|Directed by||Prabhu Deva|
|Written by||Shiraz Ahmed|
|Story by||Puri Jagannadh|
by Puri Jagannadh
|Produced by||Boney Kapoor|
|Edited by||Dilip Deo|
|Distributed by||Sahara One Motion Pictures|
|Box office||est. ₹94 crores|
Wanted is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Prabhu Deva. An official remake of the Telugu film Pokiri, the film stars Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna and Mahesh Manjrekar. The film is released on 18 September 2009. The film received generally positive reviews, mainly for Khan's performance.
Radhe (Salman Khan), a gangster with a mysterious past, kills others for money. He meets Jhanvi (Ayesha Takia) 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 (Mahesh Manjrekar) 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 (Prakash Raj), an international don, arrives in India for assassination and hires Radhe. Gani Bhai operates his gang from outside of India. Golden Bhai (Aseem Merchant) is the gang leader of Gani Bhai's gang. Two gangs, Datta Pawle (Raju Mavani)'s and Gani Bhai's, fight for the biggest part of Mumbai. Due to this, Commissioner Ashraf Taufiq Khan (Govind Namdeo) 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 (Manesha Chatarji) 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 (Vinod Khanna), captive. Shrikant proudly tells him about his son, without revealing his true identity. Gani Bhai mistakes Ajay (Inder Kumar), 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.
- Salman Khan as IPS Rajveer Singh Shekhawat / Radhe, Jhanvi's love interest
- Ayesha Takia as Jhanvi, Radhe's love interest
- Vinod Khanna as Shrikant Shekhawat, Rajveer's father
- Inder Kumar as Ajay Shekhawat, Rajveer's adopted brother
- Prakash Raj as Shamsuddin Ashgar Ghani aka Gani Bhai
- Mahesh Manjrekar as Senior Inspector Daulat R. Talpade
- Mahek Chahal as Shaina
- Govind Namdeo as Police Commissioner Ashraf Taufiq Khan
- Aseem Merchant as Golden Bhai
- Harry Josh as Jankiz, Golden Bhai's henchman
- Manoj Pahwa as Sonu Gates
- Sarfaraz Khan as Aslam, Radhe's friend
- Sajid Ali as Radhe's friend
- Raju Mavani as Datta Pawle, who plans to kill the local MLA
- G. V. Sudhakar Naidu as Shiva, Datta Pawle's henchman
- Prateeksha Lonkar as Laxmi (Jhanvi's mother)
- Anil Kapoor as Special Appearance in song "Jalwa"
- Govinda as Special Appearance in song "Jalwa"
- Prabhu Deva as Special Appearance in song "Jalwa"
- Anupam Shyam as Dilip Topi
- Vijay Patkar as Ganesh
- Manesha Chatarji as Commissioner's daughter
- Salman Yusuff Khan as Special Appearance in song 'Most Wanted Title Track'
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. 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.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||16 August 2009 (India)|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
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.
|1.||"Ishq Vishq"||Sameer||Kamaal Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello||04:48|
|2.||"Dil Leke"||Arun Bhairav||Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Suzanne D'Mello (English Vocals)||04:35|
|3.||"Le Le Mazaa Le"||Wajid Ali, Shabbir Ahmed||Suzanne D'Mello, Sowmya Raoh, Hrishikesh Kamerkar, Nikita Nigam, Carlyta Mouhini||04:11|
|4.||"Jalwa"||Jalees Sherwani||Wajid Ali, Earl D'Souza||04:31|
|5.||"Tose Pyaar Karte Hai"||Shabbir Ahmed||Wajid Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan||03:47|
|6.||"Most Wanted Track"||Salman Khan||Salman Khan||04:26|
|7.||"Love Me Love Me"||Jalees Sherwani||Wajid Ali, Amrita Kak||04:06|
|8.||"Dil Leke" (Remix)||Arun Bhairav||Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal||03:15|
|9.||"Ishq Vishq" (Remix)||Sameer||Kamaal Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Suzanne D'Mello||04:04|
|10.||"Jalwa On The House" (Remix)||Jalees Sherwani||Wajid Ali, Earl D'Souza||04:15|
|11.||"Tose Pyar Karte Hai" (Bhojpuri Makhan Mix)||Shabbir Ahmed||Wajid Ali, Earl D'Souza, Sunidhi Chauhan||04:53|
|12.||"Love Me Love Me" (Mama Papa Mix)||Jalees Sherwani||Wajid Ali, Amrita Kak||04:43|
Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India gave it 4 out of 5, so did Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama,  Indicine rated it 3/5, calling it "watchable for Salman Khan" and the "best out and out action flick of Bollywood" Rotten Tomatoes rated 3.7/5
- Nominated: IIFA Award for Best Movie – Boney Kapoor
- Nominated: IIFA Award for Best Actor – Salman Khan
- Nominated: IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role – Prakash Raj
- Best Film of the Year – Action / Thriller – Boney Kapoor
- Best Action – Vijayan Master
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. After that, a Kannada version, Porki, directed by M. D. Sridhar, was released on 14 January 2010. Below is an actor map of the lead actors in the story of Pokiri and its remakes.
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