Khakee is an action-thriller film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi and written by Santoshi and Sridhar Raghavan. The film tells the story of an Indian police team on a mission to escort an accused terrorist from a small town in Maharashtra to Mumbai.
The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai in the lead roles. Lara Dutta appears as a bar dancer in the song Aisa Jadoo. The film released on 23 January 2004 to widespread critical acclaim and went on to become one of the highest-grossing Hindi films of the year.
Manish Gajjar wrote for the BBC, “This electrifying piece of Bollywood celluloid has all the ingredients of an edge of the seat thriller. Veteran actor, Amitabh Bachchan takes full credit for his work in this film. He relives his angry young man image once again. Technically, Khakee excels in the action sequences, set designs and innovative camera movements.” The film was later remade in Telugu as Satyameva Jayate.