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Gangster is a 2006 Indian romantic crime film that premiered on 28 April. It stars Shiney Ahuja, Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut. The plot is that of a bar girl who falls in love with two people, one a layman and the other a gangster. The music is composed by Pritam. The film was rumoured to be based on the life of mobster Abu Salem and former actress Monica Bedi, but the director Anurag Basu said that it is not based upon any real characters or incidents. Gangster was a hit at the box office.[1] The movie is debut of actress Kangana Ranaut.

Gangster
Gangster poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anurag Basu
Produced by Mahesh Bhatt
Mukesh Bhatt
Screenplay by Mahesh Bhatt
Anurag Basu
Story by Mahesh Bhatt
Starring Emraan Hashmi
Kangana Ranaut
Shiney Ahuja
Music by Pritam
Cinematography Bobby Singh
Edited by Akiv Ali
Distributed by Vishesh Films
Release date
  • 28 April 2006 (2006-04-28)
Running time
117 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 350 million (US$5.4 million)
Box office 680 million (US$11 million)

Contents

PlotEdit

Simran (Kangana Ranaut) drowns her misery in booze. Her one friend in Seoul is Aakash (Emraan Hashmi), a singer in an Indian restaurant.

Originally a bar dancer in Mumbai, India, Simran is the girlfriend of a notorious gangster, Daya (Shiney Ahuja). Five years ago, Daya's boss Khan (Gulshan Grover) ordered him to give Simran up. When Khan threatened Simran, Daya turned on him and Khan cut Daya loose from his gang.

She and Daya were forced to flee to Seoul. They took a small boy named Bittu with them. After an encounter with the Mumbai police, Bittu was killed, causing a strain in the couple's relationship and pushing Simran toward alcoholism. Leaving Simran alone in Seoul, Daya went to work in Mauritius and then Dubai.

Aakash tells Simran that he cares for her despite her past, and their relationship gradually develops from friendship to love. Daya, who is still in Dubai, suddenly comes to Seoul. When he learns of Simran's affair with Aakash, he attacks and severely beats him in a fit of rage and jealousy. Daya then professes his love for her and promises to reform and fulfill her dreams of a normal life; he also tells her that if she truly loves Aakash he will not hold her back. Before Simran can respond, the police arrive in pursuit of Daya and Simran. The two flee.

Daya gives up murdering innocents and begins working odd jobs, admitting to Simran that he has found peace in doing honest work. He says that he would like to return to his village in India with her, so that they might live there peacefully. To do so he would have to perform one last crime: fake passports for him and Simran.

Simran, who is longing for Aakash, soon discovers that she is pregnant with his child. When she tells Aakash, he meets her and tells her he would like to marry her, but they will never find peace as long as Daya is at large. He says that for the sake of their unborn child, Daya must be turned in to the police and only Simran can do this. Simran, who is still emotionally attached to Daya, refuses.

Meanwhile, Daya, who has gone to forge passports for himself and Simran, is intercepted by Khan, who reminds Daya of what had occurred between them years before and says that he intends to make an example of Daya for abandoning the gang. Khan and his men severely beat and wound Daya, who is eventually able to fight back and kills Khan. He then calls Simran, warning her that the police are after them and asking her to meet him outside a Seoul train station that night.

Simran arrives at the appointed time to find Daya badly injured from his fight with Khan. He manages to crawl to Simran and takes out a box of sindoor for her. But just as he reaches and embraces her, they are surrounded by police cars. Daya realises that Simran informed the police; heartbroken and screaming, he is hauled away. Simran remains at the station until morning and then goes to meet Aakash, whom she finds is not at home. She is soon informed that he is at the Indian embassy.

When she reaches the embassy, she enters a room full of reporters and sees a large screen showing a video of her telling Aakash about her relationship with Daya. She is thunderstruck when she sees that the one addressing the media is none other than Aakash, who is actually an undercover Indian detective hired to capture Daya. Realizing that Aakash befriended and wooed her solely to discover Daya's whereabouts, she explodes in fury in front of the media; Aakash holds her back and slaps her across the face. He tells her that he never cared for her and that his involvement with her was only a part of his duty to end organised crime and bring justice to his country. Enraged, Simran tries to attack him, but she is stopped by security. While she is being hauled away, she yells that to spread justice Aakash and his colleagues have done her an injustice and that Daya, who has never betrayed anyone, is not the gangster but Aakash and his men are. She reminds Aakash that he has betrayed the woman who is carrying his child and that he will regret his actions.

Daya, who has been arrested and taken to jail, sends Simran a letter saying that he does not blame her for what she did and that she is the one who has been betrayed; he admits that he has done many cruel and bad things but that, thanks to her, he now knows what it is like to live an honest life. He encloses her fake passport and, stating his love for her, writes that he would feel better knowing that she is living safely in India. After reading Daya's letter, Simran is left pained and guilty.

Months later, Daya admits and pleads guilty to his crimes. He is tried and sentenced to death. Simran goes to meet him in prison and asks him to forgive her; they share an emotional goodbye before Daya is taken away by guards. She later goes to Aakash's residence and, forcefully entering his house with a gun, shoots and fatally injures him. Before he lapses into unconsciousness, Aakash shoots her in the shoulder and they are found and taken to a hospital.

Aakash dies in the hospital while Simran is transferred to the I.C.U. At dawn she escapes to the roof, where she commits suicide by jumping off the roof. At the same time, Daya is hanged. Simran is shown falling through the air. Before she reaches the ground we see her standing in a meadow and gazing at Daya, who is holding Bittu. Smiling, they hold out their arms to her; she happily runs toward them, and they embrace in the heaven.

CastEdit

Critical receptionEdit

The movie received mostly positive reviews from the critics. The movie was awarded 3.5/5 by the critics and the performances of lead casts, music and screenplay were highly appreciated. It got 83% aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] Raja Sen of Rediff.com said that "Kangana is a remarkable find, the actress coming across with great conviction. Hers is the pivotal character and an extremely difficult role to essay, but she manages it well. Kangana's nuances [of an alcoholic character] are disconcertingly realistic. Emraan Hashmi also got a positive reviews for his portrayal of an undercover detective. Raja Sen added, "His character is an understand one, and he manages to keep it that way. There is no unnecessary bluster or melodrama, and he does a pretty believable job. There is something lazy about his acting, by which I mean he makes the job look easy".[3]

TriviaEdit

  • Actually actress Chitrangada Singh was offered to play the role of Simran in the movie. But, later she denied the neutral role. And the offer went to Kangana Ranaut
  • Before casting in the movie, Mahesh Bhatt claimed the character of Simran may not be appropriate for Kangana Ranaut, because she was too young for the role.
  • Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar was initially offered the role of Daya, but he turned it down saying, "Cricket is not only my profession but my obsession as well".

AwardsEdit

Filmfare Awards
  • Best Debut – Kangana Ranaut
Zee Cine Awards
  • Best Debut – Kangana Ranaut
Star Screen Awards
  • Best Debut – Kangana Ranaut
Global Indian Film Awards
  • Best Debut – Kangana Ranaut
International Indian Film Academy Awards
  • Best Debut – Kangana Ranaut
Stardust Awards
  • Superstar of Tomorrow (Male) – Shiney Ahuja
  • Superstar of Tomorrow (Female) – Kangana Ranaut
  • New Musical Sensation Award (Male) - Zubeen Garg

SoundtrackEdit

Gangster
Soundtrack album by Pritam
Released 28 April 2006 (2006-04-28) (Film)
1 December 2005 (2005-12-01) (Digital Release)
Genre Feature Film soundtrack
Length 45:46
Label Saregama
Producer Pritam
Pritam chronology
Fight Club – Members Only
(2005)Fight Club – Members Only2005
Gangster
(2006)
Ankahee
(2006)Ankahee2006

The soundtrack is composed by Pritam. The complete album consisted of 5 Original Tracks and 4 remixes.[4] Saregama brought the music rights of the Film. The song 'Bheegi Bheegi' is a modern re-creation of the song Prithibi ta naki by Moheener Ghoraguli.[5] Singer Kailash Kher was originally supposed to sing 'Ya Ali', but he had to go off for an international tour.[6] 'Ya Ali' is based on the Arabic song "Ya Ghali" by the Kuwait-based band Guitara.[7]

ReceptionEdit

The soundtrack was very popular upon release with songs like Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai, Bheegi Bheegi & Ya Ali topping the charts and hence were declared chartbusters within a week. Gangster became 5th best selling album of 2006 in India selling 16,00,000 units.[8] Aakash Gandhi from Planet Bollywood rated the album 7.5/10 and wrote, "All in all, I would say that Gangster is a sure winner. It has mass appeal; it has a flavorful array of tunes to sample, and it features some fresh singers."[9]

Track List

All music composed by Pritam.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" Sayeed Quadri K.K 6:29
2. "Bheegi Bheegi" Mayur Puri James 5:45
3. "Lamha Lamha" (Version 1) Neelesh Misra Abhijeet Bhattacharya 5:24
4. "Mujhe Mat Roko" Sayeed Quadri Kavita Seth 4:11
5. "Lamha Lamha" (Version 2) Neelesh Misra Abhijeet Bhattacharya & Sunidhi Chauhan 5:24
6. "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" (Version 1) Sayeed Quadri K.K 5:15
7. "Ya Ali" Sayeed Quadri Zubeen Garg 4:55
8. "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" (Version 2) Sayeed Quadri K.K 4:59
9. "Ya Ali" (Remix) Sayeed Quadri Zubeen Garg 3:14
Total length: 45:46

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Box Office 2006". BoxOfficeIndia. Archived from the original on 26 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gangster". Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "This Gangster packs a punch!". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gangster (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Pritam on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "One last revolution in Bengali music: Ekti Biborton Er Kahini  – Pentasect Online". pentasect.com. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "The other Bong connection". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "'Ya Ali is a rip-off of our song'". The Times of India. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Music Hits 2000-2009". Boxofficeindia.com. 22 January 2009. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Bollywood — Music Review — Gangster". planetbollywood.com. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 

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