Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s son Junaid Khan has made his acting debut with the film Maharaj. His film was released directly on the OTT platform Netflix. The film was released on 14 June 2024, creating a sensation across the country and beyond. Fans are loving the movie. Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra, Maharaj is making waves on OTT and is running at number one in India. It has also managed to make it to the top 10 in 22 other countries. Siddharth P Malhotra posted on Instagram with the caption: “My film Maharaj is number 1 in India. #2 in the world and has entered the top 10 in 22 countries. He also thanked his entire team and the audience for giving Maharaj a chance.

Junaid plays the role of 19th century social reformer Sundas Mulji in this film. Jaydeep Ahlawat played the role of Jadunath Maharaj, Shalini Pandey played the role of Kishori, while Shruri Wagh played the role of Viraj.

The film has impressed the audience with its story and social message. This reflects that synagogues and religion are good for people, instead of worshiping people who claim to be gods, we should focus directly on the divine. It also shows that we should not blindly follow traditions.

Maharaj has made great strides with Asia and the GCC countries in terms of viewership on OTT, with India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Maldives taking the top spot at No.1. Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand have joined the top 10.

In the African continent, the film is also number 1 in Mauritius and Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and Reunion. In South America, the film is trending in Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Tobago, while in Europe, the film is trending in Luxembourg.


Since its release, Maharaj has been critically acclaimed. The latest data from the streaming platform shows that the film has garnered 5.3 million views on the global label from June 24 to June 30, 2024. The film is based on the 1862 Bombay court case known as the Maharaja’s Responsible Case.

In an interview, Junaid Khan expressed his thoughts about the script saying that it is beautiful and inherently dramatic. He also said that he did not think of the film as traditional or unconventional when asked. He also claimed that the subject of the film is a sensitive one.

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