D-Day (2013 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nikhil Advani|
DAR Motion Pictures|
|Cinematography||Tushar Kanti Ray|
|Edited by||Aarif Sheikh|
DAR Motion Pictures(India)|
Yash Raj Films(International)
|Budget||₹28 crore (US$4.3 million)|
|Box office||₹35 crore (US$5.4 million)|
D-Day is a 2013 Indian action spy thriller film co-produced by DAR motion pictures and Emmay Entertainment Private Limited. The movie is directed by Nikhil Advani and stars Arjun Rampal, Huma Qureshi, Irrfan Khan, Shruti Haasan and Rishi Kapoor in prominent roles. The film was released on 19 July 2013 to generally positive reception.
Agent Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan), appointed by the Chief of Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Ashwini Rao (Nassar), has been on a mission for nine years to keep an eye out for the activities of India's most wanted D-Company leader, Goldman (Rishi Kapoor) while working as a local barber as a cover. One day he notices Goldman talking about his son's wedding cards to people in the mosque where he prays and comes to know that his son is getting married and Goldman is breaking his security protocol to attend that. The same is confirmed by an ISI operative who works part-time as Goldman's bodyguard and is a neighbor and friend of Wali though he doesn't know the truth about Wali's connections to Indian Intelligence. Sensing a chance to nab Goldman alive, he informs Ashwini about the same who assembles a team quickly - Ex-Indian Army officer and mercenary, Rudra Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal), RAW's explosives expert, Zoya Rehman (Huma Qureshi), and Aslam, a Mumbai thief and a murderer who was given a chance at freedom by participating in this mission.
On the day of the wedding, Wali sees his wife and son off at the airport, as they are to fly to London. Wali goes home and stages his family's death in the hopes that the ISI will not put them in harm's way and he can join them after the mission is accomplished. However, all flights to Europe are cancelled, stranding Wali's wife and son at the airport. When Wali's wife calls up Wali his phone is switched off and she learns her house is on fire. Disturbed and upset about not being able to locate Wali, she informs the airport security about the same. The airport security personnel runs a check to see and discovers that three bodies have been recovered. Suspicious at the coverup he summons the ISI. The ISI, while questioning Zoya and her son Kabir, notices Kabir holding pencils that belong to the same hotel where Goldman's son is about to get married. When asked Kabir informs that the pencils were given to him by Wali a few days ago. Realizing that Wali is an operative out to get Goldman, ISI alerts their counterparts at the wedding. As a result, Wali, Rudra, Zoya, and Aslam's plan to capture Goldman is in jeopardy. Goldman escapes unscathed and the four agents have to go into hiding. Embarrassed at the failure of their operation, the Indian government disavows the four agents; only Ashwini stands by them, but he is forced to resign. Aslam is captured and tortured by Goldman's nephew when he tries to escape through the Karachi docks. He is rescued by Rudra, who was trying to take revenge on Goldman's nephew for murdering Rudra's lover, Suraiya (Shruti Hassan), a Pakistani prostitute. Upon hearing that Wali's wife has died and that his son is in ISI custody, the four agents decide to find a way to complete their mission, despite the government having abandoned them.
The ISI decides that Goldman is too much of a liability to continue protecting further, so they decide to kill him. Before they can, the four RAW agents take out the ISI and take Goldman hostage. Wali notifies Ashwini, who works to find them a safe route out of Pakistan. Goldman taunts Wali by telling him that his wife and son are actually still alive, and that he can arrange their reunion. Wali is torn between accepting Goldman's help and completing his mission, to the point where he shoots Rudra to take control of the group. Ashwini asks them to be at Checkpost 35 before 6a.m. At the same time, Wali arranges a meeting with ISI, proposing an exchange of Goldman for his wife and child. After tying Rudra up and disarming Zoya, Wali leaves with Goldman. Zoya then frees Rudra and they follow Wali.
Wali drives to Checkpost 40 but is shot dead by Pakistani forces, who, unbeknownst to Wali, have poisoned and killed his wife and son. As Wali's car is examined, it is revealed that Wali did not actually bring Goldman with him; he had apparently anticipated the Pakistani betrayal, and had left Goldman in the car that Zoya and Rudra had taken. Through flashbacks, it is revealed that this was a plan hatched by Wali and Rudra in order to get Goldman to cooperate and give Rudra and Zoya time to get Goldman across the border to India. The Pakistani forces give Rudra and Zoya chase and barely miss them before they bring Goldman over the border, where Ashwini is waiting. Once across, Goldman taunts them by saying how nothing has changed in India and he will be released soon and is able to continue his criminal activities. Rudra shoots Goldman in the head, indicating that he is the face of the "New India."
- Arjun Rampal as Rudra Pratap Singh, A suspended army officer, working as a mercenary
- Huma Qureshi as Zoya Rehman, Explosive Expert
- Shruti Haasan as Suraiya, A Pakistani Prostitute
- Irrfan Khan as RAW Agent Wali Khan
- Rishi Kapoor as Iqbal Seth Aka Goldman (Loosely Based upon, Dawood Ibrahim)
- Nassar as Chief of RAW Ashwini Rao
- Sandeep Kulkarni as Anup Mishra
- KK Raina as Gen. Raza
- Chandan Roy Sanyal as Goldman's nephew
- Aakash Dahiya as Aslam
- Shriswara as Nafisa, Wali Khan's wife
- Dwij Handa as Kabir, Wali Khan's son
- Imran Hasnee as Saleem Pathan
- Nissar Khan as Niyaaz Ahmed
- Chetan Motiwala in special appearance as guest in wedding
- Anil Maggu as Pakistani politician
- Kanika Dang as Fatima
- Karan as Goldman's son
- Rashmi as Goldman's son's bride
- Rajpal Yadav as Sufi singer in a friendly appearance
- Jehangir Karkaria as father-in-law
- Manish Khanna as Sharyar Bhatti
- Ashwini Dhar as Khurram Mirza
- Praveena Deshpande as Sumitra, Ashwini Rao's wife
- Niranjan Iyengar as Mosque care-taker
- Savi Siddhu as K.S. Lodhi
- Libert as Laxman Sivaraman
- Sanjay as MEA Minister
- J.Tanna as Vicky Thakur
- Pathan as Goldman's bodyguard
- Raees as Azhar
- Satyabrat Chakravarty as Dipankar Ghosh
- Mukesh Singh as Lodge care-taker
- Amin Arif as Broker
- Arya Chaurasia as ISI Official
- Ram Chandra Thakur as Airport Official
- Manoj Sharma as BSF Director
- Garvita Sharma as News reporter
- Baba Khan as trawler captain
- Sunil Singh as ISI head
- Maryam Zakaria as Item number "Ek Ghadi"
Out of the three female protagonists in the movie, only Huma Qureshi was given the option of choosing the character she wanted to portray. The same choice was put forward to and exercised by Deepika Padukone in the 2012 flick Cocktail.
D-Day was filmed in well known bungalow scheme named Sentossa Greenland and other areas of Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
The first trailer of D-Day was released on 22 May 2013. The film was promoted by the star cast in Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Mumbai etc. Huma Qureshi and Arjun Rampal promoted the film on Dance India Dance DID Super Moms. Irrfan Khan and Arjun Rampal promoted the film in the show Comedy Nights with Kapil. Rishi Kapoor and Arjun Rampal promoted the film in the dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
|Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy|
|Released||28 June 2013|
|1.||"Dama Dam Mast Qalandar"||Mika Singh||4:40|
|2.||"Alvida"||Nikhil D'Souza, Sukhwinder Singh, Shruti Hassan, Loy Mendonsa||5:06|
|3.||"Murshid Khele Holi"||Munnawar Masoom, Javed Ali, Shankar Mahadevan, Gaurav Gupta, Rajiv Sundaresan, Mani Mahadevan, Raman Mahadevan||7:34|
|4.||"Ek Ghadi"||Rekha Bhardwaj||6:43|
|5.||"Dhuaan"||Rahul Ram, Siddharth Mahadevan, Alyssa Mendonsa, Thomson Andrews, Keshia Braganza, Crystal Sequeira, Leon D’souza||3:29|
The album of D-Day received mixed to positive reviews. Vipin of Music Aloud gave the album a score of 8 out of 10 and called the album "another outstanding soundtrack", further praising the music directors, "Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s brilliant form continues in D-Day!". Giving the album 3.5/5 stars, Rafat of Glamsham commented, "one complements S-E-L for another classy effort after BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG." He went on to write, "They have delivered as per the expectations and songs like, 'Duma Dum', 'Mera Murshid Khele Holi' and 'Ek Ghadi Aur' are our picks, and one just hopes for the sake of lovers of classy music that D-DAY too is lapped up and the film garners critical and commercial acclaims when it releases on 19th July." Sankhayan Ghosh of Indian Express gave the album a score of 3 out of 5 and concluded his review, "D-Day is an uncharacteristically authentic album according to Bollywood standards that throws up interesting results." Writing for Bollywood Hungama, Rajiv Vijayakar gave the album a mixed review, stating, "The score is a mixed bag and could have been more uniform. The lyrics are a major issue in the album (except in Ek Ghadi Aur), and so the tried-and-tested Duma Dum, though not original, emerges as the mainstay of the score."
D-Day received generally positive reviews from the critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 4 stars out of 5, concluding that "D-DAY is what a well-made thriller ought to be -- taut, transfixing and spellbinding, with an astounding finale. Don't miss this high-octane thriller!" D-Day has all the right ingredients that make it a memorable film, writes Paloma Sharma of Rediff.com. The Hindu stated that D-Day sends out a strong statement. The problem is that it is emotional. And modern India is not that naive. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave it 3 out of 5 stars and stated that D-Day is far from perfect, but as pulpy Bollywood action films go, it’s very watchable and works its strengths. The film’s ending, controversial and melodramatic to say the least, nevertheless sits comfortably with the wish-fulfilment fantasy that Advani’s milking. Sneha May Francis of Emirates 24/7described the film as a "sensational take on India’s most notorious gangster". Subhash K. Jha of IANS called the film "an acutely accomplished work of art". Deccan Chronicle praised the film and stated that Rishi Kapoor makes the best Dawood Ibrahim. He has the demeanour and an ominous aura. NDTV gave it 3 stars.
D-Day had occupancies of around 15–20% in the morning shows. The movie collected ₹2.75 crore (US$420,000) net in its first day, which was later changed to as ₹2.9 crore (US$440,000) net. The movie saw a sharp rise in the collections in the second day, with an estimated amount of ₹5 crore (US$770,000) net, which was later estimated at ₹4.5 crore (US$690,000) net. The movie went on to collect ₹5.5 crore (US$840,000) net on Sunday, taking its first weekend collections to ₹12.9 crore (US$2.0 million) net. The movie went on to collect ₹24 crore (US$3.7 million) net in its first week. It collected ₹4 crore (US$610,000) net in its second week, taking its total collections to ₹28 crore (US$4.3 million) net. It was declared as an average by Box Office India, which estimated its two-week collections at ₹17.5 crore (US$2.7 million) net.
D-Day was dull in the overseas, collecting $425,000 in its first weekend. The movie could not do strong business in the overseas front, collecting ₹3.5 crore (US$540,000) in two weeks and was declared an average.
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