Marjaavaan (transl. I will die) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language romantic action film directed by Milap Zaveri and starring Riteish Deshmukh, Sidharth Malhotra, Tara Sutaria and Rakul Preet Singh in the lead roles. The co-producer Bhushan Kumar described the film as “a violent, dramatic love story”. The film was supposed to release on 2 October 2019, but got delayed, and it was theatrically released in India on 15 November 2019.
Raghu is a loyal goon to the local thug Narayan Anna who controls the water mafia in Mumbai. His father’s dependence on Raghu doesn’t sit well with Vishnu, whose complexes arise from more than his short stature cause he is the only one who constantly draws attention to the fact that he is only three foot tall. When Raghu falls for Zoya, a musically inclined Kashmiri girl, Vishnu jumps at the opportunity to use it to discredit his father’s most favorite goon. When Zoya finds a girl from brothel for her music festival competition in Kashmir, Vishnu opposes this. He warns Raghu that the girl will eventually grow up to become a prostitute. When one of Vishnu’s goons go to take the girl away from Raghu then Raghu thrashes the goon when Vishnu takes out his gun to shoot Raghu his friend mazar kicks Vishnu which enrages him and he gets away then he kidnapes gaitonde one of his fathers enemy and tells a kid who Zoya had selected for music festival to shoot him but Zoya watches it all but vishnu gets to know the presence of Zoya she runs away so that they don’t kill her she messages Raghu but she doesn’t get a reply then Vishnu tells his father that there was an eye witness then Anna orders Raghu to kill Zoya not knowing that Raghu loves her he finds Zoya and tries to run away from Vishnu and his father but eventually Vishnu catches them and orders that Raghu, Zoya, and kids to be killed. But Vishnu’s father intervenes and tells Raghu he and the kids will walk out safe if he kills Zoya as she is the eye witness to the gaitondes murder eventually Zoya picks up the gun and tells Raghu to kill her so that the kids are safe Raghu shoots with tears rolling his eyes Zoya dies in his arms. Then the police arrive and arrest Raghu for Zoya’s murder. Raghu is heartbroken in jail and starts remembering Zoya in his time in jail. Vishnu tries to kill Raghu in jail by hiring inmates in jail because if Raghu would be released he would take revenge but Raghu beats up the goons. Vishnu then cuts off Raghu’s friend Mazar’s leg because he kicked Vishnu. When Vishnu’s father tells him that Raghu would be sentenced to life, but Vishnu helps Raghu get out by bribing the proofs because when Raghu would come out, he will kill him. When Raghu is released he gets to know that Raghu is not the same after Zoya’s death his father tells him Raghu died that day when he killed her. Vishnu tries various ways to bring back Raghu to his old ways but fails. While trying out these ways Vishnu’s father catches him and tells him not to do this. Enraged, Vishnu kills his father and sends goons to kill Raghu but Raghu kills all and buries and then he visits Zoya’s grave and vows to exact revenge on Vishnu is joined by his friends in this mission. Next on the day of dussera when Vishnu comes to burn the Ravana’s idol, Raghu shows up and starts beating up all his goons when he goes to Vishnu. Vishnu pierces arrow in his heart but Raghu pulls him down and burns him Raghu falls unconscious while dying he tells his friend Aarzo that he couldn’t be hers for the second time. He then sees Zoya’s soul and dies peacefully surrounded by friends and family. Then the police come to the spot where the inspector tells ACP that he died whereas the ACP replies saying that he has returned to his life who was Zoya.
- Riteish Deshmukh as Vishnu
- Sidharth Malhotra as Raghu
- Tara Sutaria as Zoya
- Rakul Preet Singh as Aarzoo
- Nassar as Narayan Anna
- Shaad Randhawa as Mazhar
- Ravi Kishan as ACP Yadav
- Om Kanojiya as Timepass
- Anant Jog as Gaitonde
- Amit Mehra as Gaitonde’s son
- Varinder Singh Ghuman as Rakka
- Bikramjeet Kanwarpal
- Godaan Kumar as shafi
- Uday Nene as Gopi
- Alina Kazi as Payal
- Swati Seth as Zoya’s friend
- Nora Fatehi (Special appearance in Song “Ek Toh Kum Zindagani”)
Principal photography of the film began on 7 December 2018 with Malhotra sharing his picture on his official Instagram account. The second schedule is set to roll in from mid-January and will end by March. Sidharth Malhotra is shooting with a dozen goons and has switched to action mode. “The stunt team wanted to shoot with a body double because Sidharth’s back and shoulder would be on fire but he was adamant on doing the scene himself to make it look authentic and stay true to his character”. Siddharth wrapped up his portion except for songs on 15 March 2019. He announced the news by posting a picture with crews with a heartfelt message. In November 2019, Deshmukh revealed that Shah Rukh Khan had helped the production team with some VFX shots for the former’s role as a dwarf.
Marketing and release
The official poster of the film was shared by Sidharth Malhotra on 30 October 2018, announcing the release date of 8 November 2019. On 5 August 2019, Malhotra announced that the film is delayed to avoid the clash with Siddharth Anand‘s big budget film War starring Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan, but the release date was not confirmed. On 23 August 2019, the first poster was unveiled by Malhotra, giving the new release date of 8 November 2019. On 3 September, a second poster was unveiled, in which it was shown that the release date of the film is advanced to 8 November. on 10 October, he announced new release date of film is 15 November 2019.
Khaleej Times rated the film 1.5 stars out of 5 and said, “‘Marjaavan’ falls several shades short of a proper Bollywood masala entertainer that it aspires to in spite of having all the ingredients for it. The weak and cliched plotline along with heavy-duty dialogues that should have impressed but end up sounding hollow is only part of the problem.”
The Times of India rated the film 2.5 stars out of 5 and reviewed, “Marjaavaan attempts to check all the boxes for an emotional action rollercoaster, but its dated execution doesn’t quite make the kill.”
Marjaavaan‘s opening day domestic collection was ₹7.03 crore. On the second day, the film collected ₹7.21 crore. On the third day, the film collected ₹10.18 crore, taking total opening weekend collection to ₹24.42 crore.
As of 21 November 2019, with a gross of ₹45.08 crore in India and ₹3.45 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of ₹48.53 crore.