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June 4, 2010
2hr 48min
Status: released

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Raajneeti Movie Details:

Country India
Language Hindi
Release date4 June 2010
Running time2hr 48min
StarringAjay Devgn
Nana Patekar
Ranbir Kapoor
Katrina Kaif
Arjun Rampal
Manoj Bajpayee
Sarah Thompson
Naseeruddin Shah
Directed by Prakash Jha
Written byPrakash Jha
Screenplay byPrakash Jha
Anjum Rajabali
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Prakash Jha
Pooja Shetty Deora
Cinematography by Sachin K. Krishn
Edited by Santosh Mandal
Music byScore:
Wayne Sharpe
Aadesh Shrivastava
Shantanu Moitra
Wayne Sharpe
Production CompanyPrakash Jha Productions
Walkwater Media Ltd
Distributor UTV Motion Pictures

Raajneeti Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Ajay Devgn as Sooraj Kumar: a local leader, the biological son of Bhaskar Sanyal and Bharti Pratap, and the friend of Virendra Pratap. His character is based on that of Karna from Mahabharata.
  • Nana Patekar as Brij Gopal: the god-son of Ramnath Rai, the brother of Bharti Pratap, and the mentor of Prithviraj Pratap when he founds the Jana Shakti party. His character is based on Krishna.
  • Ranbir Kapoor as Samar Pratap: the younger son of Chandra Pratap and the Executive of the Jana Shakti party. His character is based on Arjuna.
  • Katrina Kaif as Indu Pratap (née Seksaria): the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, who initially loved Samar, but was married to Prithviraj Pratap. Her character is based on Draupadi.
  • Arjun Rampal as Prithviraj “Prithvi” Pratap: the founder of the Jana Shakti party, the elder son of Chandra Pratap, and the brother of Samar Pratap. His character is based on Bhima.
  • Manoj Bajpayee as Veerendra Pratap: the chief ministerial candidate from the Rashtrawadi party, the son of Bhanu Pratap and the main antagonist. His character is based on Duryodhana.
  • Sarah Thompson as Sarah Jean Collins: the girlfriend of Samar Pratap. Her character is based on Subhadra.
  • Naseeruddin Shah as Bhaskar Sanyal: a leftist leader who opposed the government of Ramnath Rai. His character is based on Lord Surya.
  • Darshan Jariwala as Ramnath Rai: the former Chief Minister, the father of Bharti Pratap, and the godfather of Brij Gopal.
  • Chetan Pandit as Chandra Pratap: the younger brother of Bhanu Pratap and the father of Prithviraj Pratap and Samar Pratap, he leads the party for a while after his brother suffers a heart attack. His character is based on Pandu.
  • Shruti Seth as a party worker
  • Nikhila Trikha as Bharti Pratap: the daughter of Ramnath Rai, the ‘rakhi’ sister of Brij Gopal, the wife of Chandra Pratap, and the former associate of Bhaskar Sanyal. Her character is based on Kunti.
  • Vinay Apte as Babulal: His character is partially based on Shakuni.
  • Kiran Karmarkar as Sharma, an SP: His character is partially based on Dushasana. He is seen following orders from Veerendra Pratap and is loyal to him.
  • Dayashankar Pandey as Ram Charittra:. His character is based on Adhiratha, the adoptive father of Karna.
  • Khan Jahangir Khan as Bhanu Pratap: the President of the Rashtrawadi party and the elder brother of Chandra Pratap. His character is based on Dhritarashtra.
  • Ravi Khemu as Rajkumar Sakseria: Indu’s father
  • Barkha Bisht in the item number “Ishq Barse”


Samar, the son of a political family, has chosen to go to the USA to live with his girlfriend. However, the death of his father makes him put his plans on hold and enter the dirty world of politics.

Raajneeti Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget₹45 crore
Worldwide Collection₹145.50 crore

About Raajneeti Movie:

Raajneeti is a Hindi political thriller film co-written, directed, and produced by Prakash Jha, with a screenplay by Anjum Rajabali and Prakash Jha. Depicting an archetypal conflict between rival political families and parties, based on Mahabharata, the film starred an ensemble cast of Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpayee, Sarah Thompson and Naseeruddin Shah. It was originally produced by Prakash Jha Productions and distributed by UTV Motion Pictures and Walkwater Media.

The film was shot in Bhopal. The title, which translates literally as “Politics” and contextually as “Affairs of State”, was promoted with the tagline “Politics and Beyond…”

Amid much controversy, Raajneeti was released in theatres worldwide on 4 June 2010, It received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics both in India and internationally and received acclaim for acting performances and direction.

It became a major commercial success, grossing over ₹145.5 crore (US$18 million) worldwide, and was one of the highest-grossing Indian films of 2010.

At the 56th Filmfare Awards, Raajneeti received 4 nominations – Best Actor (Kapoor) and Best Supporting Actor for Rampal, Bajpayee and Patekar.


Raajneeti was first denied a certificate by the censor board of India for their thought that the lead character played by Katrina Kaif is inspired fully or partially by the Congress Party’s chief Sonia Gandhi and Rashtriya Janata Dal’s chief Rabri Devi. Director Prakash Jha dismissed this allegation, saying his only inspiration was Mahabharata, an epic from ancient India. References to electronic voting machines and parts of the film suggesting that women have to compromise to get ahead in politics, crude dialogues about the Muslim community, and some intimate scenes and excessive violence were removed before giving the film a U/A censor certificate.