Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani
|Directed by||Rajkumar Kohli|
|Produced by||Rajkumar Kohli|
|Written by||Rajkumar Kohli
|Music by||Anand Raj Anand
Thomas A. Xavier
|Edited by||Dilip Darak
|Distributed by||Shankar Movies|
|Release date(s)||16 August 2002|
|Running time||179 minutes|
Jaani Dushman (English: Archenemy) is a Hindi supernatural horror film directed and produced by Rajkumar Kohli. The film features a multiple cast; including Raj Kumar Kohli's son Armaan Kohli as the main Villain seeking for revenge against a set of heroes Akshay Kumar, Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Aditya Pancholi, Aftab Shivdasani, Sharad Kapoor, playback singer Sonu Nigam in his acting debut, and Arshad Warsi and the only Heroine of film is Manisha Koirala who plays as the lover of the villain. It released on 16 August 2002
The story revolves around a big group of friends consisting of Atul (Akshay Kumar), Vijay (Sunil Shetty), Divya (Manisha Koirala), Vivek (Sonu Nigam), Prem (Aftab Shivdasani), Abdul (Arshad Warsi) and Rajesh (Rajat Bedi) amongst others. Divya is a reincarnated soul who herself is unaware of this. When Rajesh rapes Divya, she commits suicide thinking that all of her friends were involved in the rape. The rest of the friends are completely unaware of anything and are innocent. When Kapil (Armaan Kohli), the lover of Divya's previous life finds out about her death, he comes back to life to get revenge from all of the group. As a punishment, Rajesh is strangled to death first. This is followed by Abdul being electrocuted. Although Atul & his other friends don't have a chance to tell Divya that they're truly innocent, they're not going to forgive Divya & Kapil because two innocent people including Abdul are already dead. Rajesh was the only guilty person. It would've been better for Divya & Kapil to ask them if Abdul was guilty or not? A priest (Raj Babbar) gives the group of friends a necklace and assures them that they cannot be harmed when they are wearing the necklace. Atul doesn't believe in any of this. However, when he is attacked by Kapil, he realizes he survived because the necklace was stuck on his hand.
Some more of their friends get killed unfortunately. Prem's possessed to commit murder but he ends up in jail. Vijay's pushed off the gym's roof. Vivek, afraid he's next, calls his big brother Karan (Sunny Deol). Karan arrives to rescue Vivek. Atul gets stabbed by Kapil while trying to save Vivek. Kapil's chasing Vivek. Atul's unable to destroy Kapil. Atul's unable to save Vivek's life. Atul goes to the same priest, who gave the lockets. Atul asks priest to save Vivek's life. Atul dies due to blood loss since he got stabbed by Kapil. Karan shows up to stop Kapil from killing Vivek. Karan gets killed by Kapil. Priest sends powers to bring Karan back to life. Karan kills Kapil. Vivek's still alive.
- Akshay Kumar as Atul
- Armaan Kohli as Kapil
- Sunny Deol as Karan Saxena
- Sunil Shetty as Vijay
- Manisha Koirala as Vasundhara/Divya
- Raj Babbar as Principal Joseph
- Amrish Puri as Maharaj (Sadhu)
- Aftab Shivdasani as Prem Srivastav
- Aditya Pancholi as Ashok Kejriwal
- Sharad Kapoor as Victor
- Rajat Bedi as Rajesh
- Sonu Nigam as Vivek
- Arshad Warsi as Abdul
- Johnny Lever as Parwana
- Atul Agnihotri as Driver
- Kiran Rathod as Rashmi
- Raza Murad as Preeti's father
- Kiran Kumar as Inspector
- Aman Verma as TV show host
- Rambha as Nitha
- Siddharth Ray
The film met with all negative reviews; critics blamed the poor screenplay and direction as the result of the failure.
Akshay Shah of PlanetBollywood.com gave it 2/10 calling the entire film pathetic he said "The screenplay of the movie is pathetic, Lot of the scenes in the movie evoke laughter where it shouldn't. Dialogues by K.K. Singh are disappointing. He criticized all the performances saying Armaan Kohli is below average, Sunil Shetty and Aftab Shivadasani are barely average in there pathetic roles, Sonu Nigam makes a pathetic debut. Akshay Kumar gives the best performance in the entire movie, he did praise the performance of Manisha Koirala but said it was a poor choice of role for her". The only reason he gave it a 2 out of 10 is because his keyboard had problem with the keys 0 and 1 hence couldn't give a rating lower than 2.
Ronjita Kulkarni of Rediff.com rated the film 1.5/10 saying "The performances are half-hearted and the characters half-baked". He also called the film "unoriginal and disappointing". Ninjadixon.blogspot also gave a negative review and stated that "Sometimes I wish I had words to explain how silly movie really is. With Jaani Dushman it’s impossible to take this movie seriously, but at the same time: it’s so filled of energy, enthusiasm and pure insanity that it’s hard to say it’s a bad movie. It’s just silly, stupid and just wonderful in every way possible". Omar Khan of thehotspotonline.com said "The film suffers for its emphasis upon slick action sequences and special effects rather than creating any atmosphere of dread or horror. Its pretty nonsensical, highly derivative and very cheap looking and even the local audiences will sneer at the dated special effects".
On IMDB.com the film has received negative ratings of 2.8/10 from over 570 users/reviewers.
According to Boxoffice-india the film had a "average to good" opening and did decent business in its first few days but quickly negative word of mouth starting spreading and by the end of the first week collections saw a huge drop, ultimately resulting in the film being declared a huge flop in just its second week. Altogether the film grossed only Rs.10 crores in its four weeks run at the box office.
|1||Chal Kudiye||Sonu Nigam, Jaspinder Narula||04:51|
|2||Zindagi Mein Tujhpe||Udit Narayan||02:05|
|3||Aaja Aaja||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||07:02|
|4||Ishq Junu Hai||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Prashant||06:42|
|5||Jaaneman Tu Khub Hai||Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan||05:38|
|6||Roop Salona Tera Dekh Ke||Sonu Nigam, Poornima, Sanchaita, Harry Anand, Pamela Jain, Devendra Singh, Nayan Rathod||06:28|
|7||Javed Bhai So Re Le||Sonu Nigam||05:20|
|8||Zindagi Main Tujhpe||Alka Yagnik||02:00|