Bell Bottom (2021 film)

Bell Bottom
Bell Bottom film Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRanjit M Tewari
Written byAseem Arrora
Parveez Shaikh
Produced byVashu Bhagnani
Jackky Bhagnani
Deepshikha Deshmukh
Monisha Advani
Madhu Bhojwani
Nikkhil Advani
StarringAkshay Kumar
Lara Dutta
Vaani Kapoor
Huma Qureshi
CinematographyRajeev Ravi
Edited byChandan Arora
Music byScore:
Daniel B. George
Amaal Mallik
Tanishk Bagchi
Shantanu Dutta
Gurnazar Singh
Maninder Buttar
Distributed byPen Marudhar Entertainment
Release date
  • 19 August 2021 (2021-08-19)[1]
Running time
123 minutes[2]
Box officeest. ₹34.41 crore[3]

Bell Bottom is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film[2] directed by Ranjit M Tewari.[4] The film is written by Aseem Arrora and Parveez Sheikh, with production by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh and Nikkhil Advani under their respective banners Pooja Entertainment and Emmay Entertainment.[5] It stars Akshay Kumar as the lead character, with Lara Dutta, Vaani Kapoor and Huma Qureshi in other prominent roles.[6] Bell Bottom is inspired from real life hijacking events in India by Khalistani separatists during the 1980s, such as the Indian Airlines Flight 423, 405 and 421 hijackings.[7][8]

Principal photography began on 20 August 2020.[9] The film was wrapped up on 30 September in London.[10] The film released in theatres on 19 August 2021 in 3D.[1]


Production and release

The film was officially announced in November 2019 with release date of Republic Day 2021.[18] Bell Bottom is based on true events and the story is set during the 1980s about some unforgettable heroes of the era.[19][20] It is Vaani Kapoor's first film to be not produced by Yash Raj Films and became the first Bollywood movie to start shooting amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 during which shootings were stopped in India.[21] The film's theatrical premiere was postponed to 2 April 2021 in January 2020.[22] The cast and crew of the film fly to Glasgow, Scotland in the first week of August 2020.[23] The filming eventually kicked off on 20 August 2020.[24] The film was wrapped up on 30 September in London.[25] The film's release was postponed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout India.[26] The film finally released theatrically on 19 August 2021 in 3D.[1]


Bell Bottom
Soundtrack album by
Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Shantanu Dutta, Gurnazar Singh and Maninder Buttar
Released24 August 2021[27]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSaregama Music

The film score is composed by Daniel B. George while Julius Packiam composed the trailer score. The songs featured in the film are composed by Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Shantanu Dutta, Gurnazar Singh and Maninder Buttar while lyrics are written by Rashmi Virag, Tanishk Bagchi, Babbu Maan, Seema Saini and Gurnazar Singh.[28]

The song Sakhiyan2.0 is a remake of the 2018 punjabi song of the Sakhiyan by Maninder Buttar.[29]

Track listing
1."Dhoom Tara" (Bell Bottom Theme)Tanishk BagchiTanishk BagchiZara Khan2:05
2."Marjaawaan"Gurnazar SinghGurnazar SinghGurnazar Singh, Asees Kaur3:45
3."Sakhiyan2.0"Babbu Maan, Maninder Buttar, Tanishk BagchiManinder Buttar, Tanishk BagchiManinder Buttar, Zara Khan2:57
4."Tum Aaogey"Rashmi ViragAmaal MallikArmaan Malik4:44
5."Khair Mangde"Seema SainiShantanu DuttaPratibha Singh Baghel3:49
6."Khair Mangde" (Male Version)Seema SainiShantanu DuttaDarshan Raval3:48
Total length:21:08

Box office

Bell Bottom earned 2.75 crore at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected 2.60 crore. On the third day, the film collected 3 crore. On the fourth day, the film collected 4.40 crore taking total opening weekend domestic collection to 12.75 crore. [3]

As of 30 August 2021, The film grossed 28.46 crore in India and 5.95 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of 34.41 crore.[3]


Suchin Mehrotra writing for Film Companion criticised the screenplay of the movie saying that “in the end, somewhere buried within Bell Bottom are the building blocks of a great thriller. It’s just shrouded in simplistic storytelling and ‘hijacked’ by the pressures of the big Hindi movie formula.”[30]


The film was banned in three Gulf countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. The film certification authorities banned it on grounds of tampering with historical facts. It was pointed out that the 1984 incident actually had the United Arab Emirates Defence Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the UAE authorities nabbing the hijackers, while the film portrayed Kumar's character and his team as the real heroes of the mission.[31][32][33]

See also


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  2. ^ a b "Bell Bottom (2021)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
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  11. ^ a b "Bellbottom: Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor to begin shooting next month". The Indian Express. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Lara Dutta opens up about her role as Indira Gandhi in BellBottom and how she got the opportunity". Bollywood Hungama. 4 August 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  13. ^ Basu, Nilanjana (6 July 2020). "Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom Team Will Fly To UK For Film's First Schedule In August". Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Adil Hussain on resuming work with Bell Bottom: It was a very mixed feeling to go out and shoot". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  15. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (30 September 2020). "Akshay Kumar's 'Bellbottom' Wraps Scotland Shoot Amid Pandemic (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Aniruddh Dave Joins The Cast Of Akshay Kumar Starrer 'Bell Bottom'". Mumbai Live. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Thalaivasal Vijay has a fun experience shooting for with Akshay Kumar for Bell Bottom - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Time we get back to work: Akshay Kumar announces 'Bellbottom' with Vaani Kapoor to go on floors in August". The Times of India. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Bell Bottom first look: Akshay Kumar announces spy thriller based on true events, says it is not a remake". Hindustan Times. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  20. ^ न्यूज़, रवि जैन, एबीपी (6 July 2020). "कोरोना वायरस के बीच अगस्त में अक्षय कुमार शुरू करेंगे 'बेलबॉटम' की शूटिंग". (in Hindi). Retrieved 6 July 2020.
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  22. ^ "Huma Qureshi joins the cast of Akshay Kumar-starrer Bell Bottom". Hindustan Times. 21 June 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  23. ^ "Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom First Bollywood Film to Shoot in International Location Amid Coronavirus". News18. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
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  25. ^ "Akshay Kumar starrer Bell Bottom's team is all smiles as they return to Mumbai". Bollywood Hungama. 4 October 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  26. ^ Singh, Nisha (3 May 2021). "No Speculation On Release Of Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom Please, Urge Makers". NDTV. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
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  28. ^ "Music Town on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  29. ^ "Akshay Kumar-Vaani Kapoor get groovy in BellBottom song Sakhiyan 2.0, Huma Qureshi's bhangra has all our attention". The Indian Express. 13 August 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  30. ^ Mehrotra, Suchin (21 August 2021). "Bell Bottom Review: A Riveting Story Hijacked By Simplistic Storytelling". Film Companion. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  31. ^ "Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom Banned in Three Gulf Countries, Know Reason". CNN-News18. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  32. ^ "Akshay Kumar's 'Bell Bottom' Banned In 3 Gulf Countries As It Hits Theatres; Here's Why". Republic TV. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
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