Josh (transl. Zeal; Hindi pronunciation: [dʒoːʃ]) is a 2000 Indian Hindi-language romantic action film directed and co-written by Mansoor Khan. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Chandrachur Singh and Sharad Kapoor. The film, which is primarily in Hindi with occasional Konkani,[3] was set and filmed in Goa.[4] The film has some plot points inspired by the 1961 musical West Side Story.[5] The film is set in the year 1980, amidst the backdrop of real estate deals and communal violence in Goa.[6]

Directed byMansoor Khan
Screenplay byMansoor Khan
Neeraj Vora
Dialogues by
  • Neeraj Vora
    Aatish Kapadia
    Nidhi Tuli
Story byMansoor Khan
Based onWest Side Story
Produced byGanesh Jain
Ratan Jain
Champak Jain
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Aishwarya Rai
Chandrachur Singh
Sharad Kapoor
CinematographyK. V. Anand
Music bySongs:
Anu Malik
Background Score:
Anjan Biswas
Distributed byB4U Films
Release date
  • 9 June 2000 (2000-06-09)
Budget16 crore[1]
Box office35.06 crore[2]

Josh released on 9 June 2000, and emerged as a commercial success at the box office, grossing 35.06 crore (US$4.4 million) worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics upon release, with praise for its soundtrack and cast performances, but criticism for its story and screenplay.

At the 46th Filmfare Awards, Josh received 5 nominations, including Best Film and Best Director (Mansoor).

Plot edit

In the town of Vasco in Goa, there exist two rival street gangs - the Bichhoos (Scorpions), who are local residents, and the Eagles, who are immigrant. The leader of the Bichhoos is Prakash Sharma (Sharad Kapoor), while the Eagles are led by Max Dias (Shah Rukh Khan). Prakash is a local enforcer, who uses his gang to engage in underhanded activities within the Vasco real estate market. Max, along with his educated twin sister Shirley (Aishwarya Rai), are orphans who belong to a rowdy motorcycle crew, together with the other members of the Eagles. The gangs are sworn enemies and have demarcated the town in order to avoid altercations. They are usually stopped from fights by Father Jacob or the town Police Inspector (Sharat Saxena).

Prakash's brother Rahul (Chandrachur Singh) is a well-educated Masterchef working in Mumbai. He comes to visit Vasco after two years, intending to take his family back to Mumbai with him. Rahul decides to tour Vasco and rediscovers his love for the city. While in the territory of the Eagle Gang, he spots Shirley and eventually develops a deep attraction forher, deciding to settle in Vasco and open a pastry shop. Meanwhile, he unknowingly becomes part of the Eagle - Bichchoo rivalry and gets closer to Shirley. However, Max and the Eagles, not approving of Rahul having moved in, destroy the shop and put Rahul in severe debt to the landlord who permitted him to use his shop for his business.

Prakash, in desperate need of money, plans to take over the village ground. The ground historically belonged to Alberto Vasco (Raymond Albuquerque), the landlord of the entire village and the man after whom the town is named. Rahul finds out that the ground was passed from Alberto to a woman named Mary Anne Louise. Unaware of his brother's schemes, Rahul visits the address listed for Mr. Vasco, and it is revealed that Mary was a renter in the Rose villa at 13, Churchill Road which belonged to Lady D'Costa (Nadira), twenty-two years ago. Rahul learns from Mrs. D'costa that Mary is Max and Shirley's mother and the twins are the illegitimate children of Alberto Vasco, born in 1958.

Having developed a close relationship with Shirley, Rahul plans to reveal this information to her in the form of a letter, however, it falls into the hands of Prakash. Prakash plots to get Rahul married to Shirley, and in the meantime murder Max, in order to receive Alberto Vasco's valuable land worth Rs. 20 lakhs. When he tries to execute his plan, and kill Max, a bloody fight breaks out between the two, and Max accidentally shoots Prakash while defending himself. Max is arrested by the police, and his trial puts a rift between Shirley and Rahul, as he believes Prakash went to Max just to ask Shirley for him and Max murdered him for no real reason. Before Max receives his verdict, Rahul learns the truth and hence, defends Max in court, and acknowledges his late brother's real intentions, by providing documents which proved, the plot which the latter tried to obtain, were Max and Shirley's legacy, as Alberto Vasco, their real father who distanced himself from his children, put it in their mother's name. Upon hearing this, the judge concludes Max's action as an act of self-defense. Max is released and asks Rahul for forgiveness and his hand in marriage with Shirley, thereby uniting the Eagles and Bichhoos with each other. The film ends on a happy note, with scenes from Rahul and Shirley's wedding.

Cast edit

Production edit

Director Mansoor Khan made a triumphant return to filmmaking with Josh after a hiatus of five years. Director Mansoor Khan was initially considering Salman Khan for the role of Max Dias, but things didn't work out as he was dating Aishwarya Rai, and he signed on Shah Rukh Khan.[7] Mansoor has revealed he was keen on bringing Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan together for Josh, but the latter rejected the film. Aamir Khan was apparently offered the role of Rahul Sharma. Mansoor also offered the role of Shirley to Kajol, who declined.[8]

Actor Puneet Vashist, who played the role of Michael in the film, has since claimed that his screentime, as well as that of fellow co-actors Aishwarya Rai, Sharad Kapoor & Chandrachur Singh, was reduced in the editing room, with Vashist claiming that almost fifty per cent of his scenes were cut out. Filming began in March 1999.

To enhance his on-screen resemblance to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan donned blue contacts for the film. The production journey of "Josh" spanned four years, unveiling a meticulous creative process.[9]

Music edit

Soundtrack album by
Released15 April 2000
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelVenus Records & Tapes

A. R. Rahman was signed in as the music composer first, but he opted out, due to scheduling conflicts with other films.[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.[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] In a notable debut, Shah Rukh Khan showcased his vocal talent by singing the song 'Apun Bola.'

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

Reception edit

Box office edit

Josh grossed 30.05 crore (US$3.8 million) in India and $1.127 million (5.01 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 35.06 crore (US$4.4 million), against its 16 crore (US$2.0 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 8.82 crore (US$1.1 million), and grossed 15.81 crore (US$2.0 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$160,000) nett on its opening day. It grossed 3.71 crore (US$460,000) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 7.25 crore (US$910,000) nett. The film earned a total of 17.83 crore (US$2.2 million) nett, and was declared "Average" 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$2.2 million)
Distributor Share:
9.98 crore (US$1.2 million)
Total Gross:
30.05 crore (US$3.8 million)
(Outside India)
$1.127 million (5.01 crore)
Worldwide 35.06 crore (US$4.4 million)

Critical reception edit

The film received mixed reviews from critics. 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 film".[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 ambience 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]

Awards edit

46th Filmfare Awards:


2nd IIFA Awards:



References edit

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