Mithya (English: False) is a 2008 Indian film co-written and directed by Rajat Kapoor and produced by Planman Motion Pictures. It stars Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Naseeruddin Shah, and Vinay Pathak in pivotal roles. The score and soundtrack is composed by Sagar Desai. It was released on 8 February 2008, opening to good reviews.

Directed byRajat Kapoor
Produced byArindam Chaudhuri
Written byRajat Kapoor
Saurabh Shukla
StarringRanvir Shorey
Neha Dhupia
Naseeruddin Shah
Vinay Pathak
Music bySagar Desai
Edited bySuresh Pai
Release date
  • 8 February 2008 (2008-02-08)
Running time
110 minutes
Box officeINR 5,18,75,000 (till 17 March 2008)


An extra (Ranvir Shourie) in Bollywood(Indian Film Industry) gets caught up with the 'wrong people' because his face is identical to the underworld don, 'Raje' bhai(a slang for underworld don in Mumbai). An opposing gang seeing the opportunity plans to murder the don and replace him with the actor, who will sit at the helm of the don's empire and act as their puppet to help them take over the empire. The plan falls apart when the actor suffers a head injury during an accident and experiences dementia, where he start believing the don's family and enemies to be his own. Will the opposing gang reveal his secret or will he keep believing the lie?


It was first reported in August 2006 that Arindam Chaudhuri's Planman Motion Pictures was working on a new film. Actor-director Rajat Kapoor was to direct this venture that was to have criminal underworld as its basic premise. Naseeruddin Shah, Neha Dhupia and Ranvir Shourie were reported as its cast. Shooting for the film began in July 2006.[1]

Sanchita Bhattyacharya, the winner of 2006 singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs, made her singing debut in the Hindi cinema industry through this film. Director Kapoor and music director were quite convinced about her singing abilities. The producers hoped to use Bhattacharya's recent success while promoting the soundtrack.[2]

Actress Neha Dhupia immediately accepted Kapoor's offer for the film.[3] She considered Mithya to be among one of her best performances. Though it was evident from the initial media reports, some found her presence in the film rather surprising.[4] By being good friends with director Kapoor, actor Ranvir Shorey found it better to work with him in this film.[4]

Release and reception

Mithya was first screened at the 9th Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.[5] Although it was to feature at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, the film was not complete by the nomination deadline. The organizers did not want to compromise on the quality of post-production by rushing through it.[6]

The film's commercial release was on 8 February 2008. Having arrived at the box office with no expectations, Mithya didn't have a favorable opening in the initial days. Slowly the collections showed signs of improvement based on the word of mouth. Based on this, the trade analysts felt that the film would be able to recover its shoestring budget.[7] By the end of the first week, it had a decent profit. Due to the film's offbeat nature, it did quite well mainly in Mumbai and New Delhi with collections exceeding Rs. 7.5 million (approximately US$167,000) and Rs. 6 million respectively.[8]

In the subsequent two weeks, huge budget films such as Jodhaa Akbar caused a corresponding drop of 65% and 50% in the film's box office collections. However, by the fifth week, it had Rs. 52.5 million as its cumulative box office earnings. Trade analysts even called Mithya the dark horse of the first quarter of 2008.[9][10]

While rating 4 out of 5 in his review, noted critic Rajeev Masand spoke highly about Rajat Kapoor's directorial abilities. He said that the film was a "brave, mature effort by a discerning director."[11] Masand wrote highly about Ranvir Shorey by saying that the actor's performance "merits an impromptu ovation."[11] In her review, well-known critic Nikhat Kazmi liked Kapoor's unconventional approach to the usual storyline. Besides appreciating Shorey for his performance, she had high regard for Neha Dhupia and rest of the ensemble cast.[12] Other movie critics such as Taran Adarsh, Anupama Chopra and Raja Sen wrote generally good reviews for the film.[13][14][15]

Many international critics call it as one of the greatest Black Comedy of all times, a genre rarely explored in most countries.



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  12. Kazmi, Nikhat (8 February 2008). "Review: Mithya". Times News Network. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
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  14. Chopra, Anupama (9 February 2008). "Ranvir Shorey's Mithya evokes mixed response". NDTV. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  15. Sen, Raja (8 February 2008). "Mithya works". Retrieved 4 September 2010.
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