Why Cheat India

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Why Cheat India
Why Cheat India poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySoumik Sen
Written bySoumik Sen
Produced byBhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar
Tanuj Garg
Atul Kasbekar
Parveen Hashmi
StarringEmraan Hashmi
Shreya Dhanwanthary
CinematographyY. Alphonse Roy
Edited byDipika Kalra, Biswabyapi Halder
Music byScore:
Neel Adhikari
Rochak Kohli
Guru Randhawa
Krsna Solo
Soumik Sen
T-Series Films
Ellipsis Entertainment
Emraan Hashmi Films Production
Distributed byPanorama Studios
Release date
  • 18 January 2019 (2019-01-18)
Running time
121 minutes
Budget20 crore[1]
Box officeest. 8.66–10.54 crore[2][3]

Why Cheat India is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language black comedy crime written and directed by Soumik Sen.[4] It features Emraan Hashmi and Shreya Dhanwanthary in the lead roles.[5] The film was theatrically released on 18 January 2019.[6][7] It received mixed reviews and was a box office bomb grossing just 8.66 crore against its 20 crore budget.


Satyendra "Sattu" Dubey lives in a rented house in Kota, and is doing his coaching to crack an engineering entrance exam. After which, he returns to his house in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh where he lives with his parents, elder sister Nupur Dubey, and his grandmother. Sattu is shown to perform well in the examination and clears the exam with a rank of 287. To celebrate, Sattu and his friends visit a cinema hall, where they are told to leave their seats by a few politicians, who want the theatre to themselves . Rakesh Singh, who is also present in the same hall, refuses to do the same and gets into a fight leading to him getting arrested alongside Sattu, who gets caught up in the fight. After getting bailed out, Rakesh visits Sattu's house and gives his contact number to him, asking him to call him as he has a proposition Sattu might be interested in. The next day, Sattu calls him at a restaurant and Rakesh asks him to give the entrance exams of candidates who want admissions in colleges in exchange for ₹50,000 per paper, which Sattu agrees to, this scheme earns him a lot of money. However, he begins to start spending it extravagantly as starts taking drugs and starts committing sins of the flesh.

This scheme continues even after he gets admission in a college which he is later rusticated from as he was caught consuming drugs, leading to his arrest. After getting bailed by Rakesh, he rehabilitates Sattu and hands him a degree, asking him to go to work in Qatar. After a few years, Rakesh meets Sattu's sister Nupur and they both develop a cordial relationship. One day, Nupur tells him that she wants to do an MBA in order to get promoted to a higher post, in response, Rakesh gets the MBA paper solved by a student working for him and calls Nupur to her office's parking area. When Rakesh reaches there and tells Nupur that he has got the paper solved by another student, a police inspector arrests him for forgery in a sting operation. It is then revealed that Sattu committed suicide after being fired from his job after his degree was revealed to be fake, thus, this way he realizes Nupur is working with the police.


  • Emraan Hashmi as Rakesh Kumar Singh (Rocky)
  • Shreya Dhanwanthary as Nupur Dubey
  • Shivani Bedi as Rakesh wife
  • Snigdhadeep Chatterjee as Satyendra Dubey "Sattu"
  • Manuj Sharma as Bablu (Rakesh's Friend)
  • Nawal Shukla as Yogesh Dubey (Nupur & Sattu's Father)
  • Anita Sahgal as Nupur's & Sattu's Mother
  • Mahesh Chandra Deva as Vaidhya politician
  • Rajesh Jais as Public Prosecutor
  • Varun Tamta as Police Officer Qureshi
  • Tanmay Lahiri as Salim Qureshi (Police Officer Qureshi's Son)
  • Vishesh Srivastava as Chandra Mohan Badani
  • Shubham Somu Srivastava as Assistant Director & MBA student
  • Ratnakar Upadhayay as Ramesh Kumar Singh (Sattu's Neighbor's Son)[8]


In January 2019, the film's title was altered due to a last-minute objection from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Initially titled Cheat India, it was released as Why Cheat India.[9] However, in Pakistan, it was released as Cheat with a runtime of 128 minutes and in India with a runtime of 121 minutes.[10][11][12][13]


Critical response[edit]

The film got mixed reviews from critics.

Shubhra Gupta writing for The Indian Express says " Why Cheat India is disjointed and disappointing, never quite knowing which side it is on, even as it spends time showing us how good students can be ruined by greed, and how parents can put killing pressure on their children in their struggle to break the vicious gap between present debt and potential income." she further says "The material is slender and too stretched over two hours, as it goes from engineering-medicine into management, the holy grail." She concludes her review with "Finally, the villain is outed: it is the confused, contrived writing. Why cheat us the viewers?"[14]

Priyanka Sinha Jha of News18.com giving 3 stars out of 5 writes "Emraan Hashmi's shortcut to success is worth a watch. 'Why Cheat India' takes up a subject that is novel and immediately strikes a chord with practically anyone in India who has appeared for competitive exams. Unfortunately, though Director Soumik Sen, who’s also the writer of the film, fails to turn all this wonderful material into a compelling film. Why Cheat India’s Achilles heel is its inability to infuse a powerful premise with the dramatic heft it required. The script does not rise above the research points and the writing is clumsy in parts. More often than not, there are easy and simplistic resolutions to tricky situations. The screenplay attempts to go in many directions and ends up going it goes nowhere. While trying to make the film something of a commercial potboiler and satire, Why Cheat India falls between the two stools it tries to stand upon." She ends her review with "However, because the film’s heart is in the right place and its observations astute, Why Cheat India is worth a watch."[15]

Box office[edit]

Gaurang Chauhan of Times Now News criticised the film, writing "Why Cheat India has opened on a poor note at the box office. So much so, that it might turn out to be one of the lowest openers for Emraan Hashmi in recent times. Ironically, this is also one of his better-received films in recent times. The occupancy rate is only around 5 per cent for Why Cheat India."[16]

The domestic collection of the film is 8.66 crore.[2][17]


Why Cheat India
Soundtrack album by
Released12 January 2019[18]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Rochak Kohli chronology
Badhaai Ho
Why Cheat India
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
Guru Randhawa chronology
Why Cheat India
Housefull 4
Krsna Solo chronology
Why Cheat India

The music of the film is composed by Rochak Kohli, Guru Randhawa, Krsna Solo, Kunaal-Rangon, Agnee and Soumik Sen while the lyrics are penned by Manoj Muntashir, Kumaar, Kunaal Verma, Guru Randhawa and Juhi Saklani. 'Dil Main Ho Tum' first two lines are inspired from the song "Dil Main Ho Tum" from the 1987 film Satyamev Jayte (1987), originally composed by Bappi Lahiri, then recreated by Rochak Kohli.

Track listing
1."Daaru Wargi"Guru RandhawaGuru RandhawaGuru Randhawa3:21
2."Taiyaari"Juhi SaklaniSoumik SenSoumik Sen4:19
3."Dil Mein Ho Tum"Manoj MuntashirRochak Kohli and Bappi LahiriArmaan Malik5:26
4."Phir Mulaaqat"Kunaal VermaKunaal-RangonJubin Nautiyal4:10
5."Kaamyaab"Juhi SaklaniAgneeMohan Kannan2:55
6."Stupid Saiyaan"KumaarKrsna SoloPrabhjee Kaur4:10
7."Phir Mulaaqat" (Female)Kunaal VermaKunaal-RangonRII4:11
8."Dil Mein Ho Tum" (Female)Manoj MuntashirRochak KohliTulsi Kumar3:18
Total length:31:50

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Why Cheat India Box Office Collection till Now – Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Why Cheat India". Box Office India. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  4. ^ "'Cheat India' poster: The Emraan Hashmi starrer set to take up some major issues in our education system – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Emraan Hashmi's Cheat India shoot starts in Lucknow; Soumik Sen's film to release on Republic Day- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Confirmed! Emraan Hashmi's Cheat India paves way for Thackeray; to release on January 18 now – details inside". Times Now. Zoom TV Digital. 4 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ उपाध्याय, पुनीत (4 January 2019). "1 हफ्ते पहले रिलीज होगी इमरान हाशमी की फिल्म Cheat India, ये है वजह". Aaj Tak (in Hindi). Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Ratnakar Upadhayay". IMDb. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  9. ^ "CBFC objects to the title of Emraan Hashmi's film, Cheat India". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  10. ^ Entertainment Pakistan (15 January 2019). "Emraan Hashmi's Cheat India: The confusing case of changing titles – Why Cheat India – Cheat". Retrieved 29 January 2019 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ Ali Zafar [@AliZafarsays] (19 January 2019). "Films in cinema in Pakistan at the moment" (Tweet). Retrieved 29 January 2019 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Entertainment Pakistan (22 January 2019). "Epk Review of Emraan Hashmi Film Cheat – Cheat India – Why Cheat India". Retrieved 29 January 2019 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ Cheat (2D) @ ME Cinemas. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  14. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (18 January 2019). "Why Cheat India movie review: Disjointed and disappointing". The Indian Express. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  15. ^ Jha, Priyanka Sinha (18 January 2019). "Why Cheat India Movie Review: Emraan Hashmi's Shortcut to Success is Worth a Watch". News18.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  16. ^ Chauhan, Gaurang (18 January 2019). "Box office occupancy report: Why Cheat India opens on a poor note; Fraud Saiyaan, Rangeela Raja disastrous". timesnownews.com. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  17. ^ Adarsh, Taran [@taran_adarsh] (22 January 2019). "#WhyCheatIndia cuts a sorry picture... Witnessed [minimal] growth after a lacklustre start, but not enough to salvage the situation... Fri 1.71 cr, Sat 2.45 cr, Sun 2.64 cr. Total: ₹ 6.80 cr. India biz." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Why Cheat India – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Saavn.

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