Raajneeti is a 2010 Bollywood political thriller directed and produced by Prakash Jha. The screenplay is by Anjum Rajabali and Prakash Jha. The movie has a lead star cast comprising of Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpai, Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Katrina Kaif, Naseeruddin Shah and Nana Patekar. The film was originally produced by Prakash Jha Productions, and was distributed by UTV Motion Pictures and Walkwater Media. Rajneeti was mostly shot in Bhopal. The title translates literally as “Politics” and contextually as “Affairs of State”. The film draws parallels to the epic Mahabharata where shades of Krishna, Arjuna, Bheema, Duryodhan and Karna can be seen in the characters portrayed by Nana Patekar, Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai and Ajay Devgn respectively.
Rajneeti was released in theaters worldwide on 4 June 2010, after some controversies regarding similarities between real-life people and the characters in the film, as well as issues about the national anthem.
Katrina In Raajneeti
Katrina With Ranbir at the Airport
Katrina Campaining in Raajneeti
Katrina Raajneeti poster
Katrina Hugging Ranbir
Raajneeti recorded an opening of nearly INR 10.50 crore net on its first day. It had the second highest Friday opening in India after 3 Idiots, and the highest Friday opening in the first half of the year, surpassing the film Kites. It collected INR 34 crore at the end of the weekend and set a record for biggest weekend in the first half of the year, surpassing Housefull. It is currently the fifth highest grossing Bollywood film behind 3 Idiots, Dabangg, Ghajini and Golmaal 3.
Overseas, the film opened to weekend business of $2.25 million. In the U.S., the film played well for a limited release, noted Ray Subers of BoxOfficeMojo.com, grossing $850,244 on 124 screens its opening weekend, “which was good for first among limited releases and 11th place on the overall weekend chart.” He specified that Raajneeti “became the third Bollywood movie this year to lead all limited releases in its first weekend,” following My Name is Khan and Kites. In Australia and New Zealand, Raajneeti surpassed the opening weekend record set by 3 Idiots.