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Andaaz (English: A way) is a 2003 Indian romantic musical film directed by Raj Kanwar and produced by Suneel Darshan. It stars Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta in the lead roles. The film tells the story of Raj (Kumar) and his romantic relationship with two girls, Kajal and Jiya (Dutta and Chopra). The music of the film was composed by Nadeem-Shravan with lyrics written by Sameer.

Andaaz
The poster features three people, one man and two women, with blue themed colour in the background. Text at the bottom of the poster reveals the tagline of the film while the text at the bottom of the poster reveals the title, name of the director, name of the producer, name of the distributor, the release date and the rest of the credits.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Raj Kanwar
Produced by Suneel Darshan
Screenplay by
Starring
Music by Nadeem-Shravan
Cinematography Ishwar R. Bidri
Edited by Sanjay Sankla
Production
company
Shree Krishna International
Release date
23 May 2003
Running time
149 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 80 million[2]
Box office 288 million[3]

Made on a budget of 80 million, the film was released on 23 May 2003 to mixed reviews from critics, with praise directed towards performances of Dutta and Chopra, the cinematography and the music. The film was a major box-office success, grossing 288 million at the box-office. Andaaz was deemed the "first Universal Hit of the year".

The film won several awards and nominations at various award ceremonies across India. At the 49th Filmfare Awards, Andaaz received five nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Chopra, winning two awards in the Best Female Debut category for Dutta and Chopra.

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PlotEdit

Young Raj Malhotra (Akshay Kumar) lives with his elder brother, Rohit, his sister-in-law, Kiran, and his niece. After an accident fractures his leg, he is unable to walk for some time. Due to psychological reasons, he cannot walk even after the fracture heals. When the Malhotras move to Dehra Dun, Raj befriends their neighbour, young tomboy Kajal (Lara Dutta), as both share a common passion for aeroplanes. Kajal encourages Raj to walk, and he succeeds. Years later the two continue to be fast friends, and everyone expects them to marry soon. Raj secretly loves Kajal and is waiting for the right time to propose to her. However, Kajal sees him only as her best friend. Raj is recruited by the Indian Air Force and goes for training for a year and a half. After his training is over, he rushes to Kajal to propose to her, only to find out that she has given her heart to multimillionaire businessmen, Karan Singhania (Aman Verma). Raj tells Kajal that Karan is the best life partner for her, and does not reveal his true feelings. Kajal and Karan get married and during the reception party, Kajal comes to know of Raj's feeling for her. Hurt by the fact that she did not see his feelings for her despite being Raj's best friend, Kajal asks him to move on with his life as she is now a married woman. Thereafter the Malhotras move to Nainital, and Raj relocates to Cape Town, South Africa for training.

During a visit to a club, Raj meets the vivacious and fun-loving Jiya (Priyanka Chopra). Jiya falls in love with Raj due to his clean personality, but Raj is unable to forget Kajal. After completing his training, Raj goes back to India where he finds that Jiya has already arrived at his home and is living as a paying guest with his family. Jiya makes several attempts to impress Raj, however he still doesn't fall for her. During Karwa-Chauth, Jiya performs the rituals that a wife typically does for a husband but Raj becomes angry and asks Jiya to leave. Jiya leaves the home. Raj's family reveals that they have always loved Jiya and wanted Raj to marry her as Jiya has already told them everything about her and Raj's meeting in South Africa. Finally, Raj decides to marry Jiya and move on with his life.

While visiting Jiya's family, Raj learns that Kajal is Jiya's sister-in-law. It is revealed that Kajal is now a widow after Karan's death in a plane crash, in which Kajal survived. Kajal thinks that she is responsible for Karan's death, as she had asked him for a ride in bad weather. After Karan's death, Kajal loses her mental balance and ends up in a hospital due to attempting suicide. Raj helps Kajal recover from the depression and enables her to come face to face with life again. Jiya notices their increasing closeness and suggests to her father that Kajal be married off. At Raj and Jiya's engagement, Kajal comes to know that her family has arranged her for engagement as well. Unhappy with the news, Raj asks Kajal not to allow herself to be married off against her will. Angrily, Jiya states that Raj and Kajal will never be able to forget their past and love for each other, regardless of the fact that Raj is supposed to be marrying Jiya. An irate Raj places the wedding sindoor on Kajal's head, indicating he has now married Kajal and no one has the right to question their relationship. Emotionally, Jiya reveals that she wanted Raj and Kajal to accept their feelings and love for each other in front of the world. The film ends with Jiya participating in Raj and Kajal's marriage.

CastEdit

The cast is listed below:[4]

ProductionEdit

Robin Bhatt and Shyam Goel wrote the screenplay while Ishwar R Bidri handled the cinematography.[5] Manish Malhotra designed the costumes for Dutta and Chopra. The film was extensively shot in Cape Town, South Africa.[5] Sanjay Sankla edited the film.[5]

SoundtrackEdit

Andaaz
Soundtrack album by Nadeem-Shravan
Released 9 March 2003 (2003-03-09)
Recorded 2002
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Hindi
Label Shree Krishna Audio
Nadeem-Shravan chronology
Yeh Dil
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Qayamat
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The music is composed by Nadeem-Shravan, and the lyrics are penned by Sameer. The album has eight tracks.[6] The vocals were performed by Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Sapna Mukherjee, Kailash Kher, Babul Supriyo and Shaan.[6] Music was released on 26 February 2003 in an event in Mumbai.[7]

The film's soundtrack album received positive reviews from music critics. Glamsham gave a positive review and wrote: "On the whole, the soundtrack of Andaaz showcases the marvelous and creative skills of the composer duo, Nadeem-Sharvan. No doubt, some of the tracks will win awards in the future. The album has an up market music. The whole content of the soundtrack is memorable and a gorgeous gift for the people who have an ear for rhythmical music".[8] Planet Bollywood gave a rating of 7.5 (out of 10) noting it as a "good" album and wrote: "the album has two or three excellent songs and another three good numbers and couple of ordinary ones. Overall its definitely worth a buy especially so for Nadeem-Shravan/Sameer and melody fans. It is better than most of their recent efforts".[9]

The music topped charts on a number of platforms in India. The soundtrack was the second best-selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year, with 2.5 million units sold according to Box Office India.[10]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Kisise Tum Pyar Karo" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik 5:11
2. "Kitna Pagal Dil Hai" Kumar Sanu 5:33
3. "Allah Kare Dil Na Lage Kisise" Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik 5:27
4. "Rabba Ishq Na Hove" Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Sapna Mukherjee, Kailash Kher 6:23
5. "Aaj Kehna Zaroori Hai" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 5:59
6. "Aayega Maza Ab Barsaat Ka" Alka Yagnik, Babul Supriyo 5:32
7. "Kitna Pagal Dil Hai" (female) Alka Yagnik 5:32
8. "Shala La Baby" Shaan, Alka Yagnik 6:05
Total length: 45:42

Release and receptionEdit

The film was released on 23 May 2003.

Andaaz received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances by its female lead (Dutta and Chopra), the cinematography and the music. Hindustan Times gave a rating of 3 out of 5, noting it as a "brightly wrapped" love triangle .[11]

The film grossed 288 million against a budget of 80 million.[2][3] The film was a major commercial success.[12][13] Andaaz also celebrated silver jubilee by completing 100 days in theatres after the release and is considered as the first Universal Hit of 2003.[14]

AccoladesEdit

Award Date[a] Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
Filmfare Awards 20 February 2004 Best Supporting Actress Priyanka Chopra Nominated [15]
Best Female Debut Lara Dutta Won
Priyanka Chopra Won
Best Lyricist Sameer (for song "Kisise Tum Pyaar Karo") Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Kumar Sanu (for song "Kisise Tum Pyaar Karo") Nominated
Screen Awards 16 January 2005 Most Promising Newcomer - Female Lara Dutta Won [16]
Priyanka Chopra Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Lara Dutta Nominated [17]
Priyanka Chopra Nominated
Best Music Director Nadeem-Shravan Nominated

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Andaaz (2003)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Pillai, Sreedhar (26 June 2003). "Summer successes". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Andaaz". Box Office India. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Andaaz". Box Office India. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Andaaz Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Tuteja, Joginder (11 March 2003). "Andaaz: Music Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Adarsh, Taran (28 February 2008). "'ANDAAZ' MUSIC RELEASED WITH FANFARE:". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Punn, Goher Iqbal. "Andaaz Music Review". Glamsham. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Andaaz Music Review". Planet Bollywood. 27 February 2003. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. 22 January 2009. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  11. ^ Hindustan Times (23 May 2003). "Andaaz Review". Now Running. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Subhash K Jha. "Bollywood's upbeat mood". Rediff. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  13. ^ "Box Office 2003". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  14. ^ Adarsh, Taran (29 August 2009). "'Andaaz' Celebrations: Rocking:". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "49th Filmfare Awards". Filmfare Awards. 20 February 2004. Sony. 
  16. ^ "10th Star Screen Awards". Screen Awards. 30 January 2004. Star Plus. 
  17. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2004". Zee Cine Awards. 26 March 2004. Zee TV. 

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