Aladin (film)

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Aladin
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Movie Poster
Directed by Sujoy Ghosh
Produced by Sujoy Ghosh
Written by Sujoy Ghosh
Suresh Nair
Ritesh Shah
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Ritesh Deshmukh
Jacqueline Fernandez
Sanjay Dutt
Music by Songs:
Vishal-Shekhar
Background Score:
Jody J Jenkins[1]
Cinematography Shirsha Roy
Release date(s)
  • 30 October 2009 (2009-10-30)
Running time 129 Minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR500 million (US$8.3 million)
Box office INR105 million (US$1.7 million)

Aladin is a 2009 Bollywood fantasy adventure film directed by Sujoy Ghosh. Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez and Sanjay Dutt appear in pivotal roles in the movie. Sabu Cyril designed the sets of this film.

Plot[edit]

The film opens with the family of archeologist Arun Chatterjee, who lives with his wife, Riya, and baby son, Aladin. When out on a holiday, Arun is attacked by a gang searching for a magic lamp, which Chatterjee has found, but has hidden somewhere. Arun and Riya Chatterjee are murdered; Aladin is raised by his grandfather. After his granddad's death, a now grown-up Aladin Chatterjee (Ritesh Deshmukh) lives in the fictional city of Khwaish. He is lonely, and Kasim (Sahil Khan) and his gang members have bullied Aladin since his childhood. His life changes when Jasmine (Jacqueline Fernandez) enters the city, and the two fall in love with each other.

Jasmine has a birthday party for Aladin, and as a present Kasim gives Aladin a magic lamp for his birthday to embarrass him in front of Jasmine. However, this lamp turns out to be the magic lamp that Aladin's father's murderers were trying to find. Aladin rubs the lamp and releases the genie, Genius (Amitabh Bachchan). Desperate to grant him three wishes so his contract with the magic lamp can end, the rock-star Genius suddenly makes Aladin's life very interesting but chaotic. Aladin doesn't want to make any wishes, but Genius enters Aladin's dreams and finds out what he wants, getting his sleeping mind to make a wish: to make Jasmine fall in love with him. When he wakes up, he doesn't like what Genius has done and uses his second wish to return Jasmine to normal. His third wish is for Genius to help him woo Jasmine without using magic to make it happen. Genius does his best, but magic is really his strong suit. Still, as a result of Genius's help/interference, Aladin stands up to Kasim and starts a relationship with Jasmine, and Genius teaches Kasim a lesson. Aladin's future looks perfect, until the real threat looms on the horizon - the ex-genie, Ringmaster (Sanjay Dutt).

Ringmaster is searching for the magic lamp and kidnaps Jasmine with the help of his circus gang. Shortly after Genius and Aladin realize she has been kidnapped, an informer (really Ringmaster in disguise) tells Aladin that it was Genius who murdered his parents. Aladin insults Genius and tells him to leave. Heartbroken, Genius goes to rescue Jasmine alone. As he arrives, it is revealed that Ringmaster is the one who actually killed Aladin's family, as he has been searching for the magic lamp for a long time; Aladin's parents found it first, and Ringmaster punished them for it. Ringmaster steals the magic lamp and wishes for Genius to kill Aladin, but Genius refuses to do it, and loses his magic because he didn't grant the wish, just as Ringmaster had planned. Aladin learns that Genius is innocent and arrives to help him, and they succeed in rescuing Jasmine. Ringmaster's plan is then completely revealed: he plans to perform a ritual to steal the reflection of an approaching comet, getting back his genie powers as a result. Genius, Aladdin and Jasmine intervene, however, and Aladdin steals the comet's reflection, giving genie powers back to Genius instead of Ringmaster. Genius seals Ringmaster inside a mirror and then shatters it, and Ringmaster's gang is finished as well.

In the end, the trio happily gets back to the city, Aladin and Jasmine are a couple, and after earning special superpowers from the comet, Aladin gives Kasim yet another lesson.

Backstory[edit]

Long ago, Ringmaster was once a genie, but he used his powers only for himself, not to grant wishes to humans, so the other genies decided to strip him of his powers. He was still immortal, however, and still possessed great strength and knowledge. He vowed to regain his powers someday and get his revenge.

Aladin's parents, Arun and Riya, believed that the story of Aladdin and his lamp from the Arabian Nights was based on reality. They named their son Aladin in hopes that it would bring them luck on their quest to find the real magic lamp, and after years of searching, they finally found it. However, not long after that, Ringmaster and his gang attacked them. Riya secretly rubbed the lamp and summoned Genius, wishing for him to save Aladin, who was then only a very young child. Genius was barely able to save Aladin from Ringmaster, but while he was occupied, Ringmaster's gang killed Arun and Riya. However, Ringmaster got away with only a piece of the lamp. The rest of it was lost until Kasim found it in an antique store and decided to give it to Aladin as a prank gift in order to embarrass him in front of Jasmine.

Kasim has a strange fixation on Aladin and constantly teases him about his name, bringing him oil lamps, forcing him to rub them, and taunting him when no genie appears. He has always done this, ever since he and Aladin were both children.

Aladin's grandfather taught him a magic trick: he can put a small object in his hand, close it, say the magic words "Tak Dinah Din," and open his hand to reveal a different small object. It isn't real magic; he's secretly transferred the object to his other hand. It is entertaining, though, and sometimes useful.

Genies have certain rules they must abide by. First of all, there is the well-known three wishes rule: whoever rubs the genie's lamp and summons the genie gets three wishes. Also, a genie may not harm anyone who possesses either their lamp or any part of it --- this protects Ringmaster, because he still has the piece that broke off Genius's lamp. If a genie refuses to grant a wish, he loses his powers and becomes mortal. There is also some sort of code of ethics that genies must abide by, stating that genies must use their powers to grant wishes to humans and not use them selfishly—this isn't a magical rule like the others, but it is enforced by genie society. It is possible for genies to band together and take away a misbehaving genie's powers.

It is unstated how many genies there are in existence and how many of them are free to do as they please, or whether they are mostly confined to lamps.

There is a magical mirror that genies can use to obtain information and answer questions they have. It can be broken, but if its pieces are reassembled, it returns to its original flawless shape. A human had just found and reassembled the mirror when Ringmaster and his gang killed him and stole it.

There appears to be a magical comet that approaches Earth once every million years. Its magic can restore an ex-genie's power, although what else it may be able to do is unknown. Ringmaster originally plans to wish for Genius to transport him to the comet, but after Genius also loses his powers, Ringmaster changes his plan, because he knows that the comet's reflection will work just as well. Aladin handles the comet's reflection only briefly, but it seems to have granted him some sort of magic power as well, although the extent of this power is unclear.

Genius turns Aladin's guitar into a colorful frog that makes guitar-like sounds; it remains a frog for the rest of the film.

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Soundtrack[edit]

Aladin
Soundtrack album by Vishal-Shekhar
Released 27 September 2009 (2009-09-27)
Recorded Eros Studios
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 35:42
Label Eros Music
Producer Vishal-Shekhar
Vishal-Shekhar chronology
Dostana
(2008)
Aladin
(2009)
12 The Movie
(2009)

Music of film is composed by Vishal Shekhar,lyrics penned by Vishal Dadlani and Anvita Dutt Guptan(Bachke O Bachke).

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Genie Rap"   Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Manchanda 2:57
2. "Tak Dhina Dhin"   Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan 4:32
3. "Ore Saawariya"   Amitabh Bachchan, Sudesh Bhonsle, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan 4:28
4. "You May Be"   Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani 5:43
5. "Bachke O Bachke"   Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani 5:20
6. "Giri Giri"   Sanjay Dutt 3:11
7. "Genie Rap" (Remix -DJ Suketu feat. Aks) Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Manchanda 5:24
8. "Ore Saawariya" (Remix -DJ Suketu feat. Aks) Amitabh Bachchan, Sudesh Bhonsle, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan 4:07

Reception[edit]

Zoom TV gave the film 2.5/5, stating "Aladin fails to enchant". They have also criticized that Jacqueline has been put in the cast for the sake of an actress and she hasn't got much to do. However, according to the scale 2.5/5 is an average. Amitabh Bachchan was praised for his performance as "Genius." Entertainment Daily has given the verdict saying that "Aladin is surely a let down." Nonetheless they have praised the special-effects used in the film. Noyon Jyoti Parasara from AOL India praised the SFX but also pointed out, "Despite a good enough story to carry the film ahead, Aladin falls due to blunders in screenplay. Attempts to rush up things and add entertainment make the story go haywire." He rated the film 2 out of 5. Rajeev Masand of IBN Live gave the film 3 stars and noticed the movie bought fable to life.

Box office[edit]

Aladin did not perform well at the box office. Its lifetime gross was 135 million with the budget not being made back: 200 million. The film was rated "Average Grosser" by India Boxoffice.[4]

Sequel[edit]

Eros International, the London listed leading Indian film entertainment studio with a global distribution network, has officially announced about making sequel to 'Aladin'.

This biggest surprise has thrown debutant filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh into extreme joy as not all newcomers in tinsel town are prized with such offers. According to the sources, the producers have been much pleased with the stylish make of 'Aladin' fairy tale.

Brimmed with more confidence, the producers of Eros International have announced the sequel much prior to film's release. The sequel will be produced in collaboration with Bound script Pictures at a big budget.

Speaking on the development of sequel, Kishore Lulla, Chairman & Managing Director, Eros International has said, "Our production house doesn't get worried about the fate of this product at the box office but we will continue to invest our faith in such films which can be watched across the globe and Aladin 2 will be a bigger challenge in every aspect as it will be many times more than Aladin 1."

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