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Musafir (2004 film)

Musafir (translation: Traveller) is a 2004 Indian Hindi thriller film, directed and produced by Sanjay Gupta starring Anil Kapoor, Aditya Pancholi, Sameera Reddy and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles and introducing Koena Mitra. The film was controversial because of some sensual scenes, including kissing, between Kapoor and Reddy. The film has been described as "a take-off on" Oliver Stone's 1997 thriller, U Turn. At the box office the film opened to almost near housefull collections of 80%-100percent all over India but witnessed a steep fall by the end of its first week of release and was eventually declared "Average". It was the eighth highest grossing Hindi film of the year.[1][2]

Musafir
Musafir.jpg
DVD cover
Directed bySanjay Gupta
Produced bySanjay Gupta
Written bySameer Malhotra
Milap Zaveri
StarringAnil Kapoor
Sameera Reddy
Aditya Pancholi
Mahesh Manjrekar
Shakti Kapoor
Sanjay Dutt
Koena Mitra
Music byVishal-Shekhar
CinematographyP.S. Vinod
Edited byBunty Nagi
Release date
  • 10 December 2004 (2004-12-10)
Running time
152 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Contents

PlotEdit

Lucky (Anil Kapoor) is a small-time criminal, hoping to retire with his girlfriend Lara (Koena Mitra) after one last job. Unfortunately for him, things do not go as planned and he becomes involved with a ruthless killer Billa (Sanjay Dutt). Lucky steals 2.5 million from Billa. But Lara steals it from him instead. He, then, comes to know that his friends have been murdered. Billa tracks Lucky down. But Lucky is able to strike a deal. He is to go to Goa and meet Jacko (Shakti Kapoor) and sell him a bag of unknown contents. He then meets Jacko and sets a rendezvous. On his return to his hotel he comes across a Police inspector (Aditya Pancholi) who seems to have become suspicious of Lucky.

In a small restaurant he sights a dancer Sam(Sameera Reddy). He follows her and gets an opportunity to meet her when her car breaks down. He offers her a lift home. She introduces herself as Sam. When her husband, Lukka (Mahesh Manjrekar) shows up, they retrieve her car from the road, and go home. That night Lucky arrives in a disco to meet Jacko again. Here he again comes across Sam. After getting the money, Lucky prepares to leave the next morning. Sam arrives at Lucky's hotel to meet him. But their meeting is cut short when Lucky notices the same inspector. He tells Sam to hide and hides the bag of money in the vehicle of an unsuspecting motorist. By the time Inspector leaves, the vehicle with the money is gone. Meanwhile, Billa tracks down Lara, gets the money back and kills her.

While Billa hides the fact that he has his money back, Lucky hides that he has lost the money. He again comes across Lukka. It turns out that he wants Lucky to kill Sam and in return Lucky would get 2.5 million. Sam meets Lucky and sets up a deal that if Lucky would kill Lukka she will pay him 2.5 million. Both of them want the work done that night. During drink sam bents down and Lukka has temptations on her and asks her to remove her blouse but she refuses and lukka forcefully unzips her and his attempts to assault Sam and Sam accidentally shoots him dead. Lucky, however, gets the money and both try to get out of Goa. But the inspector is following them. Sam identifies the inspector as Lukka's brother Tiger and the 2.5 million actually belong to Tiger. Lucky somehow shakes Tiger off his pursuit, and hides the money. The next morning she is nowhere to be found. Lucky desperately searches her and when he finally finds her he realises that he has fallen in love with her. Suddenly they are attacked by Inspector Tiger with his police force.

Lucky is running out of ammunition when Billa arrives and shoots down all the police officers. Tiger, however, manages to escape by making Sam his hostage. At gunpoint Lucky agrees to take Billa to the place where the money is hidden. When they reach the platform, Lucky finds that Tiger has discovered the money. A fist-to-fist duel ensues between Tiger and Lucky but Billa intervenes and strikes a final deal. Both Lucky and Tiger have to walk on two parallel railway tracks blindfolded. The person towards whom the train comes is gone....If Lucky survives then he will get the girl while Billa will take the money, but if Tiger is saved he gets the money and Billa will take the girl.

The train however changes tracks at the last moment and heads towards Lucky. Sam screams in horror and pleads Billa to let her go. From Sam's scream Tiger comes to know that Lucky is doomed. He takes off his blindfold and waves a farewell at Lucky. But he is promptly shot dead by Billa (because Billa notices the bracelet that was on Tiger's wrist that belonged to his now dead comrade). He then allows Sam to run to Lucky and try to save him. She does pull him off the tracks before the train could reach him. Billa smiles and rides away on his bike. After going a short distance, he stops and drops the bag to ground in a brief act of generosity and then goes away.

TriviaEdit

The TV presenter Konnie Huq appears as an extra in the club scene of the film.[3]

CastEdit

Critical ReceptionEdit

Avijit Ghosh wrote in The Telegraph: "Musafir is the sort of flick guys like when they watch it with buddies and pretend to hate when they carry girlfriends or wives along. Slick and stylised like his earlier effort, Kaante, director Sanjay Gupta's new film is about smart-talking men without morals. And cool women without both clothes and morals.[4]

SoundtrackEdit

Musafir
 
Compilation album by
Released2004
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length97:12
LabelT-Series
Vishal-Shekhar chronology
Popcorn Khao! Mast Ho Jao
(2004)
Musafir
(2004)
Shabd
(2005)
Anand Raj Anand chronology
Wajah
(2003)
Musafir
(2004)
Kaal
(2005)

The music of the film was composed by Vishal-Shekhar. Anand Raj Anand composed one track "Ishq Kabhi Kario Na". Four tracks in the album are remixes of the original ones from Kaante. Dev Kohli, Kumaar, Vishal Dadlani and ]]Milap zaveri]] provided the lyrics. The music was applauded by critics and audience for being experimental and different. The compositions of Vishal-Shekhar heavily used techno and trance beats and the album itself was divided into two CDs—"Club" and "Longue". Songs like "Ishq Kabhi Kario Na", "Saaki" and "Door Se Paas" were highly popular among the youth. Vishal-Shekhar made Kumar Sanu sing a techno song "Phir Na Kehna", a very rare Western-style song for Kumar Sanu. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 18,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's seventh highest-selling.[5]

CD 1 – Club
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Ishq Kabhi Kario Na" (Flea Market Trance Mix)Dev KohliAnand Raj AnandSunidhi Chauhan4:28
2."Saaki" (Psychedelic Insomnia Mix)Dev KohliVishal-ShekharSukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan5:24
3."Door Se Paas" (Missy in the Pool Mix)Dev KohliVishal-ShekharKK6:06
4."Rabba" (Agony And Ecstasy Mix)Kumaar, Dev KohliVishal-ShekharKrishna Beura5:52
5."Tez Dhaar" (Sex on Wheels Mix)Vishal Dadlani, Milap ZaveriVishal-ShekharSanjay Dutt5:36
6."Ishq Kabhi Kario Na" (Paradiso Mix)Dev KohliAnand Raj AnandSukhwinder Singh4:23
7."Ishq Samunder*" (Back To Life Mix)Dev KohliAnand Raj AnandSunidhi Chauhan, Anand Raj Anand5:22
8."Rama Re*" (The Boys Are Back Mix)Dev KohliAnand Raj AnandSanjay Dutt, Shaan, Zubeen Garg, Anand Raj Anand, Sudesh Bhonsle6:65
9."Rabba" (Kinky in Ibiza Mix)Kumaar, Dev KohliVishal-ShekharRicha Sharma7:51
Total length:51:58
CD 2 – Lounge
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
10."Rabba" (Farewell To Sadness Mix)Kumaar, Dev KohliVishal-ShekharRicha Sharma6:22
11."Sun Suniyo" (Anjuna Laguna Mix)Dev KohliVishal-ShekharHema Sardesai4:23
12."Tez Dhaar" (Billa's Journey Mix)Vishal Dadlani, Milap ZaveriVishal-ShekharSanjay Dutt5:24
13."Phir Na Kehna" (Crazy in Zanzibar Mix)Dev KohliVishal-ShekharKumar Sanu, Sunidhi Chauhan5:39
14."Ek Dil Ne" (Casa Brittona Mix)Dev KohliVishal-ShekharKunal Ganjawala, Shreya Ghoshal4:57
15."Rabba" (Kiss of Death Mix)Kumaar, Dev KohliVishal-ShekharSukhwinder Singh6:04
16."Yaar Mangyasi*" (Eternal Moment Mix)Dev KohliAnand Raj AnandSonu Nigam6:22
17."Mahi Ve*" (Sleep With Destiny Mix)Dev KohliAnand Raj AnandSukhwinder Singh,Richa Sharma6:03
Total length:45:14

*Originally featured in Kaante.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bose Malik, Jhoomur (10 December 2004). "Sanjay Dutt ki to..." Times of India. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  2. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (11 December 2004). "Erotic thriller". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Musafir Movie Profile". 2004. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.

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