Wanted (2009 film)

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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 35 crore (US$5.6 million)[1]
Box office 136 crore

Wanted is 2009 Indian action crime thriller 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. [2]


The story is about Radhe (Salman Khan), a hardcore gangster who would do anything for money. He is attracted towards Jhanvi (Ayesha Takia), a simple fitness trainer, who also has a soft spot for Radhe in her heart. The two are unable to express their love to each other, until one day, selfish and perverted Inspector Talpade (Mahesh Manjrekar) enters the love story and also falls for Jhanvi. He starts threatening Jhanvi and her family, as if Jhanvi did not marry him, he would rape Jhanvi's mother. When Radhe finds this out, he has a huge fight with Talpade, causing Talpade to realise he shouldn't mess with Radhe and he backs off. Soon enough, the international underworld don Gani Bhai (Prakash Raj) arrives in India for an assassination.

Gani Bhai hires Radhe as his assassin in replacement of his previous assassin Golden, and Radhe agrees. As Datta Pawle and Gani Bhai's gang are fighting for the biggest piece of Mumbai, commissioner Ashraf Khan (Govind Namdeo) vows to make the city crime-free and starts his campaign by arresting 200 criminals. Ashraf Khan arrests and kidnaps Gani Bhai and holds him on a stranded boat where no one could find him. Gani Bhai tries hard to contact Radhe but fails in every attempt. Until, Ashraf Khan's daughter is kidnapped and he realises Gani Bhai's men are behind this. His men start filming his daughter and send him a CD of the same. Resigned, he lets Gani free. Under the influence of drugs, his daughter reveals to Gani Bhai the news that an IPS officer named Rajveer Shekhawat is after him and wants to murder him, so Gani attacks his father Shrikant Shekhawat (Vinod Khanna).

Shrikant doesn't give any information on his son, until he is held gunpoint by Gani Bhai's men. Assuming Ajay for Rajveer, Gani kills him. After realising his mistake Gani questions Shrikant. Shrikant does not tell him about the plans of Rajveer, and Gani Bhai murders Shrikant and leaves. His son, Rajveer Shekhawat arrives at the scene full of tears, and it is revealed that Radhe is actually IPS officer Rajveer Shekhawat, and he was undercover as a gangster to finish off Gani Bhai and his gang. Now, he vows to take revenge on his father's murderer.He Uses Talpade to track down him where Gani Says that he is located in Binnimills. Then Radhe(Rajveer Shekawat)raids the Binnimill and kills all of the goons including Gani's Right Hand Mona. Radhe kicks Gani causing Gani to temporarily lose his hearing. Gani then attacks Radhe, but Radhe gives him an excellent kickback such that the blood oozes from Gani's mouth, and when he is about to kill Radhe, his throat is slit by Radhe and he immediately dies. Soon enough, Inspector Talpade enters the scene and pretends he didn't see anything, but is also then shot by Radhe. The film ends with Radhe quoting his tag line, "एक बार जो मैंने कमिटमेंट कर दी, फिर मैं अपने आप की भी नहीँ सुनता" meaning "Once I have committed myself to something, I don't even listen to myself". Then the credits roll.



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 album by Sajid-Wajid
16 August 2009 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Sajid-Wajid chronology
Kal Kissne Dekha
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
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]

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


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]


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]


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.

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


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] But Still there's no news of the sequel.


  1. ^ "Why DIL BOLE HADIPPA is a safe bet for Yash Raj!". Bollywoodtrade.com. 21 September 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  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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