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Badlapur is a 2015 Indian thriller film[3][4] directed by Sriram Raghavan and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Sunil Lulla. The film stars Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, with Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam, Vinay Pathak, Divya Dutta and Radhika Apte in supporting roles. The film was released on 20 February 2015.[5] Box Office India reported that Badlapur grossed approximately 78.9 crore (US$11 million) worldwide.[6]

Badlapur Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySriram Raghavan
Produced byDinesh Vijan
Sunil Lulla
Screenplay bySriram Raghavan
Arijit Biswas
Pooja Ladha Surti
Story byMassimo Carlotto
Music bySachin-Jigar
CinematographyAnil Mehta
Edited byPooja Ladha Surti
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 20 February 2015 (2015-02-20)
Running time
128 minutes
Budget16 crore[1]
Box officeest. 79 crore[2]

On January 11, 2016, The film was nominated for Best Film in the 61st Filmfare Awards, as well as other categories. The movie is based on the Italian novel Death's Dark Abyss (L'oscura immensità della morte) by Massimo Carlotto.The film was given an A certificate due to its violent and sexual content.



Misha Senthil (Yami Gautam) and her young son Robin become the victims of a bank robbery getaway during a shopping trip. Liak Mohammed Tungrekar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and his friend Harman Khatri (Vinay Pathak) rob a bank and use Misha's car to flee. Young Robin falls out of the moving vehicle during the struggle and dies, and Misha is shot by Liak. Harman jumps out of the car to protect the money. Both mother and son die from their injuries in the hospital.

Raghav "Raghu" Purohit (Varun Dhawan), shattered by the loss of both his wife and son, immerses himself in seeking revenge on both culprits. Liak is sentenced to 20 years in prison but refuses to reveal the identity of his partner in crime. Raghu learns about Janki "Jhimli" Dagaonkar (Huma Qureshi), a sex-worker who is Liak's girlfriend, and visits her to inquire about the missing partner. After Liak's sentencing, Raghu exiles himself to a reclusive life at a railway station he gets off at – Badlapur.

15 years later, a terminally-ill Liak is paroled from prison on compassionate grounds. Unknown to Liak, Raghu has facilitated the release by providing a letter of pardon for Liak to the court, in exchange for being told the partner's name by Zeenat Mohammed Tungrekar (Pratima Kazmi), Liak's mother. Bent on vengeance, Raghu finds Harman, who now runs a well-established restaurant. Liak is kept under watch by police as they believe he will lead them to the unknown partner. Liak contacts Harman, and arranges to take his share of the money. However, Raghu has already interrogated Harman and his wife Kanchan "Koko" Khatri (Radhika Apte). Harman tells Raghu that it was Liak and not him who killed his son and wife. Raghu is not convinced and takes Liak's share of the money, killing both Harman and Koko.

Raghu meets Shobha (Divya Dutta), the worker instrumental in arranging Liak's parole, pretending to be in love with her to create his alibi. He buries Harman and Kanchan's bodies, and police start investigating Harman. Liak learns from his mother Zeenat that Raghu came to know about Harman and breaks into Raghu's house in search of the money. Raghu beats him senseless, and Liak tells Raghu that it was him, not Harman, who killed Raghu's wife and child, but he did it in a moment of panic, unlike Raghu who, Liak points out, planned his murders with a cool mind and without guilt.

Liak meets Jhimli one last time; she, now a concubine of a local businessman, Shardul Patil (Zakir Hussain), breaks down, knowing Liak is nearing death. The police now have circumstantial evidence that Raghu murdered Harman. Liak walks into the police station and takes Raghu's blame, giving him a second chance to live his life, and also doing one good thing in his own life before dying.

After seven months, Liak succumbs to cancer in jail. Jhimli meets Raghu and tells him that he has a second chance thanks to Liak, and should not waste it. She also asks Raghu, now that his revenge is complete and all the guilty are dead, as to what good it did for him. Raghu is silent as Jhimli drives away, leaving him standing in the rain.


(L-R)Varun Dhawan, Huma Qureshi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui.


The film began shooting in May 2014.[7][8][9]

Critical receptionEdit

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 100%, based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10.[10]

Raja Sen from rated it 4 out of 5 and said "Badlapur is a dark, unflinching, fantastic film."[11] Sudhish Kamath from The Hindu wrote that the film was "darkly ambitious and very well made."[12] Rachit Gupta from Filmfare stated that it had "exhilarating performances, stellar storytelling."[13]

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV rated it 3/5 and noted the pervasive contemptful treatment of women in the film, writing, "If one can ignore the overt misogyny on show all through the film, Badlapur throws up enough surprises to hold the viewer's interest right until the bitter end."[14]

Mohar Basu of The Times of India rated Badlapur 4 out of 5.[15] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express rated the movie 2.5 stars out of 5, describing it as riveting, but also noting that the film "comes off too contrived in many places, and leaves us hanging in others."[16] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN rated it 3.5 out of 5 and wrote: "The pace slackens post-intermission, plot contrivances are many, and you might say the film is misogynistic in its treatment of women ... [However], the film keeps you on your toes, curious to see where its twists and turns will lead."[17]

In December 2015, Badlapur got 15 nominations at the Stardust Awards, having the maximum number of award nominations from one film for the year. Both Varun Dhawan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui were nominated for Best Actor category. The film was nominated for awards in Story (2), Screenplay (2), Direction, Lyrics (2), Best Playback Singer (Male), Best Choreographer, Music Direction (2), Best Actor (2), Best Supporting Actor (Female) (2).[18]

Box officeEdit

According to Koimoi, the film collected 32 crore (US$4.5 million) in five days at the domestic box-office, with 7 crore (US$970,000) on the first day.[19][20] By the end of the third weekend, Badlapur grossed 48.3 crore (US$6.7 million).[21] By the end of its third week run, the movie grossed 50 crore (US$7.0 million) nett at India box offices,[22] leading Koimoi to estimate the film has taken in double its expenses.[23] Box Office India reported that Badlapur grossed approximately 77 crore (US$11 million) worldwide.[24]


Soundtrack album by
Released23 January 2015 (2015-01-23)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelEros Music
Sachin-Jigar chronology

The soundtrack is composed entirely by Sachin-Jigar, while the lyrics were written by Dinesh Vijan and Priya Saraiya. The first song, "Jee Karda", was released as a single on 9 December 2014. The song "Jeena Jeena" was released on 14 February 2015. Jeena Jeena reached number one on the Indian iTunes charts,[25] Radio Mirchi charts,[26] and Bollywood Planet charts[27] for several weeks.

All lyrics written by Priya Saraiya & Dinesh Vijan; all music composed by Sachin-Jigar.

Track listing
1."Jee Karda"Divya Kumar4:01
2."Jeena Jeena"Atif Aslam3:49
3."Jee Karda" (Rock Version)Divya Kumar4:00
4."Judaai"Rekha Bhardwaj, Arijit Singh4:32
5."Jeena Jeena" (Remix)Atif Aslam3:39
6."Badla Badla"Vishal Dadlani, Jasleen Royal, Suraj Jagan3:13
Total length:23:14

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref.
8th Mirchi Music Awards Album of The Year Sachin-Jigar, Dinesh Vijan, Priya Saraiya Nominated [28]
Best Song Producer (Programming & Arranging) Sachin–Jigar - "Jee Karda"

Further readingEdit

  • Nair, Gayatri; Tamang, Dipti (2016). "Representations of rape in popular culture: Gone Girl and Badlapur". International Feminist Journal of Politics. Taylor and Francis. 18 (4): 614–618. doi:10.1080/14616742.2016.1226401.


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