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Josh (transl. Zeal; Hindi pronunciation: [dʒoːʃ]) is a 2000 Indian action romance film directed and co-written by Mansoor Khan. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Chandrachur Singh and Sharad Kapoor in the lead roles. The Hindi language film, with occasional Konkani,[3] was set and filmed in Goa.[4] The film is set in the 1980s amidst the backdrop of real estate deals in Goa..[5]

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Directed byMansoor Khan
Produced byGanesh Jain
Ratan Jain
Written byNeeraj Vora
Aatish Kapadia
Screenplay byNeeraj Vora
Mansoor Khan
Nidhi Tuli (dialogues)
Story byMansoor Khan
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Aishwarya Rai
Chandrachur Singh
Sharad Kapoor
Music byAnu Malik (Songs)
Anjan Biswas (Score)
CinematographyK. V. Anand
Edited byDilip Kotalgi
Zafar Sultan
Distributed byUnited Seven Creations
Release date
  • 9 June 2000 (2000-06-09)
LanguageHindi, Konkani
Budget16 crore[1]
Box office35.06 crore[2]

The film marks the comeback of director Mansoor Khan after a hiatus of five years. It is written by Neeraj Vora and Aatish Kapadia based on the story by Mansoor Khan, with a screenplay by Neeraj Vora, Mansoor Khan, and dialogues by Nidhi Tuli. The film was produced by Ganesh Jain, Ratan Jain and Balwant Singh. The film was released on 9 June 2000 and was distributed by United Seven Creations. The film earned a total of Rs 35 crore (US$2.6 million) net, was the fifth highest-grossing film of 2000 in India.[6]



The film takes place in the early 1980s, in the fictional town of Vasco in Goa.[7] There exist two rival street gangs called the Bichhoos (Scorpions in Hindi), who are Hindu migrants and the Eagles, who are Catholic Christians. Bichoo gang's leader is Prakash Sharma (Sharad Kapoor), while the Eagles are led by Max Dias (Shah Rukh Khan). They are sworn enemies; they fight, run, chase and beat. But they are usually stopped from fights by Father Jacob or the town Inspector (Sharat Saxena).

One day Prakash's brother Rahul (Chandrachur Singh), who is a master-chef working in Mumbai, comes to visit Vasco after two years. Rahul loves Goa, the more he sees of it and as he tours around Vasco, he meets Shirley (Aishwarya Rai), the twin sister of Max and falls in love with her straight away. Knowing about Eagles and Bicchhoo gang rivalry, Rahul keeps his mouth closed. He opens a pastry shop 'Treat House' and settles in Vasco. Meanwhile, he becomes part of the Eagles - Bichchoo rivalry and gets closer to Shirley.

When Prakash is in need of money he, instead of emptying the house, decides to take over the Village grounds which as per the village belong to Mr. Vasco, the landlord of the village. Rahul finds out that the ground was passed from Vasco to Mrs. Mary Anne Louise. He goes to the house mentioned in a paper, the 'Rose Villa', where no one lives now. It is revealed that Mary was a renter in the villa belonging to Lady D'costa(Nadira) who is seen as the lady chiding and cursing Alberto Vasco. Also, he learns that Mary is Max and Shirley's mother. Rahul comes across a secret about the Dias' past; a secret that will change their lives forever and that, which leads to a death.

He comes to know that Max and Shirley Dias were actually the illegitimate children of Alberto Vasco, the founder of the town. Alberto was also the largest landowner in the town. Rahul wants to reveal this to Shirley in a letter but due to circumstances, it falls in the hands of Prakash. Prakash plans to murder Max to get his father's land worth Rs. 20 lakhs This leads to a fight sequence between both, where Max accidentally shoots Prakash while defending himself. Max is arrested by the police and his trial puts a rift between Shirley and Rahul. Max is about to go to the gallows, but the truth is finally revealed by Rahul and he acknowledges Prakash's mistake. Finally, Rahul and Shirley are married, Max too marries his love interest Rosanne (Priya Gill).



Director Mansoor Khan was initially considering Salman Khan for the role of Max Dias, but things didn't work out and he signed on Shah Rukh Khan.[8] Mansoor Khan has revealed he was keen on bringing Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan together for his film "Josh", but the latter rejected the film. Aamir Khan was apparently offered the role of Rahul Sharma. "Aamir [Khan] wanted to change the image and he no longer wanted to play the lover boy or romantic hero [Rahul Sharma]," Mansoor Khan told reporters. Mansoor Khan initially wanted Kajol to play Shirley Dias but the actress rejected the offer.[9]


Famous composer A. R. Rahman was signed in as the music composer first, but he opted out, due to time constraints and other commitments.[10] After Rahman opted out, Mansoor Khan roped in Anu Malik to complete the music fast, and release the film on time. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 18,00,000 units sold, the film's soundtrack album was the year's (2000) ninth highest-selling.[11] The song "Hai Mera Dil" is based on "Sealed with a Kiss" written by Peter Udell and Gary Geld, and "Djobi Djoba" performed by Gipsy Kings.[12]

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 Apun Bola Hema Sardesai and Shahrukh Khan 04:25
2 Hai Mera Dil Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik 04:08
3 Hum To Dil Se Haare Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik 05:06
4 Mere Khayalon Ki Malika Abhijeet Bhattacharya 04:50
5 Zinda Hain Hum To Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Jolly Mukherjee and Hema Sardesai 04:44
6 Sailaru Sailare Mano and Suresh Peters 05:25
7 Hai Mera Dil (Instrumental) 04:08
8 Hum To Dil Se Haare (Instrumental) 05:07


Box officeEdit

Josh grossed 30.05 crore (US$4.2 million) in India and $1.127 million (5.01 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 35.06 crore (US$4.9 million), against its 16 crore (US$2.2 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 8.82 crore (US$1.2 million), and grossed 15.81 crore (US$2.2 million) in its first week.[2] It is the 6th-highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2000 worldwide.[13]

In India, the film opened on Friday, 9 June 2000, across 300 screens, and earned 1.25 crore (US$170,000) nett on its opening day. It grossed 3.71 crore (US$520,000) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 7.25 crore (US$1.0 million) nett. The film earned a total of 17.83 crore (US$2.5 million) nett, and was declared "Hit" by Box Office India.[2] It is the 5th-highest-grossing film of 2000 in India.[14]

Among overseas territories, Josh had an opening weekend of $575,000 (2.55 crore) and went on to gross $800,000 (3.56 crore) in its first week. The film earned a total of $1.127 million (5.01 crore) at the end of its theatrical run.[2] Overseas, It is the 9th-highest-grossing film of 2000.[15]

Collections Breakdown
Territory Territory Wise Collections Break-up
India Nett Gross:
17.83 crore (US$2.5 million)
Distributor Share:
9.98 crore (US$1.4 million)
Total Gross:
30.05 crore (US$4.2 million)
(Outside India)
$1.127 million (5.01 crore)
Worldwide 35.06 crore (US$4.9 million)

Critical receptionEdit

Planet Bollywood gave the film 7.5/10 and wrote "Mansoor [Khan] succeeds as a director in keeping the movie fast and interesting, though it is the characters who come out much stronger than the movie".[16] Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama noted "On the whole, Josh is a well made film with great performances and a hit musical score. But the Goan ambiance will restrict its prospects in some states due to lack of identification. Also, an average second half and a weak climax are major limitations".[17]


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  3. ^ Sify
  4. ^ Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, Vimal Mohan John. Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors and Their Cinema. SAGE Publications India, 2017
  5. ^ The Sunday Tribune
  6. ^ a b Business Standard
  7. ^ Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, Vimal Mohan John. Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors and Their Cinema. SAGE Publications India, 2017
  8. ^ Rediff
  9. ^ India Today
  10. ^ Gopal Srinivasan
  11. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  12. ^ Srinivasan, Karthik (27 November 2018). "Anu Malik's Unusual Mix Of A 1960s And A 1980s Song For Mansoor Khan's Josh". Film Companion. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 2000". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Top India Total Nett Gross 2000". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 2000". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Film Reviews". PlanetBollywood. 9 June 2000.
  17. ^ "Movie Reviews". Bollywood Hungama. 9 June 2000.

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