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Woodstock Villa is a 2008 Indian musical thriller directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor. It features newcomers Sikandar Kher, Neha Oberoi and Arbaaz Khan in the primary roles while Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Sachin Khedekar, Boman Irani and Anupama Verma essay other significant roles. The soundtrack was composed by Anu Malik. It was filmed in Mumbai and Mauritius. The film, which was released in India on 30 May 2008, had a poor box office opening but earned mostly good reviews. Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan have cameo appearances. The movie is loosely based on the 2000 Japanese thriller Chaos.

Woodstock Villa
Woodstockvilla poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHansal Mehta
Produced bySanjay Gupta
Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Written byRajiv Krishna
S. Farhan
Milap Zaveri
(dialogue)
StarringGulshan Grover
Arbaaz Khan
Sikandar Kher
Sachin Khedekar
Neha Oberoi
Music byAnu Malik, Bappa Lahiri
CinematographyVikas Nowlakha
Mahesh Aney
Edited byBunty Nagi
Distributed byWhite Feather Films
Release date
  • 30 May 2008 (2008-05-30)
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget380 million (US$5.5 million)[1]
Box office200 million (US$2.9 million)[2] (worldwide gross, not nett)

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PlotEdit

Zara Kampani (Neha Oberoi) meets Sameer (Sikandar Kher) in a pub and lands in his flat asking him to kidnap her so that she can test her husband, Jatin's (Arbaaz Khan) love. Sameer can’t refuse because he is in desperate need of money. He hasn’t paid his rent for months and has to return a huge sum of money to a bhai (Gulshan Grover).

Zara takes Sameer to Woodstock Villa, the location of the kidnapping. Sameer orders Jatin to hand over 5 million to him. After returning, Sameer discovers Zara is dead. An anonymous caller then threatens him that he has only 30 minutes to bury the body and clear up all the evidence. He disposes her body in a forest and returns.

To be on the safer side, he goes to Bangalore. Sameer sees Zara's video on television and heads back to find the truth. He finds Zara and convinces her to tell him the truth. Zara reveals that she and Jatin truly loved each other. Once in a fight, Jatin's real wife, Zara, accidentally died and as her and Zara's face was quite similar, she played the role of Zara. The kidnapping plan was hatched by Jatin and his girlfriend to get out of this murder and trap somebody else. Sameer calls Jatin to Woodstock Villa with the money and he pays his rent and loan.

He goes to the airport while Jatin gets caught by the police. Jatin tells the police that he is not the only one to commit the crime. Sameer gives the bag of money to Zara but there was no money inside that bag, he took the real bag of money. The ball was in Zara's court. If she would have boarded the plane, Sameer would have trusted her. She decided to cheat Sameer and got cheated herself. Sameer's flight takes off while Jatin's partner gets arrested.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Sikander Kher had several expectations from the media on his debut film.[3] Although his family name would provide recognition, he chose to have his only his first name listed on the credits.[3] Sanjay Gupta, the producer of Woodstock Villa is the uncle of the other newcomer, Neha Oberoi. She said it was exciting and challenging to play the role of a kidnapped wife.[4]

Release and receptionEdit

The Bachchan family, Arbaaz Khan and his wife, Malaika Arora Khan and writer, Javed Akhtar were the prominent people attending the premiere.[5] Anil Kapoor attended the premiere, too, thereby ending the three-year war between him and Anupam Kher.[6]

Upon its release, the Hindustan Times termed the film as "out of stock villa" in a demeaning tone. Its review felt that even though Sikander had potential, it was limited by the screenplay and direction.[7] Times of India, on the other hand, wrote in its review that the film was a stylish thriller with good cinematography. It further spoke highly about Sikander, the debutant actor and added that though the songs impede the pace, they provide "freshness and a refreshing new zing."[8]

SoundtrackEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MNIK earns 100 crore before release". All India Today. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers ALL TIME: 37 Films Hit 100 Crore". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b Nair, Rajeev (2 June 2006). "Sikander Ka Muqaddar". MSN India. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Dad stays away from Uberoi's premiere". Sify.com. 2 June 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
  5. ^ "'Woodstock Villa' premier held". Sahara Samay. 2 June 2006. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher patch up". Hindustan Times. 2 June 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Out of stock villa". Hindustan Times. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2008.
  8. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (30 May 2006). "Woodstock Villa - Hindi movie review". Times of India. Retrieved 2 June 2008.

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