Dus (English: Ten) is a 2005 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film based on the Indian Special Investigation Team (SIT) Officers. The film is directed by Anubhav Sinha and produced by Nitin Manmohan. It stars Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Zayed Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Esha Deol, Dia Mirza and Raima Sen in lead roles. The film is a tribute to celebrated director Mukul S. Anand, who had died while filming the 1997 incomplete film of the same name, and which had also starred Sanjay Dutt along with Salman Khan. The film was a commercial and critical success at the Indian box office.

Dus
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnubhav Sinha
Produced byNitin Manmohan
Written byYash-Vinay
StarringSanjay Dutt
Sunil Shetty
Abhishek Bachchan
Zayed Khan
Narrated bySanjay Dutt
Music bySongs:
Vishal–Shekhar
Background Score:
Ranjit Barot
CinematographyVijay Kumar Arora
Edited byAmarjeet Singh
Distributed byKarma Entertainment
Release date
  • 8 July 2005 (2005-07-08)
Running time
147 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget₹220 million[1]
Box office₹388 million[1]

The film follows the head of the ATC, played by Dutt, and his team, as they embark on a mission to prevent a deadly terrorist attack orchestrated by an international terrorist and criminal, Jamwaal with only 7 days to do so. The incident was to take place on 10 May, thus explaining the name of the film.

PlotEdit

In the opening narration, Siddhant Dheer (Sanjay Dutt), the head of the Anti-Terrorist Cell (a fictitious organisation), reflects on how rampant terrorism has become in the world and goes on to tell the story of 7 of the hardest days in his life.

The ATC has a tip off about an impending terrorist attack on 10 May, targeting 20–25 thousand people. The man behind the plan is one Jamwaal, a hardened criminal who is feared by political figures and the law alike. Siddhant starts an unofficial investigation against Jamwaal. A goon named Altaf is arrested in connection to the case after the ATC defuse a bomb threat at a building.

Later, a woman is shot dead at her own home by an unknown assailant. Siddhant gets a tip from Neha (Esha Deol), an undercover officer stationed by him in Canada, that an aide of Jamwaal named Himmat Mehendi has been arrested by the Canadian police. Siddhant sends his brother Shashank Dheer (Abhishek Bachchan) and his partner, Aditya Singh (Zayed Khan) to apprehend Himmat, take him to a safe location pointed out by Neha and extract information from him about Jamwaal and his plan. After attending his sister Anu's (Diya Mirza) engagement, Shashank and Aditya head to Canada on the same day. At the same time, Anu and her husband are kidnapped in lieu of Altaaf's release. Siddhant then realises that there is a terrorist informer in the ATC itself.

Meanwhile, in Canada, Aditya and Shashank are caught unawares when Aditya realises that the car they are travelling in has a bomb. He asks Shashank to drive fast as reducing the speed would detonate the bomb. A local police officer named Dan (Sunil Shetty) is meeting his wife, trying to convince her to return to him after an incident that killed their baby while she was still pregnant. He sees them driving at top speed. He goes on to pursue them, much to his wife's anguish, resulting in a high speed car chase. Aditya and Shashank are able to escape and finally jump off the car as it travels a bridge, slows down, and explode. They then meet Neha, who reveals that she had planted the bomb in their car (having asked them by phone to get into it in the first place), calling it a test. The two go to her house and later manage to kidnap Himmat, who initially claims to them that he is "JD". Dan happens upon them again and now follows them to another bridge, where he pulls them over and roughly interrogates them, all the while refusing to believe who they really are. However, a hit squad appears on the bridge and attacks them. One of their bullets hits Dan on the shoulder while Aditya and Shashank react quickly enough to save his life and kill the men. Later, in custody, Himmat breaks down and tells them that everybody working for Jamwaal is a pawn who is expendable at any point. It is here that an initially skeptical Dan teams up with Aditya and Shashank in return for them saving his life and the trio move to his house.

When Himmat claims that he does not know anything else, the team realizes that Himmat believes Jamwaal will save him, which is why he is not revealing sensitive information. They then stage an attempt on Himmat's life and a scared Himmat informs them that the only people who pose any real danger to Jamwaal are Asif and Irfan, his friends turned foes, who betrayed him in order to foil his plan for the 10th of May. Himmat tells them that he knows where Asif might be. This leads the team to a disco, Asif's supposed hideout, where they question him alongside Himmat. Asif merely gives them Irfan's whereabouts and commits suicide. They then confront Irfan, believing him to be Jamwaal, and after killing his goons, kill him too. In India, Siddhant prepares a trap to rescue Anu. Anu's husband dies, but Anu is saved and the mole, Roy, is detained and commits suicide instead of suffering the indignity of going to prison, but not before revealing the codeword for the entire operation, "JEET". An enraged Siddhant learns from Altaf that the latter had been hired by Jamwaal to kill Asif and Irfan in Canada before the 10th. Siddhant decides to go to Canada, while his colleague and love interest, Aditi (Shilpa Shetty) decides to use Altaf as a bait to track down people in league with Jamwaal. As a result, many high-profile individuals and politicians are exposed.

In Canada, Himmat is set free. Shashank decides to propose to Neha and goes to her house along with Dan and Aditya. However, they find the house suspiciously empty and dark. Suddenly, they hear the footsteps of an intruder and confront him. They are shocked to find that the intruder is Siddhant, who tells them that Neha had been murdered a long time back. Now, it is revealed that the woman who was shot to death earlier was the real Neha. Siddhant explains that Jamwaal had Neha killed and replaced a fake Neha, since he had prior information to Aditya and Shashank's arrival in Canada (because of Roy). The day Altaf was arrested, Jamwaal suffered an accident and was arrested in a DUI. The real Neha, who had been following them at that point, only knew the real Himmat Mehendi, who had been with Jamwaal at the time and who had been killed by Irfan shortly after that event. It was his body which was found in Priya's car when she was about to divorce Dan. Further more, Jamwaal had wanted to kill his former friends while they were trying to kill him too (Asif having sent the hit squad on the bridge). But Altaf, his hired goon was arrested by ATC. When he was kidnapped by the group while being assumed to be Himmat Mehendi, he kept the misunderstanding going and conned Aditya, Shashank and Dan to do what he wanted Altaaf to do, thus making his coast clear. This leads to one shocking reality- The person that the group had assumed to be Himmat Mehendi was the real Jamwaal.

Still clueless about Jamwaal's plan, the quartet, once again, focuses on "JEET". Siddhant figures that every letter in the word has something to do with its position in the English alphabet. J is 10, the date of the attack; E is 5, denoting the month of May; E denotes the time, 5 o' clock and T is 20, which is still unknown. The group later receives information that a football match is supposed to take place at a nearby stadium on that date and the Prime Minister of India has been invited there as the Chief Guest, to be felicitated by the 20-25 thousand people present.

Realizing that this stadium will be bombed on the fateful day at 5 o'clock, the quartet turns up at the stadium and splits up. Early in the piece, Siddhant is captured by the stadium guards, who were in on the plan. Aditya finds the bomb on a car whose registration number ends with the number 20 (thus explaining T in JEET), the timer having also been set at 20 minutes. He drives the car outside the stadium while Shashank finds another bomb of the same size and takes it to a nearby flying club, where he runs into the fake Neha, who confesses that she has fallen in love with him. They load the bombs into a small plane, with Shashank deciding to dispose the bomb off in a deserted area, away from city limits. Dan enters the stadium by another route, only to end up being taken hostage along with his estranged wife and some school children she is escorting. Dan somehow rescues his wife and the children, while Siddhant manages to escape and kill some goons despite being temporarily blinded. As both head to different directions to find Jamwaal, the latter is informed by his men that both the bombs have been taken away and that the mission has failed. Jamwaal tries to escape from the building, only to run into Siddhant. As Siddhant doesn't know him, Jamwaal nearly succeeds in escaping by pretending to be someone else, but Siddhant calls him on his bluff.

Here, Shashank realizes that he has too little time to dispose off the second bomb safely, and decides to crash the plane along with himself and the fake Neha, much to the group's anguish. He bids an emotional farewell to the others and then crashes the plane into a nearby lake. Meanwhile, Aditya is in trouble too because he is running out of time and does not know where to dispose the bomb. Siddhant is distraught by the turn of events. Dan calls for help, with which he succeeds in rescuing Aditya just moments before the jeep explodes in a valley. Jamwaal tries to escape, but is tracked down and shot dead by Siddhant in an elevator.

The film ends as Shashank's ashes are immersed in the river while Siddhant laments that while everything had returned to normal after those 7 days, it had come at the great expense of his brother's life.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film is a tribute to celebrated director Mukul S. Anand, who had died while filming the 1997 incomplete film of the same name, and which had also starred Sanjay Dutt along with Salman Khan. Shah Rukh Khan was also reportedly set to star in the film. The film had a plot involving terrorism in Kashmir, along with Sylvester Stallone style action scenes. The film had a then unprecedented budget of ₹200 million.[2] However, the 1997 film was cancelled after Anand's death. The 2005 film is a different film, with a different plot.

Box officeEdit

According to Box Office India, it had an excellent opening. In its full theatrical run at the box office, it grossed around ₹388.4 million and was rated an above average grosser due to its high budget. It was the eighth highest-grossing film of the year 2005.[3]

SoundtrackEdit

The music is composed by Vishal-Shekhar. Lyrics are penned by Panchhi Jalonvi and Mehboob. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 17,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's sixth highest-selling.[4] The song 'Dus Bahane' was reportedly the most played song in 2005.[5] The song "Dus Bahane" was recreated as "Dus Bahane 2.0" for the 2020 film "Baaghi 3" by Vishal–Shekhar, and this was the first time to recreate their own song.[6][7][8] The song Deedar De was recreated for the 2020 film Chhalaang.[9][10]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Adrenaline Nitrate – Dus Theme"  5:45
2."Alternate Trance"Panchhi JalonviCara2:22
3."Chham Se"Panchhi JalonviSonu Nigam, Shaan, Babul Supriyo, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sapna Mukherjee5:17
4."Deedar De"Panchhi JalonviSunidhi Chauhan, Krishna Beura4:56
5."Deedar De – 2"Panchhi JalonviSunidhi Chauhan, Krishna Beura5:05
6."Dus Bahane"Panchhi JalonviKK, Shaan3:26
7."Dus Bahane – Extended"Panchhi JalonviKK, Shaan4:39
8."Get into My Car"Panchhi JalonviCaralisa Monteiro, Earl Edgar3:53
9."Jaaniya Ve"Panchhi JalonviHariharan, Mahalakshmi Iyer6:06
10."Make Some Noise"Panchhi JalonviRanjit Barot3:25
11."Samne Aati Ho"Panchhi JalonviSonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan4:49
12."Unse Pooche"Panchhi JalonviUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik4:50
13."Zalzala"MehboobSukhwinder Singh4:31

Awards and NominationsEdit

Award Category Nominee Results
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Action Allan Amin Won
Best Special Effects Prime Focus
Best Villain Pankaj Kapur Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Sunidhi Chauhan for "Deedar De"
Best Male Playback Singer KK and Shaan for "Dus Bahane"
Best Music Director Vishal-Shekhar (also for Bluffmaster)
Filmfare Awards Best Action Allan Amin Won
Best Villain Pankaj Kapur Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer KK and Shaan for "Dus Bahane"
Best Female Playback Singer Sunidhi Chauhan for "Deedar De"
Best Music Director Vishal-Shekhar

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Dus - Movie - Box Office India". boxofficeindia.com.
  2. ^ Chopra, Anupama (15 December 1996). "The Great Gamblers". India Today.
  3. ^ "Top India Total Nett Gross 2005 - - Box Office India". boxofficeindia.com.
  4. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Did you know that 'Dus Bahane' song was the most played song of 2005? - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Baaghi 3's Recreated Song Dus Bahane 2.0 Leads to Lots of 'Copycat' Memes on Twitter". News18. 13 February 2020.
  7. ^ "'Bas kardo Bollywood walon': Tiger Shroff's recreated track 'Dus Bahane 2.0' triggers epic meme fest on Twitter". Free Press Journal.
  8. ^ "Vishal-Shekhar excited to remix their own song for the first time - Times of India". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "'Chhalaang' song 'Deedar De': Rajkummar Rao-Nushrratt Bharuccha recreate hit 'Dus' track". DNA India. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Vishal-Shekhar distance themselves from Deedar De remix, say they were credited 'only because we composed the original'". Hindustan Times. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 24 November 2020.

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