Jannat (transl. Heaven) is a 2008 Indian crime romance film directed by Kunal Deshmukh, and produced by Mukesh Bhatt. The film stars Emraan Hashmi opposite Sonal Chauhan in lead roles. It released on 16 May 2008 and was a huge success worldwide, receiving positive response from critics and managing to do well at the box office.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kunal Deshmukh|
|Produced by||Mahesh Bhatt|
|Written by||Sanjay Masoom|
|Screenplay by||Kunal Deshmukh|
|Story by||Vishesh Bhatt|
|Edited by||Deven Murudeshwar|
|Distributed by||Percept Picture Company|
|Budget||₹120 million (US$1.7 million)|
|Box office||₹680 million (US$9.5 million)(worldwide)|
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The story revolves around a man who is caught in a quagmire of crime and consumerism.
Arjun (Emraan Hashmi) is a street-smart young Cricket match fixer with an obsession for making a quick buck. He has a chance meeting with a girl at a mall and falls in love with her. Zoya was gazing at a ring placed inside showcase protected by glass and hoping to acquire this ring. He breaks the glass to grab the ring she was looking at, that leads him to be caught by the security guards patrolling in the mall. He is arrested and handed over to the police. Inspector Ajay (Sameer Kochhar) is amused but lets him go with a warning as he knows Arjun's father. Zoya (Sonal Chauhan) gives him the reasons he was looking for to move out of his ordinary life and become rich for this girl. He steps up from playing small-time card games to becoming a bookie and strikes gold.
After impressing Zoya with his wealth, he calls his father for lunch in his new house. His father, a simple man who has lived an honest life, is happy to see Arjun's success but is skeptical of his business methods. He has a private talk with Zoya and tells her Arjun was a habitual and a smooth liar while he was growing up. He warns there is no business where a man can make huge amounts of cash in such a short period. Later that day when Zoya questions Arjun, he is offended and blames his father's failure in life for his resentment towards him.
Arjun is whisked off to South Africa where he meets Don Abu Ibrahim * (Javed Sheikh) and becomes his key match fixer. Rolling in money and enjoying a fast life with Zoya everything is suddenly interrupted when the South African Police takes notice. Inspector Raina, who is now an ACP with CBI, is summoned for assisting the investigation. He is puzzled to see Arjun with the Don in South Africa. He pays Zoya a visit and informs her of Arjun's shady activities and how the money earned by match fixing is used by Abu Ibrahim to finance terrorism around the world. Zoya is furious and confronts Arjun leading him to walk out of the house. Zoya speaks to Arjuns father who verifies ACP Ajay is an honest man and most probably speaking the truth and requests Zoya to leave Arjun if she can't get him to change his dishonest ways. Arjun is called by Zoya to a restaurant where he is nabbed by ACP Raina as it was a trap to get him to confess his crimes.
Arjun is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. Don Abu Ibrahim uses his influence to get him out of prison as the World Cup is nearing, and he plans to use Arjun's skills to make money out of betting and match fixing. Arjun is released in 6 months and he meets ACP Ajay outside who warns him to mend his ways again. Arjun tries high and low to search for Zoya, but she is nowhere to be found. He finally spots her working as an exotic dancer in a bar where he is discussing match fixing strategies with a known cricket player. Arjun and Zoya are re-united and she pleads with him to take up some honest employment. Arjun relents and starts working as a bar tender.
All is good for a while, and Zoya is pregnant. Don Abu Ibrahim visits him and promises him a big villa with 150 acres of land if he will fix matches for Ibrahim in the coming World Cup. Arjun is torn and confused and decides to participate in this last operation so that he has enough money for the future. Zoya overhears him speaking to a bookie and is disgusted. She leaves the house. The next day the coach of a cricket team catches Arjun red handed handing over money to his players for throwing the match. A shoot out ensues and the coach is shot by the dons henchman. Arjun is chased by ACP Raina and the cops and is shot in the shoulder. He calls Zoya and pleads to meet with her one last time before surrendering. Cornered with Zoya, Arjun surrenders with the cops pointing their gun at him. Arjun notices his ring that fell down from his pocket and bends to retrieve it . The cops, assuming he is going for his gun, shoot and Arjun is killed.
Zoya and her son are shopping in a supermarket. Zoya is unable to pay the full amount as she is short on cash. Her son knowingly discards the toy enabling her to pay the bill. She hugs and smiles thinking if Arjun wasn't so greedy he would be alive today.
|Soundtrack album by|
The soundtrack of the film is composed by Pritam with lyrics penned by Sayeed Quadri, Kamran Ahmed, R. Mehndi and Neelesh Misra. The album consists of 6 original songs, one remix and one Power Ballad. Kamran Ahmed wrote, sung and composed the smash hit Judaai. The music received generally positive reviews and the songs Judaai, Zara Sa, Haan Tu Hai and Jannat Jahan became chartbusters. K.K. was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for his song Zara Sa while Kamran Ahmed won the MTV Breakthrough Artist Award for his song Judaai. Some parts and the catchy hook of the track "Haan Tu Hai" seems to be lifted from the song Ana Ayesh (Album:Allem Alby by Egyptian artist Amr Diab).
Songs are as follows
Atta Khan of Planet Bollywood wrote about the soundtrack "as In short Jannat has the hallmarks of Pritam at his very best; it is a vibrant, classy, and extremely enjoyable soundtrack that reaches out to the masses and therefore sells itself, just go and soak up its glorious rock infused sounds and then reflect on why we all love Pritam…talent is a word too easily used in this day and age but he clearly has it in abundance (controversy aside!) and gave an 8/10 rating."
Satyajit from Glamsham noted "The teamwork of Pritam, Sayed Quadri, Neelesh Mishra props up with another remarkable album for Bhatt camp in the form of JANNAT. The album ensures itself to be this year's one of best sellers with tracks like Zara Sa, Judai and Jannat Jahan promising golden results" According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 16,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's seventh highest-selling.
The film was received very well by all, specially by the critics & young audience, due to the soundtrack being at the top charts. The film collected in 5 weeks, ₹350 million (US$4.9 million)a considerable amount for its small budget and release. Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL India rated it 3.5 out of 5 and said, "When we have something in a movie that appeals to everyone, that's when we call it a masala entertainer – probably. Keeping this in mind, Jannat, with a decent measure of romance, thrill, comedy, tragedy and of course cricket is definitely a masala flick." The film was eventually declared as a super hit, earning ₹500 million (US$7.0 million) worldwide.
The sequel to Jannat was released on 4 May 2012, under the title of Jannat 2. The main direction/production crew remained the same. It was directed by Kunal Deshmukh, and produced by Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt once again. Emraan Hashmi also appeared as the male lead actor again, opposite Esha Gupta, with Randeep Hooda in a supporting role. The music for the sequel was composed by Pritam. It was also commercially successful and grossed ₹650 million (US$9.0 million).
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