Ajnabee
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Hindi अजनबी
Directed by Abbas-Mustan
Produced by Vijay Galani
Screenplay by Sanjeev Duggal
Neeraj Vora
Robin Bhatt
Shyam Goel
Story by Neeraj Vora
Starring Akshay Kumar
Bobby Deol
Kareena Kapoor
Bipasha Basu
Music by Songs:
Anu Malik
Background Score:
Surinder Sodhi
Cinematography Rajan Kinagi
Edited by Hussain A Burmawala
Distributed by Film Folks, Venus Records & Tapes Pvt Ltd
Release date
21 September 2001
Running time
165 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 190 million (US$2.9 million)
Box office 470 million (US$7.3 million)

Ajnabee (English: Stranger) is a 2001 Bollywood suspense thriller film directed by Abbas-Mustan and produced by Vijay Galani. It stars Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Kareena Kapoor and debutant Bipasha Basu in the lead with Johnny Lever, Dalip Tahil, Narendra Bedi and Sharat Saxena in supporting roles. The film is an adaptation of the 1992 American thriller Consenting Adults, directed by Alan J. Pakula. It was the second film of Akshay Kumar and Abbas-Mustan after Khiladi and the second film of Bobby Deol and Abbas-Mustan after Soldier

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PlotEdit

Raj (Bobby Deol) and Priya (Kareena Kapoor) meet by chance and fall in love after a whirlwind romance. They marry and reside in Switzerland, where they meet another Indian couple: Vikram Bajaj (Akshay Kumar) and Sonia (Bipasha Basu). The couples quickly become friends and decide to go on a Christmas vacation together to Mauritius.

There, Raj sees Vikram with another woman, looking intimate. Sonia begins to try to seduce Raj, who rejects her. Vikram notices Raj looking at Sonia and casually talks to him about wife swapping, this upsets Raj and an argument breaks out between the two men. However, a couple of days later, the couples resolve their issues and become friends again. On Vikram's birthday, the two men get drunk and Vickey asked whether he could become Raj for one day and they go in each other's house. The next morning Raj goes jogging in order to work off his hangover and finds that he cannot recall much of the previous night and thinks about Vicky having sex with priya by sleeping on top of Priya covered in blue bedsheets without any dress or ornaments.

After some time, Sonia is found dead, and Raj is accused of her murder. Determined to prove his innocence, Raj manages to escape from court, and is chased by the Swiss police. He meets Priya, who eventually believes his innocence and aids him in finding out what really happened. He decides to search Vikram's house, only to be interrupted by Vikram, who calls the police and then reveals that everything was planned in advance. Raj escapes in Vikram's car with Priya.

Raj finds a boarding pass that belongs to Sonia Bajaj, which states that Sonia arrived in Zurich on 29 December—however, Sonia was supposedly murdered that night. Raj suspects her to be the woman he saw with Vikram, traveling to Geneva together. In Geneva, Raj meets an insurance officer who is trying to find evidence that Vikram was involved in the death of his wife, in order to receive her life insurance payment of $100 million. Working with the insurance agent, Raj traces Vikram to a cruise ship. There, he sees Vikram dancing with a woman who is revealed to be 'Sonia', alive and well.

In the climax, Vikram explains the whole plan to Raj - the woman he saw in Mauritus was his wife Sonia Bajaj (Mink Brar), while the woman with him that Priya and Raj were introduced to in Switzerland is his girlfriend Neeta (Bipasha Basu). Vikram, a struggling musician, married the wealthy and glamarous Sonia, and convinced her to take out an insurance plan of $100 million on herself. He then formulated a plan with Neeta to have Sonia killed so that they could collect the money.

In a turn of events, Raj takes Vikram to a computer and shows him his empty bank account. Raj tells him that he had guessed his password, "Everything is planned", something that Vikram used to say a lot, and used it to transfer the money back to the insurance company. Raj also reveals that everything Vikram said had been recorded. A fight erupts between the two and Neeta dies in the conflict. Angered at losing Neeta, Vikram gets aggressive, killing the insurance officer and seemingly kill Raj. He chases Priya to kill her, too, but Raj is able to save her. Vikram dies when he is stuck by an anchor. Now proved innocent, Raj and Priya move back to India.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

Ajnabee
 
Soundtrack album by Anu Malik
Released 2001
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 50:38
Label Tips Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood           [1]

The soundtrack for Ajnabee is composed by Anu Malik and the lyrics are penned by Sameer. It is released by Tips Music.[2]

In 2011, ten years after the release of Ajnabee, Malik claimed that the song "Character Dheela" from the film Ready is an unauthorised copy of the song "Mohabbat Naam Hai" while informing the media that he will likely file a suit against composer, Pritam for plagiarism.[3]

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1 "Mohabbat Naam Hai" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 6:19
2 "Mehbooba Mehbooba" Adnan Sami, Sunidhi Chauhan 7:27
3 "Meri Zindagi Mein Ajnabee" Kumar Sanu, Sunidhi Chauhan 6:57
4 "Mujhko Neend Aa Rahi Hai" Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:46
5 "Dance Music" Anu Malik 1:22
6 "Kaun Main Haan Tum" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu 6:44
7 "Kasam Se Teri Aankhen Aaiya Re Aaiya" Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Hema Sardesai 5:55
8 "Jab Tumhe Aashiqui Maloom" Kumar Sanu 6:48
9 "Mehbooba Mehbooba (E-Groove Mix)" Adnan Sami, Sunidhi Chauhan, DJ Khalif 4:20

ProductionEdit

Originally, actress Mahek Chahal was cast in the role of Neeta (Fake Sonia) which eventually was given to Bipasha Basu. The climax of the film was shot in Muscat, Dubai and Bahrain on the Indian-owned cruise liner Ocean Majesty. [4]

ReceptionEdit

Ajnabee received mostly mixed reviews from critics. The performance of Akshay Kumar was praised.

At the box office, the film opened well, and collected 420 million on its nett gross opening weekend, with a full gross of 470 million worldwide. It was declared "hit" at the box office.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bahra, Mandeep. "Music Review – Ajnabee". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Ajnabee (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. iTunes. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  3. ^ "Character Dheela- a copy of my song: Anu Malik". NDTV. Indo-Asian News Service. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/1220754/

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