Directed by: Raj Kumar Gupta
Starring: Arjun Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma, Prashanth Alexander, Shantilal Mukherjee
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Release date: 24 May, 2019
Running Time: 123 Minutes
India’s Most Wanted is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language Action Thriller film directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, and starring Arjun Kapoor. The film is about tracking a terrorist in a secret mission and arresting him without firing bullets. This film also deals with a journey of Prabhat Kapoor’s (played by Arjun Kapoor) life of action adventure. India’s Most Wanted is inspired from the arrest of proscribed organisation Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi, also referred to as India’s Osama Bin Laden, in January 2018 by Delhi Police.
Principal photography of the film began in May 2018 and wrapped up in November 2018. The soundtrack was composed by Amit Trivedi, with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya, and released under the banner Saregama. The film is scheduled for release on 24 May, 2019.
The film was announced in May 2018. After the success of Raid, Gupta confirmed that he was working on two scripts. Among them one is a detective crime thriller. Arjun Kapoor was the only choice for the leading role.
Principal photography of the film began in May 2018. The shooting of India’s Most Wanted took place in many places in Bihar like Gol Ghar, Kali Ghat (NIT Ghat), Kargil Chowk (near Gandhi Maidan) and Bahadurpur Housing Colony. Some portions of the film was shot in Nepal. Principal photography ended in November 2018.
The teaser poster of the film was released on 15 April 2019. Another teaser poster of the film was released on 16 April 2019. The official teaser of the film was premiered on 16 April 2019 by Fox Star Studios on YouTube. The official trailer of the film was premiered on 2 May 2019 by Fox Star Studios on YouTube.
India’s Most Wanted: Movie Trailer
India’s Most Wanted: Movie Review
Raj Kumar Gupta has style. I loved the cuts to music in Aamir, the slow-burn intensity of No One Killed Jessica, the convoluted whimsy of Ghanchakkar. I’m therefore disappointed by India’s Most Wanted, a well-meaning thriller too restrained to be memorable. While the basic idea is fine — a ragtag team of unimpressive men setting out to capture “India’s Osama” — there is little that leaves an impact.
The film subscribes to the problematic trend of underscoring scenes of terrorism with strains of Islamic music, as if qawwals build bombs. The idea is to generate a Pavlovian association, showing terrorists as Urdu-speaking, religiously motivated believers, while the good guys have an Om sticker on their Scorpio.
These good guys don’t seem good at anything. Their investigations are based on hunches and commitment instead of actual strategy. The film prizes intent and determination, with Arjun Kapoor as an unheroic leader. All we learn about his Prabhat Kapoor is that he loves his country, and that he’s patient. He may be a maverick, but he tries to communicate by the book.
Nine Indian men drive two SUVs into Kathmandu. The lack of any women in this holidaying group makes the border control officer immediately suspicious, but cross-border opposition is deployed lazily. Pakistani forces take their time. Times have changed, and Indian policemen aren’t the ones who reach the scene after the climax these days.
There are a few neat touches. The film uses Shah Rukh Khan‘s immigration woes in America to kickstart its narrative. The terrorists are shown as big money players, leaving 200% tips when out bombing – in contrast to the Indian desperadoes who have to share a beer at a bar. There’s a delightful visual of a Pakistani intelligence officer hurrying through an office, adaab-ing rapidly as he strides, and the filmmakers make Kathmandu look great.
All this film needed to be was smart. It is thorough – there is much waiting around and scrutiny of agents and potential double-agents – but for a film about intelligence, this isn’t particularly bright.
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