit."[6][7] Indicine gave it 3 out of 5 stars, calling it "watchable for Salman Khan" and the "best out and out action flick of Bollywood".[8]

Accolades[edit]

2010 Filmfare Awards

2010 IIFA Awards[10]

Stardust Awards

  • Best Film of the Year – Action / Thriller – Boney Kapoor[11]

Star Screen Awards

  • Best Action – Vijayan Master[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wanted – Movie – Box Office India". Box Office India. Retrieved 20 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Wanted: Trivia and Bloopers". Gomolo.in. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
  3. ^ Wanted (2009 – Hindi film), ELINEPA, 2003
  4. ^ "Wanted : Music Review by Joginder Tuteja". Bollywood Hungama. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  5. ^ Joginder Tuteja (15 August 2009). "Music Reviews". Bollywood Hungama.
  6. ^ "Wanted Movie Review {4/5}: Critic Review of Wanted by Times of India". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "Wanted: Movie Review by Taran Adarsh". Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  8. ^ Review: Wanted Hindi Movie Review. Indicine.com (19 September 2009). Retrieved on 2015-09-19.
  9. ^ "3 Idiots, Dev D top winners at Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Nominations for IIFA 2010". IIFA.com. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Winners of Max Stardust Awards 2010". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Winners of Nokia 16th Annual Star Screen Awards 2009". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.

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