Maximum (film)

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Directed by Kabeer Kaushik
Screenplay by Kabeer Kaushik
Story by Kabeer Kaushik
Music by
Cinematography Krishna Ramanan
Edited by Lionel Fernandes
Release date
  • 29 June 2012 (2012-06-29)
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 22.5 million (US$330,000)(1st week domestic)[1][2]

Maximum is a 2012 Hindi crime/thriller film written and directed by Kabeer Kaushik. The project features Naseeruddin Shah, Sonu Sood, Neha Dhupia and Vinay Pathak in pivotal roles. Maximum was released on 29 June 2012.[3] After the film's release, the film got mixed reviews, but was a disaster at the box office.


Maximum revolves around two of Mumbai Police's top encounter specialists and their fight for control. This fight goes through a maze of politics, land deals, fake encounters and bad money. Pundit (Sonu Sood) and Inamdar (Naseeruddin Shah) try to overtake each other for power. Each kill the other's informers and divides the Mumbai police. Inamdar and his superiors frame Pundit and he gets suspended. Pundit comes back into the force with the help of a minister, Tiwari (Vinay Pathak). After the Mumbai bombing Inamdar is removed from his position and Pundit is reinstated. Meanwhile, Tiwari takes responsibility for the elections. One night when he is at home his accomplices are shot. He goes to check and finds the culprit to be Pundit. Pundit shoots Tiwari.

In flashback it is shown that while Pundit is travelling with his wife, Supriya (Neha Dhupia) shots are fired. In the confusion his car falls into a jungle. After that he shoots all the people and says that they were Niranjan's people. But when he comes back he realises that his wife is no more. Then it is revealed that Tiwari had an offer from the Home Ministry and 700 million from Pundit's enemies in exchange for killing Pundit. Instead, his men killed Pundit's wife. That was the reason Pundit shot Tiwari.

Before dying Tiwari confesses that he should not have done what he did. Pundit asks whether Subodh(his superior) knew of this. Finally Pundit shoots Tiwari.

Pundit hands over property documents to a reporter. The reporter tells him that there is no going back once this goes public. Pundit says that he does not want to return. Pundit comes with his daughter and the reporter to leave the city. Meanwhile, Inamdar and his men start shooting at them. Many people from both sides are killed. Meanwhile, the train is about to start. Pundit sends his daughter with his brother and the reporter to catch the train. She is unwilling to leave without him but finally does. An open shootout follows in which both Pundit and Inamdar are shot. A severely injured Pundit runs towards the train to meet his daughter. Before he can do so he is shot by Inamdar. Before dying he manages to shoot Inamdar. Pundit has a last look at his daughter before finally dropping dead.


Box office

Maximum had a poor opening facing heavy competition from The Amazing Spider-Man. The second week also went poorly, as the much awaited Bol Bachchan released.On the third week,it almost disappeared from cinemas due to release of Cocktail and was declared a disaster grossing only Rs22.5 million.


The movie was set in Mumbai during 2003.


Critical reception

Maximum garnered mostly negative reviews. Aniruddha Guha of DNA gave it 2 stars (on 5) and wrote – "Maximum ends up as a 'me too' among many RGV-inspired films in the last few years, even though that may not have been the intention. Sadly, there was potential".[5] Janhavi Patel of FilmiTadka rated Maximum with 2 out of 5 stars and wrote in her review – "There is not much to remember when you walk out. The twist in the end is the saving grace of the movie, if we can call it that. Maximum does not deserve your time or money".[6] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave it 2.5 out of five stars and said – "Maximum isn’t a washout – not by a long chalk. It is well crafted and superbly acted. Sonu Sood in particular leaves a lasting impression as the police officer under fire for excesses committed in the line of duty. The cameos by Vinay Pathak and Rajendra Gupta are impressive. Sadly, the effort is maximum, the impact not quite so".[7] Madhureeta Mukherjee writing for Times of India rated it with 3 out of five stars.[8] Writing for Hindustan Times, Anupama Chopra once again gave Maximum 2 stars and commented – "Maximum has stray moments of power but the film feels like a Ram Gopal Varma rehash; mercifully though there are no cameras zooming into teacups like there were in Varma's recently released Department, which was also about power-hungry, corrupt encounter specialists".[9] Social Movie Rating site MOZVO rated MAXIMUM at 1.9 out of 5.[10]


Soundtrack album by
Devi Sri Prasad, Wali Hamid Ali, Kamran, Saaji, Amjad-Nadeem, Vikram-Sawan & Daniel B.George
Released 14 June 2012 (2012-June-14)[11]
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 28:57
Language Hindi
Label T-Series

Music is composed by Amjad Nadeem Vikram and Devi Sri Prasad(Aa ante amlapuram), with lyrics penned by Raqueeb Alam and Shabbir Ahmed.

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Aa Ante Amalapuram" Malathy Lakshman 5:30
2. "Ya Maula" Shafqat Amanat Ali  
3. "Aaja Meri Jaan" Tochi Raina, Ritu Pathak 4:33
4. "Sutta" Nadeem Khan, Tulsi Kumar  
5. "Namami Shamishan" Bandini sharma  
6. "Maan Qunto Maula" Raga Boys  


  1. ^ week one
  2. ^ Maximum Has Dull Weekend
  3. ^ "Maximum Cast & Crew".
  4. ^ Iyer, Meena (2 June 2012). "Salman's Hazel as item girl". Times of India. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  5. ^ Guha, Aniruddha. "Aniruddha Guha reviews: Maximum is a cop-out". DNA. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  6. ^ Patel, Janhavi. "Maximum Movie Review". FilmiTadka. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  7. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal. "Review: Maximum". NDTV. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  8. ^ Mukherjee, Madhureeta. "Maximum". Times of India. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  9. ^ Chopra, Anupam. "Anupama Chopra's review: Maximum". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Rating & Reviews For MAXIMUM". MOZVO. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Maximum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes.

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