Wanted (2009 film)

Wanted is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Prabhu Deva. The film stars Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna and Mahesh Manjrekar in the lead roles. The film was released on September 18, 2009 with Dil Bole Hadippa! and is an official remake of the Telugu film Pokiri. It received an A certificate for its depiction of violence, making it Khan's 2nd adult film after Garv: Pride and Honour (2004). The film was a critical and commercial success and gave Khan a much-needed boost, establishing him as one of the most successful actors in Bollywood.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byPrabhu Deva
Produced byBoney Kapoor
Written byShiraz Ahmed
Story byPuri Jagannadh
Based onPokiri
by Puri Jagannadh
StarringSalman Khan
Ayesha Takia
Prakash Raj
Mahesh Manjrekar
Vinod Khanna
Music bySongs:
Background Score:
CinematographyNirav Shah
Edited byDilip Deo
BSK Entertainment
Distributed bySahara One Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 18 September 2009 (2009-09-18)
Running time
154 minutes
Budget35 crore
Box office94 crore


Radhe, a gangster with a mysterious past, kills others for money. He meets Jhanvi while she's doing fitness training and instantly falls in love with her. Even though their first meeting leads Jhanvi to think negatively about Radhe, she later begins to reciprocate his feelings. However, Talpade, a selfish and perverted Inspector, lusts after Jhanvi and tells her to marry him with the threat that he would rape Jhanvi's mother if she decides to go against his decision. Talpade is tipped off about Radhe's existence by Jhanvi's landlord. He tries to threaten Radhe but ends up getting frightened of him after getting outsmarted by him.

Gani Bhai, an international don, arrives in India for assassination and hires Radhe. Gani Bhai operates his gang from outside of India. Golden Bhai is the gang leader of Gani Bhai's gang. Two gangs, Datta Pawle's and Gani Bhai's, fight for the biggest part of Mumbai. Due to this, Commissioner Ashraf Taufiq Khan decides to make Mumbai free of crime. He arrests Gani Bhai, who makes various attempts to contact Radhe, however, in vain. Ashraf is blackmailed to release Gani Bhai after his men release an explicit video of his daughter online after kidnapping her. Under the influence of drugs, his daughter reveals a mission that involves an IPS officer, Rajveer Singh Shekhawat, murdering Gani Bhai. Since Rajveer Shekhawat's identity is difficult to decipher, Gani Bhai holds his father, Shrikant Shekhawat, captive. Shrikant proudly tells him about his son, without revealing his true identity. Gani Bhai mistakes Ajay, Rajveer's adopted brother, for Rajveer Shekhawat and kills him. Gani Bhai realises his mistake and pressures Shrikant to reveal Rajveer's identity. Shrikant is murdered by Gani Bhai after he refuses to tell him. His son, Rajveer Shekhawat, who is revealed to be Radhe, arrives at the place of his father's death. Radhe is infuriated and decides to avenge the deaths of his father and brother. Through threatening Talpade, he locates Gani Bhai. After intense combat, Radhe finally manages to rescue Ashraf's daughter and kills both Gani Bhai and his co-conspirator Talpade.



Director Prabhu Deva was also the director of the previous Tamil remake, Pokkiri.

Asin Thottumkal & Ileana D'Cruz were approached for the role of Jhanvi, but due to other commitments, both rejected the offer. Consequently, the role went to Ayesha Takia. Nana Patekar was originally offered the role of Gani Bhai but due to his busy schedule, the role went to Prakash Raj who was seen in the original.[1] Salman Khan became very excited after hearing the script and agreed to the role. Part of the film was shot in the Greek Islands of Rodos, Santorini, and Paros.[2]


Soundtrack album by
16 August 2009 (India)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Sajid-Wajid chronology
Kal Kissne Dekha
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
Professional ratings
Review scores
Bollywood Hungama     [3]

The music of the film is given by Sajid Wajid. The music received mixed to negative reviews from critics, with a few songs seeing a positive response. Bollywood Hungama gave it an overall rating of 2.5/5. "Jalwa" and "Love Me Love Me" were declared the most successful tracks and topped the charts with its release.[4]

# Title Singer(s) Lyricist(s) Duration
1 "Ishq Vishq" Kamaal Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello Sameer 04:48
2 "Dil Leke" Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Suzanne D'Mello (English Vocals) Arun Bhairav 04:35
3 "Le Le Mazaa Le" Suzanne D'Mello, Sowmya Raoh, Hrishikesh Kamerkar, Nikita Nigam, Carlyta Mouhini Wajid Ali, Shabbir Ahmed 04:11
4 "Jalwa" Wajid Ali, Earl D'Souza Jalees Sherwani 04:31
5 "Tose Pyaar Karte Hai" Wajid Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan Shabbir Ahmed 03:47
6 "Most Wanted Track" Salman Khan Salman Khan 04:26
7 "Love Me Love Me" Wajid Ali, Amrita Kak Jalees Sherwani 04:06
8 "Dil Leke" (Remix) Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal Arun Bhairav 03:15
9 "Ishq Vishq" (Remix) Kamaal Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello Sameer 04:04
10 "Jalwa On The House" (Remix) Wajid Ali, Earl D'Souza Jalees Sherwani 04:15
11 "Tose Pyar Karte Hai" (Bhojpuri Makhan Mix) Wajid Ali, Earl D'Souza, Sunidhi Chauhan Shabbir Ahmed 04:53
12 "Love Me Love Me" (Mama Papa Mix) Wajid Ali, Amrita Kak Jalees Sherwani 04:43


Critical receptionEdit

Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India gave it 4 out of 5, so did Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama, who added "Wanted will run only on Salman's star power."[5][6] Indicine rated it 3/5, calling it "watchable for Salman Khan" and the "best out and out action flick of Bollywood"[7] Rotten Tomatoes rated 3.7/5[8]


2010 Filmfare Awards

2010 IIFA Awards[10]

Stardust Awards

  • Best Film of the Year – Action / Thriller – Boney Kapoor[11]

Star Screen Awards

  • Best Action – Vijayan Master[12]


The original Telugu film Pokiri, directed by Puri Jagannadh, was remade in several other languages and still found success in the respective regional cinemas. The Tamil version Pokkiri is the first remake. The second one was Wanted, the Hindi version in 2009. Pokiri was directed by Puri Jagannadh and Wanted was directed by Prabhu Deva. Prakash Raj reprises his role as the villain in both the remakes.[13][14] After that, a Kannada version, Porki, directed by M. D. Sridhar, was released on 14 January 2010.[15] Below is an actor map of the lead actors in the story of Pokiri and its remakes.


Film producer Boney Kapoor announced his ideas to make Wanted 2 during 2011. Salman Khan had also requested director Prabhu Deva to create a script. In 2012, Kapoor reported that he has thought of casting Khan opposite Asin for the lead role, and that the project is under the title of Most Wanted. However, Prabhu Deva announced that he is unsure about the sequel, and if it is being made, it would happen in the near future.a spiritual successor Radhe was announced on October 2019. It is scheduled to release on Eid 2021.


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  2. ^ Wanted (2009 – Hindi film), ELINEPA, 2003
  3. ^ "Wanted : Music Review by Joginder Tuteja". Bollywood Hungama. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  4. ^ Joginder Tuteja (15 August 2009). "Music Reviews". Bollywood Hungama.
  5. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/wanted/movie-review/5027960.cms
  6. ^ "Wanted: Movie Review by Taran Adarsh". Retrieved 17 September 2009.
  7. ^ Review: Wanted Hindi Movie Review. Indicine.com (19 September 2009). Retrieved on 2015-09-19.
  8. ^ Wanted (2009). Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 19 September 2015.
  9. ^ "3 Idiots, Dev D top winners at Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Nominations for IIFA 2010". IIFA.com. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Winners of Max Stardust Awards 2010". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Winners of Nokia 16th Annual Star Screen Awards 2009". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  13. ^ Bhaskar, Shwetha (15 January 2007). "Pokkiri: Watch only for Vijay, Asin". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  14. ^ Sen, Raja (18 September 2009). "Wanted is watchable... casually". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  15. ^ Indira Lakshminarayan, Shruti (29 January 2010). "Watch Porki only for Darshan". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.

External linksEdit

[[Category:Hindi remakes of Tamil films]]