Kisna: The Warrior Poet
|Kisna: The Warrior Poet|
|Directed by||Subhash Ghai|
|Produced by||Subhash Ghai|
|Written by||Subhash Ghai
|Music by||A.R. Rahman
|Release dates||21 January 2005|
|Running time||171 mins|
|Box office||9.2 Millions|
Kisna: The Warrior Poet is a Hindi film that was released in 2005, starring Vivek Oberoi (who plays the title role), Antonia Bernath, and Isha Sharvani. The musical film is set in the British India of the tumultuous 1940s when Indian nationalists fighting for the country's independence rose up as one, urging the British Raj to leave. It is a love story about two people who are torn between Karma (the noble deed) and Dharma (the duty). The film has two veteran composers, A. R. Rahman and Ismail Darbar; the lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar. This film also marks Amrish Puri's final performance. The film, however, did not perform well at the box office.
Kisna (Vivek Oberoi) befriends a British girl named Katherine (Bernath), and then shields her from an enraged mob of nationalists including Kisna's own uncle and brother. Katherine is the young daughter of a ruthless British collector. Kisna takes it upon himself to escort Katherine to the safety of the British High Commission in New Delhi, who will arrange for her to board a ship home. A tender attraction develops between Kisna and Katherine during the journey. Lakshmi (Sharvani), Kisna's Indian fiancée, forms the third point in an emotional triangle involving the Indo-British romantic pair.
- Vivek Oberoi as Kisna
- Karan Desai as Young Kisna
- Isha Sharvani as Lakshmi
- Antonia Bernath as Katherine
- Polly Adams as Lady Katherine
- Amrish Puri as Bhairo Singh
- Om Puri as Juman Masum Kishti
- Yashpal Sharma as Shankar Singh
- Sushmita Sen as Naima Begum (Item Number)
- Rajat Kapoor as Prince Raghuraj
- Hrishitaa Bhatt as Rukmani
- Ronit Roy as Jimmy(Special Appearance)
- Rahul Singh
The film was shot on sync sound under the direction of Dilip Subramaniam at Ranikhet on a budget of Rs.250 million ($5.48 million). Award-winning cinematographer Ashok Mehta, action director Tinu Verma, choreographer Saroj Khan, and production designer/art director Samir Chanda round out the crew.
Kisna: The Warrior Poet has two versions. A two-hour English version for the international market while the Hindi version will be a regular three-hour feature film with songs and dances.
|Kisna: The Warrior Poet|
|Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman, Ismail Darbar|
|Released||6 December 2004 (India)|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|A.R. Rahman chronology|
|Ismail Darbar chronology|
Subhash Ghai combined the musical talent of A. R. Rahman and Ismail Darbar to create the soundtrack. Ghai roped in his usuall associate Rahman originally, but had to sign in Ismail Darbar to complete the project as Rahman was busy with the works of The Lord of the Rings. Ghai says: "Rahman was my original choice because it is an international project and I wanted both the festive and soulful element of Indian music. However, he was busy with the Lord of Rings and excused (himself saying) that he won't be able to do the whole album. So he has done the theme song and the English song. Then I asked Ismail to do the rest because apart from Rahman he has the knowledge and ability to fuse Western and Indian classical music. The way he has used Ustad Rashid Khan's voice in "Kahe Ujare Mori Neend" is really captivating. The music has turned out so well that you can't distinguish an Ismail song from a Rahman one".
The soundtrack got excellent reviews and was immensely praised. The lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar.
|1||"Kisna Theme I"||Instrumental||A. R. Rahman|
|2||"Hum Hain Iss Pal Yahan"||Udit Narayan, Madhushree||A. R. Rahman|
|3||"Woh Kisna Hai"||Sukhwinder Singh, S.Shailja, Ismail Darbar, Ayesha Darbar||Ismail Darbar|
|4||"Tu Itni Pagli Kyun Hai"||Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Ismail Darbar||Ismail Darbar|
|5||"Chilman Uthegi Nahin"||*Alka Yagnik, Hariharan||Ismail Darbar|
|6||"Wohi Din Aa Gaya"||Alka Yagnik, Sukhwinder Singh||Ismail Darbar|
|7||"Aham Brahmasmi"||Alka Yagnik, Sukhwinder Singh||Ismail Darbar|
|8||"Kahe Ujadi Mori Neend"||Ustad Rashid Khan||Ismail Darbar|
|9||"Ga Tu Aisi Dhun Mein Ga"||Ismail Darbar, Ayesha Darbar, Kailash Kher||Ismail Darbar|
|10||"Kisna Theme II"||Instrumental||A. R. Rahman|
|11||"My Wish Comes True"||Sunitha Sarathy||A. R. Rahman|
|12||"Kisna Theme (Chorus)"||Instrumental||A. R. Rahman|
- The film was Amrish Puri's last released film before his death on 12 January 2005.
- Sushmita Sen made a special appearance as Naima Begum in the song Chilman Uthegi Nahin.