Wanted (2009 film)

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Wanted
Wanted7.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Prabhu Deva
Produced by Boney Kapoor
Matt Zemlin
Screenplay by Shiraz Ahmed
Puri Jagannadh
Story by Puri Jagannadh
Based on Pokiri (Telugu film)  
by Puri Jagannadh
Starring Salman Khan
Ayesha Takia
Prakash Raj
Vinod Khanna
Music by Sajid-Wajid
Cinematography Nirav Shah
Sethu Sriram
Edited by Dilip Deo
Distributed by Eros International
Release dates
  • 18 September 2009 (2009-09-18)
Running time
154 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 50 crore (US$7.8 million)
Box office 136 crore (US$21 million)[1]

Wanted is 2009 Indian action film directed by Prabhu Deva. The film stars Salman Khan , Ayesha Takia, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna and Mahesh Manjrekar in the lead roles. It is a remake of a Telugu film Pokiri, starring Mahesh Babu and Illeana D'Cruz. The film released on 18 September 2009, and broke many records at the box office upon release, due to Khan's comeback. Wanted was also the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year 2009. In an interview Mahesh Babu who played the lead role in the original said that Salman Khan was the perfect person in the remake of his movie, because of his personality and attitude. From this movie eid is reckoned as the time when a SalmanKhan movie hits the theaters with wave of peoples flooding to watch him.[2]

Plot[edit]

Radhe (Salman Khan), a gangster with a mysterious past, murders on other's orders for money. He meets Jhanvi (Ayesha Takia) while she's doing fitness training and instantly falls in love with her. Even though their first meeting leads Jhanvi to think negatively about Radhe, she later begins to reciprocate his feelings. However, Talpade (Mahesh Manjrekar), a selfish and perverted Inspector, lusts Jhanvi and tells her to marry him with the threat that he would rape Jhanvi's mother (Prateeksha Lonkar) if she decides to go against his decision. This causes a fight to ensue between Radhe and Talpade, resulting with Talpade becoming frightened of Radhe.

Gani Bhai (Prakash Raj), an international don, arrives in India for an assassination and hires Radhe. Two gangs, Datta Pawle's (Raju Mavani) and Gani Bhai's, fight for the biggest part of Mumbai. Due to this, Commissioner Ashraf Khan (Govind Namdeo) decides to make Mumbai free of crime. He arrests Gani Bhai, who makes various attempts to contact Radhe,however, in vain. Ashraf Khan is blackmailed to release Gani Bhai, after his men release an explicit video of his daughter online. Under the influence of drugs, his daughter reveals a mission that involves an IPS officer, Rajveer Shekhawat, murdering Gani Bhai. Since Rajveer Shekhawat's identity is difficult to decipher, Gani Bhai holds his father, Shrikant Shekhawat (Vinod Khanna), captive. Shrikant proudly tells him about his son, without revealing his true identity. Gani Bhai mistakes Ajay (Inder Kumar), Radhe's friend, for Rajveer Shekhawat and kills him. Gani Bhai realises his mistake and forces Shrikant to reveal Rajveer's identity. Shrikant is murdered by Gani Bhai after he refuses to to tell him. His son, Rajveer Shekhawat, who is revealed to be Radhe, arrives at the place of his father's death. Radhe, Rajveer Shekhawat, is infuriated and decides to avenge his father's death. Through threatening Talpade, he locates Gani Bhai. After an intense combat, Radhe finally manages to kill Gani Bhai, and also Talpade, who was also involved with Gani Bhai. Radhe is awarded for his valour and audacity.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Director Prabhu Deva was also the director of the previous Tamil remake, Pokkiri. Asin Thottumkal was first approached for the role of Jhanvi, but due to other commitments she rejected the offer.[3] Consequently the role went to Ayesha Takia. Salman Khan became very excited after hearing the script and agreed to the role.

Soundtrack[edit]

Wanted
Soundtrack album by Sajid-Wajid
Released
16 August 2009 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label
Sajid-Wajid chronology
Kal Kissne Dekha
(2009)
Wanted
(2009)
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Bollywood Hungama 2.5/5 stars[4]

The music of the film is given by Sajid Wajid. The music received mixed to negative reviews from critics, with a few songs seeing a positive response. Bollywood Hungama gave it an overall rating of 2.5/5. "Jalwa" and "Love Me Love Me" were declared the most successful tracks and topped the charts with its release.[5]

Tracklist
No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Ishq Vishq"   Kamaal Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello 4:46
2. "Dil Leke"   Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Suzanne D'Mello (English Vocals) 4:35
3. "Le Le Mazaa Le"   Suzanne D'Mello, Sowmya Raoh, Hrishikesh Kamerkar, Nikita Nigam 4:11
4. "Jalwa"   Wajid, Earl D'Souza 4:31
5. "Tose Pyaar Kare Hai"   Wajid, Sunidhi Chauhan 3:47
6. "Most Wanted Track"   Salman Khan 4:26
7. "Love Me Love Me"   Wajid, Amrita Kak 4:06
8. "Dil Leke (Remix)"   Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal 3:15
9. "Ishq Vishq (Remix)"   Kamaal Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello 4:04
10. "Jalwa on the House"   Wajid, Earl D'Souza 4:15
11. "Tose Pyaar Kare Hai – Bhojpuri Makhan Mix"   Wajid, Earl D'Souza, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:55
12. "Love Me Love Me (Remix)"   Wajid, Amrita Kak 4:43

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India gave it 4 out of 5, so did Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama, who added "Wanted will run only on Salman's star power."[6] Raja Sen from Rediff gave a negative rating of 2/5 and said "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."[7] Indicine rated it 3/5, calling it "watchable for Salman Khan" and the "best out and out action flick of Bollywood"[8] Rotten Tomatoes rated 3.7/5[9]

Box office[edit]

Wanted collects net 107 crores at domestic boxoffice and 136 crores worldwide with distributor share 40 crores. Wanted was the second highest grossing movie of 2009.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

2010 Filmfare Awards

2010 IIFA Awards[11]

Stardust Awards

  • Best Film of the Year – Action / Thriller – Boney Kapoor[12]

Star Screen Awards

  • Best Action – Vijayan Master[13]

Remakes[edit]

Pokiri , which was the original Telugu film, was remade into several languages. The first one was Pokkiri, the Tamil version and the second was"Wanted", Like the three other versions, Wanted had Salman Khan and Ayesha Takia in the lead and has also Prakash Raj as the villain.[14] After that, a Kannada version, Porkhi, directed by M.D. Sridhar, was released in 14 January 2010.[15] Below is an actor map of the lead actors in the story of Pokiri and its remakes.

Pokiri
(Telugu)
(2006)
Pokkiri
(Tamil)
(2007)
Wanted
(Hindi)
(2009)
Porki
(Kannada)
(2010)
Mahesh Babu Vijay Salman Khan Darshan
Ileana D'Cruz Asin Ayesha Takia Pranitha
Prakash Raj Prakash Raj Prakash Raj Ashish Vidyarthi
Sayaji Shinde Napoleon Govind Namdeo Devaraj

Sequel[edit]

Film producer Boney Kapoor announced his ideas to make Wanted 2 during 2011. Salman Khan had also requested director Prabhu Deva to create a script. In 2012, Kapoor reported that he has thought of casting Khan opposite Asin for the lead role, and that the project is under the title of Most Wanted. However, Prabhu Deva announced that he is unsure about the sequel, and if it is being made, it would happen in the near future.[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.salmankingdom.com/the-lifetime-collection-of-wanted/
  2. ^ "Bollywood is Tollywood's fan". The Times of India. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Wanted: Trivia and Bloopers". Gomolo.in. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  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 by Taran Adarsh". Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Wanted is watchable... casually". Rediff. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.indicine.com/movies/bollywood/wanted-movie-review
  9. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10011761-wanted/
  10. ^ "3 Idiots, Dev D top winners at Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Nominations for IIFA 2010". IIFA.com. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Winners of Max Stardust Awards 2010". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 12 October 2010. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Winners of Nokia 16th Annual Star Screen Awards 2009". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 12 October 2010. [dead link]
  14. ^ Behindwoods (2009). "Pokkiri's Hindi remake". Behindwoods. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  15. ^ Srinidhi, Sharadha (5 May 2009). "'Porki' will be my best break: Pranitha". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Wanted sequel on hold". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "Is it Salman Khan and Nayan together?". Behindwoods. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 

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