Paap (transl. sin) is a 2003 Indian crime thriller film, directed by Pooja Bhatt in her directorial debut, and features John Abraham, Udita Goswami, Gulshan Grover and Mohan Agashe. Though the film did extremely average business at the box office but received considerable critical acclaim, especially for its cinematography, direction and Mahesh Bhatt's Indianised adaptation of Peter Weir's 1985 English film Witness. The film is remembered for its soundtrack and also marked the Bollywood debut of singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan with Mann Ki Lagan.
|Directed by||Pooja Bhatt|
|Written by||Mahesh Bhatt|
J. P. Dixit (additional dialogue)
Niranjan Iyengar (dialogue)
|Produced by||Pooja Bhatt|
|Edited by||Akiv Ali|
|Music by||Anu Malik|
The story is about a young girl, Kaaya (Udita Goswami), living in the beautiful serene valley of Spiti, waiting to join a Buddhist monastery, an idea which has been fed to her since childhood by her father (Mohan Agashe) and one which she has never questioned. When Lama Norbu (Denzil Smith), a senior lama from the monastery has a dream that the Buddhist teacher, Rinpoche has been reborn, he sends Kaaya to Delhi to bring him back to the monastery. Kaaya goes to Delhi and manages to get the child, but just when they are about to return home, the child witnesses the murder of a police officer in a hotel. The investigations are taken over by another police officer, Shiven (John Abraham) who prohibits Kaaya and the young boy from returning home. During this time, the boy identifies Raj Mehra (Gulshan Grover) as the murderer. Soon Shiven finds himself in a web of intrigue and deceit where he can trust no one. He is forced to make an escape to Spiti along with Kaaya and the young boy who he is now determined to protect. Shiven has however seriously been injured and upon reaching Spiti has to undergo treatment at Kaaya's home.
While nursing him back to health, Kaaya is attracted to Shiven, an exciting feeling she has never experienced before. Shiven too finds himself drawn to Kaya, a girl unlike any he has ever known. Kaya is caught in a dilemma for she has too long subdued her basic instincts and desires in her search for the 'ultimate truth'. A sexual attraction is one that her conditioned mind sees as a sin (paap), but one she cannot deny. Shiven sees this dilemma and tries to show Kaya that there is a life out there which she has a full right to live. In the meantime, Kaya's father finds out about what has been going on under his roof and is furious with Shiven. He sees Shiven as a polluting influence upon his peaceful life, a man who has brought defiling things like pistols into their home. At this juncture, Shiven's past catches up with them and Mehra's men are close on his heels.
After much chaos, finally, Shiven and Kaaya are shown reuniting with the passionate kiss in the climax.
- John Abraham – Inspector Shiven (voice-over by Viraj Adhav)
- Udita Goswami – Kaaya
- Gulshan Grover – ACP Raj Mehra
- Mohan Agashe – Kaaya's father
- Bikramjeet Kanwarpal – Ratan Singh
- Denzil Smith – Lama Norbu
- Sandeep Mehta – Sushil Mathur, DCP
- Anahita Uberoi – Anna
- Madan Bhiku – Llahmo, the reincarnated boy
- Ahsan Baksh – Zakir
- Vikram Kapadia – Anna's husband
- Aishwarya Mehta – Niloufer, Zakir's wife
- Netaji – Lama Dorje
- Ritika Luthria – DCP's wife
- Megha Burman – DCP's daughter
|Soundtrack album by |
Shahi, Anu Malik, Music Mashrooms
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack, Filmi music|
|Producer||Shemaroo Entertainment |
The films music was by Anu Malik, Shahi, Ali Azmat, with several instrumental tracks by Music Mashrooms. The soundtrack featured several instrumental pieces as well as song, notably the hit songs Garaj Baras by Ali Azmat, the lead vocalist of the Pakistani band, Junoon and noted Sufi singer also from Pakistan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's, Laagi Tumse Mann Ki Lagan, which also marked his debut as a Bollywood playback singer. The songs have been written by Sayeed Quadri, Sabir Zafar, Ali Azmat, Amjad Aslam Amjad.
|1.||"Intezaar"||Anu Malik||Anuradha Paudwal||7:52|
|2.||"Mann Ki Lagan"||Shahzad Hasan||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||4:51|
|3.||"Garaj Baras"||Ali Azmat||Ali Azmat||4:51|
|4.||"Laal (Alaap)"||Shahzad Hasan||Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||5:30|
|5.||"Sun E Mera Dil"||Anu Malik||Anuradha Paudwal, Udit Narayan||7:30|
|6.||"Witness to a Murder"||Music Mashrooms||Instrumental||3:30|
|7.||"Shiven Gets Shot"||Music Mashrooms||Instrumental||3:49|
|8.||"Aaj Ki Raat Kat Gayi Toh"||Music Mashrooms||Instrumental||3:06|
|9.||"Intezaar Interlude"||Music Mashrooms||Instrumental||0:59|
|10.||"Apna Sa Kuch Dena Chahti Hoon"||Music Mashrooms||Instrumental||2:12|
|11.||"Apne Chahato Pe Kaboo"||Music Mashrooms||Instrumental||3:33|
|12.||"Hamesha Ke Liye Kucch Nahin Rehta"||Music Mashrooms||Instrumental||1:02|
|13.||"Tumhari Jagah Oonchay Aasman Mein Hai"||Music Mashrooms||Instrumental||2:32|
|14.||"Tasveer Kheecha To"||Music Mashrooms||Instrumental||0:56|
|16.||"Kis Kis Ko Maro Ge"||Music Mashrooms||Instrumental||7:12|
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