Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani
Jaani Dushman (English: Archenemy) is an Indian Hindi dark fantasy-action film directed and produced by Rajkumar Kohli making it his last film as director. The film features an assembled cast; including Akshay Kumar, Armaan Kohli, Manisha Koirala, Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani, Sharad Kapoor, Sonu Nigam in his acting debut, and Arshad Warsi.
|Directed by||Rajkumar Kohli|
|Produced by||Rajkumar Kohli|
|Written by||K. K. Singh (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Rajkumar Kohli
|Story by||Rajinder Singh Aatish|
Anand Raj Anand
|Cinematography||Thomas A. Xavier
|Edited by||Kuku Cuckoo
|Budget||₹18 crore (US$2.7 million)|
|Box office||₹19 crore|
Divya (Manisha Koirala) and Karan Saxena (Sunny Deol) are in love and plan to marry. Karan has a younger step-brother, Vivek (Sonu Nigam) who he looks after as if he was his own brother. Divya and Vivek hang out with quite a few young people of their own age, Atul (Akshay Kumar), Vijay (Sunil Shetty), Prem (Aftab Shivdasani), Ashok (Aditya Pancholi), Viktor (Sharad Kapoor), Abdul (Arshad Warsi), Nita( Rambha), Rashmi (Kiran Rathod), Niki, and Priti.
Two male members named Rajesh (Rajat Bedi) and Madan (Siddharth Ray) try to sexually molest Divya, and get a sound thrashing from Karan. After apologizing, these two members decide to avenge their beating and humiliation. Soon after Karan leaves for a business trip abroad. Divya, begins to have premonitions of a past life and later learns she was the lover of Kapil (Armaan Kohli), a snake with magical powers, in a previous life.
Their love life was shattered by an angry sage (Amrish Puri) who cursed them with separation until the 21st century. Divya, who was called Vasundhara in her previous life, dies after this curse, and is reborn as Divya. She and Kapil reunite, however she is left torn as to what to do about her relationship with Karan.
Rajesh under the pretext of inviting Divya to Atul's party, impersonates the voices of the male members of their gang and tricks her into coming to an abandoned fort. Divya, arrives and they sexually molest her to such an extent that Divya kills herself. Divya's friends arrive and she curses them thinking that all of her friends were involved in the rape. The rest of the friends are completely unaware of anything and are innocent.
Kapil learns of her death and comes back to life to get revenge from everyone in the group. As a result Madan is killed on the same day as Divya and then Rajesh is killed on his wedding night by Divya's ghost.
This is followed by Victor being run over by Kapil on a motorbike and Abdul being electrocuted to death. Atul & his friends with the help of their college principal Joseph (Raj Babbar), who is also a professor of parapsychology summon Divya's ghost and they try to reason with her explaining they had nothing to with her rape and death, however she refuses to believe their innocence. Therefore principal Joseph gives the group of friends a necklace and assures them that they cannot be harmed when they are wearing the necklace. Atul doesn't believe in any of this. However, when he is attacked by Kapil, he realizes he survived because the necklace was stuck on his hand. However later Atul is badly injured by Kapil and he goes into a coma.
Divya then enters Prem's body and kills Ashok. Prem is thus accused of committing murder and he is sentenced to be hanged by the court. Vijay is pushed off a gym roof. Vivek, afraid he's next, calls his big brother Karan (Sunny Deol).
Karan arrives to rescue Vivek, but before that, Kapil stabs Vivek using Karan's image. Karan is arrested after Vivek accuses Karan of stabbing him. Atul comes out of coma and tries to save Vivek. Atul gets stabbed by Kapil while trying to save Vivek. Kapil chases Vivek. Atul, unable to destroy Kapil or save Vivek's life, goes to the same priest, who gave the lockets. Atul asks the priest to save Vivek's life. Atul then dies due to blood loss from his injuries.
Karan shows up to stop Kapil from killing Vivek. Karan gets killed by Kapil. Principal Joseph resurrects Karan with outerworld powers, granting him supernatural powers like Kapil. Karan kills Kapil. Vivek turns out to be the only survivor along with his brother Karan. Kapil and Vasundhra reunite in heaven.
- Akshay Kumar as Atul
- Armaan Kohli as Kapil
- Sunny Deol as Karan Saxena
- Sonu Nigam as Vivek Saxena
- Manisha Koirala as Divya/Vasundra
- Rambha as Nitha
- Sunil Shetty as Vijay
- Aditya Pancholi as Ashok Kejriwal
- Aftab Shivdasani as Prem Srivastav
- Kiran Rathod as Rashmi Sharma
- Sharad Kapoor as Victor
- Rajat Bedi as Rajesh
- Siddharth Ray as Madan
- Arshad Warsi as Abdul
- Raj Babbar as Principal Joseph
- Amrish Puri as Maharaj (Sadhu)
- Johnny Lever as Parwana, Vivek's servant
- Upasana Singh as Nikki, Vivek's maid
- Atul Agnihotri as man driving a car
- Raza Murad as Preeti's father
- Kiran Kumar as Inspector
- Aman Verma as TV show host
- Shahbaz Khan as Preeti's fiancé, Raju Oberoi
- Jaspal Bhatti as Raju's coach
- Gavin Packard as referee
- Dinesh Hingoo as man in a car with his family
Originally, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan were also included in the main cast. But when they refused, those roles went to Aftab Shivdasani and Sonu Nigam. Karishma Kapoor was approached for Manisha Koirala's role but declined it as she was busy with Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya.
This film received negative reviews from critics. Ronjita Kulkarni of Rediff.com rated the film 1.5/10 saying "The performances are half-hearted and the characters half-baked". He also called the film "unoriginal and disappointing". Akshay Kumar was the only with watchable performances, Sunil Shetty was barely average & Sunny Deol was wasted in this movie because he did less scenes than his previous movies.
|1||Chal Kudiye||Sonu Nigam, Jaspinder Narula||Anand-Milind||04:51|
|2||Zindagi Mein Tujhpe||Udit Narayan||Anand-Milind||02:05|
|3||Aaja Aaja||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||Anand-Milind||07:02|
|4||Ishq Junu Hai||Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Prashant||Anand-Milind||06:42|
|5||Jaaneman Tu Khub Hai||Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan||Anand Raaj Anand||05:38|
|6||Roop Salona Tera Dekh Ke||Sonu Nigam, Poornima, Sanchaita, Harry Anand, Pamela Jain, Devendra Singh, Nayan Rathod||Anand Raaj Anand||06:28|
|7||Javed Bhai So Re Le||Sonu Nigam||Sandeep Chowta||05:20|
|8||Zindagi Main Tujhpe||Alka Yagnik||Anand-Milind||02:00|
- "Jaani Dushman". 19 August 2017.
- "rediff.com: Movies: The Rediff Review: Jaani Dushman". Rediff.com.
- Box Office 2002. Box Office India