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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 at India and the United Kingdom. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in pivotal roles, along with six young debutantes. Aishwarya Rai appeared in flashbacks as Khan's lover. 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.

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
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. 190 million[1]
Box office Rs. 1 billion[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.



Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) is a strict Headmaster of Gurukul Boys, a prestigious all-boys university. Narayan wants the best out of his students by placing astronomical emphasis on traditions and discipline only with no room for anything else such as camaredrie, liberties, drama etc. For example; as Principal Head of Gurukul for over twenty five years, he had forbidden his students from any kind of romance — anyone he catches romancing or in love is expelled with no "ifs" , "ands" or "buts"....

This film focuses particularly on three of the school's students: Sameer (Jugal Hansraj), Vicky (Uday Chopra) and Karan (Jimmy Sheirgill) who all fall in love.

1.Sameer is head over heels in love with Sanjana (Kim Sharma), his childhood friend who already has a steady boyfriend.

2.Vicky falls for Ishika (Shamita Shetty), a student at the all-girls university near to Gurukul Boys who is irritated by Vicky every time he comes near her to woo her.

3.Karan has a crush /becomes smitten with Kiran (Preeti Jhangiani), a girl he sees one night alone at a train station who is a widow (already married to a famous pilot who is presumed to be dead).

All three know that if they're caught they'd be expelled, so they do not pursue their love interests but do remininsce about it in ther free time.

Next, comes Mr. Raj Aryan (Shah Rukh Khan) who is welcomed in Gurukul Boys Music College as a Music teacher. Friendly, amicable, and a strong believer in the power of LOVE (especially romantic love) he manages to challenge the status quo. Gradually, he introduces changes that the Principal Narayan dislikes when confronted with them.

For example, when the three boys open up to him about their love interests, he encourages them to "follow the heart" and not be disheartened so very easily. He inspires them by telling them that he also has his special love, Megha (Aishwarya Rai) who is dead, but he continues to love her and imagines that she is still by his side now. Raj encourages the boys to continue to stay loyal to their loves.

One day Raj throws a party inside the Gurukul campus, inviting the students from the nearby girls' school as part of his plan to spread the message of love in Gurukul.

Narayan is furious and threatens to fire him. At this point, Raj reveals to Narayan that he was a student at Gurukul Boys about 10– 15 years ago and he had fallen in love with Megha, Narayan's one and only daughter. Narayan had expelled Raj without ever seeing his face, and immediately Megha had committed suicide. Raj explains to the Principal Narayan his reason to return to Gurukul Boys as a Music teacher - "the hope of changing Gurukul Boys College philosophy and creed on "Zero-tolerance for LOVE" thus, honoring his love for Megha.

Raj challenges, dares and also promises a shocked Narayan that before he leaves Gurukul Boys College, he will fill it with so much love that even Narayan will not be able to remove it. Narayan accepts this challenge, and allows Raj to continue as a teacher for a while longer.

Subsequently, with Raj's guidance and support the boys -Sameer, Vicky, and Karan -one by one, slowly slowly are able to win over their love interests...

Narayan retaliates by tightening the rules of Gurukul Boys College. The students body continue to defy and challenge the rules, form new ones and encourage new ideas which is very encouraging and spreads an atmosphere of happiness.

As a last resort to preserve the ethos and creed which he had built for twenty five years for Gurukul College- Narayan decides to expel the three students Sameer, Vicky and Karan.

The Music teacher Raj speaks up and pleads on their behalf, explaining to the Principal Narayan how he had instigated the death of his own daughter, and the boys should not be punished as they did not do anything "wrong".

Raj also states that he feels Narayan lost the challenge, because his daughter left him and now Raj (who considered Narayan an elder) is leaving him. Raj's stinging words make Narayan realise that changes are needed. He publicly apologises to the students and steps down as the Principal, allowing Raj to take over as the new Headmaster!

In a few years time, Gurukul Boys College changes into a university that had an atmosphere honor and discipline mixed with flexibility,love and happiness which was evident on each student's rapport and demeanor.

In the last scene- Raj, Narayan and a vague vision of the late Megha walk hand in hand happily together towards the wide open and strong gates of Gurukul Boys College.



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.


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]


Soundtrack album by Jatin-Lalit
Released 2000
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
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
(2000)Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood           [8]

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.[9]

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

The songs included on the official soundtrack:[10]

# Song Singer(s) Length
1 "Humko Humise Chura Lo" Lata Mangeshkar & Udit Narayan 07:52
2 "Chalte Chalte" Shweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav, Manohar Shetty & Ishaan 07:38
3 "Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai" Shweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav, Manohar Shetty & Ishaan 07:01
4 "Aankhein Khuli" Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Shweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav, Manohar Shetty, Shah Rukh Khan, Ishaan 07:02
5 "Soni Soni" Udit Narayan, Jaspinder Narula, Shweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav, Manohar Shetty & Ishaan 09:07
6 "Chalte Chalte 2" Shweta Pandit, Alka Yagnik, Asha Bhosle, Vinod Rathod and Sonu Nigam 02:49
7 "Zinda Rehti Hain Unki Mohabbatein" Lata Mangeshkar & Udit Narayan 02:03
8 "Mohabbatein Love Themes" Instrumental 02:20
9 "Rhythms of Mohabbatein" Instrumental 03:56


Box officeEdit

Mohabbatein grossed 70.62 crore (US$11 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$2.8 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 11.37 crore (US$1.7 million), and grossed 20.45 crore (US$3.0 million) in its first week.[11] It is the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2000 worldwide.[12]


It opened on Friday, October 27, 2000, across 315 screens, and earned 1.19 crore (US$180,000) nett on its opening day. It grossed 3.54 crore (US$530,000) 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$6.2 million) nett (plus a distributor share of 25.52 crore (US$3.8 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$6.6 million) nett.[14]


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 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]


Filmfare AwardsEdit


Other awardsEdit


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  16. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 2000". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Review by Savera R Someshwar". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Review by Taran Adarsh". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

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