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Mujhse Dosti Karoge!

Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (translation: "Be My Friend!") is a 2002 Indian Hindi romantic drama film directed by Kunal Kohli and produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film, which was loosely inspired from the 1996 American comedy The Truth About Cats & Dogs,[1] follows the love triangle of three friends played by Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan in leading roles, with Uday Chopra appearing in an extended special appearance.

Mujhse Dosti Karoge
Mujhse Dosti Karoge Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKunal Kohli
Produced byYash Chopra
Aditya Chopra
Written byAditya Chopra
Kunal Kohli
StarringRani Mukerji
Kareena Kapoor
Hrithik Roshan
Uday Chopra
Music byBabloo Chakravarty
Rahul Sharma
CinematographyRavi K. Chandran
Gopal Shah
Edited byV. V. Karnik
Ritesh Soni
Distributed byYash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd
Release date
  • 9 August 2002 (2002-08-09)
Running time
149 minutes
LanguageHindi
Budget₹120 million
Box office₹336.1 million

PlotEdit

Raj Khanna (Hrithik Roshan), Pooja Sahani (Rani Mukerji) and Tina Kapoor (Kareena Kapoor) are childhood friends. While Raj has always been attracted to the vivacious and beautiful Tina, he is completely unaware of the quiet Pooja's love for him.

Raj's father (Kiran Kumar) decides to move to England with his family to take up a new job. Before leaving, Raj makes Tina promise to write to him via e-mail. Tina, a fun-loving and popular girl, soon becomes occupied with other things, so Pooja writes to Raj with Tina's name to help Tina keep her promise. Raj and Pooja have many things in common, and their e-mails bring them close to each other. A decade and a half later, Raj returns to India for a short vacation. By now, he's in love with the girl he has been writing to and believes he can recognize her at first sight.

When the three of them finally meet, Raj, to Pooja's disappointment, completely ignores her and is besotted with Tina, who is initially unsure but slowly becomes attracted to him. However, during the two weeks of his vacation, he cannot help but notice that the real Tina is completely different from the Tina he knew from the e-mails. He also starts a friendship with Pooja and is impressed by their common interests, without realizing she is the one he is really in love with.

He returns to London, where Pooja coincidentally arrives for an interview. Raj goes to a church that he frequently visits and finds Pooja there, humming the tune of a song that he likes. He realises that Pooja is the one who had been writing to him all those years since he shared the information about the church and the song in the e-mails. They discover their love for each other and decide to get married. Back in India, Tina's father (Sachin Khedekar) suddenly dies, leaving Tina alone in the world as an orphan. His last wish was that Tina would marry Raj, which he expressed to Raj's father.

Knowing that Tina also has feelings for Raj and she is now alone, Pooja refuses to marry Raj, as she does not want to break Tina's heart. Raj's parents also agree to the marriage, unaware of the relationship between Raj and Pooja that developed in London. Raj insists on telling his parents the truth but Pooja stops him. He angrily vows to her that he will only marry Tina if Pooja marries someone else on the same day.

Rohan Verma (Uday Chopra) is a friend of Raj's who has always been attracted to Pooja. Pooja bows to the inevitable and agrees to marry Rohan on the same day as Raj and Tina. That way, she hopes to satisfy Raj's condition and ensure Tina's happiness. Rohan realises that Pooja does not love him, but keeps up the charade nevertheless. On the day of the marriage, Tina realises that Raj is really in love with Pooja, she changes from her wedding attire to simple clothes. At the altar, Raj knocks over the pot of wedding vermilion (Sindoor) by mistake, some of which falls into Pooja's hair. This is traditionally a sign of marriage. Just as Pooja is about to wipe it off, Tina stops her, saying that she is not alone and is glad to have such great friends willing to sacrifice their love for her. Pooja approaches Rohan to apologise, but he is not at all angry. He is glad to have made new friends. The movie ends with Pooja and Raj getting married.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

Mujhse Dosti Karoge
Soundtrack album by
Released
5 July 2002
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Label
ProducerYash Chopra

The musical score for Mujhse Dosti Karoge! was composed by Babloo Chakravarty, while each of the film's musical numbers were composed by Rahul Sharma with lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi. The film is notable for featuring a medley of eighteen songs from earlier films. The characters used the lyrics from those songs to express the way they were feeling in the present.

According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 12,00,000 units sold, the film's soundtrack album was the year's eleventh highest-selling.[2]

Song Singer(s) Length Notes
"Andekhi Anjaani" Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan 06:20 Picturised on Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerji & Kareena Kapoor
"Jaane Dil Mein" Lata Mangeshkar and Sonu Nigam 05:48 Picturised on Hrithik Roshan & Rani Mukerji
"Jaane Dil Mein" 2 Lata Mangeshkar and Sonu Nigam 02:50 Picturised on Hrithik Roshan & Rani Mukerji
"Mujhse Dosti Karoge" Asha Bhosle, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 05:03 Picturised on Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerji & Kareena Kapoor
"Oh My Darling" Alisha Chinai and Sonu Nigam 06:09 Picturised on Hrithik Roshan & Kareena Kapoor
"Saanwali Si Ek Ladki" Udit Narayan 03:38 Picturised on Uday Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerji & Kareena Kapoor
"The Medley" Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam 12:06 Picturised on Uday Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Rani Mukerji & Kareena Kapoor

Box officeEdit

The film was heavily hyped before release due to the A-list cast resulting in excessive media focus on it. However, it performed moderately at the Indian box office, earning 430 million (US$6.2 million).[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kareena & Rani to Hrithik: Mujhse Dosti Karoge?" (31 July 2002), The Times of India. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Box Office 2002". BoxOfficeIndia. Archived from the original on 22 January 2008.

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