Raj Kumar Gupta directorial India’s Most Wanted starring Arjun Kapoor was the most awaiting film this year that has already hit the theatres on 24th of May 2019. Coming with the tagline “The Untold Story of the Manhunt for India’s Osama”, the spy thriller movie is based on a terrorist who has been hiding in Nepal and Arjun kapoor who is playing an Intelligence Officer, named Prabhat Kumar and belonging from Bihar attacks the terrorist with his team who has been running the chase. Osama bin laden has orchestrated several terrorist attacks on India, as the story goes.
Taran Adarsh, the film trade analyst shared the latest box office figures of India’s Most Wanted through his tweet that read, “#IndiasMostWanted witnessed growth over the weekend, but not substantial enough… The 3-day total, thus, remains below the mark… Fri 2.10 cr, Sat 3.03 cr, Sun 3.53 cr. Total: ₹ 8.66 cr. India biz. #IMW”.
Along with India’s Most Wanted, Vivek Oberoi starrer “PM Narendra Modi” and Aladdin (India) was also released on the same day. While both the Bollywood movies are having close fights, both of the movies did not stand out from the crowd. IMDB has rated the movie “PM Narendra Modi” 3.9 out of 10 while India’s Most Wanted garnered a rating of 3.2 out of 10 from IMDB. On the contrary, “Aladdin” is doing pretty well in the box office having garnered 6.4 rating out of 10.
In an interview with Raj Kumar Gupta with Firstpost, he has spoken on how Arjun Kapoor came on-board for the film and why he thought the actor is fit for the role. He stated, “I started working on this story in 2013 and finished it before Raid (2018). Arjun called me after watching the trailer of Raid and I told him about this script. He read it and called me the same day saying he was excited to do it. For me, working with Arjun was instinctive. While writing this script and meeting the kind of officers etc who are involved, I saw how regular these people were. The officer could be the guy next door. They are discreet and don’t boast about their achievements. I felt Arjun could see this and blend into the character”.
Subhra Gupta of Indian Express provided the movie with two stars writing, “The pace is lifted by the incessant background music: often, there’s more excitement in the music than in the action, which keeps stuttering. The director’s love for slo-mos and close-ups shows up again, and slows things down. Why not keep it all chop-chop?” She added, “And though Kapoor comes up with another earnest performance, you wish he had more than one note to play with. If he were just one of the guys, you wouldn’t mind so much, but because he is the hero, the spotlight is on him. Good thing there’s no romantic thread created just for him, though. Bollywood needs to figure this one out: how do you create a true level-playing ensemble when the movie is being fronted by a hero?” Currently, the movie is experiencing mixed reviews from both critics and fans. The movie also screens Rajesh Sharma, Prashanth, Shantilal Mukherjee and Amrita Puri in pivotal roles.