Baabul (2006 film)

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Baabul
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Directed by Ravi Chopra
Produced by B.R. Chopra
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Hema Malini
Salman Khan
Rani Mukerji
John Abraham
Om Puri
Music by Aadesh Shrivastav
Cinematography Barun Mukherjee
Distributed by B.R. Films
Release dates 8 December 2006
Running time 169 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Baabul (Hindi: बाबुल, Urdu: بابُل) is a 2006 Bollywood drama film, directed by Ravi Chopra. The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Salman Khan, John Abraham and Hema Malini. The movie was dubbed in Telugu as Premabhishekam. The movie celebrates B. R. Chopra's 50 years in cinema.

Synopsis[edit]

Balraj Kapoor (Amitabh Bachchan) is a rich businessman, happy and content with his world. He and his wife Shobhna (Hema Malini) live happily together and they wait for their only son Avinash a.k.a. 'Avi' (Salman Khan) to return from his studies in the United States. After an absence of 7 years, Avinash comes back to India. He reunites with his parents at the airport and races home. Back home, Avi joins his father's business.

One day they decide to go golfing and Balraj accidentally hits the ball which ruins a painting. The young woman painting the picture, Malvika a.k.a. 'Millie' (Rani Mukerji) gets furious with Balraj and leaves. Later on, Avi runs into Millie on the golf course, and they start to talk. Millie tells him that a stupid old man ruined her painting and points out that it was Balraj; but she doesn't know that the 'old man' is Avi's father and he doesn't tell her. They start to hang out together while slowly falling in love with each other.

When Millie comes home, she is visited by her childhood friend Rajat (John Abraham). She tells him that she loves someone, which devastates him because he is also in love with her. One day, Millie goes to Avi's office to drop off a painting and finds out that Balraj is Avi's father. When Avi shows up, she leaves the office crying. He chases after her and says that the only reason he lied to her was because he loves her. She doesn't accept his apology right then, but when Balraj apologizes to her for ruining her painting, she forgives them both.

Avi asks Millie to get dressed up for a party at his house. When she arrives, there is no one except Avi. He proposes to her and she accepts. The whole family visits Millie's house to discuss marriage and everyone agrees, except Rajat. He tells Avi that he'll let him marry her if only he promises to always keep her happy and never let her get sad. Avi and Millie get married and soon they're expecting a child. Time goes on, Millie's water breaks while in yoga class and Avi and she flee to the hospital where they are blessed with a healthy baby boy.

Their child Ansh grows up to be a sweet and intelligent boy. The family throws a birthday bash for Ansh and wait for Avi who is in a meeting. But Avi never arrives home. He is involved in an accident and dies. Millie is devastated. Balraj seeks to bring happiness back into Millie's life and gets into contact with Rajat. He learns that Rajat still loves Millie. Balraj asks Rajat to marry Millie. However, there is stiff opposition from Shobhna and Balraj's conservative older brother Balwant (Om Puri). Shobhna fears losing her grandson Ansh, while Balwant thinks a widow's remarriage is a sin. However, Balraj stands firm and convinces everyone. In the end, Rajat and Millie get married, and everything is well. Avinash comes in as a spirit and blesses his dad with happiness.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

The music is composed by Aadesh Srivastava. The soundtrack has 11 songs. The soundtrack was one of the most successful soundtrack of 2006.

Song Singer(s) Other notes
Keh Raha Hai Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam Filmed on Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji
Come On Come On Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Nigam, Vishal Dadlani, Aadesh Shrivastava & Ranjit Barot Filmed on Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Hema Malini
Har Manzar Kunal Ganjawala Filmed on John Abraham and Amitabh Bachchan
Baawri Piya Ki Sonu Nigam Filmed on Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji
Bebasi Dard Ka Alam Kunal Ganjawala Filmed on John Abraham, Rani Mukerji, and Amitabh Bachchan
Gaa Re Mann Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Kailash Kher & Sudesh Bhosle Filmed on Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, and Hema Malini
Kehta Hai Baabul Jagjit Singh Filmed on Amitabh Bachchan
Baabul Bidaai Song Richa Sharma Originally a 15 minute song was Bollywood's longest track, film used 2-3 min. version.[1]
Har Manzar (Remix)(DJ Suketu - Arranged by Aks) Kunal Ganjawala
Come On Come On(Remix)(DJ Suketu - Arranged by Aks) Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Nigam, Vishal Dadlani, Aadesh Shrivastava & Ranjit Barot
Vaada Raha Sonu Nigam Filmed on Rani Mukherjee

Crew[edit]

Response[edit]

Box office[edit]

Baabul opened really well in Mumbai with a decent response of 75%. However the rest of the country saw an average opening. The small centres opened to poor response and overall the film did not do quite well in India but was an above average grosser.[2] However it did great business overseas, entering at the 8th position on the UK charts in its first week.[3] It was a big hit in the overseas market.[4]

Reviews[edit]

Reviews have been generally mixed. The first reviews of the film were positive,[5][6] but it has generally gathered some sharp criticism along the way. Film critic Samrat Sharma calls the first half "irrelevant in most parts", and also "hollow and undeveloped".[7] Reviewer Baradwaj Rangan was even more scathing when he said that, "the casting of the leads and the high-gloss setting of their lives just do not make the subsequent events convincing."[8]

Awards[edit]

Nominated

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