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Mohabbatein (English: Love Stories) is a 2000 Indian musical romantic drama film directed by Aditya Chopra. It was Chopra's second directorial venture after Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and was filmed in India and the United Kingdom. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Uday Chopra, Jimmy Sheirgill, Jugal Hansraj, Shamita Shetty, Kim Sharma, Preeti Jhangiani and Aishwarya Rai in the lead roles. The film's soundtrack was composed by Jatin-Lalit, while the lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. The film is notable for being the first time that Bachchan and Khan appeared on-screen together.

Mohabbatein
Mohabbatein.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Aditya Chopra
Produced by Yash Chopra
Written by Aditya Chopra
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Amitabh Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai
Uday Chopra
Jugal Hansraj
Jimmy Shergill
Shamita Shetty
Kim Sharma
Preeti Jhangiani
Anupam Kher
Archana Puran Singh
Amrish Puri
Shefali Shah
Helen
Music by Jatin-Lalit
Cinematography Manmohan Singh
Edited by V.V. Karnik
Singh Taranjeet
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date
27 October 2000
Running time
216 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget Rs. 19 Crore[1]
Box office Rs. 90 Crore[2]

The film went on to do well both critically and commercially. It was the highest Bollywood grosser of 2000, followed by Rakesh Roshan's Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai.[3] It also won several awards including the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Khan and Bachchan respectively.

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PlotEdit

Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) has been the strict Headmaster of Gurukul, a prestigious all-boys college, for 25 years. He believes in bringing the best out of his students by emphasizing tradition and discipline, with no room for fun and games. He is particularly intolerant of romance, decreeing that any student who is caught having a romantic affair will immediately be expelled.

Despite this draconian rule, three Gurukul students – Sameer (Jugal Hansraj), Vicky (Uday Chopra), and Karan (Jimmy Sheirgill) – all fall in love. Sameer is head over heels for Sanjana (Kim Sharma), his childhood friend who already has a steady boyfriend; Vicky falls for Ishika (Shamita Shetty), a student at the neighbouring all-girls college who rebuffs his attempts to flirt with her; and Karan has a crush on Kiran (Preeti Jhangiani), a beautiful young widow whose military pilot husband has been shot down and whom he sees alone one night in a train station.

Meanwhile, Narayan Shankar hires Raj Aryan Malhotra (Shah Rukh Khan) as Gurukul's new music teacher. Friendly and a firm believer in the power of love, Raj Aryan makes it his mission to spread love throughout Gurukul. He sympathizes with the predicaments of Sameer, Vicky, and Karan, and encourages them to not give up and stay loyal to their loves. He tells them that he has a special love himself, Megha (Aishwarya Rai), saying that although she is dead, he imagines her to be by his side every day.

One day, as part of his plan to spread love throughout the school, Raj Aryan throws a party and invites the students of the all-girls college. Narayan walks in on the party, shuts it down, and furiously threatens to fire Raj Aryan. At this point, Raj Aryan reveals that he had been a student at Gurukul over a decade earlier and that he had fallen in love with Megha, who happened to be Narayan's one and only daughter. Narayan had expelled Raj Aryan from the school without even seeing his face, and a distraught Megha, unable to live without Raj, committed suicide. Raj Aryan declares that he has come back to Gurukul to honour Megha's memory by reversing the school's zero-tolerance policy on romance, and promises that before he leaves he will fill the school with so much love that even Narayan will be unable to stop it. A shocked Narayan takes this as a challenge and allows Raj Aryan to remain for a while longer.

Sameer, Vicky, and Karan are all able to win over their loves, but Narayan retaliates by tightening the rules of Gurukul. The student body, however, encouraged by Raj Aryan, continues to defy the rules, and in a last-ditch effort to preserve the school atmosphere he has built up for 25 years, Narayan expels Sameer, Vicky, and Karan. Raj Aryan speaks up on their behalf, stating that they did nothing wrong by falling in love and accusing Narayan of causing his own daughter's death with his intolerance of love. He also says that he feels Narayan lost the challenge because his daughter left him and now Raj (who considered Narayan an elder) is leaving him as well.

Raj's harsh words sting Narayan, and he tearfully realizes his strict no-romance policy has been misguided. He apologizes to the student body and resigns as headmaster of Gurukul, and nominates Raj as his successor, who accepts.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Before the production of the film, Amitabh Bachchan was attempting a revival of his career but it was of little success. Also, he was in financial trouble with the bankruptcy of his production company, ABCL, which was hurting his image. These troubles left him almost penniless, and it was at this time that he contacted his friend and director/producer Yash Chopra, who told him of an upcoming production that he could be in.[4] With Mohabbatein, he was finally able to shed his "hero" image and to play older, more mature roles.[4] This was the first film in which Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan appeared together. This created a strong buzz for the film as it brought two huge stars of different generations together.

FilmingEdit

 
Longleat House (in the picture) was used as the location for the Gurukul School in the film.

Filming took place in India and England.[5] Longleat, a country house in Wiltshire, England, was used as the location for filming Gurukul school. Oxford and Cambridge Universities were also used for filming. The scene where Narayan Shankar walks right before meeting Raj Aryan was filmed at the Queen's College, Oxford. The railway station scenes were shot at Apta Railway Station, Panvel Maharashtra, India. The scene where Karan asks for friendship from Kiran was shot at Birla Mandir, Revdanda, Hyderabad, Alibag, Maharashtra, India. It was rumored that Sridevi was approached to be a love interest to Narayan Shankar, but she turned down the role.[6] Midway through the filming of the song "Aankhein Khuli", Jugal Hansraj fractured his foot, which required him to wear a cast for the rest of the filming of the song. Aishwarya Rai was slated to only make a guest appearance, but her presence generated so much interest that her role was promoted to that of a regular character.[7]

MusicEdit

Mohabbatein
Soundtrack album by Jatin-Lalit
Released 2000[8]
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 50:52
Label YRF Music
Producer Yash Chopra
Jatin-Lalit chronology
Dhai Akshar Prem Ke
(2000)Dhai Akshar Prem Ke 2000
'''Mohabbatein'''
(2000)
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
(2000)Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani2000
External audio
  Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Planet Bollywood          [9]

The music of Mohabbatein was composed by Jatin Lalit while lyrics were penned by Anand Bakshi. The album was very well received by the audience. It was the best selling Bollywood soundtrack of the 2000s. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, around 5,000,000 albums were sold.[10]

Music was used extensively throughout the film and features leitmotifs that relate to each of the main characters (each couple having unique theme music).

Track listingEdit

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Humko Humise Chura Lo"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan07:58
2."Chalte Chalte" (Version 1)Sonali Bhatawdekar, Ishaan Dev, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav Ohja, Shweta Pandit, Manohar Shetty07:44
3."Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai"Sonali Bhatawdekar, Ishaan Dev, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav Ohja, Shweta Pandit, Manohar Shetty07:06
4."Aankhein Khuli"Sonali Bhatawdekar, Ishaan Dev, Shahrukh Khan, Lata Mangeshkar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udit Narayan, Udhbav Ohja, Shweta Pandit, Manohar Shetty07:08
5."Soni Soni"Sonali Bhatawdekar, Ishaan Dev, Pritha Mazumdar, Udit Narayan, Jaspinder Narula, Udhbav Ohja, Shweta Pandit, Manohar Shetty09:11
6."Chalte Chalte" (Version 2)Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav Ohja, Shweta Pandit, Manohar Shetty02:55
7."Zinda Rehti Hain Unki Mohabbatein"Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan02:28
8."Mohabbatein Love Themes"Instrumental02:24
9."Rhythms of Mohabbatein"Instrumental03:58
Total length:50:52

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

Mohabbatein grossed 70.62 crore (US$9.8 million) in India and $4.17 million (19.39 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 90.01 crore (US$13 million), against its 19 crore (US$2.6 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 11.37 crore (US$1.6 million), and grossed 20.45 crore (US$2.8 million) in its first week.[11] It is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2000 worldwide.[12]

IndiaEdit

It opened on Friday, 27 October 2000, across 315 screens, and earned 1.19 crore (US$170,000) nett on its opening day. It grossed 3.54 crore (US$490,000) nett in its opening weekend, and had a first week of 7.62 crore (US$1.1 million) nett. The film earned a total of 41.88 crore (US$5.8 million) nett (plus a distributor share of 25.52 crore (US$3.6 million)), and was declared "Blockbuster" by Box Office India.[13] It is the 2nd-highest-grossing film of 2000 in India after Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai which grossed 44.27 crore (US$6.2 million) nett.[14]

OverseasEdit

It had an opening weekend of $1.16 million (5.39 crore) and went on to gross $1.63 million (7.57 crore) in its first week. The film earned a total of $4.17 million (19.39 crore) at the end of its theatrical run.[15] Overseas, It is the highest-grossing film of 2000.[16]

Critical receptionEdit

Mohabbatein received positive reviews from critics. Savera R Someshwar of Rediff.com commented, "It's a mish-mash alright. But it is also a successful, feelgood film. You'll enjoy yourself as you watch it."[17] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave it 3 out of 5 stars. He praised the conflict between the lead characters and the three love stories depicted in the film but criticized its excessive length.[18]

Awards and NominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Mohabbatein". boxofficeindia. BOI. Retrieved 7 April 2017. Worldwide Gross: 90,01,05,000
  3. ^ "Box Office 2000". Box Office India. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum - Lead Article". Tribuneindia.com. 4 March 2001. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  5. ^ "Asia Times Online :: South Asia news, business and economy from India and Pakistan". Atimes.com. 19 May 2006. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  6. ^ "The Sunday Tribune - Spectrum - Bollywood Bhelpuri". Tribuneindia.com. 12 March 2000. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  7. ^ "Transcript of the Jugal Hansraj Chat". rediff.com. 29 November 2000. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  8. ^ "Mohabbatein (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes.
  9. ^ "Mohabbatein Music Review". Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Mohabbatein". boxofficeindia. BOI. Retrieved 7 April 2017. Worldwide First Week 20,45,73,000
  12. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 2000". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Mohabbatein". boxofficeindia. BOI. Retrieved 7 April 2017. Blockbuster
  14. ^ "Top India Total Nett Gross 2000". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Mohabbatein". boxofficeindia. BOI. Retrieved 7 April 2017. Overseas Gross: $4,170,000
  16. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 2000". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  17. ^ Someshwar, Savera R (27 October 2000). "Feel good with the hankies!". Rediff. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Review by Taran Adarsh". Retrieved 11 December 2012.

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