Ittefaq (2017 film)
Ittefaq (transl. Coincidence) is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language mystery-thriller film, directed by Abhay Chopra and produced by Red Chillies Entertainment in association with BR Studios and Dharma Productions. The film is inspired by the eponymous 1969 film, which was directed by Yash Chopra. It stars Sidharth Malhotra, Akshaye Khanna and Sonakshi Sinha. The film has a Rashomon effect storytelling. The film was released on 3 November 2017.
|Directed by||Abhay Chopra|
|Produced by||Shah Rukh Khan|
Renu Ravi Chopra
Hiroo Yash Johar
|Written by||Abhay Chopra|
|Screenplay by||Abhay Chopra|
by Yash Chopra
|Starring||Sidharth Malhotra |
|Music by||Tanishk Bagchi|
|Edited by||Nitin Baid|
|Distributed by||AA Films|
|Box office||est. ₹56.26 crore|
Vikram (Sidharth Malhotra) is an acclaimed British writer of Indian descent. On the launch of his third book in Mumbai, he finds his publisher wife Katherine dead in their hotel room. The police suspect him so he flees by car. As the cops give chase, his car overturns and he escapes with injuries, taking shelter in a nearby apartment. Maya (Sonakshi Sinha), a young housewife who lives there, spots a police car outside and rushes there for help.
The police find Vikram next to the body of her lawyer husband, Shekhar, who has been murdered. They also find burnt photographs in the trash. Dev Verma (Akshaye Khanna), an officer investigating the double murder, interrogates 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. He found Maya at her door and asked for help. He added that his wife did not attend the book launch, as she was unwell and took medicines for a heart ailment. Vikram entered Maya's flat and said that she attempted to seduce him. Maya introduced Chirag, who entered her house saying he was her husband. When Vikram saw a wallpaper photo on her PC and realized Chirag was not Maya's husband, Chirag struck him with a candle-holder and Vikram lost consciousness. Upon waking, he found Shekhar's body next to him. While in custody Vikram was shown removing his shoe as if his foot is sore or shoe is pinching him.
According to Maya's account, she found an injured Vikram at her door, asking for help. She let him in only to find out from the news that the police are looking for him for the murder of his wife. Vikram whipped out a knife and overpowered her, and began searching for documents at Shekhar's desk when she turned a visiting Chirag away, with whom she confessed of having an extramarital affair. Around midnight, her husband returned and struggled to free her from Vikram. Maya rushed outside to a police vehicle for help. By the time she returned, Vikram had killed her husband with a candle-holder.
Meanwhile, the police find that a gang rape victim named Sandhya committed suicide recently because Vikram had written his third book about that incident and, hoping to prevent his third book from being a failure, he had leaked her identity to generate buzz. Examination of Katherine's body reveals that she had died of a heart attack.
The forensic team informs Dev that Shekhar was attacked on the head by someone who was at least 6 feet tall. The police initially suspect Vikram as his height is 6’1". However, it is found that the burnt photographs were those of Maya and Chirag, who is 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 Maya and Chirag had killed Shekhar when he confronted them with the photos. Moreover, there was no mud on Shekhar's shoes at the time of his death. It had rained at 11 pm and there was mud on the streets. Vikram had stated that Shekhar had come home at 7:30, hence his account was believed to be true whereas Maya's account of his husband returning home at 12 am was labelled false as a result. Vikram is deemed innocent and released from custody. He cremates his wife's body, and Maya and Chirag are arrested and charged with Shekhar's murder.
At home, Dev is reading Vikram's second book when his wife Meera (Mandira Bedi) spoils 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. They discover that the capsules had been tampered with and the dose was made three times higher than normal, which caused Katherine to have a fatal heart attack.
Dev calls Vikram while the latter is about to catch a flight back to London. On the phone, Vikram confesses to having killed Katherine and Shekhar. He killed Katherine because she was threatening to charge him for the suicide of Sandhya. Shekhar was the lawyer working with her to file a case against him. He fled to Shekhar's house to destroy the legal documents of the case. When Maya went out to seek help, he killed her husband and stumbled across the photographs with her lover. He partially burnt them and threw them in the trash, banking on the conviction that the police would find the ominously burnt, adulterous pictures, creating a convincing story to dupe the police, which would then insinuate the inquisitory suspicion that it was Maya, in conjunction with Chirag who had orchestrated the murder of her husband Shekhar in order to conceal her affair. He also switched Shekar's muddy shoes with his own. He tells Dev that he has already cremated his wife's body; thus there is no evidence left. Dev decides to catch Vikram and punish him even if he has to take an illegal action to do so. However, Vikram leaves for London on his flight before he can be stopped.
- Sidharth Malhotra as Vikram Sethi
- Akshaye Khanna as CBI Officer Devesh (Dev) Verma
- Sonakshi Sinha as Maya Sinha
- Himanshu Kohli as Inspector Gautam Kohli
- Pavail Gulati as Chirag
- Mandira Bedi as Meera Verma, Dev's wife
- Sachin Sharma as Shekhar Sinha
- Sanyukta Timsina as Sandhya
- Kimberly Louisa McBeath as Katherine Sethi
- Ajay Jadhav as Tambe
- Godaan Kumar as night security guard
- Rishabh Nigam as Shravan
- Arpit Sharma as Arpit the forensic expert
The official announcement of the film was made in April 2016. The title of the film was said to be Ittefaq. The film was shot on a 50-day non-stop schedule. Co-produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, BR Studios & Dharma Productions, Ittefaq released on 3 November. 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. 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. But before the release they came out with a campaign on Digital Media, requesting viewers not to disclose the culprit after watching movie.
Rather than using traditional and costly marketing techniques (reality show promotion, media interviews and city tours), the producers decided to focus on television, radio and print advertising.
The movie has garnered "100% fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes out of 5 reviews. India Today reviewed "Sidharth-Sonakshi's murder mystery will keep you on your toes". The Indian Express stated the movie as "a smart, gripping whodunit". Deccan Chronicle called the movie "A crackling whodunnit".
The film, which was released on 1100 screens throughout India, had a moderate opening of ₹ 40 million. Ittefaq was in competition with Golmaal Again, which released in Diwali, has been in strong position even after the third week. Hollywood's Thor: Ragnarok of the popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, which recorded strong opening collection, 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 by fighting against Golmaal Again and Thor: Ragnarok.
|1.||"Ittefaq Se (Raat Baaki)"||Tanishk Bagchi, Groot||Tanishk Bagchi||Jubin Nautiyal, Nikhita Gandhi||3:20|
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