Bodyguard is a 2011 Indian Hindi-language romantic action comedy film co- written and directed by Siddique Ismail. It is a remake of the director's own 2010 Mollywood film of the same name starring Dileep and Nayantara. The film was produced by Atul Agnihotri and Alvira Khan Agnihotri.It features Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, with Aditya Pancholi in a special appearance and Karisma Kapoor in a voice role. It also stars Raj Babbar, Mahesh Manjrekar and Hazel Keech in supporting roles.
The film broke many records upon its release. Within the first day of its release, it went on to become the highest opening day grosser as well as the biggest grosser ever for a single day up until then. The film set another box office record, netting â‚¹1.03 billion (US$14 million) in its first week, thus becoming the highest opening week grossing Bollywood film until then. The film became a major commercial success with a worldwide gross of â‚¹2.34 billion (US$31 million).
Lovely B. Singh is assigned as Divya Rana's bodyguard to protect her from goons hunting her to take revenge against her father Sartaj Rana, a kind and successful politician, who was responsible for saving his mother in an accident. Lovely is very devoted to his duties—but irritates Divya by following her everywhere. Divya and her friend Maya call Lovely, with Divya pretending to be Chhaya, a girl madly in love with Lovely, hoping this will distract him from his work.
Initially hesitant, Lovely gradually starts loving the mysterious Chhaya and looks forward to her calls, but doesn't realize that it is actually Divya. Meanwhile, Lovely protects Divya on multiple occasions from the attacks of Ranjan Mahatre and his goons, including a dramatic incident when the criminals capture Divya, leaving her tied up and gagged as their hostage. Lovely rescues Divya from her captors and defeats the culprits. Divya falls in love with Lovely but is scared to reveal her identity due to Lovely's immense devotion and loyalty toward his duties and her father. Divya, as Chhaya, later tells Lovely to run away with her and meet her at a railway station. Sartaj begins suspecting that Lovely and Divya are in love and might elope, so he sends his men to kill Lovely. Divya convinces her father that Lovely's lover is someone else who is waiting for him at the railway station. Sensing that Lovely might be heartbroken if he does not meet his Chhaya, Divya sends Maya to tell Lovely her true identity. However, when Lovely sees Maya running toward him, he believes she is Chhaya. Maya tries to tell him that Divya is Chhaya but sees one of Sartaj's men in the compartment, waiting for her to answer Lovely. She tells Lovely that she is Chhaya and hugs Lovely. During this, Divya calls Maya, but Maya gets on the train with Lovely and throws her phone away instead of returning to her friend.
Lovely and Maya marry and have a son, but Maya later dies owing to cancer. Several years later, Sartaj invites Lovely, who is now a multi-millionaire and will live in Canada and his son Sartaj Singh to his house and apologize for his behavior. Lovely believed that Divya was happily married in London so he is shocked to see her still living in the house, unmarried. Sartaj Singh, who knows of his mother's betrayal from a diary Maya had left him, explaining what she had done and that her early death was the punishment for her betrayal of her friend, grows close to Divya and apologizes to her on his mother's behalf.
On the last day of their visit, Sartaj Singh asks Divya to accompany him as his mother. Infuriated, Lovely tells Sartaj Singh to apologize, but Sartaj Rana tells Lovely that he feels the same and requests him to take Divya with him. Lovely accepts. Lovely's son secretly throws away Maya's diary into the trash at the railway station, having completed his mission. However, Lovely sees him and takes the diary from the trash. Upon reading it, he discovers that Divya was his actual love, Chhaya and that Maya had lied. He calls Divya on her mobile and addresses her as Chhaya. Divya is overwhelmed with joy, realizing Lovely finally knows the truth, and the couple is united.
Salman Khan as Lovely B. Singh
Kareena Kapoor as Divya Rana / Chhaya
Raj Babbar as Sartaj Rana, Divya's father
Rajat Rawail as Surinder Narender Milkha 'Tsunami' Singh
Hazel Keech as Maya & Chhaya Singh (after marriage with Lovely)
Mohammad Faizal as Sartaj Singh, Lovely's son
Reema Debnath as Maid Savita
Govardhan Asrani as Shekhar
Mahesh Manjrekar as Ranjan Mhatre
Sharat Saxena as Bindra
Vidya Sinha as Mrs. Rana, Sartaj's wife
Aditya Pancholi as Vikrant Mhatre
Karisma Kapoor as Chhaya's voice
Katrina Kaif as an item number in the song "Bodyguard"
Chetan Hansraj as Mhatre's brother
Salim Baig as Mhatre's brother
The film's production company, Reel Life Production Pvt. Ltd, was bought by Reliance Entertainment for â‚¹ 450 million. This earned Reliance the co-producer status and an equal share in the IPR for perpetuity.
The film director Siddique first offered the female lead to Nayantara but she refused because she was not interested to play the same role in the original. The role then went to Kareena Kapoor.
Neerupa Menon, a mutual friend of director Siddique and Alvira Khan, introduced him to Alvira Khan Agnihotri and Atul Agnihotri, the to-be co-producers of the film, suggesting that he should venture into Bollywood. Siddique sent his original Malayalam film to Alvira and Atul as a result of the suggestion and they convinced Salman Khan to watch the film. After watching the film, Khan was very impressed with it and agreed to do the Hindi remake.
Shooting for the film began on 16 January 2011 at the Symbiosis International University campus situated in Pune. The classrooms and academic block of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management were used in the Lavale campus. The shooting later continued in the city of Patiala (Punjab). Two songs from the film were scheduled to be shot in Europe but were later shifted to Film City in Mumbai to cut costs as the film had already exceeded its initial budget.