Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (transl.An Amazing Story of a Strange Love[a]) is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy film written and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, based on a screenplay by Santoshi Rajesh Tailang and a story by Santoshi and K. Rajeshwar, and produced by Ramesh S. Taurani under Tips Industries. It stars Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in lead roles, with Smita Jaykar, Darshan Jariwala, Upen Patel, Govind Namdev, Dolly Bindra, Mithilesh Chaturvedi, Navneet Nishan, Zakir Hussain and Rana Jung Bahadur in supporting roles, with Salman Khan in a special appearance.

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRajkumar Santoshi
Written byR. D. Tailang
Rajkumar Santoshi
Story byK. Rajeshwar
Rajkumar Santoshi
Produced byRamesh S. Taurani
StarringRanbir Kapoor
Katrina Kaif
Edited bySteven H. Bernard
Music bySongs:
Background score:
Distributed byTips Industries
Release date
  • 6 November 2009 (2009-11-06)
Running time
144 minutes
Budget25 crore[1]
Box office103.73 crore[1]

Upon release, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani emerged as a commercial success, grossing ₹103.21 crore worldwide, becoming the third-highest grossing Hindi film of the year.[2] The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its direction, story, screenplay, soundtrack, and performances of the cast.

At the 55th Filmfare Awards, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani received 5 nominations, including Best Actor (Kapoor) and Best Music Director (Pritam), and won Best Actor (Critics) (Kapoor).

In 2010, it was unofficially remade in Bengali as Mon Je Kare Uru Uru.

Plot edit

The film opens with a reporter entering into a small town that looks abandoned, with a statue that speaks. The reporter asks the statue where the people of the town are, and the statue then narrates the story behind it.

Prem Shankar Sharma is a free-loader who, while helping his friend elope, meets a beautiful girl, Jennifer "Jenny" Pinto. They both share the trait of stammering when they are emotional; in such a moment, the stammering Jenny induces a spontaneous stammer in Prem, but she misinterprets his stammer as a mockery on her. Although this makes her dislike Prem initially, she reconciles with him after realizing that his stammer is real. Prem eventually falls in love with Jenny, although she is oblivious to this and only considers him a friend. When he tries to tell Jenny his feelings, he finds out that Jenny is in love with her college friend Rahul Jalan.

He then meets Rahul and finds out that Rahul loves Jenny more than his family, so helps them board a train to escape. However, Rahul disappears at the train station, and Jenny returns to Prem so Prem can help her find Rahul.

Rahul's father, Pitambar Jalan, a politician, does not like Jenny and completely opposes a relationship between Jenny and Rahul, mainly due to the religious barrier, Jenny being a Christian and Rahul a Hindu. When Prem visits Rahul's house for Jenny's proposal with Rahul, he is insulted by Pitambar. Prem convinces his mother Sharda to let Jenny hide in their house while Jenny's family search for her, but they are eventually caught by the police. Jenny lies that she and Prem are in love, to save Rahul's name. While Prem corroborates Jenny's lie, he gets emotional and spurts out his true feelings for Jenny, which she mistakes for over-acting.

Prem and Jenny successfully go to a club where Rahul's birthday party is being held so that Jenny and Rahul can be reunited and eventually convince Pitambar to support the relationship. Rahul then tells Prem that he and Jenny are going to prepare for the wedding in two days.

Unfortunately, a day before the wedding, Jenny gets kidnapped by a gangster named Sajid Don who is seeking a ransom from Pitambar in exchange for her. Prem and his buddies find her in Sajid Don's warehouse. A hilarious fight ensues between Prem's and Sajid Don's gangs. Prem's father, Shiv Shankar Sharma joins the fight and Sajid Don, a wanted criminal, gets arrested.

Rahul and a contesting Pitambar tell the media that it was they who were the ones involved in the fight with Sajid Don, intending to buy a good name for Pitambar before the elections. On Jenny and Rahul's wedding day, Jenny finds out that Prem actually gave consent to Rahul and Pitambar to publicize their false story. This and her past recollections of Prem's selfless caring for her make her realize that she truly loves Prem and that Rahul and his family are actually very selfish, prompting her to become a runaway bride. Meanwhile, Prem, who is about to leave the town is stopped by an actor in the get up of Jesus, who asks him to guide him to an address, further driving him back to the church, where he finds Jenny as the actor disappears and it is revealed that he was actually Jesus Christ, who took a human form to unite Prem with Jenny after hearing her prayers in the Church. She is united with Prem and the two happily get married, in a small celebration at a marriage registration office.

The statue, in the beginning, reveals that the entire town is attending their wedding and asks the reporter to visit the registration office. [3]

Cast edit

  • Ranbir Kapoor as "President" Prem Shankar Sharma
    • Kapoor also plays the statue narrating the story
  • Katrina Kaif as Jennifer "Jenny" Pinto, Prem's love interest
  • Pradeep Kharab as Tony Braganza
  • Zakir Hussain as Sajid Don
  • Upen Patel as Rahul Jalan
  • Darshan Jariwala as Shiv Shankar Sharma, Prem's father
  • Mithilesh Chaturvedi as Albert Pinto, Jenny's adoptive father
  • Navneet Nishan as Rosalina "Rosie" Pinto, Jenny's adoptive mother
  • Smita Jaykar as Sharda Sharma, Prem's mother
  • Prem's friends in The Happy Club
    • Shyam Mashalkar as Raju Babbar
    • Akul Tripathi as Kunnu
    • Khurshed Lawyer as David Braganza
    • Ameya Hunaswadkar as Lakhan
  • Salman Khan as himself in a coffee shop
  • Sanatan Modi as Peter Braganza, Tony's father
  • Govind Namdeo as Pitambar Jalan, Rahul's father
  • Dolly Bindra as Vidya Jalan, Pitambar's wife and Rahul's mother
  • Mohan Raman as Pitambar Jalan's PA Sheshadri
  • Abhay Bhargava as Terror Tej Singh
  • Rana Jung Bahadur as Inspector Jung Bahadur Rana
  • Rati Shankar Tripathi as Bhairon Singh
  • Delhi Ganesh as a temple priest
  • Behzaad Khan as Jesus Christ

Reception edit

Critical response edit

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani received positive reviews from critics upon release. Subhash K. Jha (film critic and author of The Essential Guide to Bollywood) states: "If you've ever wondered what on earth is on-screen chemistry here's your one-stop all-purpose encyclopedia on celluloid magic. Fasten your 'see'-it belts, as veteran filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi sheds all his lajja, and pulls out all stops to do a wacky goofy edgeless weightless comedy of characters who walk in and walk out of frames leaving behind fumes of old-fashioned funnies. Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is an airtight trapeze down that familiar romantic lane."[4] Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India gave it four stars out of five and states: "The newly formented Ranbir-Katrina chemistry sets the screen on fire in this mad hatter's tea party. Adding to this is Pritam's peppy music score with Neeraj Shridhar, Atif Aslam, Hard Kaur, Sunidhi Chauhan and Mika raising a toast to a high-spirited song and dance and Raj Kumar Santoshi penning some of the funniest dialogues in recent times and you have a great escape awaiting you at your favourite audi this weekend. Go, have a ball."[5] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film four out of five stars arguing that it "entertains majorly" and that "the romantic moments are endearing. Most importantly, the on-screen chemistry is electrifying. Ranbir and Katrina look great together!"[6] Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL India gave 3 out of 5 stars saying, "Its strong point, apart from Ranbir, happens to be its clichéd settings."[7] Omar Qureshi of Zoom gave 3.5 out of five stars saying that "The main point to be noted in the film is that, the film is totally dedicated to loving and all the things that are related to love and so, it will leave an ever lasting impression on youth."[8] Minty Tejpal of Mumbai Mirror gave 3.5 out of five stars, saying that "It seems that Ranbir Kapoor can do nothing wrong. He is just fantastic through the film."[9] Mayank Shekhar of the Hindustan Times gave it one star and said that "The film has no comic bone at all. There is certainly no romance either."[10] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave it 2.5 out of five stars and said that "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is a silly comedy that goes for slapstick gags and juvenile jokes that are hard to appreciate."[11]

Box office edit

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani collected a nett India gross of ₹66.4 million on its opening day,[12] and 38 crore in its opening week. It had a lifetime gross collection of ₹87.05 crore in India, including a nett income of ₹64.20 crore, and ₹16.16 crore from overseas box office, thus making a worldwide total of ₹103.21 crore. It was the third highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2009 behind 3 Idiots and Love Aaj Kal.[13]

Soundtrack edit

The soundtrack was composed by Pritam while lyrics were penned by Irshad Kamil and Ashish Pandit. The songs are remixed by DJ Suketu and arranged by Aks.

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length66:35 minutes
LabelTips Music Films
Pritam chronology
All the Best: Fun Begins
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Tum Mile

Track listing edit

1."Main Tera Dhadkan Teri"K.K, Sunidhi Chauhan & Hard Kaur4:33
2."Tu Jaane Na"Atif Aslam5:41
3."Oh By God"Sunidhi Chauhan & Mika Singh4:58
4."Tera Hone Laga Hoon"Atif Aslam, Alisha Chinai, Joi Barua & Parineeta Borthakur4:56
5."Prem Ki Naiyya"Neeraj Shridhar & Suzanne D'Mello4:06
6."Aa Jao Meri Tamanna"Javed Ali & Jojo4:02
7."Follow Me"Hard Kaur2:52
8."Tu Jaane Na" (Reprise)Soham, Rana Mazumdar & Ashish Pandit5:43
9."Main Tera Dhadkan Teri" (Remix)KK, Sunidhi Chauhan & Hard Kaur5:04
10."Tu Jaane Na" (Remix)Atif Aslam6:06
11."Prem Ki Naiyya" (Remix)Neeraj Shridhar & Suzanne D'Mello4:31
12."Tera Hone Laga Hoon" (Remix)Atif Aslam, Alisha Chinai & Joi Barua4:46
13."Aa Jao Meri Tamanna" (Remix)Javed Ali & Jojo3:44
14."Tu Jaane Na" (Unplugged Version)Kailash Kher, Paresh Kamath & Naresh5:33
Total length:66:35

Reception edit

The soundtrack received positive reviews from critics. Samir Dave of Planet Bollywood gave it a rating of 7.5/10 and said, "If you are looking for an enjoyable potpourri of different musical styles, and melody, then you will love what Pritam has served up for, "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani". It deserves to be at the top of the charts".[14] Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama rated it 3.5/5 and praised the music composer saying, "This is Pritam's year, delivering chartbusters by dozens all through the year, he can now look forward to another bountiful of hit songs up his sleeves with Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Also, Kapoor and Kaif can enjoy a hugely popular track for themselves in the form of 'Main Tera Dhadkan Teri'. Go, pick this one up from the shelves!".[15] The songs 'Tu Jaane Na', 'Tera Hone Laga Hoon', 'Prem Ki Naiya' and 'Mein Tera Dhadkan Teri' became chartbusters.

Awards and nominations edit

Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
55th Filmfare Awards Best Actor (Critics) Ranbir Kapoor (also for Wake Up Sid and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year) Won
Best Actor Ranbir Kapoor Nominated
Best Music Director Pritam Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Atif Aslam (for the song "Tu Jaane Na") Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Alisha Chinai (for the song "Tera Hone Laga Hoon") Nominated
Screen Awards Best Actor Ranbir Kapoor Nominated [16]
Best Music Director Pritam Nominated
Best Choreography Ahmed Khan (for the song "Prem Ki Naiyya") Nominated
Stardust Awards Best Film of the Year – Comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Nominated [17]
Dream Director Rajkumar Santoshi Nominated
Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Ranbir Kapoor (also for Wake Up Sid) Won
Star of the Year – Female Katrina Kaif (also for New York) Won
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Smita Jaykar Nominated
Best Actor in a Comic Role Darshan Jariwala Nominated
Best Music Director Pritam Nominated
Best Dialogue Rajkumar Santoshi Nominated
Best Art Direction Nitish Roy Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Male Playback Singer Atif Aslam (for the song "Tu Jaane Na") Nominated [18]
2nd Mirchi Music Awards Listeners' Choice Album of the Year Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani Won [19]

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  1. ^ Prem is also the name of the film's protagonist.

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