Waqt: The Race Against Time

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Waqt: Race Against Time
Waqt(2005)poster Ver1.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVipul Amrutlal Shah
Produced byVipul Amrutlal Shah
Kumar Mangat
Screenplay byAatish Kapadia
Story byAatish Kapadia
StarringAkshay Kumar
Amitabh Bachchan
Priyanka Chopra
Shefali Shah
Boman Irani
Rajpal Yadav
Music byAnu Malik
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Santosh Thundiyil
Edited byShirish Kunder
Distributed byBlockbuster Movie Entertainers
Entertainment One
Eros Entertainment
Release date
  • April 22, 2005 (2005-04-22)
Running time
148 minutes
Box office₹33.98 crore[1]

Waqt (Hindi: वक़्त, Urdu: وقت, English: Time) is a 2005 Indian Hindi drama film directed by Vipul Shah starring Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar and Shefali Shah in lead roles. Waqt is loaded with family drama and comedy. It has its comic element in the form of the bumbling servant Laxman, who misunderstands the most simple requests made of him in a style reminiscent of certain Shakespearian comic relief characters. The drama comes from the conflict between the father Ishwarchand and son Aditya. More comes from knowing critical facts that other characters don't know which would completely change their perspectives. The film collected ₹23 crore and was considered as one of Akshay Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan's biggest hits.


Ishwarchand Thakur (Amitabh Bachchan) and Sumitra Thakur (Shefali Shah) are a married couple who run a toy factory together. They have a son named Aditya Thakur (Akshay Kumar) who does not have any interest in responsibility or what he wants to do in life. It gets even worse when he elopes with his girlfriend, Pooja (Priyanka Chopra), the daughter of Natu (Boman Irani).

When Pooja gets pregnant, both Ishwar and Sumitra decide to make Aditya realise his responsibilities, as he will have to take care of his wife and child. They take drastic measures and throw Aditya out of the house along with Pooja. As a result, Aditya and Pooja live in a room at the back of the house in the garden. The force becomes so bad that Aditya begins to hate his father and they do not speak to each other for a long time. At the same time, Aditya becomes aware of his role in life.

However, Ishwar has done all this for a reason and is hiding something. Ishwar is trying to make sure that his son is secure but because he is suffering from lung cancer and he wants his son to be responsible. Aditya succeeds in becoming a responsible man and also finds out the truth about his father when his father comes for his performance on the stage. He steps on the stage but instead, he asks the audience to pray to god to give a minute of their lives to keep his father alive until his son's birth. His father is alive until his son is born and he names the baby boy 'Ishwar' after himself and he dies. The movie reaches its climax with Aditya welcoming children at his father's toy factory and playing with an alone, disabled boy like Ishwar did at the start of the film with his family there including his toddler Ishwar. The spirit of Ishwar touches Sumitra's flowers in her hair and it reminds her of the old times.


Box office[edit]

The film rated hit by trade analyst Taran Adarsh, but box office India classified as above average with a net gross of ₹20,50,00,000 (₹20.5 crore) and a distributors share of ₹12,75,00,000 (₹12.75 crore).[1] However internationally the film was a 'Hit' and grossed ₹7,00,00,000 (₹7 crore) in UK, ₹4,50,00,000 (₹4.5 crore) in North America, and a total of ₹14,50,00,000 (₹14.5 crore).[2]



The music is composed by Anu Malik. The lyrics are penned by Sameer and Aatish Kapadia.

Track listing[edit]

1."Apne Jahanke"Aatish KapadiaAdnan Sami, Sonu Nigam6:06
2."Chhup Ja Chuup Ja"SameerSonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan5:57
3."Do Me A Favor"SameerAnu Malik, Sunidhi Chauhan6:30
4."Miraksam"SameerSudesh Bhosle, Sonu Nigam, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Sunidhi Chauhan5:35
5."Subah Hogee"SameerUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik5:44
6."Tandav Music" Instrumental2:25
7."Toot Gayaa"SameerKailash Kher7:13


  1. ^ a b "Boxofficeindia.com".
  2. ^ Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network. "Overseas Earnings". Boxofficeindia.Com. Retrieved 8 April 2011.

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