Mukhbiir (transl.Informer) is a 2008 Indian Hindi-language spy thriller film directed by the Mani Shankar. The film revolves around the life and events surrounding an Indian spy. The film stars actor Sameer Dattani as the spy, and Om Puri, Sunil Shetty, Sushant Singh, Rahul Dev, Jackie Shroff and Raima Sen play the supporting roles.

Mukhbiir Poster.JPG
Promotional poster
Directed byMani Shankar
Written byMani Shankar
Produced bySudhish Rambottla
StarringSameer Dattani
Om Puri
Sunil Shetty
Sushant Singh
Rahul Dev
Jackie Shroff
Raima Sen
CinematographyAjayan Vincent
Edited byApurva Asrani
Music byPritam Chakraborty
Sandeep Chowta
Karthik Raja
Shashi Preetam
Release date
  • 29 August 2008 (2008-08-29)
Running time
137 mins



Director Mani Shankar had a story in mind in 1996 itself when he was shooting an anti-militancy music video for the Intelligence Bureau. It was during this time that he met a young Intelligence Bureau recruit who was badly tortured in militant captivity. The young man was left unaided by the Indian government thereafter as he offered them no utility. This rendezvous with the stark reality of their lives inspired Mani Shankar into the story for this film. Mani Shankar was once asked in an interview on why his previous films such as Rudraksh spent too much on research and very little on character emotions. He replied in affirmative and said that he strived to blend both of them well in this film. Since the subject of the film revolved around espionage, Mani Shankar resorted to intense research to avoid any unverifiable instances in his film. He worked closely with the Indian espionage service and utilised information for the film. Producer Sudhish Rambottla selected Mani Shankar's script after reviewing 40 of them.[1]

Director Mani Shankar felt that actor Sameer Dattani will not comprehend fear and hence not emote well while filming. To overcome this, Mani Shankar insisted that Dattani spend a night in a prison.[1] Only the local inspector knew him to be an actor. Besides conducting several training workshops for Dattani to prepare for his character, Mani Shankar also organized a visit to the underworld.[2] Though he had a harrowing experience during the night, he was happy that his efforts brought him praise from the critics.[1]


The music was composed by Pritam Chakraborty, Sandeep Chowta, Shashi Preetam and Karthik Raja and released by Sony Music India. All lyrics were penned by P. K. Mishra.

Soundtrack album by
LabelSony Music India
ProducerPritam Chakraborty
Sandeep Chowta
Shashi Preetam
Karthik Raja
Track list
1."Tu Salaamat"Pritam ChakrabortyKK6:18
2."Jeena"Sandeep ChowtaSonu Kakkar5:03
3."Dhoonde Dil"Shashi PreetamHariharan6:44
4."Tere Bina"Karthik RajaMadhushree4:21
5."Piya Mera Banjaara"Karthik RajaSonu Kakkar5:15
Total length:27:41

Release and receptionEdit

Prior to its release, director Mani Shankar claimed that he was able to help the producer recover the budget costs. He hypothesized that the revenue from television, home video rights along with the soundtrack is usually more than the cost of the production. Since Mani Shankar claimed "pre-release profit" for this film due to intelligent budgeting,[3] he was confident even before the film's release.[2]

The film released on 29 August 2008 across India. The film's release coincided with the release of six other movies – Hijack, Chamku, C Kkompany, Rock On!!, Wanted and WALL-E.[4] Usually Indian film distributors don't expect much from the films which are released during the Ramadan season. Citing them as "gap fillers" and average films, the distributors didn't foresee much revenue for this film and for those released during this season.[3] On the contrary, Mani Shankar said that they tried for the film to release during the holy month of Ramadan. This was because it had relevance to film's story that had the protagonist getting converted to Islam.[3] Actor Dattani was not quite worried about the audience' expectations, but instead he was worried about his expectations from the film.[2]

In the first week of its release, the film garnered 15 lakh (US$19,000).[5] Producer Rambottla was so impressed with the efforts of actor Dattani and director Mani Shankar, that he declared a unique money-back offer to audiences. As per this, he was prepared to offer a ticket refund to 5,000 viewers across India if they did not like the film.[1]

Though film critic Taran Adarsh liked the idea of the film, he found it similar to Ram Gopal Varma's Contract. Despite various cinematic sequences which he found to be well written and enacted, Adarsh found the climax to be totally completely unnatural. Terming it as a film that "could've been a riveting experience, but it fails to register an impact."[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Wader, Sharin (15 September 2008). "Sammir spent a night behind bars!". Times News Network. The Times of India. Retrieved 18 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Hingorani, Piyo (27 August 2008). "Mukhbir is a hit before the release: Mani Shankar". CNN IBN. Retrieved 18 September 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Bansal, Robin (29 August 2008). "Ramadan affects Rock On, Mukhbiir prospects". The Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 5 August 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2008.
  4. ^ "New record? Five releases in a day". Bollywood Trade News Network. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
  5. ^ Tuteja, Joginder (11 September 2008). "Box office analysis(Part I)". Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2008.
  6. ^ Adarsh, Taran (29 August 2008). "Movie Review: Mukhbiir". Retrieved 18 September 2008.

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