Sooryavanshi film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRohit Shetty
Screenplay byYunus Sajawal
Story byRohit Shetty
Dialogues byFarhad Samji
Sanchit Bedre
Vidhi Ghodgadnkar
Produced byHiroo Yash Johar
Aruna Bhatia
Karan Johar
Apoorva Mehta
Rohit Shetty
StarringAkshay Kumar
Katrina Kaif
CinematographyJomon T. John
Edited byBunty Nagi
Music byScore:
Amar Mohile
S. Thaman
Tanishk Bagchi
Lijo George – DJ Chetas
Reliance Entertainment
Rohit Shetty Picturez
Dharma Productions
Cape of Good Films
Distributed byReliance Entertainment
PVR Pictures
Release date
  • 5 November 2021 (2021-11-05)
Running time
145 minutes[1][2]
Box officeest. ₹229.05 crore[3]

Sooryavanshi is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language action film written and directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Reliance Entertainment, Rohit Shetty Picturez, Dharma Productions and Cape Of Good Films, based on a screenplay by Yunus Sajawal and an original story by Shetty.[4] The fourth instalment of Shetty's Cop Universe, it stars Akshay Kumar as ATS chief DCP Veer Sooryavanshi opposite Katrina Kaif with supporting cast of Jaaved Jaaferi, Vivan Bhatena, Niharica Raizada, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, Abhimanyu Singh, Sikandar Kher and Nikitin Dheer.[5] Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh in extended cameo appearances reprise their roles of Singham and Simmba from the franchise's previous films.[6]

Kumar's character was announced towards the end of Simmba that served as a character introduction of Sooryavanshi.[7] Initially locked for theatrical release on 24 March 2020, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India.[8] The film was scheduled for theatrical release on 30 April 2021.[9] In April 2021, the release date of film was postponed indefinitely due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and lockdown in Maharashtra.[10][11] After several delays, Sooryavanshi was theatrically released worldwide on 5 November 2021 coinciding with Diwali.[4][12]


Showing a recount of 1993 Mumbai blasts, the film opens with the death of parents of DCP and ATS chief Veer "Surya" Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar), who later finds out that a Lashkar chief and terrorist Omar Hafeez (Jackie Shroff) is planning more attacks. He has formed a sleeper cell network consisting of 40 terrorists who pose as Indians to set more bombings after the 26/11 Attacks, one of whom is his son Riyaaz (Abhimanyu Singh). In Jaisalmer, Surya and his team nab Riyaaz who had a different identity there. Surya's senior Kabir Shroff reveals about a full ton of RDX being brought to India, of which 400 kilograms were used during those bombings and the remnant 600 kilograms are still buried somewhere in India.

Surya plans to catch the sleeper cell's remaining members, even as he remembers his wife Dr. Ria (Katrina Kaif). 9 years ago, Surya was wounded by a bullet and Ria cured him. They fell in love, married and became parents to a son Aryan. 8 years later, Surya tried to nab a man where Ria and Aryan were present, which culminated in Aryan being shot, once he was out of danger, Ria slapped Surya and told him that he can't sacrifice he can't risk his family just to fulfill his duty, and the fact that he mixed personal and professional resulting in a damning consequences, disappoints her and she decided to go to Australia with their son, Aryan.

Back to the present, Surya comes across Islamic priest Kadar Usmani (Gulshan Grover), later revealed to be a terrorist, and finds Bilal Ahmed (Kumud Mishra), whose residence houses the wanted 600 kilograms of RDX. Usmani and Bilal remove RDX from the ground and prepare for their next bombings until when Bilal leaves for Mumbai, where a taxi driver John (Sikander Kher) takes him to Bangkok in exchange of ₹5 crore. Surya catches Bilal who shoots himself to death, and later after asking John in Bangkok post a long chase, he learns the bombs were being made by Mukhtar Ansari (Nikitin Dheer), another member of the sleeper cell. Usmani and John are arrested and Surya plans to pretend to torture Usmani's daughters to make him confess. Usmani finally informs Rafique will meet him.

Later it turns out they've planted a bomb which kills Rafique and Usmani. His daughter helps Surya to identify Mukhtar, who is in Shivgarh. Surya asks Sangram "Simmba" Bhalerao (Ranveer Singh), now an Inspector in charge of Shivgadh, to catch Mukhtar. Simmba finds out 7 bombs are to be planted at 7 locations in Mumbai. Riyaaz escapes, and it's revealed that the Anti-Terrorism Squad's headquarters would also be bombed. Surya and his team enlist National Security Guard's help to safely extradite the bombs via helicopters and the bombings fail. But Riyaaz and his team use Ria as a suicide bomber to attack the ATS Headquarters keeping Surya, Simmba, and other cops as hostages.

Surya's friend DCP Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) enters; they defuse the bomb wrapped around Ria, finishing the terrorist attackers. Singham warns Omar that he will chase him soon. Subsequently, Mukhtar and Riyaaz fight with them. Singham captures both and they taunt they've been in India as sleeper cells from many years, carrying several attacks in Mumbai and cops cannot harm them. Singham, Simmba and Surya in anger shoot them to death.



Sooryavanshi was announced in December 2018 through post-credit scenes of Simmba.[24] The first look posters featuring Akshay Kumar were unveiled in March 2019; unlike earlier entries in the series, Sooryavanshi is not based on any existing work, but an original story.[25]

Filming commenced on 6 May 2019 in Mumbai, before second schedule took place in Bangkok.[26] The shooting wrapped up on 30 November 2019 in Hyderabad.[27]


Initially announced as a Eid 2020 release, the film was rescheduled to 27 March 2020.[28] Later, in February, the makers decided to release it on 24 March.[29] However, the COVID-19 pandemic in India caused it to be postponed.[30] In June 2020, Reliance Entertainment confirmed that Sooryavanshi will finally hit cinemas on Diwali, that is 13 November 2020, but due to theatre guidelines owing to the continuity of pandemic, the film was again put on hold as stated by the makers.[31][32] In October 2020, the release was postponed to a later date,[33] possibly between January and March 2021.[34] In February 2021, sources confirmed that makers of Sooryavanshi have fixed 2 April 2021 as its new release date but that again failed to get materialized, because of night curfew or partial lockdown impose in Maharashtra announced by its government.[8] After a delay of more than one year, it was declared on 14 March 2021 that the film will finally release theatrically on 30 April 2021.[9] As of April 2021, the release date of film had been postponed indefinitely due to rise in COVID-19 cases and lockdown in Maharashtra.[10][11] It was later released theatrically on 5 November 2021, coinciding with Diwali.[4]


Soundtrack album by
Tanishk Bagchi, Lijo George - DJ Chetas and JAM8
Released11 November 2021[35]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Official audio
Sooryavanshi - Full Album Movie on YouTube

The music of the film is composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Lijo George - DJ Chetas and JAM8 while lyrics are written by Rashmi Virag, Shabbir Ahmed, Anand Bakshi and Tanishk Bagchi.[35]

The song "Aila Re Aillaa" is a recreation of the eponymous song from the 2010 film Khatta Meetha.[36]

The song "Najaa" is a remake of the 2017 Punjabi song of the same name, originally created by Pav Dharia.[37]

The song "Tip Tip Barsa Pani" is a remake of the eponymous song from the film Mohra, and features the vocals of original singers Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan.[38]

Track listing
1."Aila Re Aillaa"Shabbir AhmedTanishk BagchiDaler Mehndi2:36
2."Mere Yaaraa"Rashmi ViragJAM8Arijit Singh, Neeti Mohan4:45
3."Najaa"Tanishk BagchiTanishk BagchiPav Dharia, Nikhita Gandhi3:11
4."Tip Tip"Anand Bakshi, Tanishk BagchiTanishk BagchiUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik4:10
5."Sooryavanshi Theme"Lijo George - Dj ChetasLijo George1:48
Total length:16:30


Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds an approval rating of 25% based on 8 Critic reviews, with an average score of 6.2/10.[39] Archika Khurana from The Times of India gave 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Rohit Shetty has tactfully expanded his Cop Universe over the years – keeping the audience engaged and die-hard fans of the genre on the edge. After the Singham series (headlined by Ajay Devgn) and then Simbaa (starring Ranveer Singh), now storms in, Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar), amidst much fanfare, drama, and blaring theatrics. Sooryavanshi’s character was subtly announced towards the end of Simmba. The film has all the elements, attitude, style, showmanship and heavy-duty star power expected of a Rohit Shetty offering."[40]

Anupama Chopra of Film Companion wrote, "In Bollywood, the more things change, the more they remain the same – literally." [41]

Anuj Kumar from The Hindu equated the film with a pandemic. He opined that the film "planted seeds of suspicion against a particular community". However, he praised the action sequences and performances of the cast. He summed up the film as, "Deepawali cracker that lights up the sky but covers the soul with soot."[42] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave 4.5 stars out of 5 on twitter and called "Fantastic" made for mass action entertainment. Writing on the website Bollywood Hungama, he further stated that: "SOORYAVANSHI has it all: stars, scale, action and entertainment. Rohit Shetty presents a Blockbuster package this Diwali."[43][44] Umesh Punwani from Koimoi gave 2 stars out of 5 and stated, "Sooryavanshi boils down to be a badly done spoof of multiple Rohit Shetty (and other similar templates) movies."[45] Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express gave 2 stars and called, "It is only when the trio of Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn come together, the Rohit Shetty movie gives us what it promises, three for the price of one."[46] Nandini Ramnath of gave 2 out of 5 stars and said, "The gist of the 145-minute movie is contained in the extended climactic action sequence."[47] Monika Rawal Kukreja of Hindustan Times said, "Sooryavanshi isn't driven by a great script neither does it have any extraordinary suspense that could bring nail-biting moments. Yet, it keeps you on the edge for the sheer joy of watching that over-the-top action."[48] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film 2.5 stars rating and wrote, "Akshay's gait is stunt in itself: a cross between a model in the middle of catwalk and a superhero about to take flight. Katrina Kaif pulls off a Tip tip barsa paani rejig with aplomb. Just like Simmba had provided a glimpse of what was to come in the next instalment, Sooryavanshi indicates what the future might hold for the Rohit Shetty cop universe."[49]

Himesh Mankad of Pinkvilla gave the film a rating of 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Sooryavanshi has its share of flaws, but also has enough going in its favor to entertain the audience on the big screen. It’s a vehicle driven by Akshay Kumar, who gets support from Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh in the finale, resulting in a Diwali Dhamaka. It’s unlike any Rohit Shetty film to date, rather, among his aesthetically sound directorial, which just deserved a little better writing and editing."[50] Pradeep Menon from Firstpost gave the film 3 out of 5 stars rating and wrote, "Sooryavanshi doubles and triples down on its Hindu-Muslim unity message every instance it gets. It is not always done with nuance or understanding of complex religious dynamics, but the intentions are clear. This is a filmmaker reacting to the times he is living in. Keeping all of that aside, Sooryavanshi is a competent action film that sticks to lane, and delivers at least as much over-the-top entertainment as it promises."[51] Joginder Tuteja from gave the film 4.5 stars out of 5 and stated, "Sooryavanshi isn't the kind of masala entertainment that many film-makers have tried to force feed the audience. It is pure big screen entertainment, something that truly works right through its near two and a half hour duration. It's remarkable to notice how there is no dull moment in this two-and-a-half hour film, showing yet again that a long movie can work if made with conviction and loads of exciting sequences, just like Manmohan Desai used to do in his films with one highlight every 10 minutes."[52] Deccan Herald gave a rating of 2.5/5 and said, "The best part of Sooryavanshi is when Simmba Bhalerao (Ranveer Singh) and Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) join Veer Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar) in a high-octane clash against terrorists. The final 15-20 minutes is fun as the trio revels in slick action and whacky comedy."[53]

Box office

Sooryavanshi earned 26.29 crore at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected 23.85 crore. On the third day, the film collected 26.94 crore, taking total weekend domestic collection to 77.08 crore.[3]

As of 14 November 2021, The film grossed ₹180.04 crore in India and ₹49.01 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of ₹229.05 crore.[3]

Home media

The film's satellite and digital rights were purchased by Netflix for 100 crore (US$13 million) and it will premiere on 4 December 2021.[54]


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