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Baghban (English: Gardener) is a 2003 Indian Hindi drama film directed by Ravi Chopra, featuring Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, and Salman Khan in lead roles. Aman Verma, Samir Soni, Saahil Chadha and Nasir Khan portray Bachchan and Malini's four sons. Mahima Chaudhry, Paresh Rawal, Rimi Sen and Lilette Dubey are featured in supporting roles. This film was an unofficial adaptation of highly acclaimed Hollywood film Make Way for Tomorrow.

Theatrical release poster
Directed byRavi Chopra
Produced byB. R. Chopra
Screenplay byAchala Nagar
Satish Bhatnagar
Ram Govind
Shafiq Ansari
Story byB. R. Chopra
Achala Nagar
Satish Bhatnagar
Ram Govind
Shafiq Ansari
StarringHema Malini
Amitabh Bachchan
Salman Khan
Aman Verma
Samir Soni
Mahima Chaudhry
Rimi Sen
Lilette Dubey
Paresh Rawal
Narrated byDinesh
Music byAadesh Shrivastava
Uttam Singh
CinematographyBarun Mukherjee
Edited byShailendra Doke
Godfrey Gonsalves
Shashi Mane
Distributed byB. R. Films
Release date
  • 3 October 2003 (2003-10-03)
Running time
183 minutes
Box office12 crore (equivalent to 33 crore or US$4.6 million in 2018)

The film was highly acclaimed,[1] especially for the on-screen chemistry between Bachchan and Malini who came together after a gap of 20 years from Nastik (1983). Critics[2] noted that it didn't even seem like they were returning together after a long time since their chemistry was so natural.[3] Another aspect of the film that was highly acclaimed was the way Bachchan delivers his powerful and emotional speech in the end.[4]

Make Way for Tomorrow was also the source movie for School Master (Kannada: ಸ್ಕೂಲ್ ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್), an Indian Kannada language movie which was released in 1958. Baghban was remade in Kannada as Ee Bandhana in 2007 starring Vishnuvardhan and Jaya Pradha in the leads.



The movie tells the story of Pooja Malhotra (Hema Malini), her husband Raj (Amitabh Bachchan), and their four sons Ajay (Aman Verma), Sanjay (Samir Soni), Rohit (Saahil Chadda), and Karan (Nasirr Khan). The couple has provided their children with everything, often at the cost of Pooja’s and Raj’s own requirements. The Malhotras have an adopted son Alok (Salman Khan), who is in love with Arpita (Mahima Chaudhry). Alok was an orphan and Raj provided him with money and education, bringing him up as his own son. Now a successful man, Alok worships Raj because of all his help and thinks of him as his father.

Raj has a flourishing job. But, once he retires, he is unable to support himself and has to vacate the house he and Pooja have shared for years. They decide to live with their kids to enjoy their love and affection. However, their kids do not want them. The children decide to split the parents up, each parent going to live with one of the sons for the next six months. The children think their parents will refuse the offer and therefore, they will remain in their home. However, the parents reluctantly accept the offer.

The parents endure this separation as well as horrible treatment from their children, after all, they have sacrificed for them. Their grandson, Rahul, is the only one who gives Raj love and affection. Saddened by the treatment he has received from his children and their families, Raj writes down his feelings about how he fulfilled his children's dreams and, in return, how they treat him, as well as his love for his wife, and how much pain their separation has caused. His writing eventually becomes a novel. Pooja, meanwhile, endures abuse from her son and daughter-in-law(Suman Ranganathan), as well as her granddaughter, Payal (Rimi Sen). Payal, though, realizes her mistake when Pooja saves her from her boyfriend's sexual advances and nurtures Pooja with love.

While changing their trains after six months, Pooja and Raj spend some time together in Vijaynagar. There they suddenly meet Alok, who takes them to his home and gives them the importance and care which their real sons did not. Raj finds out that his writing has become a published book named Baghban. This book becomes a big hit, selling the first copies immediately. Raj, as a result, gains the money he needs to support himself and Pooja in their old age. Their sons ask their parents for forgiveness to achieve this end. Payal and Rahul (Master Yash Pathak) (Sanjay's son), though, realize their true motives and refuse to come with their parents. Raj is honored for his work, and the four sons attend with their wives. But when they ask Pooja and Raj to forgive them, they instead refuse and disown them for the pain their sons have put them through.



According to film expert Rajesh Subramanian, B. R. Chopra had planned to make this movie in the mid-eighties, with Dilip Kumar and Raakhee in the lead roles.

Mohnish Behl was offered Aman Verma's role; he did not accept it because he did not want to be portrayed as the father of a 15-year-old girl. Juhi Chawla was selected for the role of Salman Khan's wife but could not accept because of her pregnancy. Shah Rukh Khan was offered the role played by Salman Khan. Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini were paired opposite each other 20 years after Nastik in 1983. Aamir Khan and Saif Ali Khan were also offered Salman Khan's role in the film. Amitabh Bachchan sang three songs himself.

Baghban was the last unofficial partnership between the legendary Salim-Javed screenwriter duo, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. Amitabh Bachchan requested to Javed Akhtar to write his final speech. Salman Khan, for his speech prior to that, requested to his father Salim Khan to write his speech. However, neither Salim Khan nor Javed Akhtar were credited.[5]

Ravi Chopra, the director of the film, denied that this was a remake of the Rajesh Khanna-Shabana Azmi starrer Avtaar. He said that the plot of that film was about a father seeking revenge on his children while this film just focused on the bond between an old couple. He also commented that just because this film is based on family relations they are comparing it to Avtaar. He said that just because a story revolves around the same relationship it doesn't make it alike as films can explore different aspects of that same relationship.[6]


Baghban was premiered at the Leeds International Film Festival, England. It was critically acclaimed and went on to become one of Chopra's biggest hits. The film received an award at the EMVIE 2004 for best media innovation, cinema for the in-film placement of the ICICI group done by Group M.[7]

As per Filmfare, Baghban was made at a budget of 70 million (US$970,000) and made a domestic collections of 120 million (US$1.7 million) while it fetched 35 million (US$490,000) from overseas market.[citation needed]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Filmfare Awards

5th IIFA Awards

  • Nominated - Best Film - BR Film
  • Nominated - IIFA Award for Best Director - Ravi Chopra
  • Nominated - IIFA Award for Best Actor - Amitabh Bachchan
  • Nominated - IIFA Award for Best Actress - Hema Malini
  • Nominated - Best Performance In A Comic Role - Paresh Rawal
  • Nominated - IIFA Award for Best Lyrics - Sameer
  • Nominated - IIFA Award for Best Male Playback Singer - Amitabh Bachchan
  • Nominated - IIFA Award for Best Story - B.R. Chopra


Lyrics are penned by Sameer and Hasan Kamaal. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 14,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's ninth highest-selling.[9]

Track listingEdit

All music composed by Aadesh Shrivastava, Uttam Singh.

1."Chali Chali Phir Chali" (Part I)SameerAlka Yagnik, Hema Sardesai, Amitabh Bachchan, Aadesh Shrivastava4:57
2."Chali Chali Phir Chali" (Part II)SameerHema Sardesai, Aadesh Shrivastava1:40
3."Hori Khele Raghuveera"SameerAlka Yagnik, Sukhwinder Singh, Udit Narayan, Amitabh Bachchan5:39
4."Main Yahan Tu Wahan"SameerAmitabh Bachchan, Alka Yagnik7:03
5."Meri Makhna"SameerAlka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhosle7:00
6."O Dharti Tarse"SameerRicha Sharma10:10
7."Om Jai Jagdish" (Aarti)SameerSneha Pant, Udit Narayan3:39
8."Pehle Kabhi Na Mera Haal"Sameer Hasan KamaalAlka Yagnik, Udit Narayan4:39
9."Baghban (Title Song)"SameerRicha Sharma9:59

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kerchief caper!". Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  2. ^ Elley, Derek (2003-11-25). "Baghban". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  3. ^ Elley, Derek (2003-11-25). "Baghban". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  4. ^ "Baghban Movie Review". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  5. ^ Chaudhuri, Diptakirti (2014). Bollybook: The Big Book of Hindi Movie Trivia. Penguin Group. p. 595. ISBN 9789351187998.
  6. ^ "Ravi Chopra: 'I was fated to direct Baghban'". Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Lodestar Media makes a clean sweep at Emvies 2004 –'s Media, Advertising & Marketing Watch". 3 July 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
  8. ^ "Baghban – Pretty and Preposterous – Filmiholic". Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.

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