Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ravi Chopra|
|Produced by||B.R. Chopra|
|Screenplay by||Achala Nagar
|Story by||B.R. Chopra
|Music by||Aadesh Shrivastav
|Edited by||Shailendra Doke
|Distributed by||BR Films|
|Running time||183 minutes|
|Box office||120 million (US$1.9 million)|
Baghban (Hindi: बाग़बान, English: Gardener) is a 2003 Bollywood drama film directed by Ravi Chopra, featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini in lead roles. Aman Verma, Samir Soni, Saahil Chadha and Nasir Kazi portray their four sons. Salman Khan, Mahima Chaudhry, Paresh Rawal, Rimi Sen and Lilette Dubey are featured in supporting roles. It is an unofficial adaptation of the 1937 movie Make Way for Tomorrow and many scenes and the plot of the film was also inspired from the 1958 Kannada film School Master It has similar theme like the Hindi film Avtaar made in 1983 starring Rajesh Khanna and Shabana Azmi. It released to cinemas on 3 October 2003. This film was remade in Kannada as Ee Bandhana in the year 2007 starring Vishnuvardhan and Jaya Pradha in the lead. Baghban was originally a remake of Oon Paoos, a Marathi film. Raja Paranjape was the lead actor and director of Oon Paoos. It explores themes that are prevalent in the play King Lear by Shakespeare, because too suffers much pain and duress at the hands of his children.
The movie tells the story of Raj Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan), his wife Pooja (Hema Malini) and their four sons Ajay (Aman Verma), Sanjay (Samir Soni), Rohit (Saahil Chadda), and Karan (Nasir Kazi). Raj and Pooja have provided their children with everything they wanted, often at the cost of Raj's and Pooja's own requirements. The Malhotras also have an adopted son Alok (Salman Khan), who is in love with Arpita (Mahima Chaudhry) (both in special appearances). Alok was an orphan and Raj had provided him with money and education, bringing him up as his own son. Now a successful man, Alok worships Raj because of all his help and thinks him as his own father which he never had.
Raj has a flourishing job but, once he retires, he is no longer able to support himself and has to vacate the house he and Pooja have shared for years. They decide to live with their kids to get their love and affection. However, their kids do not want them, as they think looking after their parents will be a hassle. The children decide to split the parents up, each parent going to live with one of the sons for the next 6 months. The children think the parents will refuse the offer and therefore, they will remain in their home. However, the parents reluctantly accept the offer. The story shows how the aged parents endure this separation as well as horrible treatment from their children after all they have sacrificed for them during their lifetime. Their grandson, Rahul, is the only one who gives Raj love and affection. Saddened by the treatment he has received from his children and their families, Raj writes down all his feelings regarding how he fulfilled all his children's dreams and in return how they treat him, as well as his love for his wife, and how much pain their separation has caused, his writing eventually becoming a novel. To pass time in the lonesome and angry house he temporarily lives in, he makes friends that admire him and regard him more than Raj's own sons. Pooja, meanwhile, endures abuse from her son and daughter-in-law, as well as her granddaughter, Payal. Payal, though, realizes her mistake when Pooja saves her from her boyfriend's sexual advances, and provides Pooja with love.
While changing their trains after 6 months, Raj and Pooja spend some time together in Mumbai, when they suddenly meet Alok, who takes them to his home and gives them the importance and care which their real sons did not give them. Raj then finds out that his writing has become a published book named Baghban. This book becomes a big hit, selling the first copies immediately. Raj, as a result, gains the money he needs to support himself and Pooja in their old age. Their four sons find out, and are irked by the fact that they are not receiving any money. They decide to ask their parents for forgiveness to achieve this end. Payal and Rahul, though, realize their true motives and refuse to come with their parents. Raj is honored for his work, and the four sons attend with their wives. When they ask Raj to forgive them, he refuses and instead disowns them. Not even Pooja will forgive her children for the pain they have put them through.
Raj stays with Pooja in their home, near Alok and Arpita, and enjoy the company of Rahul and Payal, while disowning their sons and daughters-in-law..
- Amitabh Bachchan as Raj Malhotra
- Hema Malini as Pooja Malhotra
- Salman Khan as alok Raj Malhotra, Raj and Pooja's adopted son
- Aman Verma as Ajay Malhotra, Raj's first son
- Samir Soni as Sanjay Malhotra, Raj's second son
- Saahil Chadha as Rohit Malhotra, Raj's third son
- Nasir Kazi as Karan Malhotra, Raj's fourth son
- Suman Ranganathan as Kiran Malhotra, Ajay's wife
- Rimi Sen as Payal Malhotra, Ajay's daughter
- Divya Dutta as Reena Malhotra, Sanjay's wife
- Master Yash Pathak as Rahul Malhotra, Sanjay's son
- Arzoo Gowitrikar as Priya Malhotra, Rohit's wife
- Mahima Chaudhry as Arpita Raj, Alok's wife
- Paresh Rawal as Hemant Patel
- Lilette Dubey as Shanti Patel
- Sharat Saxena as Ram Avtaar
- Mohan Joshi as Khuber Desai, Hotel Owner
- Nakul Vaid as Rahul
- Avtar Gill as Rawat, ICICI Bank Manager
- Asrani as Bedi
- Shashi Kiran as Pritam
- Gajendra Chouhan as a Car salesman
- Sanjeeda Sheikh as Nilli
According to film expert Rajesh Subramanian B. R. Chopra had planned to make this movie in the mid eighties with Dilip Kumar and Raakhee in the lead roles.
Mohnish Behl was offered Aman Verma's role; he did not accept it because he did not want to be portrayed as the father of a 15-year-old girl. Juhi Chawla was selected for the role of Salman Khan's wife but could not accept because of her pregnancy. Shahrukh Khan was offered the role played by Salman Khan. Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini were paired opposite each other 20 years after Nastik in 1983.
Amitabh Bachchan sung three songs himself.
Baghban was premiered at the Leeds International Film Festival, England. It was critically acclaimed and went on to become one of Chopra's biggest hits. The film received an award at the EMVIE 2004 for best media innovation, cinema for the in-film placement of the ICICI group done by Group M.
As per Filmfare, the film was made at a budget of 70 million (US$1.1 million) and made a domestic collections of 120 million (US$1.9 million) while it fetched 35 million (US$570,000) from overseas market.
Lyrics are penned by Sameer and Hasan Kamaal.
|1.||"Chali Chali Phir Chali" (Part I)||Sameer||Alka Yagnik, Hema Sardesai, Amitabh Bachchan, Aadesh Shrivastav||4:57|
|2.||"Chali Chali Phir Chali" (Part II)||Sameer||Hema Sardesai, Aadesh Shrivastav||1:40|
|3.||"Holi Khele"||Sameer||Alka Yagnik, Sukhwinder Singh, Udit Narayan, Amitabh Bachchan||5:39|
|4.||"Main Yahan Tu Wahan"||Sameer||Amitabh Bachchan, Alka Yagnik||7:03|
|5.||"Meri Makhna"||Sameer||Alka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhosle||7:00|
|6.||"O Dharti Tarse"||Sameer||Richa Sharma||10:10|
|7.||"Om Jai Jagdish" (Aarti)||Sameer||Sneha Pant, Udit Narayan||3:39|
|8.||"Pehle Kabhi Na Mera Haal"||Sameer, Hasan Kamaal||Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan||4:39|
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