Dostana (2008 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tarun Mansukhani
Produced by Hiroo Yash Johar
Karan Johar
Screenplay by Tarun Mansukhani
Story by Tarun Mansukhani
Starring John Abraham
Abhishek Bachchan
Priyanka Chopra
Music by Songs:
Background Score:
Salim Sulaiman
Edited by Manan Sagar
Distributed by Dharma Productions
ShowMan Pictures
Yash Raj Films
Release dates
  • 14 November 2008 (2008-11-14)
Running time 142 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR30 crore (US$4.7 million)
Box office INR102 crore (US$16 million)(Share)[1]

Dostana (Hindi: दोस्ताना, translation: Friendship) is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Tarun Mansukhani and starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. Dostana was filmed entirely in Miami, Florida. The movie is seemed to be inspired by the Hollywood movie, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.[2] Filming began in March 2008, and the film was released on 14 November 2008. It went on to become the eighth highest grossing film at the Indian box office in 2008.[3]


Nurse Sameer Kapoor (Abhishek Bachchan) and photographer Kunal Chopra (John Abraham) meet while looking for an apartment to rent. They fall in love with the same apartment; however, the owner refuses to sublet it to them because her niece, Neha Melwani (Priyanka Chopra), will stay in the apartment alone and she does not want men living there with her. When a homosexual American soldier mentions how much Sameer and Kunal remind him of his own relationship with his long-term partner, Sameer tries to persuade Kunal to pretend they are lovers so that they may live in the apartment. Kunal initially refuses but, desperate for the apartment, he decides to agree to it. Their plan works and they move in. Neha, Kunal and Sameer become good friends.

One day, Neha's boss, Murli 'M' (Boman Irani), resigns his job as the editor of Verve magazine and will choose his successor. To impress him, Neha invites M for dinner at her house, telling him that she will introduce him to her homosexual friends. The evening is comedic but Sameer's mother discovers that her son might be homosexual and is displeased. The next day at Neha's office, M announces that Abhimanyu 'Abhi' Singh (Bobby Deol) will be the new editor. Neha, heartbroken, returns home where she is consoled by Sameer's mother. Kunal and Sameer help Neha with a project given to her by Abhi.

While Kunal is out for a few days, Sameer takes Neha on a romantic outing. Later, he tries to tell Neha about their scheme and that he loves her, but she does not hear him. Instead, Kunal overhears and stops him, admitting to Sameer that he also loves Neha. Kunal suggests that Sameer meets him and Neha that night at a bar, but Sameer is tricked into spending the night with Neha's aunt and her friends while Kunal takes Neha on a date. The next morning, Sameer is furious with Kunal.

Abhimanyu and Neha start dating, and Sameer and Kunal decide to sabotage the relationship. Despite their efforts, Abhimanyu and Neha fall in love. Sameer and Kunal redirect their efforts into frightening Abhi's son, Veer, about his future if his father marries Neha. Neha discovers that Abhi plans to propose to her during a basketball game. She asks Kunal and Sameer for advice. They are shocked and tell her that they are not homosexual and are in love with her. Meanwhile, Veer tells Abhi of his fears, asking his father not to marry Neha. During the game, Abhi hugs Neha and ends the relationship, citing Veer's discomfort. Neha tearfully evicts Kunal and Sameer and resigns from "Verve."

A few months later, Kunal and Sameer go to court to collect their resident permits and realise that they miss Neha. They find her at a fashion show and try to apologise, but she refuses to see them. Abhi appears and Kunal asks when their wedding is. Neha tells him that they broke up because Veer was uncomfortable with her. Kunal and Sameer admit the their manipulations, infuriating Abhi and Neha. Kunal and Sameer climb onto the stage and beg for Neha's forgiveness, with the crowd encouraging them and blowing kisses to Neha. The crowd ask the men to kiss each other, and they refuse. Neha and Abhi begin to turn away. At the last moment, Kunal forcibly kisses Sameer. Abhi is amazed and Neha goes to the men and they reconcile. Kunal and Sameer propose to Abhi for Neha. He agrees and the couple marry. Two months later, Neha, Kunal, and Sameer are sitting on the apartment's balcony. Neha asks them whether they felt anything while pretending to be homosexual. The men are defensive and Neha leaves saying, "sorry, touchy topic." Sam and Kunal, now alone, remember their kiss.



Critical reception[edit]

The film review site Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an aggregate 100% (fresh) rating, based on 5 reviews.[4] Rony D'Costa of Box Office India gave it 3 stars out of 5, stating, "Dostana is fresh, frothy, naughty & a delightful romantic comedy. It's an ideal date movie".[5] Bollywood Hungama gave it 4 stars out of 5, with Taran Adarsh commenting, "On the whole, DOSTANA is a winner all the way. In terms of content, it might just prove to be a trendsetter."[6] The Times of India gave it 4 stars out of 5, stating, "Just for laughs, with a loose second half, Dostana boasts of some fine chemistry between the two lead players: Abhishek and John".[7] The review at makes note of the elaborate sequences and the possibility of the film becoming a financial success. However, it also mentions that the film is flawed in its depiction of homosexuality, calling it a "crucial blunder".[8] AOL India gave it 3 out of 5, with Noyon Jyoti Parasara calling Dostana "a fun film".[9]

Among other US critics, Frank Lovece of Film Journal International enjoyed it as a "[b]ig, colorful, delightfully dumb Bollywood 'gateway' movie" that "could be a perfect crossover vehicle for U.S. audiences". Referring to the thematically similar film I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Lovece said "this reverse La Cage aux Folles ... is miles above Adam Sandler's Hollywood take on the topic".[10] Critic and author Maitland McDonagh in, placing the film in a larger context, analysed that it "trades in stereotypes about swishy queers, shallow horndogs, frustrated career girls, guilt-wielding (s)mothers and overbearing aunties who need to chill out and get laid. And you know what? It's pretty damned funny and oddly subversive. Yes, everyone learns a lesson about tolerance without actually embracing an alternative lifestyle, but any movie that can finagle two macho movie studs into a full-on smooch that doesn't devolve into slapstick gay panic is venturing into risky territory".[11]


Studio album by Vishal-Shekhar
30 September 2008
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 30:49
Label Sony BMG
Producer Vishal-Shekhar
Vishal-Shekhar chronology
Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) Dostana (2008) Aladin (2009)

The film's soundtrack was composed by Vishal-Shekhar. The album met with an electrifying response from potential audiences. According to the statistics published on IndiaFM, Dostana debuted at No. 4 on its Top Ten Soundtrack Sales Chart. Listeners registered on the website reviewed the album favourably and Dostana's music had an average rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Artist(s) Length
1. "Jaane Kyun"   Anvita Dutt Guptan Vishal Dadlani 4:38
2. "Desi Girl"   Kumaar Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani 5:07
3. "Maa Da Ladla"   Kumaar Master Saleem 4:05
4. "Shut Up & Bounce"   Anvita Dutt Guptan Vishal Dadlani, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:38
5. "Khabar Nahin"   Anvita Dutt Guptan Vishal Dadlani, Shreya Ghoshal, Amanat Ali 4:19
6. "Kuch Kum"   Vishal Dadlani Shaan 5:41
7. "Maa Da Ladla" (Mummy Mix) Kumaar Master Saleem, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:02
Total length:


The soundtrack received generally positive reviews. Joginder Tuteja of IndiaFM stated that "Dostana is an excellent album from Vishal-Shekhar which does not carry a single number which doesn't work", giving the soundtrack 4 out of 5 stars. NDTV also gave the soundtrack 4 out of 5 stars stating that "the soundtrack of the film will keep the cash registers ringing, with "Shut Up and Bounce" as an exception." Coincidentally most critics were in favour of every track apart from "Shut Up and Bounce," which they described as a huge disappointment considering it carried the tune played during the first promo of Dostana. Some even said that it lacked originality and because of its familiar tune, comparisons were made between "Shut Up and Bounce" and Kal Ho Naa Ho's "It's the Time to Disco".

Another song "Maa da laadla" affirms that Dostana isn't just about soothing, pleasant numbers but also about celebration. Punjabi in flavour, the song has good beats and is sung by Saleem. The lyrics of the song, penned by Kumaar, are noteworthy. The track has a slight humorous essence as well. In contrast to IndiaFM and NDTV, Buzz18's Chandrima Pal gave the soundtrack 2.5 stars out of 5, stating that it "misses out on most of the spunk Vishal-Shekhar had in their previous works". Rediff's Sukanya Verma also gave the soundtrack 2.5 stars out of 5, stating that "although Dostana's music is nice and peppy for the most part, it's nothing extraordinary." She even said that Dostana "certainly wasn't the best from Dharma Productions". has given it 3 out of 5 stars saying that it features some of the nicest groovy numbers. The Times of India has rated the soundtrack 3 out of 5 and mentioned that its cliche. Later, a video 'Maa Da Laadla - Remix' was released. It was also the ending theme for the movie.


Pritish Nandy, owner of Pritish Nandy Communications, filed a court case against Dharma Productions for using the song "Kuch Kum" without his permission. His allegations were that "Kuch Kum" was originally composed by Vishal-Shekhar for a film to be directed by Tarun Mansukhani under his banner, but the film never took off. Hence, Vishal-Shekhar used "Kuch Kum"'s composition in Dostana, which apparently made Pritish Nandy, "livid" and caused him to "raise objections" against the use of the song. Instead of wasting time going to court, Dharma Productions decided to handle the situation by paying Nandy INR3 crore (US$470,000) in compensation.[12]

Box office[edit]

Dostana performed well both in India and overseas markets. Its opening weekend gross in the USA was $645,604 whilst in the UK, it was the third biggest opener-only behind Singh is Kinng and Race[13] with £341,665. As of 21 December 2008, the film had grossed $1,444,246 after a 37-day run at the UK box office alone with its total production budget of $2 million being almost covered. In the USA, the film had a total gross of $1,243,910 as of 11 December 2008, whereas in countries such as Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, Netherlands and India the total gross was $16,650,664. In India, (as of 12 December 2008) the film had earned $14,718,754 which was 82% of its total gross. As of 11 December 2008, the film had a grossed $17,894,574 (which is just over Rs. 850 million) worldwide.[14][15]


Filmfare Award

International Indian Film Academy Awards

Stardust Awards

Star Screen Awards

Blu-ray release[edit]

Yash Raj Films released Dostana on Blu-ray on 14 December 2009.


In 2009 reports came out that director Tarun Mansukhani and Karan Johar are planning for a sequel of the film to cash in on its success, the sequel is titled Dostana 2. It was reported that along with the existing cast of the film (excluding Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol) Johar has roped in Katrina Kaif,[16] Arjun Rampal, Ritesh Deshmukh and Shreyas Talpade. Ritesh Deshmukh and Shreyas Talpade will play a real gay couple.


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  2. ^ I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry"
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  7. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (14 November 2008). "Movie Review". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Dostana is injuriously entertaining". 14 November 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Review". 14 November 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  10. ^ Lovece, Frank, Film Review: Dostana, Film Journal International
  11. ^ McDonagh, Maitland, Dostana (review)
  12. ^ "'Dostana' grips controversy". Bolly Curry. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Dostana fetches staggering start overseas". 15 November 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  14. ^ "Dostana grosses Rs 1 billion worldwide in four weeks". 11 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  15. ^ "Dostana Box Office". 11 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  16. ^ "Katrina refuses 3 Idiots Tamil version". Hindustan Times. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 

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