Bamfaad (French: Explosive) is a 2020 Indian Hindi language romantic action film directed by Ranjan Chandel starring Aditya Rawal and Shalini Pandey in their first lead film.[1] The film was released on 10 April 2020.

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Promotional poster
Directed byRanjan Chandel
Produced byAjay G Rai Pradeep Kumar
Written byHanzalah Shahid Ranjan Chandel
Music byVishal Mishra
CinematographyPiyush Puty
Edited byNitesh Bhatia
Distributed byZEE5
Release date
  • 10 April 2020 (2020-04-10)

It is a passionate love story set in Allahabad between Nasir Jamal and Neelam who meet accidentally and fall in love.[2] They make brave choices and go through a path of love and loss to be with each other.[3]



Nasir Jamal (Aditya Rawal), a teenage boy and resident of Kareli area in Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh). His friends call him 'Naate' despite him being quite tall. Naate brings home complaints regularly. His father Shahid Jamal, a reputed contractor overlooks his son's deeds and in turn encourages his behaviour for the worse while his mother is worried sick about her son and his carelessness.

One evening, Nasir goes to drop off a parcel at Sanam CD Music shop on his childhood friend Zahid's request. There, he finds the shop closed and meets a young girl, Neelam (Shalini Pandey) who lives right above the shop. An interesting conversation takes place between them. Soon after, they happen to meet a few more times and Naate is now drawn to her. On the other hand, while Neelam appreciates Nasir's genuine gestures towards her, she is hesitant to take things forward. Having had a tough journey, she battles to make things work with Nasir, but he is too lighthearted about it all to see any red flags.

While Nasir and Neelam get closer, Jigar Fareedi (Vijay Varma), a seemingly charming, influential person crosses paths with Nasir on account of his fight with Rajeeb Mehndi, a college student politician who is Jigar's candidate. Jigar demands that Nasir make a public apology and is arrogantly turned down leading to the beginning of an ego conflict between the two.

Neelam struggles to understand her relationship with Nasir but is unaware of how much she has grown to like him. They face multiple obstacles and are presented with testing times.

This leads us to find out whether Nasir and Neelam will ever be able to be together?



Director Ranjan met his co-writer Hanzalah Shahid after coming back from the shoot of the film 'Mukkabaaz'. Hanzalah gave him a script to read of a different title. Ranjan read the script and got fascinated by some characters of that world which inspired him to dwell more into that world. He took those characters and some incidents and started writing a new draft from the scratch of the script and titled it 'Bamfaad'.[7] Bamfaad[8] is a north Indian slang which portrays a certain energy and it means "Explosive" or "Kickass".[9]


Since this was Ranjan's debut film, the budget was quite restrained. That is why he chose his hometown Kanpur as the base for shooting. His father Manmohan Chandel has played a very important part in the shoot. There were many times when the crew didn't have permission to shoot at a location, the crew used to shoot in Ranjan father's hometown as he used to get permission for the crew easily.

The principal photography of the film began on 2 September 2018 in Kanpur and the film was wrapped on 22 October 2018 in Lucknow. The shooting of the film got finished in a span of 45 days.[10]


The soundtrack is composed by Vishal Mishra and the lyrics are written by Raj Shekhar.

The film contains Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala' - Baadal Raag, composed and sung by Harpreet Singh. It describes the journey of a thundercloud. Ranjan found the composition as a passionate composition of a compelling poem.

1."BAMFAAD TITLE TRACK"Raj ShekharVishal Mishra2:07
2."ISHQ KA ITAR"Raj ShekharVishal Mishra4:49
3."MUNASIB"Raj ShekharVishal Mishra Anandi Joshi4:00
4."YAAR MERA HO MERE RUBARU"Raj ShekharSukhwinder Singh Vishal Mishra Hemant Brijwasi Moin Sabri7:50
Total length:18:46


GQ India mentioned Bamfaad in the top 7 films on Streaming Platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime and Zee 5.[11]

Poet Dr. Kumar Vishwas appreciated the film and actor's performances and especially mentioned the composition of "Nirala" Baadal Raag by the debutant director Ranjan Chandel as pleasant surprise.

Subhash K. Jha said "The violent love story had me rooting for young lovers, solid performances, confident direction and an enticing arch in the storytelling. Bamfaad is a crackerjack rough-com."[12]

Film Critic Shubhra Gupta wrote in The Indian Express - "Bamfaad brings back memories of the small-town love story that Bollywood used to tell, and keeps us watching with a fluid flourish or two, even if we wish for much more freshness, as it takes us to a fully filmi end.[13]

Film Critic Anna MM Vetticad wrote in First Post - "True to its title, Bamfaad has a fiery start. The striking introduction melds realism, humour and an earthy song. She mentioned, "The second half of Bamfaad does not live up to the promise of the pre-interval portion. Still the director Ranjan Chandel and Writer Hanzalah Shahid are talents to watch out for. For one, in this era of stereotype-ridden, Islamophobic Bollywood rants, it is nice to see a film in which the protagonist is a Muslim, but is not given any stereotypical markers of the religion, and members of the community are treated as regular humans: some good, some not, some evil, some not". She also mentioned, "Besides, how can one not make note of artists who can conceptualise a scene in which a love-lorn youth gazing at the object of his affection tells her that pimples look good on her face? He does not say “even pimples”, he simply says “pimples”. Oh the sweet innocence of those words! Because of course on her they are an adornment, not a skin eruption – “that dress looks good on you”, “the new hairstyle looks good on you”, “pimples look good on you”.[14]


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