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Karzzzz (English: In Debt) is a 2008 Indian film directed by Satish Kaushik. It stars Urmila Matondkar and Himesh Reshammiya. It is a remake of Karz (1980) and also inspired by The Reincarnation of Peter Proud which itself inspired by Indian film Madhumati. The film opened very strongly upon its release, did better business compared to Aap Kaa Surroor, but later became a disaster at the box office due to its high price selling cost estimated Rs 40cr, sold to Reliance Entertainment by T-Series. The hype created upon the film's trailer and Reshammiya's popularity were reasons behind the high price selling cost. This news was confirmed by Reshammiya during a talk show while promoting his film Radio on ETC channel.
|Directed by||Satish Kaushik|
|Produced by||Bhushan Kumar|
|Music by||Himesh Reshammiya|
|Distributed by||Reliance Entertainment|
Ravi Verma (Dino Morea) has just won a court case against Sir Judah (Gulshan Grover) and has legally received entitlement to several thousand acres of vineyards. He celebrates the victory by marrying the love of his life Kamini (Urmila Matondkar) and decides to bring her to meet his mother and his sister.
During their trip, Kamini and Ravi board a plane with Ravi deciding to show her a few moves. Kamini has, however, sabotaged the plane and there is no parachute for Ravi. Subsequently, Ravi crashes to his death and Kamini becomes Princess Kamini. She throws out Ravi's mother and sister making them utterly destitute.
25 years later, Monty (Himesh Reshammiya) is a sensational rock star — the adopted son of J.J. Oberoi and his wife — and has everything but happiness. His only spark of happiness is his friend Dayal (Bakhtiyaar Irani) and a girl Tina (Shweta Kumar). During a show he plays the same tune on his guitar and he has flashbacks of Ravi Verma's accident; he is informed that he could be the reincarnation of Ravi Verma.
During a trip to Kenya, Monty realizes that all the pieces are in place. He has the complete recollection of his accident but wants to find out where his mother and sister are. He befriends Princess Kamini and informs her of him being Ravi Verma. Kamini lies to Monty that his mother and sister are deceased and about the circumstances of the accident that killed him in his previous birth. She is actually an agent of Sir Judah. Monty disbelieves her but pretends to keep believing her.
Finally things come to a conclusion when Monty tackles Sir Judah. Later Monty manages to kill Kamini the way she killed Ravi. Then he and Tina live happily together.
- Urmila Matondkar as Kamini Devi Verma
- Himesh Reshammiya as Monty Oberoi; Reincarnation of Ravi Verma
- Shweta Kumar as Tina Oberoi
- Danny Denzongpa as Kabira (Kabir Uncle "Kabir Chacha")
- Rohini Hattangadi as Mrs. Shanta Prasad Verma, Ravi's mother
- Smita Bansal as Jyoti Verma 'aka' Pinky, Ravi's Sister
- Gulshan Grover as Sir Judah, A Left Hand Robot
- Bakhtiyaar Irani as Dr. Dayal
- Raj Babbar as Officer J. J. Oberoi
- Himani Shivpuri as Neha Oberoi, J.J. Oberoi's Wife
- Dino Morea as Ravi Verma (Kamini Devi's Husband)
- Tareena Patel as Julie, special appearance
- David Hallart as dancer, background actor
- Asrani as College Principal Joe D'Souza
- Sudhir Dalvi as Dr. Shastri, Dr. Dayal's Boss
- Imran Hasnee as Mahesh; Tina's dad
- Shiva Rindani as Sir Judah's man
The film was flagged on 25 January 2008. Filming took place in Mumbai, India and in South Africa. On 16 February 2008, Himesh Reshammiya had given a live performance in South Africa of the two ultimate dance numbers namely "Sisak Sisak Ke" and "Hari Om". The sound recording was entirely done in Singapore. Reshammiya performed his songs "Lut Jaaon" and "Ek Haseena Thi" at Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009's first show.
Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave Karzzzz 4 stars out of 5 claiming it to be a "Mass entertainer" and further saying that "Karzzzz is rich in entertainment. Himesh's tremendous popularity amongst masses, its chartbusting musical score and the fact that it's a remake of a much-loved film will only lure masses in hordes. Besides, it's an open ground for Karzzzz at the ticket window, what with the euphoria of all past releases having dried up. At the box-office, the film should fetch a thunderous start and in due course, should be amongst the biggest achievers of the year in terms of business, Critics praised Urimilla performance in the film ." Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film one star and said "It's a lazy rip-off where everything from characters to dialogues has been more-or-less duplicated, the only changes being superficial ones which grate rather than update."
Himesh Reshammiya composed the film's music while Sameer penned the lyrics. The song "Ek Haseena Thi" is taken from the original movie of 1980, Karz, whose music was by Laxmikant Pyarelal. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 13,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's eleventh highest-selling.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Himesh Reshammiya chronology|
All lyrics are written by Sameer.
|1.||"Dhoom Tere Ishq Ki"||Himesh Reshammiya||5.39|
|2.||"Ek Haseena Thi (Originally composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal)"||Himesh Reshammiya, Shreya Ghoshal||7:57|
|3.||"Hari Om Hari Om"||Himesh Reshammiya||5:08|
|4.||"Lut Jaaon Lut Jaaon" (Title Track)||Himesh Reshammiya, Harshdeep Kaur||5:36|
|5.||"Masha Allah"||Himesh Reshammiya||5:29|
|6.||"Sisak Sisak"||Himesh Reshammiya||5:02|
|7.||"Soniye Je Tere"||Himesh Reshammiya, Tulsi Kumar||4:51|
|8.||"Tandoori Nights"||Himesh Reshammiya, Sunidhi Chauhan||5:15|
|9.||"Tere Bin Chain Na Aave"||Himesh Reshammiya, Tulsi Kumar||5:48|
Awards and NominationsEdit
Urmila Matondkar was nominated for her role of Princess Kamini in Stardust Awards 2009.
|2009||Best Actor / Actress In Negative Role||Karzzzz||Nominated|
- Adarsh, Taran (17 October 2008). "Karzzzz : Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
- Masand, Rajeev (20 October 2008). "Masand's Verdict: Karzzzz, a lazy rip-off". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
- "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010.