Bang Bang! is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Siddharth Anand and written by Abbas Tyrewala, Sujoy Ghosh and Suresh Nair. Produced by Fox Star Studios, it is a remake of the 2010 American film Knight and Day and stars Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, while co-starring Javed Jaffrey and Danny Denzongpa, with Jimmy Sheirgill in a special appearance. The film's premise follows a mysterious international criminal on the run, whose encounter with an unassuming bank receptionist sets off a chain of events resulting in a series of escapades.
|Directed by||Siddharth Anand|
|Produced by||Fox Star Studios|
|Written by||Adapted Story:|
|Screenplay by||Sujoy Ghosh|
|Story by||Patrick O'Neill|
|Based on||Knight and Day|
by James Mangold
|Edited by||Akiv Ali|
|Distributed by||Fox Star Studios|
|Box office||₹332 crore (US$47 million)|
Made on a budget of ₹90 crore (US$13 million), Bang Bang! was released in conventional and IMAX theatres on 2 October 2014, coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti. Also released simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu languages, the film was praised for its action sequences and grossed ₹332 crore (US$47 million)–₹340 crore (US$48 million) in its worldwide cinema run. The film emerged as a huge box office success, becoming the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2014, and one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
After a treaty between India and the United Kingdom to expedite extradition is passed, Colonel Viren Nanda is murdered by terrorist Omar Zafar in London. Omar, who is escorted by his trusted lieutenant Hamid Gul, orders a $5 million rewards for an Indian thief to steal the Koh-i-Noor diamond, so as to hold up the treaty. Later, a man named Rajveer Nanda steals it, and requests $20 million as Zafar and Gul aim to retrieve it. After a subsequent brawl with Gul's men at a local restaurant in Shimla, Rajveer visits a restaurant where he meets an ambitious but unassuming bank receptionist, Harleen Sahni, who is waiting for her blind internet date, "Vickie Kapoor", to show up. Rajveer assumes the date, and the pair fall in love, but he is forced to abandon her after being found by Gul's surviving men. Harleen leaves upon learning the truth, but on her way back home, bumps again into Rajveer, who seeks her help to remove a bullet. Before leaving, he drugs her and informs her of scare tactics that some law enforcement officials will use to try and coerce her into working against him.
The next day, indeed as Rajveer had foretold, government agent Zorawar Kalra and his informer, Inspector Bhola, implore Harleen to travel with them to a safe place; taking note of Rajveer's instructions, she finds a pistol and holds them at gunpoint. Rajveer soon appears and the pair escape, but meet Harleen's manager, Karan Saxena, who Rajveer shoots in the leg. Harleen, preturbed, demands that she return home, having made a huge mistake by trusting him, which leads to an argument over their loyalties, but she eventually decides to stay upon realizing that he has never allowed an innocent to be exposed to danger or to die in his presence. Rajveer later reveals during a visit to a Pizza Hut outlet that he stole the Koh-i-Noor, much to Harleen's surprise, and the pair are immediately confronted by Zorawar and his team, who had been following the duo. Rajveer shoots Harleen with a tranquilizer dart and they escape, with Harleen later waking up at a beach shack after an unknown period on the run. After taking Rajveer's phone to call her grandmother, which allows government officials and subsequently Gul's men, led by his lieutenant Robert, to track them, a shootout ensues, which forces the duo to escape again after eliminating the officials and Robert's henchmen.
Harleen wakes up the following morning in Prague; recognizing Rajveer's efforts in leading the escape, she regains her faith in him. Later, they track Gul down to a casino, and after a ploy involving her, he ultimately kills Gul. Harleen is taken to the Indian Embassy, where she meets Zorawar and his commandant, Internal Secret Services chief Narayanan, as he gives her a tracking device to pinpoint Rajveer's location and retrieve the Koh-i-Noor. After another argument on a bridge as they try to escape, Rajveer activates the tracking device himself, gives the Koh-i-Noor to Harleen, gets shot while jumping off the bridge, and is assumed dead.
Harleen returns home to reunite with her grandmother but begins to miss Rajveer; in a moment of epiphany, she locates his house, where she meets Rajveer's father, Pankaj, and his mother Shikha, posing as a delivery runner for Pankaj's books order. A tense moment results in Harleen trying to leave suddenly, when she soon bumps into photographs of Rajveer, who is revealed by Shikha to be Jaiwant "Jai" Nanda, Viren's brother; while Viren's murder is confirmed, Pankaj refuses to accept the army's version of the story behind Jai's death, as he pinpoints to a swimming championship trophy he had won in his young days, being the only person who was able to cross the lake in just one breath. Immediately outside her home as she tries to enter after returning, Harleen is kidnapped and, opening her eyes to the interior of a desert castle, meets Zafar, who reveals that the surrendered diamond is a fake, while Zorawar, who reveals himself, turns out to be Zafar's informer; he gives Harleen truth serum in an attempt to find the location of the real diamond, but she then deduces that Rajveer is alive and is coming soon to kill Zafar and finish off his men. At the same time, Rajveer, very much alive, plants time bombs and silently kills all of Zafar's men who have been posted outside the castle.
Once inside the castle, Rajveer confronts Zafar, revealing that the Koh-i-Noor was not stolen at all, and that it was a joint operation between the MI6 and the Indian Secret Service to apprehend Zafar; in the conversation that follows, Rajveer admits his relationship with Viren. As the time bombs destroy the castle after going off, Zafar escapes with his remaining men while Rajveer gets out with Harleen, saving her all along; however, Zafar later blocks the duo, taking Harleen hostage and leaving with her on a plane; Rajveer eventually catches up, shooting down Zorawar in the process, kills Zafar and the pair jump out of the burning aircraft. Rajveer loses consciousness and starts to drown, but is saved by Harleen as the officers airlift the duo.
Rajveer wakes up in a hospital, where he is informed by Narayanan, revealed to be his boss, that he will not be allowed to see Harleen or his own family again. Harleen, posing as a nurse, then administers a sedative knocking him out and the pair escape. After an unknown period on the run, Rajveer is eventually reunited with Pankaj and Shikha, as he finally introduces Harleen to them.
- Hrithik Roshan as Rajveer Nanda / Jaiwant “Jai” Nanda - Pankaj and Shikha's son, Viren's brother
- Katrina Kaif as Harleen Sahni - Jai's partner and romantic interest, a bank receptionist
- Kanwaljit Singh as Pankaj Nanda - Shikha's husband, Jai and Viren's father
- Deepti Naval as Shikha Nanda - Pankaj's wife, Jai and Viren's mother
- Jimmy Sheirgill in a special appearance as Colonel Viren Nanda - Pankaj and Shikha's son, Jai's brother
- Danny Denzongpa as Omar Zafar, a wanted terrorist and Viren's killer who is later murdered by Jai
- Javed Jaffrey as Hamid Gul, Zafar's right-hand man
- Pawan Malhotra as Zorawar Kalra, a corrupt Secret Service agent who is actually Zafar's aide
- Vikram Gokhale as Narayanan, Indian Secret Service chief
- Pradeep Kabra as Inspector Bhola
- Partha Akerkar as Robert, Gul's lieutenant
- Arsha Aghdasi as Goon
- Frank M. Ahearn as Bok Choy
- Amir Badri as Bad Man
- Steven Clarke as Henchman
- Jawed El Berni as The Chain Fighter
- Tina Grimm as Raver
- Damian Mavis as Gangster
- Bill O'Leary as Boat Goon Driver
- Desmond O'Neill as Henchman
- John Pasley as Henchman / Police Officer
- Aditya Prakash as Receptionist at Pizza Hut
- Anteo Quintavalle as Henchman
- Ron Smoorenburg as Henchman
- Ankur Vikal as Shoaib
Earlier reports had suggested that Siddharth Anand, who had made Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Anjaana Anjaani in the past, planned to make his next film with Shahid Kapoor, but Kapoor wanted to avoid comparisons with Hollywood star Tom Cruise and also had no dates for the film as he had opted Haider already. Bipasha Basu rumouredly was also on board but turned down. Soon news came that Anand was planning a film with Hrithik Roshan. In September 2012, Roshan was confirmed to play the lead role, with Katrina Kaif confirmed to play the female lead in the film. Roshan started working on the film immediately after wrapping up Krrish 3, and charged a ₹300 million fee for his performance in the film, which until then was the most any actor in Bollywood had charged up front. The film was soon revealed to be the official Bollywood remake of Knight and Day, starring Cruise and Cameron Diaz.
In December 2012, it was confirmed that the official remake of Knight and Day would be titled Bang Bang. In March 2013, the film's Kashmir schedule was cancelled. Shooting for the film began on 1 May 2013, with the film scheduled for release on 1 May 2014. Unique water action sequences were shot in Thailand and Greece. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Roshan spoke about the action sequences in the film stating, "I have pushed myself to the extreme for this stunt. This sequence called for mental and physical tenacity. The rush that I experienced while training and executing the sequence was out of the world. I was hooked to a sea plane while I did the stunt. I had trained non-stop to even attempt the sequence". Roshan refused to use any body double to perform the stunts.
Talking about another water action sequences, the film's director Siddharth Anand revealed, "We can control the action we shoot on land, but while shooting at sea, you're at the mercy of the tide. Three days before the shoot, Hrithik started practicing the stunts for five-six hours daily. It took us eight days to shoot the sequences in water. For another water action sequence, Hrithik trained for four days, before the shooting. He learnt to jetski with a speed boat pulling him along first. Then, an antiquated plane was brought in with an experienced pilot at the controls, so that it could be slowed down and speeded up at will."
In July 2013, one of the songs of the film, "Meherbaan" was shot in the city of Santorini in Greece and choreographed by Ahmed Khan. In Phuket, Roshan performed a stunt where he had to use a water jetpack called a Flyboard and go 45 feet high in the sky and then dive down in the water. Roshan thus became the first actor in Hollywood or Bollywood to do a flyboarding stunt in a film. He was injured during this schedule and subsequently had to undergo a brain surgery for removal of a blood clot from his brain. Also, the Kashmir schedule of the film was delayed because of unrest in the valley.
The delays caused the film's release date to be postponed to 2 October 2014. There were reports that the film had overshot its budget to ₹1.3 billion from a planned budget of around 80–90 crore. Anand denied such reports, saying "It's funny! Yes, Bang Bang! is a big-ticket film but its budget is as per the scale of the film. There's no question of exceeding it." The shooting resumed in January 2014, in Shimla, Manali, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Delhi and Prague. The shooting schedule in Shimla went on for straight six weeks. The Manali bridge where the majority of scenes were shot, has become a grand tourist attraction and it was renamed as Bang Bang Point. Just before the Abu Dhabi segment of the film, a song shoot was completed at an open-cafeteria in Film City, Mumbai on 19 April 2014. Shimla was created in Film City, Mumbai to shoot a song and few action sequences for the film. The film was shot for 20 days in Film City with the lead pair . After wrapping up the Mumbai schedule, the filming team left for Abu Dhabi.
The Abu Dhabi schedule of shooting was intense and action-packed. In Abu Dhabi, filming started early May, and took place at various locations in Abu Dhabi including the Corniche, Liwa oasis, Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel, Qasr al Sarab, Emirates Palace and Yas Island. In one of the chase sequences in the film, 120 cars were involved. The film also had used Formula 1 cars. Even after the brain surgery, all the stunts were performed by Roshan himself. The stunts were designed by Andy Armstrong and shot in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi segment of shooting was completed on 20 May in collaboration with twofour54. It is the first Bollywood film to be shot and co-produced in Abu Dhabi. The last leg of the film was scheduled in Prague. One stunt in which Roshan is on water skis while being pulled along by a sky plane was shot in a lake in Prague. He trained for four days to shoot this scene. Shooting wrapped on 15 July 2014.
While filming in Thailand, Roshan suffered a head injury from a stunt accident and underwent brain surgery at the Hinduja Hospital, done by Dr. B. K. Misra to relieve subacute-subdural hematoma.
On the lines of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge – one of the biggest trends of the year, the dare on social media, Roshan came up with the dare-to-do game to Bollywood co-stars Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Nargis Fakhri, Sonam Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Dino Morea, Uday Chopra and Dabboo Ratnani on Twitter asking them to post videos of themselves doing a particular task and adding the hashtag #bangbangdare to it. Roshan even dared the smokers asking them not to smoke for 3 days. One of the companies challenged Roshan himself, where he was asked to buy bed sheets from their store and if he did, ₹500,000 would be donated to city hospitals. He took up the dare sportingly. While most stars take to television shows to generate buzz about their films, Roshan refrained from promoting his movie through reality TV shows.
To protect the film from piracy, the makers of the film approached the Court of Piracy with the plea that the film should not be viewed on any device or broadcast on any platform through the Internet without their permission and submitted a list of 90 websites. The Court responded positively on that and restrained them all from making the film available on the Internet.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||16 September 2014|
|Recorded||Vishal & Shekhar Studio|
|Genre||Feature Film Soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|Singles from Bang Bang!|
The songs of the film were composed by Vishal-Shekhar, while the background score has been composed by Salim–Sulaiman. The digital album rights of the film were acquired by Zee Music Company.
The first look of the song "Tu Meri" was revealed on 20 August 2014 featuring Roshan and Kaif. On 21 August 2014, its official music video was released. The song was written and sung by Vishal Dadlani. The second song of the film "Meherbaan" featuring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif was released on 3 September 2014. This song was written by Anvita Dutt Guptan and sung by Ash King, Shilpa Rao and Shekhar Ravjiani. The teaser of the title song was released on 16 September 2014 featuring Roshan and Kaif. On 17 September 2014, the official music video of the song was released. The track was written by Dadlani, who also performed backing vocals on it, and sung by Benny Dayal and Neeti Mohan. It was choreographed by Bosco-Caesar. The song experience was "fun" for Roshan, who said, "It's my ode to the inspiration he [Michael Jackson] has been", while Kaif described her experience as "the biggest challenge. His flexibility is incredible. It is at a different level altogether. You have to be really good to match up to his energy. He has natural energy when he dances. It comes to him so effortlessly". All the songs were well received by audiences.
Hindi (Original Soundtrack)Edit
|1.||"Tu Meri"||Vishal Dadlani||Vishal Dadlani||04:17|
|2.||"Meherbaan"||Anvita Dutt, Kumaar||Ash King, Shilpa Rao, Shekhar Ravjiani||05:07|
|3.||"Uff"||Anvita Dutt||Benny Dayal, Harshdeep Kaur||04:32|
|4.||"Bang Bang"||Vishal Dadlani||Benny Dayal, Neeti Mohan||05:20|
|5.||"Meherbaan" (Reprise version)||Anvita Dutt, Kumaar||Shekhar Ravjiani||03:01|
Telugu (Dubbed Version)Edit
All lyrics are written by Chandrabose.
|1.||"Ivvaleyee Gaaluloo"||Benny Dayal||04:17|
|2.||"Priyathama"||Ash King, Shilpa Rao||05:15|
|4.||"Bang Bang Title Song"||Benny Dayal, Neeti Mohan||04:08|
Tamil (Dubbed Version)Edit
All lyrics are written by Madhan Karky.
|1.||"En Kaiyil"||Benny Dayal||04:17|
|2.||"Pavanmaai"||Ash King, Shilpa Rao||05:15|
|4.||"Bang Bang Title Song"||Benny Dayal, Neeti Mohan||04:08|
The film released worldwide on 2 October 2014.
Domestically, Bang Bang! received mixed reviews from critics. The film was praised for its action sequences and performances while it was criticised by some for its story and screenplay. Nandhini Srinivasan from FilmiBeat gave 3 out of 5 stars and recommended "this total action-packed fun entertainer for the long weekend holiday".
Paloma Sharma from Rediff, giving 2.5/5 rating to the film called it "a pointless official remake of an already bad original", while Raja Sen, again from Rediff, also gave 2/5 stars and wrote that the film is "a stupid, stupid film trying to be slick, a B-grade film made on an A-list budget.". Rajeev Masand on IBN Live gave the film 2/5 stars, commenting that "the film isn't unwatchable, but at 2 hours and 35 minutes, it certainly tests your patience".
The Indian Express rated it 1.5/5, calling Roshan "the eye candy of the film"
Bang Bang! earned $4.89 million overseas in its opening weekend. The biggest debut came from the UAE ($1.8 million), North America ($3.35 million), United Kingdom ($922,000). At the end of its theatrical run overseas, the film earned $13.97 million. The highest revenue came from Gulf ($4.46 million), US/Canada ($2.62 million), UK (£1.165 million) and Australia (Aus $457,000).
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result||Ref.|
|7th Mirchi Music Awards||Male Vocalist of The Year||Vishal Dadlani - "Tu Meri"||Nominated|||
|Best Song Producer (Programming & Arranging)||Abhijit Nalani & Zoheb Khan - "Bang Bang"|
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