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8 x 10 Tasveer (English: 8 x 10 Picture) is a 2009 Indian supernatural psychological thriller film written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, and produced by Percept Picture Company, starring Akshay Kumar and Ayesha Takia Azmi. The film features Sharmila Tagore, Javed Jaffrey, Anant Mahadevan, Girish Karnad, Benjamin Gilani, Rushad Rana, Andrea Tully, and Pia Shah in supporting roles. In March 2008, the cast and crew filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and a few parts were noticed to be the Western Cape of South Africa. It was previously called Tasveer, but changed due to the director's insistence that the title was jinxed.[3] The film's music is composed by Salim-Sulaiman with a title track by Bohemia.

8 × 10 Tasveer
8 X 10 Tasveer poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNagesh Kukunoor
Produced by
  • Shailendra Singh
  • Devika Bahudhanam
  • Matthew Brown
  • Elahe Hiptoola
  • Wendy Knill
  • Bhushan Kumar
  • Sarita Patil
  • Praful Salunke
  • Rajesh Shah
Written byNagesh Kukunoor
Music by
CinematographyVikas Shivraman
Edited by
  • Sanjib Datta
  • Consultanting Editor:
    Apurva Asrani
    Bunty Nagi
  • SIC Productions
  • Mirah Entertainment
Distributed by
Release date
  • 3 April 2009 (2009-04-03)
Running time
122 minutes
Budget350 million (US$5.1 million)[1]
Box office235.80 million (US$3.4 million)[2]



Jai Puri (Akshay Kumar) is a forest ranger in the woods near Alberta, Canada. Jai lives in a cabin with his girlfriend Sheila (Ayesha Takia Azmi), but has been estranged from his parents, Jatin (Benjamin Gilani) and Savitri Fakri (Sharmila Tagore). Jatin is the CEO of a privately held Canadian oil company, Canoil.

Jai has a supernatural gift: he is able to enter a photograph and vividly experience the events preceding the time of the photograph. Jai is unable to understand or explain this gift, except to recall that it started when he was very young. He tries to use this gift to help people, despite the risks to his own body. He can remain in photographs only for a minute, and experiences life-threatening, stroke-like effects afterward.

Jai's father drowns in a boating accident under mysterious circumstances. Jatin was aboard his own boat, the Golmaal, and was surrounded by his wife; his brother, Sunder (Anant Mahadevan); longtime friend and lawyer Anil (Girish Karnad); and Adit (Rushad Rana), Jatin's surrogate son. Eccentric former detective Habeebullah Pasha "Happi" (Javed Jaffrey), who suffers from OCD, believes Jatin may have been murdered, and that everyone on the boat at that time may have had a motive. The only clue is an 8x10 photograph of the four men, which Savitri shot a few moments before Jatin fell off the boat and had a hypothermia-induced heart attack.

Jai repeatedly uses his gift to enter the photo and experience the incident through the eyes of the four subjects in it. He picks up various clues from the viewpoint of the subject. He first uses it to see through his father's eyes and notes the suspicious behaviour of his Uncle Sunder, when he confronts him, Sunder tries to run away. Happi follows up on these clues and tries to string together a theory. As Jai looks through the eyes of his Uncle, he sees Sunder slipping pills into his father's champagne. But Jai feels his body gradually weakening from the stress of entering the photo. He goes to hospital and when he tells the theory to Adit, he tells him to forget about it. When he goes to confront Sunder once more at his house, he is found hanged, an apparent suicide, and a mysterious party in a black SUV tries to kill Jai and Sheila. She convinced him to stop as finding his father's killer is turning into an obsession. Later, someone makes an attempt on Savitri's life. He goes to his mother's house but sees her and Anil embracing - to which they finally confess that they had feelings for each other in the past but his mother stayed loyal to his father.

Uncle Sunder so he could slip them in. Happi enlists the help of a nurse, Sally (Pia Shah), who helps with medical aide to Jai in order to help him find the killer. Jai enters the photo one last time to find the final set of clues, he looks through the eyes of the remaining two people on the boat, the last one being Adit. He sees Adit giving the pills to his Uncle Sunder so he could slip them in.

Jai is incapacitated because his body is tired. Adit realises he knows the truth and is about to kill him but Happi returns before he can do so. However, he manages to escape.

He asks Anil about what happened on the boat and he reveals that his father wanted to give the company to Jai's environment company, as this was what they had argued about in the past. So his uncles and Adit planned to kill him so they wouldn't lose their share.

Jai decides to go into the picture one more time because he knows his father saw another person. However, the real killer enters the house and burns the photograph while Jai is still inside. However, thanks to the injection Sally gave him, he manages to revive himself.

Finally as he wakes up he is set upon by his now-grown twin, Jeet (also Akshay Kumar) who had been presumed dead but had survived the fall from the cliff to live a hellish and abusive childhood. After Jeet reveals himself, Sheila is shown to have been working with Jeet, betraying her "love" Jai. During a tussle, Happi arrives at Jai's cabin and tries to help, but Sheila kills him with an axe. When they are on the boat, they reveal how they had convinced Adit and Sunder to participate in the scheme and how Sheila pretended to love Jai in order to get close to him and learn his habits, so once he was dead, Jeet would take over as Jai. Jeet and Sheila dump Happi's body, as well as that of their betrayed confederate Adit, into the sea, and attempt to do the same with Jai. Jai escapes, and attempts to reconcile with his long-lost brother, while Shelia convinced him to kill Jai. Touched, Jeet kills Sheila as she fires on Jai, but her shot hits Jeet, the brothers bid each other farewell before Jeet dies. In the end, Jai moves in with his mother, as he stares at a family photo of the four of them, his mother puts her hand over the photo and smiles and shakes her head before they embrace.



Following initial delays due to visa and luggage problems, the film's budget increased more than expected.[3] The film was further delayed because of the producers-distributors dispute with exhibitors over revenue-sharing terms and the IPL. The Guild had decided not to release any new films after 3 April, but paying heed to Percept Picture Company's request, decided that the strike would commence after 4 April facilitating the film's 3 April release.[4]

Close to the release of the film, rumors spread that the release would be stalled due to certain misunderstandings between the producers Percept Picture Company and the music distributors T-Series. Cheques of Rs 66.7 million given by PPC to T Series bounced giving rise to rumours that the film would not be released on the stipulated date. However, PPC CEO Navin Shah, confirmed that the cheques had bounced but also stated that a demand draft had already been given to the music partners and that film's release would be on schedule.[5]


The film was expected to lure audiences to theaters primarily because of a public holiday on 3 April but the film failed to garner much appreciation and opened to a lowly 30%–40% start at major multiplexes across the country.[6] The film was stiffly contested by Fast & Furious at the box office. Particularly in Maharashtra, the film was highly surpassed by Mahesh Manjrekar's Marathi film Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy.[7]

Filmmakers believe that the primary reasons for the film's disappointing run at the box office was the lack of a blockbuster soundtrack and a less targeted promotion. Vivek Agnihotri stated "I saw the film in an empty theater. One of the main reasons why I think the film didn't even take an opening is due to Akshay's brand promise which is pure entertainment. I think makers couldn't exploit it's a result, they not just wasted an opportunity but also annoyed viewers who love Akshay. Also, no one understood the genre of the film."[8]

Box officeEdit

8 x 10 Tasveer grossed 235.80 million worldwide.[9] It was a disaster yet Akshay Kumar commented that the film is one of his favorite films he had done.

Critical receptionEdit

The film was panned by critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 1.5 out of 5, saying, "The film goes wrong, in fact horribly wrong, in the penultimate 20-25 minutes, which is the lifeline of any suspense-thriller. Nagesh Kukunoor has missed the bus this time!"[citation needed] Most of the critics criticized the second half of the movie. Rajeev Masand of CNN IBN also criticized the movie and rated it a 1/5.[10] Nikhat Kazmi for The Times of India rated it an average 2/5, saying, "There's nothing really to cheer you up in the desultory proceedings, unless you want to watch chubby-cheeked Ayesha and lissome Akshay go mountain biking when he's not squirming in the time machine".[11] Sashi Baliga from the Hindustan Times also gave the movie a 2/5.[12]


8 x 10 Tasveer
Soundtrack album by
Released16 March 2009
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Salim-Sulaiman chronology
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
8 x 10 Tasveer

The music was composed by Salim-Sulaiman with lyrics by Neeraj Sridhar and Irfan Siddiqui. The American rap artist Bohemia wrote, produced and sung the title song for Akshay Kumar.

The music's reception was average. Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave the music 2 out of 5 stars and said, "8x10 Tasveer has an average soundtrack with 'Nazaara Hai' being the pick of the lot. The two romantic numbers do not go an extra distance though the solo rap song 'I Got The Picture' does make for an interesting hear".[13]

Atta Khan of Planet Bollywood rated the music 4/10 saying, "The music of 8x10 Tasveer is a huge let down and I'm surprised it got the backing of Nagesh based on the high standards he set for previous soundtracks. It just sounds rushed, lacks synergy and is utterly forgettable".[14]

Track listing
1."Nazaara Hai"Salim-SulaimanVishal Dadlani4:19
2."Hafiz Khuda"Salim-SulaimanMohit Chauhan, Tulsi Kumar4:38
3."Aaja Maahi"Neeraj ShridharNeeraj Shridhar, Tulsi Kumar4:19
4."I Got The Picture"BohemiaBohemia
5."Kuch Iss Tarah"Salim-SulaimaMohit Chauhan, Tulsi Kumar4:38
6."Hafiz Khuda (Remix)"Salim-SulaimanMohit Chauhan, Tulsi Kumar3:26
7."Nazaara Hai" (remix)Salim-SulaimanVishal Dadlani4:30
8."Aaja Maahi (Remix)"Neeraj ShridharNeeraj Shridhar, Tulsi Kumar4:49
9."I Got The Picture" (remix)BohemiaBohemia
10."Kuch Iss Tarah" (remix)Salim-SulaimanMohit Chauhan, Tulsi Kumar3:24


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  3. ^ a b Upala KBR (3 October 2007). "Nagesh renames jinxed Tasveer to Eight by Ten". One India. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
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  10. ^ Masand, Rajeev (3 April 2009). "Masand's movie review: 8 x 10 Tasveer stinks". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  11. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (3 April 2009). "8x10 Tasveer". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  12. ^ Baliga, Shashi (3 April 2009). "Tasveer 8 x 10". Mumbai: Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
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