Aa Ab Laut Chalen

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Aa Ab Laut Chalen
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DVD cover
Directed by Rishi Kapoor
Produced by Rajiv Kapoor
Randhir Kapoor
Rishi Kapoor
Story by Sachin Bhowmick
Rumi Jaffrey
Raju Saigal
Starring Rajesh Khanna
Akshaye Khanna
Aishwarya Rai
Suman Ranganathan
Music by Nadeem-Shravan
Cinematography Sameer Arya
Edited by Rajiv Kapoor
Distributed by R.K. Films
Release date(s) 22 January 1999
Running time 179 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR 14,50,00,000 [1]

Aa Ab Laut Chalen (translation: Come, Let's Go Back) is a 1999 Bollywood romantic drama musical directed by Rishi Kapoor and written by Sachin Bhowmick. The film premiered in India and the United States on 22 January 1999. It starred Rajesh Khanna, Akshaye Khanna and Aishwarya Rai and was the last production of R. K. Films. Box Office India declared it a below-average performer at the box office.[2]

Plot[edit]

Rohan Khanna (Akshaye Khanna) is a jobless graduate living with his grandfather (Alok Nath) and his mother (Moushumi Chatterjee). Rohan has been tirelessly looking for a decent job without success. One day, Rohan's neighbor, Ranjit arrives to bring his parents to America. Ranjit lives in America, owns a motel, a home, a car, and is married to an American woman. He wishes to keep his parents in America to live in peace. After listening to Rohan's desire for a job, he suggests that Rohan should move to America. Ranjit promises Rohan success and Rohan is immediately persuaded. He tells his mother and grandfather of his wish and they are abruptly reminded of Rohan's late father, Balraj Khanna (Rajesh Khanna) who left his wife and son for America after a bitter argument with his father. In a bus accident, Balraj was killed leaving Rohan orphaned and his mother widowed. To avoid the same fate of his son, Rohan's grandfather prepares Rohan's visa for America.

Rohan arrives in America and immediately meets Sardar Khan (Kader Khan), a Pakistani man who drives a taxi. Rohan's good manners and friendly personality wins Sardar over as he drives Rohan to Ranjit's hotel. Rohan does not have any spare cash to pay Sardar so he asks Sardar to stay while he asks Ranjit for the taxi fare. He is shocked when Ranjit does not give him money or a place to stay saying that Rohan has to be able to help himself. Sardar overhears the two arguing. Rohan looks and sees that Ranjit's father and mother are working at the hotel and facing verbal abuse from Ranjit's wife. This is not the peace that Ranjit had promised his parents. Sardar offers Rohan a place to stay much to the dismay of his roommate, Iqbal Singh (Jaspal Bhatti), a Punjabi man from India. Rohan is allowed to stay with Iqbal and Sardar with the persuasion of Chaurasia (Satish Kaushik. Chaurasia runs an Indian restaurant and betel leaf shop. Rohan is given a job as a taxi driver. One day, while making routes near the airport, he picks up a young Indian woman named Pooja (Aishwarya Rai). Pooja has just arrived in America to live with her older brother and his wife. Much to the shock of Pooja, her brother only brought her here because his boss had seen a picture her and had fallen in love. Pooja's brother insists that she marry his boss. In anger, she leaves his home without money and nowhere to go. Rohan sees Pooja crying and offers her a place to stay with Iqbal and Sardar.

Iqbal and Sardar discover that Pooja and Rohan have brought happiness into their house: They give them a place in their home and in their hearts. Iqbal, Sardar, and Chaurasia pitch in to provide jobs for the newcomers. They are also acquainted with PC Jack Patel (Paresh Rawal) who is a police inspector on weekdays and a Hindu priest on weekends. He observes both jobs faithfully by preserving American law and Hindu values. Pooja and Rohan begin to work at a Dunkin' Donuts but, after a tussle with some customers who tried to harass Pooja, they are fired. This protective relationship between Rohan and Pooja causes Pooja to fall in love with him deeply much to the happiness of Iqbal and Sardar. Rohan finds a job at a gas station; Pooja remains unemployed. One day at Chaurasia's restaurant, Rohan becomes frustrated with his lack of progress and Chaurasia advises Rohan to get a Green Card by marrying an NRI girl. Rohan and Pooja go to an Indian dance to search for an NRI girl much to Pooja's disapproval. There, Rohan meets the seductive Loveleen (Suman Ranganathan) and he falls in love with her immediately. Pooja, Iqbal, and Sardar do everything to keep Loveleen away from Rohan until Rohan becomes aggravated and tells the three to stay away from him and Loveleen. Iqbal tells Pooja to follow Rohan and Loveleen to Seaside Heights and declare her love for him. She is rejected by Rohan and he later tells her to stay away from him. Iqbal and Sardar accuse him of being consumed by money. Rohan tells them that they are envious of his progress. Iqbal tells Rohan that one day he will regret his decision and come back to Pooja. Rohan leaves the house for Loveleen in rage.

To forget Rohan, Pooja finds a job as a caretaker for a rich Indian man who is ill. He is Balraj Khanna, Rohan's estranged father who has not died. Balraj has been living in New York with his son, Karan. Karan's mother left Balraj when Karan was very young. Karan has grown to be a spoiled and arrogant young man who is friends with Loveleen. He consistently asks his father for money to spend for his enjoyment. He even took a loan from Marko, a dangerous drug dealer, and Karan has not paid him back. To pay back his debts, he is assigned to transport drugs around the country. Balraj takes a liking to Pooja and considers her as a daughter. He wants to keep her in his home so he asks her to consider marrying Karan. Karan and Pooja are against the idea. Meanwhile, Rohan is beginning to realize that Loveleen's American culture deeply goes against his and he begins to regret his decision. He becomes fed up with her ways and realizes he is really in love with Pooja. He leaves Loveleen with no where to go because of his poor decisions. Jack Patel forces Iqbal, Sardar, and Rohan to reconcile and they forgive Rohan for his mistakes.

Rohan sets out to ask Pooja for forgiveness. She is in Springfield with Balraj, and Rohan arrives there to meet her. After a confrontation between Rohan and Pooja, Rohan tells her that they will go back home to India together: "Aa Ab Laut Chalen" (Come, Let's Go Back). Pooja forgives Rohan and Rohan gives her a locket with a picture of his mother inside saying that it is a promise that he will marry her. Pooja tells Balraj that she has fallen in love with a man named Rohan and he encourages her love for him. Meanwhile, Karan becomes desperate for the money so he decides to marry Pooja. After violently urging her to marry him, her locket falls on the ground and Balraj picks it up. When handing it to her, he sees Rohan's mother and his wife. He realizes that Rohan is his son but does not tell Pooja. After hearing that he is unemployed, he tells Pooja that he will give Rohan a job in his company. But he fears that his son will not accept him as a father because he left him and his mother back in India.

Rohan accepts the job and is deeply grateful to Balraj. He wishes for a chance to meet him. Balraj continues his generosity from afar by giving Rohan a $5000 bonus. Rohan returns to Ranjit's motel and frees Ranjit's parents by paying for their tickets to India. Ranjit is arrested by Jack Patel for keeping his parents' passports. Rohan spends the rest of his money buying gifts for his friends including Iqbal, Sardar, and Chaurasia. His mother is happy to know that Rohan has found the love of his life and a decent job. One day, Rohan is invited to a party where that Balraj will attend. When Rohan meets Balraj, he is stunned to realize that Balraj is his father and very much alive. He reacts in anger and tells him that he has left his mother a widow and his son an orphan. Balraj openly confesses to everyone that he has left his wife and son in India and does not deserve everyone's respect. Balraj reveals that after he arrived in America, he went back to India to find his family but he could not. Hence, he married another woman. Rohan cannot bring himself to forgive his father because he has caused his mother's suffering. Balraj insists to speak to his wife to ask for firgivenss. Rohan calls his mother to tell her that her husband is still alive. She immediately forgives Balraj and asks them to come back to India. Karan emerges saying that if Balraj leaves for India, he has to leave his fortunes to Karan in America. Balraj refuses and tries to slap Karan, but Karan stops him. Karan tries to slap Balraj but Rohan stops him. Rohan and Balraj embrace and Balraj tells Karan he will give all his property to him but he will not be his father.

Balraj, Rohan, and Pooja all leave for India. They say their goodbyes to Iqbal and Sardar as well. Suddenly, PC Jack Patel arrives with Karan. Turns out that Karan has turned in important information about Marko to the officials. Karan tells Balraj that he does not want the wealth but he wants to return to India with the rest of his family. Rohan and Balraj accept Karan and the family leaves for India. We later see Rohan's mother welcoming Balraj, Rohan, Pooja, and Karan in their home and they finally live happily together.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Title Singer(s)
"Aa Ab Laut Chalen" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
"O Yaaro Maaf Karna" Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet, Shabbir Kumar, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Saud Khan & Vijeta
"Yeh Kaisi Mulaqat Hai" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik
"Mera Dil Tera Deewana" Alka Yagnik
"Yehi Hai Pyar" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Jaspinder Narula
"Tere Bin Ek Pal" Udit Narayan, Jaspinder Narula
"Pyar Hua Pyar Hua'" Jaspinder Narula
"O Yaaro Marf Karna (part II)" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik

Reception[edit]

Mohammad Ali Ikram of PlanetBollywood gave the film 7.0/10 and wrote "Aa Ab Laut Chalen may be filmi in conveying the theme, but the point is presented with applaudable conviction in the second half.[3] Rediff noted "Maybe Rishi Kapoor was bowing to RK tradition, maybe he was trying to follow his heart, but he just has to get back to the drawing board and seriously plan that next venture".[4]

The film performed reasonably well at the box office.[5] It is R.K. Films last movie to date.

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