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Awarapan (transl.Vagrancy) is a 2007 Indian Hindi-language neo-noir action film directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Mukesh Bhatt under the banner of Vishesh Films.[2][3] Starring Emraan Hashmi, Shriya Saran, Mrinalini Sharma, and Ashutosh Rana, the film follows a gangster who is ordered by his boss to keep an eye on his mistress, a Pakistani girl sold to him in the flesh trade.[4] The film co-stars Shaad Randhawa, Rehan Khan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Salil Acharya, and Purab Kohli.

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Directed byMohit Suri
Produced byMukesh Bhatt
Written byShagufta Rafiqe
Screenplay byShagufta Rafique
Story byMahesh Bhatt
Music bySongs:
Raju Singh
CinematographyRaaj Chakravarti
Edited byAditya Joshi
Distributed byViacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 29 June 2007 (2007-06-29) (India)
Running time
133 minutes
Box office12.26 crore [1]

Awarapan was theatrically released in India and worldwide on 29 June 2007. The film was a commercial failure, but eventually came to be regarded as one of Hashmi's best works.[5] The film is an uncredited remake of the South Korean film A Bittersweet Life.[6][7]


Shivam is a heartbroken and introvert atheist, gangster, and right-hand man of Bharat Malik, a businessman who runs a chain of hotels in Hong Kong. Shivam is given the responsibility of one of these hotels, which he bears capably and well, making it much more successful than Malik's other hotels. Malik holds Shivam in the highest esteem due to Shivam's loyalty, reliability, and business acumen, and treats him like an adored son whom he entrusts with almost everything - indeed, more so than his biological son Ronnie. This is the cause of much jealousy on Ronnie's part against Shivam, but due to Malik's outspoken support for Shivam, Ronnie does not dare to openly oppose him. Shivam has a very close childhood friend, Kabir, who assists him with everything. Meanwhile, Malik's brother Rajan and Rajan's spoilt son Munna nurture a grudge against Shivam because of Shivam's repeated conflicts with Munna.

One day, Malik asks Shivam to keep an eye on his young mistress Reema, whom he suspects of having an affair with someone else, while he is away on a brief business trip. Reema is a young Pakistani girl, devout Muslim, and victim of sex trafficking, whom Malik had "bought" in the Bangkok flesh market. If Reema is found cheating on Malik, then Shivam has to inform him immediately.

In Shivam's interactions with Reema, he recalls his lost love, Aliyah, in a series of flashbacks. Aliyah was a devout Muslim whom Shivam had met by chance in the marketplace one day. The duo eventually fell in love, but when her father saw them together, he wrathfully confronted them, reprimanding Aliyah physically. He also exposed Shivam's gangster background to a shocked Aliyah, leading to Shivam's instantly offering her father his gun, saying that he was willing to let go of everything, start anew, and legitimately provide for Aliyah if he is allowed to be with her. Aliyah's father recovers from his initial surprise quickly and shoots at Shivam with the gun, who ducks to avoid the bullet. The bullet hits Aliyah instead, killing her and temporarily driving Shivam over the edge. A feeling of guilt and sorrow at Aliyah having died because he tried to save his own life remains with Shivam hereafter. Aliyah's father instantly commits suicide when he realizes what he has done.

Shivam discovers one night that Reema has a secret boyfriend named Bilal, who convinces her to run away with him back to Pakistan. Shivam informs Malik, who orders Reema's elimination. However, when he confronts the couple to eliminate them, she dares him to shoot her, claiming that freedom is her right, requesting mercy "for God's sake". Shivam is reminded of Aliyah's religious mannerisms, which bear a strong resemblance to Reema's, and is unable to shoot her, leaving her alive. Malik tries to reach Shivam, who severs contact with the former, leading to Malik finding out about his disobedience.

Shivam plans to quickly run away from Hong Kong back to India with Kabir, who is extremely unwilling to do so. Eventually, he betrays Shivam to Malik, whose regard for Kabir goes up. Malik has Shivam captured and orders, Ronnie, to torture Shivam until he agrees to kill Reema when Shivam refuses to do so even after Malik offers him a second chance. Malik is now genuinely hurt and sorrowful at what he perceives as Shivam's betrayal, and he hands over Shivam's responsibilities in the business to Kabir. Malik makes up the old feud with Rajan and Munna and merges their gangs and businesses, with Malik demanding that Shivam be brought before him alive so that Malik can kill him personally. This occurs in Kabir's presence, who is bitterly penitent to the point of not wishing to live any more over his betrayal of Shivam.

Shivam manages to escape Ronnie and seeks refuge in the monastery of a monk whom he had once set free from certain death. He recovers from his injuries, and reminded of Aliyah and her belief in freedom, decides to not continue running all his life to save his own skin, but to "fulfill someone else's dreams" - namely, unite Bilal and Reema and send them to Pakistan. He manages to save Bilal from Malik's henchmen, led by Kabir, whom Shivam still trusts and regards as his best friend, who tearfully reiterates that he is ready to die for Shivam, as he always was. Kabir takes Bilal to the monastery, where arrangements are made to ship Bilal and Reema to Lahore.

Shivam tracks Reema, kills Rajan, and refuses to divulge where she is. He tricks Munna into revealing Malik's plans regarding Reema, which are to sell her to the person who "enjoys" her the most. Munna tells Shivam everything about it, including the location, believing him to be crippled by his wounds and is immediately killed by Shivam upon realizing that is not the case. Shivam finds Reema and Malik, who is madly enraged at Shivam's standing against him, when he had cared for Shivam so much, deriding Shivam's new belief in God and freedom. Shivam kills Malik and escapes with Reema to the shipping docks, where Bilal is waiting. Kabir shows up to fight Malik's men and buy Shivam time, and he is brutally murdered in the process. Bilal manages to force a reluctant Reema to escape to the ship, who is hesitant to leave Shivam behind. Ronnie and his men arrive, and Shivam manages to kill them all in a gunfight, but he is mortally wounded himself. As Shivam lies dying, he comes to terms with his past, forgiving himself and envisioning Aliyah smiling down upon him. The movie ends with Reema in a conference in Pakistan, where she tells her story of the "awara" who sacrificed his life to save her, and incites those present to stand up for victims of trafficking.


  • Emraan Hashmi as Shivam Pandit: The protagonist of the film, is an atheist gangster with a tragic past whose love has been murdered. He later gets reminded of his love's practices.
  • Shriya Saran as Aaliyah: A Muslim Indian and Shivam's loved one who induces the idea of God and freedom into Shivam and was mistakenly murdered by her father due to Shivam's criminal life
  • Mrinalini Sharma as Reema: A Pakistani girl who was forced into trafficking by some human trafficking people. Malik bought her from them and even asked Shivam to keep an eye on her.
  • Ashutosh Rana as Bharat Daulat Malik: A crime lord and boss of Shivam who treats Shivam like his own son but gets betrayed and later killed by him.
  • Shaad Randhawa as Kabir: Shivam's best friend since his childhood and business partner whom Shivam hands over the business responsibilities. He ultimately gets murdered.
  • Rehan Khan as Bilal: Reema's secret boyfriend who plans to go to Pakistan with her.
  • Ashish Vidyarthi as Rajan D. Malik: Malik's brother who ultimately gets killed by Shivam.
  • Salil Acharya as Ronnie B. Malik: Malik's son who gets jealous of Shivam and then gets killed by him.
  • Purab Kohli as Munna R. Malik: Rajan's son who confesses Shivam the truths and then gets killed by him.
  • Atul Parchure as Siddharth Sood: A monk.


Some scenes were shot in Lahore, making it one of the few Indian films to have been filmed in Pakistan. Other scenes were filmed in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Moscow.[8]


Soundtrack album by
Released30 December 2007 (2007-12-30)
GenreFeature Film soundtrack
Pritam chronology

The music for the film was composed by Roxen (band) & Annie Khalid and were recreated in musical arrangements by Pritam. Some of the singers who have lent their voices for the album include Mustafa Zahid, Suzanne D'Mello, Rafaqat Ali Khan and Annie Khalid. The lyrics have been written by Sayeed Quadri, Asif Ali Baig and Annie Khalid. All the remix versions were produced by DJ Suketu and arranged by Aks.

Track listingEdit

1."Tera Mera Rishta"PritamMustafa Zahid5:47
2."Toh Phir Aao"PritamMustafa Zahid5:48
3."Mahiya"PritamSuzanne D'Mello4:24
4."Maula Maula[a]"PritamRafaqat Ali Khan5:24
5."Tera Mera Rishta" (Remix)PritamMustafa Zahid4:54
6."Toh Phir Aao" (Remix)PritamMustafa Zahid5:09
7."Mahiya" (Remix)DJ Suketu & Annie KhalidAnnie Khalid5:12


Awarapan was released on 29 June 2007 all over India under the banner of Vishesh Films.

Satellite RightsEdit

This movie givened the satellite rights to Manoranjan TV. But this movie shared from free-to-air television channels like Cinema TV, WOW Cinema, B4U Movies, Enterr10 Movies, and other television channels.


Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5 and praised the direction, music, dialogue and performances, while noting the film's excessive violence could act as a deterrent for several viewers.[10] Rajeev Masand gave the film 3 stars out of 5 and felt the film had an "international look" owing to its action scenes and the Hong Kong skyline; he also praised the music and found the carnage sequences to have a "strange beauty". However, he criticized the slow pace and felt the film did not get to the characters' emotional core.[11] Jaspreet Pandohar from BBC similarly gave the film 3 stars, describing it as an "engaging, albeit violent, drama" and praising Hashmi's performance, while feeling disappointed that more was not made of the issue of human trafficking.[12]

On the other hand, Khalid Mohamed from Hindustan Times gave the film 2 stars out of 5 and criticized the slow pacing, while praising Hashmi's performance and Pritam's music.[13] Ajit N. from gave the film 1.5 stars out of 5 and felt Rana and Saran were wasted.[14]


  1. ^ Lyrics by Baba Farid.[9]


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  7. ^ S. Heijin Lee; Monika Mehta; Robert Ji-Song Ku (31 July 2019). Pop Empires: Transnational and Diasporic Flows of India and Korea. University of Hawaii Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-8248-8000-2. Awarapan (Mohit Suri, 2007), a remake of neo-noir crime film A Bittersweet Life (Kim Jee-won, 2005) [...] Robert Smith's characterization of the unlicensed Bollywood remakes' [...]
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