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Dhaakad (transl. Formidable) is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language action film[5] directed by Razneesh Ghai and produced by Soham Rockstar Entertainment, Sohel Maklai Productions and Asylum films. The film stars Kangana Ranaut alongside Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta with Saswata Chatterjee in a supporting role.[6]

Dhaakad
Dhaakad poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRazneesh Ghai
Written byRitesh Shah
(dialogue)
Story byRazneesh Razy Ghai
Chintan Gandhi
Rinish Ravindra
Produced byDeepak Mukut
Sohel Maklai
Starring
CinematographyTetsuo Nagata
Edited byRameshwar S. Bhagat
Music byScore:
Dhruv Ghanekar
Songs:
Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Dhruv Ghanekar
Badshah
Hiten Kumar
Production
companies
Sohum Rockstar Entertainment
Sohel Maklai Productions
Asylum Films
Distributed byZee Studios
Release date
  • 20 May 2022 (2022-05-20)[1]
Running time
131 minutes[2]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget₹85 crore[3]
Box officeest. ₹3.77 crore[4]

Dhaakad was released theatrically on 20 May 2022.[1] It received mixed reviews from critics,[7] and was a major box office disaster, with most of its shows discontinued from cinemas within one week of release. On its eight day, the film sold only 20 tickets, hence collecting mere ₹4,420, which quickly became a meme material among the netizens.[8][9][10][11]

Synopsis

Agent Agni is an International Task Force (ITF) officer, who is ruthless in her tactics of handling terrorists and criminals. Agni is an orphan, whose parents were killed by an assassin when she was a child. She is then raised by an ITF officer. Agni is sent to Budapest to gather details about a arms trafficking and human trafficking racket. As per the information collected by her, the mastermind of the racket is Rudraveer and his partner, Rohini. Rudraveer is a mysterious character, who operates from Sohagpur Coal Fields near Bhopal, India. Agni is sent to collect information on Rudraveer so that he can be nabbed. Although hesitant at first, as her parents died in India, Agni goes ahead. She does not realize that she is going through with the toughest mission of her career. What happens forms the rest of the plot.

Cast

Production

Development

Dhaakad was announced on 20 October 2020. Kangana shared her various looks from the film. Kangana wrote on Instagram, “She is fierce, feisty and fearless. #AgentAgni is all geared up to set the big screen on fire.[14] In an interview Kangana said, “Dhaakad is not only a benchmark film for my career but will be a turning point for Indian cinema as well. The film is mounted on a large scale, and is one of a kind female-led action film.”

Training

The actors appearing in the film as Agents, including Ranaut, underwent training in action flick for over three months.[15]

Filming

Principal photography began on 15 January 2021.[16] It has been shot in Betul, Madhya Pradesh and Budapest. Razneesh Razy Ghai, the director of the film wrote on his Instagram account, “The producers and I were insistent that we hire key members of the team from other film industries. When you want your film to have high-octane action, you have to go above and beyond. For key sequences, we roped in action directors from the United States, South Korea, Canada and South Africa. Hitz international action specialists, as well as Cameron Hilts and Sea-young Oh. The Indian stunt team was on par with our international collaborators."[17] The filming was completed on 8 July 2021.[18]

Soundtrack

Dhaakad
Soundtrack album by
Released17 May 2022[19]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length25:53
LanguageHindi
LabelSRE Music
Official audio
Dhaakad - Full Audio Songs Jukebox on YouTube

The film's soundtrack is composed by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy and Dhruv Ghanekar while the lyrics are written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Ishitta Arun.[19]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."She's On Fire"Badshah, Hiten KumarBadshah, Nikhita Gandhi2:45
2."Namonishan"Amitabh BhattacharyaNikhita Gandhi, Shankar Mahadevan4:20
3."So Ja Re"Ishitta ArunSunidhi Chauhan, Hariharan5:13
4."Babul"TraditionalRicha Sharma3:43
5."Barood"Amitabh BhattacharyaSunidhi Chauhan4:12
6."Dhaakad Title Song"Ishitta ArunVasundhara Vee5:40
Total length:25:53

Release

Theatrical

Dhaakad was released theatrically on 20 May 2022 along with Kartik Aaryan starrer Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.[1] The film was initially scheduled for a Diwali (November) 2020 release but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the film got postponed.[20] The film was postponed again and a new release date, 8 April 2022, was announced on 18 October 2021.[21]

Distribution

The film was distributed by Zee Studios.[22]

Home media

The film will premiere on 1 July 2022 on ZEE5.[23]

Reception

Bollywood Hungama called Dhaakad a "disastrous flop at the box office".[24] It rated the film 1.5 out of 5 stars and wrote "The Kangana Ranaut starrer DHAAKAD is all style and no substance and fails to deliver entertainment value".[25]

Nandini Ramnath of Scroll.in rated the film 2 out of 5 stars and wrote "Dhaakad makes little effort to credibly localise its themes".[26] Bharathi Pradhan of Lehren rated the film 1.5 out of 5 stars and wrote "Dhaakad is singularly unimaginative in its presentation and execution".[27] Anna MM Vetticad of Firstpost rated the film 0.5 out of 5 stars and wrote "Dhaakad is marred by extremely violent scenes, vacuous writing, dull direction and is boring-as-hell".[28] Sukanya Verma of Rediff rated the film 2 out of 5 stars and wrote "Kangana Ranaut ticks off all the boxes of the poker-faced spy model in Dhakaad, but the movie needs real rescuing".[29] Swati Chopra of The Quint rated the film 1 out of 5 and wrote, "Dhaakad’s stunt choreography and camera work by Tetsua Nahata is impressive and that's what makes the film somewhat bearable."[30]

Rachana Dubey of The Times Of India rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote "It would have been great if along with the superb action and terrific visuals, the story, too, could have packed a punch".[31] Sonil Dedhia of News 18 rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote "Kangana Ranaut's solid performance in 'Dhaakad' combined with high-impact stunt work puts a stamp on her as a formidable female action star".[32] Pooja Biraia Jaiswal of The Week rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and wrote "Dhaakad is a popcorn film; an almost-edge-of-the-seat action thriller led by an able cast, spectacular action sequences and meticulous execution".[33] Shalini Langer of The Indian Express rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and wrote "A slick action film that is also coherent – Kangana Ranaut-Divya Dutta-Arjun Rampal film is an achievement".[34]

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