Bachchhan Paandey is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film directed by Farhad Samji, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Arshad Warsi and Jacqueline Fernandez. Pankaj Tripathi, Prateik Babbar, Sanjay Mishra and Abhimanyu Singh play supporting roles. It is an official remake of the 2014 Tamil film Jigarthanda[7][8] which itself was inspired by the 2006 South Korean film A Dirty Carnival.[9][10][11] The film was released theatrically on 18 March 2022 and ended up being a disaster at the box office.[12]

Bachchhan Paandey
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFarhad Samji
Written by
Based onJigarthanda
by Karthik Subbaraj
Produced bySajid Nadiadwala
Starring
CinematographyGavemic U. Ary [1]
Edited byCharu Shree Roy
Music bySongs:
Amaal Mallik
B Praak
Vikram Montrose
Jaani
Roy
Score:
Julius Packiam
Production
company
Distributed byAA Films
Release date
  • 18 March 2022 (2022-03-18)[2]
Running time
146 minutes[3][4]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budgetest. ₹180 crore[5]
Box office₹73.17 crore[6]

Plot

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Myra Devekar, a budding director, is given a task by a producer to come up with a gripping and violent gangster story to produce a film. To satisfy the producer's commercial outlook and her hunger for making a realistic flick, she decides to study the life of a real-life gangster for the script. Her extensive research leads to menacing one-eyed Bachchhan Paandey of Baghwa, a ruthless gangster surrounded by quirky yet scary henchmen.

Myra travels to Baghwa where she meets her best friend Vishu and tells him about her film idea on Bachchhan. Vishu gets furious and asks her to leave but is later persuaded to help her with the film. Both Vishu and Myra start to target Bachchhan's henchmen in an effort to get closer to him. Virgin, one of the goons, tells them about his former girlfriend Sophie, who was killed by the former. Vishu and Myra plant a microphone in Virgin's mobile phone to eavesdrop on his conversations with Bachchan.

Later, it is revealed that Virgin was betraying Bachchhan for another criminal Rana Lohia, but is caught and killed by him. Vishu and Myra listen to the murder through the microphone, but are caught by Bachchhan's gang. Bachchhan sets out to kill Vishu and Myra, but agrees to spare them when he discovers that Myra is directing a gangster movie, under the condition that he plays the protagonist of the film. Myra initially doesn't accept, but Bachchhan kidnaps her producer, and Myra is forced to listen to his backstory to develop the script.

In a flashback, Bachchhan works for a corrupt politician Laalji Bhagat. After a fallout, the politician gets Bachchhan's girlfriend Sophie killed. In retaliation, Bachchhan murders Bhagat in the hospital where he was admitted for a wound.

Bachchhan and his goons do not know how to act, so they learn through Bhavesh Bhoplo, an acting coach. Bhavesh hits, threatens, and humiliates Bachchhan and his henchmen, much to their chagrin. Nevertheless, Myra dissuades them from harming Bhavesh for the sake of the movie. Bachchan and Myra soon develop feelings for each other.

The film is eventually completed and released in the theatres. Bachchhan and his goons initially get excited and promote the film named "BP," thinking it to be the gritty gangster drama that it was marketed as. To their horror, the film turns out to be a comedy that portrays them negatively. On the other hand, Myra's film is proved to be a blockbuster and gets praise from her media and her director who used to often criticize her a lot. Bachchhan and the goons decide to kill her for making his fear in people vanish but later on, refrain from him as Bachchhan gets evolved by heart and narrates her story that his ears were ringing to hear from her mother calling him and also his fans get impressed by him. Bachchhan, later on, becomes a star, and Kaandi, Bachchhan's close goon, gives up his habit of watching porn films. Vishu gets a lead role in an unnamed film. Pendulum (Bachchan's goon) who was married to his girlfriend Pinky (thanks to Bachchan) opens cow diary with her after closing his bar. Bhavesh Bhoplo becomes the best acting teacher, Bachchhan gets recognized as the best comedy actor, and Myra as the best director. He also earns the respect of his mother, who hasn't spoken to him in ten years. He quits being a criminal and becomes an actor.

Cast

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Production

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Development

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Bachchhan Paandey was initially supposed to a remake of Tamil film Veeram but the makers altered the script to come up with an original idea.[17] Later sources, however, report that Bachchhan Paandey is a remake of the Tamil film Jigarthanda.[8]

The title derives from a character of the same name, played by Kumar, in the 2008 actioner Tashan. The title was initially spelled Bachchan Pandey but was later changed to Bachchhan Paandey.[18]

Filming

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Principal photography of the film was initially scheduled to begin in May 2020, but it was postponed due to COVID-19 lockdown in India.[19] Pre-production restarted in October 2020, and eventually the filming commenced on 6 January 2021 in Jaisalmer.[20][21][22] The film was wrapped up in July 2021.[23][24]

Music

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Bachchhan Paandey
Soundtrack album by
Released17 March 2022[25]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length17:55
LabelT-Series
ProducerBhushan Kumar
Official audio
Bachchhan Paandey - Full Album on YouTube

The film's music is composed by Amaal Mallik, B Praak, Jaani, Vikram Montrose and Roy while lyrics are written by Kumaar, Jaani, Farhad Bhiwandiwala, Vikram Montrose and Azeem Dayani. The film's background score is composed by Julius Packiam.[25] The song "Saare Bolo Bewafa" and "Meri Jaan Meri Jaan" gained popularity.

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Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Maar Khayegaa"Farhad Bhiwandiwala, Vikram Montrose, Azeem DayaniVikram MontroseFarhad Bhiwandiwala, Vikram Montrose3:18
2."Meri Jaan Meri Jaan"JaaniB PraakB Praak4:08
3."Saare Bolo Bewafa"JaaniJaaniB Praak3:46
4."Heer Ranjhana"KumaarAmaal MallikArijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal4:00
5."Whistle Theme"InstrumentalRoyInstrumental2:43
Total length:17:55

Release

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Theatrical

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In July 2019, Bachchhan Paandey was announced with the release date of Christmas 2020.[26] However, it was later pushed to 22 January 2021 due to Aamir Khan's request to avert clash with Laal Singh Chaddha.[27] As the COVID-19 delayed production, it was postponed to 26 January 2022 and then to 4 March 2022. The film was finally released theatrically on 18 March 2022, Holi.[2]

Home media

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The film began streaming on Amazon Prime Video from 15 April 2022 while the satellite rights were acquired by Zee Cinema.[28]

Reception

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Critical response

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Upon release, Bachchhan Paandey received mixed reviews from critics. A critic from Bollywood Hungama rated the film 3.5/5 stars and wrote "Bachchhan Paandey is a must watch for the fans of Akshay Kumar and masala cinema."[29]

Ronak Kotecha of The Times of India gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and called it "a chaotic mess of quirky and clichéd characters".[30]

Box office

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Bachchhan Paandey earned ₹13.25 crore at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected 12 crore. On the third day, the film collected 12 crore, taking total domestic weekend collection to 37.25 crore.[6]

As of 24 March 2022, the film grossed ₹59.5 crore in India and ₹13.67 crore overseas, for a worldwide gross collection of ₹73.17 crore.[6] The film faced heavy competition from The Kashmir Files, which was released one week earlier, and caused it to tumble at the box office.[31]

Bachchhan Paandey made on a budget of around ₹180 crore, recovered ₹115 crore from non-theatrical revenues, and the remaining ₹65 crore was recovered from the boxoffice gross.[5]

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