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Badla (2019 film)

Badla (transl. Revenge) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language mystery thriller film[2] directed by Sujoy Ghosh and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Amrita Singh. Tony Luke, Manav Kaul and Tanveer Ghani appear in supporting roles. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Azure Entertainment and is an official adaptation of the 2017 Spanish film The Invisible Guest.[6][7] The story follows an interview between a lawyer and a businesswoman, in which the latter insists that she is being wrongfully framed for the murder of her lover.

Badla poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySujoy Ghosh
Produced by
Written bySujoy Ghosh
Raj Vasant
Screenplay bySujoy Ghosh
Based onThe Invisible Guest by Oriol Paulo
Music by
CinematographyAvik Mukhopadhyay
Edited byNamrata Rao
Red Chillies Entertainment
Azure Entertainment
Distributed byAA Films
Zee Studios
Release date
  • 8 March 2019 (2019-03-08)[1]
Running time
118 minutes[2]
Budget10 crore[3]
Box officeest. 138.49 crore[4][5]

The film was released on 8 March 2019,[8][9] and it received positive reviews from critics.[10] It has grossed over 138.49 crore (US$20 million) worldwide against a production budget of 10 crore (US$1.4 million) to emerge as a commercial success.[3][5][11]


Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu) is a young and shrewd successful businesswoman with a perfect family. Her world turns upside down when she gets arrested for the murder of her secret lover, Arjun (Tony Luke). Her lawyer Jimmy (Manav Kaul) hires prestigious defence attorney Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) to defend her, and over the course of one late evening, they work together to find out what actually happened. Badal reveals that there is a witness whose testimony will incriminate her in the crime. Naina explains that she and Arjun were blackmailed by someone for their extramarital affair. They were called to a hotel in a remote location, where Naina was attacked; only to wake and find Arjun dead with the blackmail money. She was arrested but is out on bail. The police find no trace of anyone else being present in the room or breaking in.

Badal is suspicious that Naina is not being honest with him. To get more information, he questions her about the disappearance of a young man near the hotel. Naina reveals that she and Arjun were having a secret rendezvous in the area. On the way back, she accidentally ran into an oncoming car. The crash kills the driver of the other car, a young boy named Sunny. Arjun convinces Naina not to inform the police, and they decide to remove any trace of the crime. They put Sunny's body in the trunk of his car, and Naina dumps the car in a swamp. While Arjun is waiting for her, Rani and Nirmal, a local couple, meet him and invite him to their home, where he discovers that they are Sunny's parents. When Rani calls Sunny, Sunny's phone rings in Arjun's pocket as he had forgotten to dispose of it. He passes it off as accidentally sitting on it, but Rani is unconvinced. Arjun and Naina get away but become worried that they will be discovered. Rani identifies Naina's vehicle, making her a suspect, but Naina has her lawyer falsify an alibi. The police buy it but Rani confronts Naina and reveals that she knows the truth. She implores Naina to tell her Sunny's location but Naina refuses. Arjun and Naina are then contacted by the blackmailer, leading to the present events.

Badal decides that Rani had a motive for killing Arjun and could have easily done so since Sunny's father, Nirmal, works at the hotel. His plan is to acquit Naina by framing Rani for the crime. However, Naina, who now trusts Badal, reveals a secret: Sunny was alive in the trunk before she disposed of the car. However, she let him drown, deciding not to save him to protect herself. Surprised by her murderous and selfish actions, Badal proposes an alternate sequence of events in which Naina was the one who actually pressured Arjun into hiding the crime rather than Arjun. In this version, Arjun grows so guilty that he travels to the hotel to reveal the truth to Rani and Nirmal, prompting Naina to kill him. With the police knocking, she decides to injure herself and blame Rani for the crime. Naina denies this and claims that what Badal proposed earlier is the truth.

Badal refuses to fight Naina's case. When she implores him for help, he agrees only if she honestly tells him if she killed Arjun. Naina confesses to Arjun's murder, and Badal says he will fight her case. He reveals that there is no witness; he had made that up to get Naina to tell the truth. Badal excuses himself for a moment while Naina receives a call from her lawyer Jimmy. She realises that Badal's pen is interfering with the call. When the real Badal Gupta arrives, Naina, shocked, takes apart Badal's pen to reveal a voice recorder inside that recorded every word of their meeting, including her confessions of both murders. As she glances outside her window, she makes eye contact with Badal and Rani in the apartment building across from hers and realises, as Badal takes off his disguise, that Badal is actually Nirmal. Rani calls the police for Naina's arrest as Nirmal quotes the Mahabharata, saying that Draupadi’s (Rani’s) revenge has been taken by Yudhishthira (Nirmal).



The principal photography of the film began on 14 June 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.[18][19]

Marketing and releaseEdit

On 11 February 2019, Shah Rukh Khan, whose production house Red Chillies Entertainment is producing the film, tweeted two first look posters of the film, one with Bachchan's character and another with Pannu's.[20][21][22] The film was released on International Women's Day, 8 March 2019.[23] The film was certified by British Board of Film Classification with runtime of 118 minutes.[24]

On 12 February 2019, Red Chillies Entertainment posted the official trailer on YouTube. The trailer reached 252K views within 1 hour and has garnered 30 million views since the day of release.[25]

Promotional VideosEdit

Three unplugged innovative promotional videos which involved a conversation between Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan were launched on 3 March 2019, 6 March 2019 and 9 March 2019 respectively, which also featured Taapsee Pannu, to promote the film.[26][27]

Dialogue PromosEdit

Main Sach Hi Toh Bol Rahi Hoon was published on 25 February 2019, Homework on 28 February 2019, Sab Ka Sach Alag Alag Hota Hai on 1 March 2019 & Mere Paas Teen Sawaal Hain was published on 7 March 2019 on YouTube, featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu respectively.[28]


Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has scored 54% based on 13 reviews with average rating of 6/10.[10] Gaurang Chauhan reviewing for Times Now rates the film with three and half stars out of five and opines that Sujoy Ghosh has delivered yet another interesting, enticing and an edge of the seat mystery thriller.[15] Rachit Gupta of The Times of India also rates the film with three and half stars out of five and finds that the film is a slick but predictable thriller with solid performances. He say, "Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla delivers solid thrills and some genuine twists with great effect." He feels that this whodunit film, keeps the viewer engaging and constantly guessing about the big reveal. Cinema200 too gave it three and half stars out of five and praised the climax along with Sujoy Ghosh's direction.[13] Anupama Chopra of Film Companion gives two and half stars out of five with remarks, "Nothing is what it seems and there are many turns, but the film isn’t as clever as it thinks it is." and concludes the review as "Badla remains watchable until the end but it doesn’t become essential viewing."[29] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV giving it three stars out of five, finds Amitabh Bachchan classy and Taapsee Pannu right on button in edgy thriller.[30] Taran Adarsh gives the film three and half stars out of five and finds it captivating and star cast of film Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee and Amrita Singh brilliant.[31] The film also marked the Hindi debut of the very talented Malayalam Actor Tony Luke. According to Anna M.M. Vetticad, " The handsome model-turned Malayalam film actor Tony Luke makes his Hindi debut with Badla and delivers one of the most impressive performance of the lead trio. He brilliantly lends subtlety even to the most dramatic transformations of his character." [32]

Box officeEdit

In its opening weekend Badla collected 27.38 crore from domestic market.[33] The film had worldwide gross collection of 138.49 crore constituting of domestic gross of 103.88 crore and overseas gross of 34.61 crore.[4][5]


Soundtrack album by
Released1 March 2019 [34]
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
External audio
  Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Amaal Mallik chronology
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
De De Pyaar De
Anupam Roy chronology
Clinton Cerejo chronology
Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh

The music of the film is composed by Amaal Mallik, Anupam Roy and Clinton Cerejo while the lyrics are penned by Kumaar, A. M. Turaz, Siddhant Kaushal, Manoj Yadav, Anupam Roy and Jizzy. Amitabh Bachchan, inspired by Ranveer Singh's Gully Boy, rapped the song "Aukaat".[35]

Track listing
1."Kyun Rabba"KumaarAmaal MallikArmaan Malik4:52
2."Aukaat"Siddhant Kaushal, JizzyClinton CerejoAmitabh Bachchan, Amit Mishra, Clinton Cerejo
Rap: Jizzy
3."Tum Na Aaye"A. M. TurazAmaal MallikK. K.2:59
4."Badla"Manoj Yadav, Anupam RoyAnupam RoyAnupam Roy4:08
5."Kyun Rabba" (Acoustic)KumaarAmaal MallikArmaan Malik3:34
Total length:18:05

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b "Badla 2019 | British Board of Film Classification". 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Badla vs Captain Marvel - Box Office Collection Prediction: Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu starrer to clash with Hollywood biggie". Zee Business. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
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  5. ^ a b c "Bollywood Top Grossers Worldwide Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  6. ^ "'Badla' is a remake of a twist-laden Spanish thriller that invites viewers to guess the killer". 23 January 2019.
  7. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (19 June 2018). "Amitabh Bachchan to Star in Bollywood Remake of Spanish Thriller 'The Invisible Guest'". Hollywood Reporter.
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  14. ^ Mankad, Himesh. "Malayalam actor Tony Luke is a part of Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu-starrer Badla". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
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  16. ^ Ramnath, Nandini (8 March 2019). "Badla Movie Review". Scroll. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  17. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal (8 March 2019). "Badla Movie Review". NDTV. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
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  24. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (5 March 2019). "#CensorNews: #Badla certified 12A by British censors on 5 March 2019. Approved run time: 118 min, 15 sec [1 hour, 58 minutes, 15 seconds]. #Overseas #UK" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  26. ^ Red Chillies Entertainment (3 March 2019). "Unplugged Episode 1". YouTube. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  27. ^ Red Chillies Entertainment (6 March 2019). "Unplugged Episode 2". YouTube. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
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  29. ^ Chopra, Anupama (8 March 2019). "Badla Movie Review: Watchable, But Not Essential Viewing". Film Companion. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
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  31. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (8 March 2019). "#OneWordReview… #Badla: CAPTIVATING! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ An edge-of-the-seat thriller with incredible suspense... Well-knit screenplay keeps you hooked... Sujoy Ghosh crafts the whodunnit with expertise... Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee and Amrita Singh, all brilliant. #BadlaReview" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  33. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (11 March 2019). "#Badla is a success story... Glowing word of mouth converts into footfalls, consolidates its BO status... Metros/multiplexes splendid... Tier-2 cities join the party on Day 2 and 3... Fri 5.04 cr, Sat 8.55 cr, Sun 9.61 cr. Total: ₹ 23.20 cr. India biz. Gross BOC: ₹ 27.38 cr" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  35. ^ "Amitabh Bachchan gets inspired by Ranveer Singh, RAPS for Badla". Bollywood Hungama. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.

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