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Ittefaq (English: Coincidence) is a 2017 Indian mystery-thriller film, directed by Abhay Chopra and produced by Red Chillies Entertainment in association with BR Studios & Dharma Productions. The film is inspired from the 1969 film by the same name, directed by Yash Chopra.[3][4][5] It stars Akshaye Khanna, Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles. The film is a Rashomon effect storytelling film. [3] The film was released on 3 November 2017.[6]

Ittefaq
Theatrical Poster of Ittefaq
Official poster
Hindi इत्तेफाक
Directed by Abhay Chopra
Produced by Shah Rukh Khan
Karan Johar
Gauri Khan
Renu Ravi Chopra
Hiroo Yash Johar
Written by Abhay Chopra
Shreyas Jain
Nikhil Mehrotra
Screenplay by Abhay Chopra
Based on Ittefaq
by Yash Chopra
Starring Akshaye Khanna
Sidharth Malhotra
Sonakshi Sinha
Music by Tanishk Bagchi
Cinematography Michal Luka
Edited by Nitin Baid
Production
company
Distributed by Red Chillies Entertainment
Release date
  • 3 November 2017 (2017-11-03)
Running time
107 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 290 million[1]
Box office est. 357.2–514.70 million[1][2]

Contents

PlotEdit

Vikram (Sidharth Malhotra) is an acclaimed British writer of Indian descent. On the night of the launch of his third book in Mumbai, he returns to his hotel to find his wife, Katherine dead and he calls the police. After the police arrives at his place, Police Suspects him for murdering his wife hence,he evades them and speeds away in his car. While the cops are giving him a chase, his car overturns. He manages to escape with minor injuries and attempts to take shelter in a nearby apartment. Later that night, Maya (Sonakshi Sinha), a young housewife who resides in the same apartment, spots a police car outside and rushes to it for help. The police enter her flat and find Vikram standing next to the body of her lawyer husband, Shekhar Sinha, who has been murdered. The police retrieve a blood-stained candle holder which was the weapon used to kill Shekhar. They also find burnt photographs in the trash can. Dev Verma (Akshaye Khanna), a police officer investigating the double murder case, interrogates both Vikram and Maya.

According to Vikram's account, he fled from the police because he feared he would be framed for his wife's murder, and entered an apartment nearby, finding Maya at her door dumping something in the trash can, asked her for help. He added that his wife did not attend the book launch as she was unwell and would take medicines for a heart ailment. Vikram entered Maya's flat and found the glass of her teapoy shattered. Maya told him that she had accidentally dropped a vase on it. He also noticed that a bedroom was locked from the outside. He added that Maya attempted to seduce him and that he did not give in. Maya introduced Chirag (Pavail Gulati) who then entered her house as her husband Shekhar to Vikram, who he realized was not her husband from a framed photo in the house; Chirag struck him with the candle-holder and Vikram momentarily lost consciousness. Upon gaining consciousness, he found Shekhar's body next to him and the police at the door accompanied by Maya.

According to Maya's account, her doorbell rang and she answered the door to find an injured Vikram asking her for help. She let him in only to find out from the television news that the police are on a lookout for him for murder of his wife. Vikram whipped out a knife and overpowered her, and began searching for some documents at Shekhar's desk when she turned a visiting Chirag away, who she confessed of having an extramarital affair with. Around midnight, her husband returned home and struggled to free her from Vikram. In the struggle, the glass of the teapoy got shattered and Maya rushed outside to a police vehicle for help. By the time she returned with the police, Vikram had killed her husband with a candle-holder and was standing next to his body.

The police also interrogate Chirag who corroborated Maya’s account. Meanwhile, the police find that a gang rape victim named Sandhya had committed suicide recently because Vikram’s third book had revealed her identity. Examination of Katherine's body reveals that she had died of a heart attack.

The forensic team informed Dev that Shekhar was attacked on the head by someone while Shekhar was standing and that the attacker must have been at least 6 feet tall. The police initially suspect Vikram as his height is 6’1”. On the second day of investigation, it is found that the photographs that were burnt were those of Maya and Chirag, who was also about 6 feet tall. The photographs had been taken by a detective hired by Shekhar. The police eventually conclude that Vikram’s account is true and that Maya and Chirag had killed Shekhar when he confronted them with the photographs. Vikram is deemed innocent and gets released from custody. He cremates his wife’s body and is about to fly back to London. Maya and Chirag get arrested and are charged with the crime of Shekhar’s murder.

At home, Dev is reading Vikram's second book when his wife Meera (Mandira Bedi) spoils to him that the protagonist dies of drug overdose. Dev rushes to the forensic doctor to check if Vikram's wife could have died from an overdose of the medicine she had been taking for her heart ailment. They discover that although the prescription was for a very low dose of the medicine, the pills had been tampered with and the actual dose was three times higher, which would have caused Katherine to have a fatal heart attack.

Dev calls up Vikram while the latter is about to catch a flight to London. On the phone, Vikram confesses to having killed Katherine and Shekhar. He reveals that he killed Katherine because she was threatening to charge him for the suicide of Sandhya. When the police arrived at his place, he noticed a call from Shekhar on Katherine's phone, who was the lawyer working with Katherine to file a case against him. He then fled to Shekhar's house to retrieve and destroy the legal documents of the case. When Maya went out to seek help, he killed her husband and stumbled across her photographs with her lover while searching for the legal documents. He burnt the photographs and threw them in the trash can and then created a convincing story to dupe the police. He tells Dev that he has already cremated his wife's body and thus there is no evidence left. Dev attempts to stop Vikram's flight but in vain. Vikram's voice in the background then says that he took advantage of a simple coincidence to save himself. Meanwhile, Dev silently takes the decision of catching Vikram and punishing him even if he has to take an illegal action during the search.

CastEdit

  • Akshaye Khanna as CBI officer Dev Verma
  • Sidharth Malhotra as Vikram Sethi
  • Sonakshi Sinha as Maya Sinha
  • Himanshu Kohli as Inspector Gautam
  • Pavail Gulati as Chirag
  • Mandira Bedi as Meera Verma, Dev's wife
  • Samir Sharma as Shekhar Sinha
  • Sanyukta Timsina as Sandhya
  • Kimberly Louisa McBeath as Katherine Sethi
  • Ajay Jadhav as Tambe
  • Rishabh Nigam as Shravan

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The official announcement of the film was made in April 2016. The title of the film was said to be Ittefaq. [7] [8]The film was shot on a 50-day non-stop schedule. Co-produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, BR Studios & Dharma Productions, Ittefaq released on November 3. Ittefaq is an adaptation of a film with the same name, produced by BR Chopra under his BR Films banner & directed by Yash Chopra. The 1969 film starred Rajesh Khanna, Iftekhar and Nanda in lead roles. While Sidharth steps into Rajesh Khanna’s shoes, Nanda’s role is essayed by Sonakshi. Akshaye plays Iftekhar’s role.[3] The film is directed by Abhay Chopra, grand son of BR Chopra, the producer of the original film. The makers of the film decided that movie will NOT be promoted at any platform.[9] But before the release they promote it on Digital Media by requesting to not disclose the secret after watching movie and don't become spoiler.

CastingEdit

The makers of the film chose Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha to star in the film as lead roles.[3] Rajkummar Rao was casted to play a doctor but he then opted out.

FilmingEdit

The principal photography of the film started in February 2017.[10] The film was entirely shot in Mumbai.[3]

PromotionEdit

Rather than using traditional and costly marketing techniques (reality show promotion, media interviews and city tours), producers have decided to focus on television, radio and print advertising.[11]

ReleaseEdit

ReviewsEdit

The movie has garnered "100% fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes out of 5 reviews.[12] India Today reviewed "Sidharth-Sonakshi's murder mystery will keep you on your toes"[13]. The Indian Express stated the movie as "a smart, gripping whodunit".[14] Deccan Chronicle called the movie "A crackling whodunnit".[15]

Box OfficeEdit

The film, which was released throughout the entire 1100 screens in India, had a moderate opening of 40 million.[6] Ittefaq was in competition with Golmaal Again, which released in Diwali, has been in strong position even after the third week. Hollywood's popular 'Thor' series of huge budget picture Thor: Ragnarok, whose opening income is strong was released concurrently with the film thus affecting its business. Despite the tough competition, Ittefaq has been able to earn as much as ₹40 million[6] by fighting against Golmaal Again and Thor: Ragnarok.[16]

  • 1st Day ₹40 million (India)[6]
  • 2nd Day ₹50.6 million (India)[6]
  • 3rd Day ₹60.5 million (India)[6]

SoundtrackEdit

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Ittefaq Se (Raat Baaki)" Tanishk Bagchi, Groot Tanishk Bagchi Jubin Nautiyal, Nikhita Gandhi 3:20
Total length: 3:20

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b https://boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=3643
  2. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/box-office-special-features/box-office-worldwide-collections-day-wise-break-ittefaq/
  3. ^ a b c d e "Shah Rukh Khan says yes to 'Ittefaq' remake". The Times of India. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha to star in Shah Rukh Khan-Karan Johar's 'Ittefaq' remake?". International Business Times. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Shah Rukh Khan not a part of Ittefaq remake". Deccan Chronicle. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Ittefaq Box Office Collection Day 3: Sonakshi Sinha And Sidharth Malhotra's Film Shows 'Steady Growth' With Over Rs. 15 Crore". NDTV. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 
  7. ^ "Ittefaq: सस्पेंस और थ्रिल से भरपूर सिद्धार्थ-सोनाक्षी की फिल्म का ट्रेलर, मर्डर मिस्ट्री सुलझाएंगे अक्षय खन्ना". NDTVIndia. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  8. ^ "100 मिनट की इस नॉन स्टॉप थ्रिलर में एक भी सॉन्ग नहीं…". NDTVIndia. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  9. ^ "OMG! Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha, Akshaye Khanna starrer Ittefaq will NOT be promoted". Bollywood Hungama. 5 Oct 2017. Retrieved 18 Oct 2017. 
  10. ^ "'Ittefaq' remake: Sonakshi Sinha and Siddharth Malhotra starts shooting, Shah Rukh Khan gives thumbs-up". ABP News. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  11. ^ Vats, Rohit. "Will a selective promotional drive for Ittefaq set a trend for other films in Bollywood?". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ittefaq (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  13. ^ "Ittefaq Movie Review: Sidharth-Sonakshi's murder mystery will keep you on your toes". India Today. Retrieved 2017-11-03. 
  14. ^ "Ittefaq movie review: The Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha starrer is a smart, gripping whodunit". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2017-11-04. 
  15. ^ "Ittefaq movie review: A crackling whodunnit". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-11-04. 
  16. ^ "'Ittefaq' box-office collection Day 3: Sidharth Malhotra-Sonakshi Sinha starrer rakes in Rs 27.50 crore". Times of India. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 

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