Ajnabee (2001 film)
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Theatrical release poster
|Produced by||Vijay Galani|
|Screenplay by||Sanjeev Duggal
|Story by||Neeraj Vora|
|Music by||Anu Malik|
|Editing by||Hussain A Burmawala|
|Distributed by||Film Folks, Venus Records & Tapes Pvt Ltd|
|Release dates||22 September 2001|
|Running time||165 minutes|
|Budget||190 million (US$3.0 million)|
|Box office||470 million (US$7.5 million)|
Ajnabee (Hindi: अजनबी, English: Stranger) is a 2001 Bollywood suspense thriller film directed by Abbas-Mustan and produced by Vijay Galani.The film stars Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Kareena Kapoor and Bipasha Basu in the lead with Johnny Lever, Dalip Tahil, Narendra Bedi and Sharat Saxena in supporting roles. The film is an adaptation of the 1992 American thriller Consenting Adults, directed by Alan J. Pakula. It was the second film of Akshay Kumar and Abbas-Mustan after Khiladi.
Raj Malhotra (Bobby Deol) and Priya (Kareena Kapoor) meet by chance and fall in love. They marry with Priya's father's (Dalip Tahil) consent and reside in Switzerland afterward, where they meet an Indian couple: Vikram Bajaj (Akshay Kumar) and Sonia (Bipasha Basu). The couples quickly become friends and decide to go on a Christmas vacation to Mauritius.
There, Raj sees Vikram with another woman, looking intimate. Sonia also begins to try to seduce Raj. When Vikram notices Raj looking at Sonia and talks to him about wife swapping, this upsets Raj and a fight breaks out between them. However, a couple of days later, the two couples become friends again. On Vikram's birthday, the two men get drunk and find themselves in each other's house. The next morning, Sonia is found dead, and Raj is accused of her murder. Raj manages to escape from court, and the Swiss police chase him. He meets Priya, who eventually believes his innocence and aids him in finding proof. When he decides to search Vikram's house, Vikram interrupts him midway, tells him that everything was planned by him, and calls the police. Raj escapes in Vikram's car with Priya.
Raj finds a boarding pass that belongs to Sonia Bajaj, which states that Sonia arrived in Zurich on 29 December—however Sonia was supposedly murdered that night. Raj suspects her to be the girl he saw with Vikram, travelling to Geneva together. In Geneva, Raj meets an insurance officer who is trying to find evidence that Vikram was involved in the death of his wife to get the life insurance payment of 100 million dollars that was on Sonia. Raj gives him the boarding pass, which is enough for them to stall the payment, but it's too late. Vikram has already received it and transferred it to his account. Raj hacks into Vikram's bank account and sees that Vikram has transferred the money onto a cruise ship so they follow him there. There, they see Vikram dancing with a girl, who is revealed to be Sonia, alive and well.
In the climax, Vikram himself explains the whole plan to Raj that the girl he saw in Mauritus was his real wife Sonia Bajaj (Mink Brar) and the girl with him that they were introduced to is his girlfriend Neeta (Basu). At first, he was only a drummer and Neeta was a dance-girl. He wanted to get rich, so he married a rich woman and approved an insurance of his wife for 100 million dollars. He thought of a plan to kill his wife to get the amount of the insurance. Raj then takes Vikram to a computer to show him his bank account. He tells him that he had guessed his password, "Everything is planned", something that Vikram used to say a lot, and used it to transfer the money back to the insurance company. He also reveals that everything Vikram said had been recorded. A fight erupts between the two and Neeta dies in the conflict. Angered at losing Neeta, Vikram gets aggressive, killing the insurance officer and seemingly killing Raj. He chases Priya to kill her too when Raj, who was only playing dead, saves her and Vikram dies because during the fight he hits the anchor with the stick, it got loose and pierced right through Vikram's heart,and there he was dead on the spot. Now proved innocent, Raj and Priya move back to India.
- Akshay Kumar Vikram Bajaj (Vicky)
- Bobby Deol as Raj Malhotra
- Kareena Kapoor as Priya Malhotra
- Bipasha Basu as Neeta(Fake Sonia)
- Mink Brar as Sonia Bajaj
- Johny Lever as Banu Pradhan (BP)
- Amita Nangia as Champa Devi
- Dalip Tahil as Priya's father
- Sharat Saxena as the insurance officer
- Sheila Sharma as Vina Chandra Devi
- Narendra Bedi as Lakhan Pal (LP)
|Soundtrack album by Anu Malik|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack for Ajnabee is composed by Anu Malik and the lyrics are penned by Sameer. It is released by Tips Music. In 2011, ten years after the release of Ajnabee, Malik claimed that the song "Character Dheela" from the film Ready is an unauthorised copy of the song "Mohabbat Naam Hai" while informing the media that he will likely file a suit against composer, Pritam for plagiarism.
|1||"Mohabbat Naam Hai"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||6:19|
|2||"Mehbooba Mehbooba"||Adnan Sami, Sunidhi Chauhan||7:27|
|3||"Meri Zindagi Mein Ajnabee"||Kumar Sanu, Sunidhi Chauhan||6:57|
|4||"Mujhko Neend Aa Rahi Hai"||Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan||4:46|
|5||"Dance Music"||Anu Malik||1:22|
|6||"Kaun Main Haan Tum"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu||6:44|
|7||"Kasam Se Teri Aankhen Aaiya Re Aaiya"||Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan||5:55|
|8||"Jab Tumhe Aashiqui Maloom"||Kumar Sanu||6:48|
|9||"Mehbooba Mehbooba (E-Groove Mix)"||Adnan Sami, Sunidhi Chauhan, DJ Khalif||4:20|
Originally, actress Mahek Chahal was cast in the role of Neeta (Fake Sonia) which eventually was given to Bipasha Basu.The climax of the film was shot in Muscat, Dubai & Bahrain on the Indian-owned cruise liner Ocean Majesty.
Ajnabee received mostly mixed reviews from critics. Whereas the performance of Akshay Kumar was praised. At the box office, the film opened well, and collected 420 million on its nett gross opening weekend, with a full gross of 470 million worldwide. It was declared "hit" at the box office.
- Bahra, Mandeep. "Music Review – Ajnabee". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
- "Ajnabee (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- "Character Dheela- a copy of my song: Anu Malik". NDTV. Indo-Asian News Service. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-19.