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Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (English: Secretly and Stealthily) is a 2001 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Abbas-Mustan. It stars Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta in leading roles. The music is composed by Anu Malik and the lyrics are penned by Sameer. It emerged as a commercial success and was one of the highest-grossing films of 2001.[3] The film generated heavy controversy during its release because it was one of the first Bollywood films to handle the taboo issue of surrogate childbirth and artificial insemination.

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
Chorichorichupkechupke.jpg
Movie poster
Directed byAbbas-Mustan
Produced byNazim Rizvi Amrohi
Screenplay byShyam Goel
(Dialogues)
Javed Siddiqui
Story byNeeraj Vora
StarringSalman Khan
Rani Mukerji
Preity Zinta
Music by(Songs)
Anu Malik
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Surendra Sodhi
CinematographyThomas A. Xavier
Edited byHussain A. Burmawala
Production
company
Emaar Films International
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 9 March 2001 (2001-03-09)
Running time
198 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget10 crore (US$1.4 million)[1]
Box office18.34 crore (US$2.7 million)[2]

This is the only movie of director duo Abbas-Mustan in which Salman Khan worked. Earlier they approached him for the 1993 movie Baazigar. However, the role was later offered to Shahrukh Khan. Some of the scenes in the film have been borrowed from Pretty Woman (1990) with the storyline inspired by the 1980 movie Avan Aval Adhu and the 1983 movie Doosri Dulhan by Lekh Tandon.[4]

In 2001, the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) seized prints of Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, after it was discovered the movie was funded by Chhota Shakeel[5] of the Mumbai underworld, which resulted into well publicised cases.

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PlotEdit

Raj Malhotra (Salman Khan) and Priya (Rani Mukerji) are from well-to-do families and meet at a wedding and fall in love. They are married and soon afterwards, Priya gets pregnant. Early in the pregnancy, Priya miscarries and becomes permanently infertile. On Dr. Balraj Chopra's (Prem Chopra) advice, they decide to look for a surrogate mother to bear Raj's child and hide Priya's infertility from their conservative family. Raj meets Madhubala "Madhu" (Preity Zinta), a prostitute, who agrees to carry Raj's baby in exchange for money. After some much-needed behavioral grooming and an image makeover, Madhu meets Priya — who is unaware of Madhu's background, and the three depart for Switzerland to carry out their plan.

Soon Madhu is pregnant with Raj and Priya's child, and he happily tells his family that Priya is expecting. Meanwhile, Raj's business partner Ajay Sharma (Adi Irani) begins to sexually harass Madhu and she decides to leave Switzerland, mistakenly believing that Raj told his friend that she is a prostitute. Eventually, Priya finds out about Madhu's past, but still believes that Madhu should carry their child, and she begs her to stay. Finally, Raj's friend assaults Madhu but Raj saves her. Overwhelmed by Raj's kindness, Madhu falls in love with him.

Raj's family suddenly arrives in Switzerland. While Priya reaches for pregnancy-simulating pillows, the family meet the heavily pregnant Madhu who is introduced to them as a friend staying with them while her husband is travelling for business. Raj's grandfather, Kailashnath Malhotra (Amrish Puri) and father Ranjit Malhotra (Dalip Tahil) arrange a religious ceremony and ask Raj, Priya and Madhu to return with them to India.

The ceremony is very important so Priya sends Madhu as herself. An emotional Madhu becomes conflicted about giving up her child. Finding Madhu's room empty and the money dumped on the bed, a frantic Priya pursues her to the train station and slaps Madhu when she confesses that she loves Raj. By the time Raj gets there, Madhu has gone into premature labour. The doctor announces that either Madhu or the child can be saved, and Priya asks him to save Madhu. However, both mother and baby survive. Madhu gives the baby to Priya, who quickly settles into a hospital bed with "her" baby. Dr. Balraj Chopra tells Raj's family that Madhu's child was stillborn.

When Madhu is ready to leave, she promises Raj that she won't go back to prostitution. When he takes her to the airport he realizes that she loves him and kisses her forehead. Madhu leaves happily.

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Critical receptionEdit

The film met with mostly mixed to positive reviews, with critics praising the uniqueness of the film which dealt with the previously untouched subject of surrogacy. Preity Zinta's performance in an unconventional role was especially noted by many critics alike. However, the duo of Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji faced criticism, with reviews expressing that they were nothing more than beauty fillers in the film. Film critic Sukanya Verma found Mukerji to be "handicapped with a role that doesn't give her much scope besides weeping and sobbing" and stated Khan's performance lacked substance.[6]

AwardsEdit

SoundtrackEdit

Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
Soundtrack album by
Released2001
Recorded2001
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelUniversal Music India
ProducerAnu Malik
Anu Malik chronology
Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi
(2001)
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
(2001)
Rahul
(2001)

Music by Anu Malik and lyrics by Sameer. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 20,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's sixth highest-selling.[7]

No. Song Singer(s) Length
1 "Chori Chori Chupke Chupke" Alka Yagnik & Babul Supriyo 07:32
2 "Dekhne Walon Ne" Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan 06:14
3 "Deewana Hai Yeh Mann" Alka Yagnik & Sonu Nigam 06:47
4 "Diwani Diwani" Anaida & Anu Malik 05:18
5 "Dulhan Ghar Aayi" Jaspinder Narula 01:40
6 "Love You Love You" Alka Yagnik & Anu Malik 05:48
7 "Mehndi Mehndi" Jaspinder Narula 08:45
8 "No. 1 Punjabi" Jaspinder Narula & Sonu Nigam 07:04

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=662
  2. ^ https://muvyz.com/boxoffice/byyear/y5/2001
  3. ^ "Top Hits 2001". Box Office India. 14 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Double trouble all the way". The Hindu. 25 March 2001.
  5. ^ 0208000j.htm
  6. ^ Verma, Sukanya (9 March 2001). "Preity Trite". Rediff.com. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2016.

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