Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Apoorva Lakhia|
|Produced by||Ekta Kapoor
|Screenplay by||Suresh Nair
|Story by||Suresh Nair|
|Music by||Shamir Tandon
|Cinematography||Gururaj R J|
|Editing by||Rajesh Singh|
|Distributed by||Balaji Motion Pictures
Popcorn Motion Pictures
|Release dates||25 July 2008|
|Running time||130 minutes|
|Box office||428.9 million (US$6.6 million)|
Mission Istaanbul is a 2008 action thriller film starring Vivek Oberoi, Shriya Saran and Zayed Khan. The film, directed by Apoorva Lakhia, features Abhishek Bachchan and Peter Handley in a special appearance.
The story is based on the life of India's top news reporter Vikas Sagar (Zayed Khan). He would do anything for his news report, even risk his life. Ambitious, popular and professional, Vikas is considered one of the most promising journalists in the business. Due to this reason, Uwais Hussain (Suniel Shetty), a senior producer at the controversial news channel "Al Johara" offers him a job as the head of the channel's India bureau. Vikas is going through a divorce with his wife Anjali (Shriya Saran), and to get his mind of things, Vikas accepts the offer and flies to Istanbul to start work for "Al Johara".
On the flight, Vikas finds himself seated next to the stunningly beautiful Lisa Lobo (Shweta Bhardwaj), who is headed to Istanbul to attend a medical convention or so she claims. The two begin a conversation and get on well, until the flight lands, and Lisa disappears at the airport.
Once in Istanbul, Vikas meets with the head of Al Johara, Ghazni (Nikitin Dheer), who has business interests all over the world but whose obsession these days is Al Johara as an instrument to shape world events. There is only one word of caution to Vikas and that's never ever to venture onto the 13th floor known as the Catacomb. He once again meets Uwais, who tells him that he is looking forward to quitting his job and settling down with his Irish girlfriend. Ghazni sends Vikas and Uwais on an assignment to cover kidnapped journalists in one of terrorist Abu Nazir's terrorist-camps in Afghanistan.
The two meet Abu Nazir's brother, Khalil (Shabbir Ahluwalia), who tries to scare Vikas by killing one of the kidnapped journalists. Vikas, shocked, takes action and fights Khalil's thugs. Khalil then shoots Uwais multiple times leading to his death. Vikas jumps on a helicopter and rides away, seeing Uwais get killed. Reeling at this close encounter with terrorism and watching a brutal killing, Vikas arrives in Istanbul in a daze. Ghazni finds out about Uwais' death and holds a funeral. At the funeral, Vikas is approached by a former Turkish commando, Rizwan Khan (Vivek Oberoi), who hints that no senior employee has ever quit Al Johara and rattles off a list of Al Johara employees who had been killed in terrorist attacks within days of there being of rumours of their plans to quit or their resumes circulating in the job market.
Vikas remembers Uwais telling him that he wants to quit his job. This makes Vikas suspicious about Al Johara being connected to terrorism. Before asking any more questions, Rizwan Khan disappears. Vikas discreetly runs a check on the names rattled off by Rizwan and discovers he was indeed telling the truth. Five Al Johara reports before Uwais had either died in a car bomb explosion, abducted and killed or simply found dead. He slowly notices that not everything is as simple as it looks in the offices of Al Johara, especially when he seems to bump into strangers whose faces he soon recognizes as suicide bombers in a couple of terrorist attacks.
Vikas, confused, accidentally goes to the forbidden 13th floor of the building, and is tortured by Al Johara's staff. Lisa arrives and saves him by taking him away. She sends him to a van for rescue, and it turns out that Ghazni is inside the van waiting for him. Lisa is actually an informer for Al Johara terrorists. After escaping from Ghazni, Vikas finds Rizwan and asks for help. Rizwan shows Vikas that Abu Nazir is actually dead but being kept alive by Al Johara through videotapes by using digital images of the terrorist and doctoring old footage.
The two together show the world on TV that Al Johara helps terrorism increase. Soon enough, Vikas is forced to wield a gun and join Rizwan in a bloody mission against international terrorism.
- Vivek Oberoi as Rizwan Khan
- Shriya Saran as Anjali Sagar
- Zayed Khan as Vikas Sagar
- Nikitin Dheer as Al Gazini
- Shabbir Ahluwalia as Khalil Nazir
- Suniel Shetty as Owais Hussain
- Shweta Bhardwaj as Dr. Lisa Lobo
- Brent Mendenhall as President George W. Bush
- Abhishek Bachchan in a Special Appearance
- Pia Trivedi in a Special Appearance
- The name of the fictional network in the film, Al Johara, is Arabic for "The Jewel". Johara is not a Turkish word, and Turkish does not use the prefix Al. Similarly, the name Abu Nazir, used by the film's bin Laden-esque terrorist, is also Arabic, not Turkish. Unlike in many Arab cultures, Turkish men do not take the name Abu [son's name] or, indeed, have any similar honorific or nickname based on the name of their son(s). The names of many of the Turkish characters are also not Turkish names. The correct spelling in Turkish for "Rizwan" is Rızvan, whereas Owais is most definitely not a Turkish name, since the Turkish alphabet does not include the letter "W".
- For the climactic battle, the reed-thin Zayed Khan put on 11 kg and weighed 75 kg for the first time in his life. All because he had to take on the movie's bad man Niketan Dheer, who was 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 86 kg.
- Vivek Oberoi grew his hair for his role as a Turkish commando in the film.
- Khalil Ahmed, a double for Osama Bin Laden, appears.
- The organisation Al Johara in the movie and its alleged role as a mouthpiece for terrorists, i.e. having tapes delivered to the news organisation by terrorists, bears a resemblance to Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera and the fact that it too was criticised by some White House officials as being an outlet for terrorists. In this respect the movie helps to re-inforce the Western world's take on the War on Terror, which is a bit ironic since the country that is home to the film's fictional network, Turkey, is a NATO country with troops engaged in the War on Terror in Afghanistan.
A soundtrack for Mission Istaanbul was released prior to the film and is available for retail. The soundtrack closely follows the theme of the film spanning a wide variety of artists and producers such as Mika Singh, Shaan, Hamza Faruqui, Neeraj Shridar, Chirantan Bhatt, Shamir Tandon, Priya Nayar, Vikas Kohli of Fatlabs and others.
|1.||"World Hold On"||Kunal Ganjawala, Gayatri Ganjawala, Raaj|
|2.||"Mission Mission"||Hamza Farooqui|
|3.||"Jo Gumshuda"||Shaan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Ege|
|4.||"Nobody Like You"||Neeraj Shridhar, Anoushka, Ishq Bector|
|5.||"Yaar Mera Dildaara"||Zubeen Garg, Sunidhi Chauhan|
|6.||"Apun Ke Saath"||Mika Singh, Priya Nayar, Vikas Kohli|
|7.||"Jo Gumshuda (Remix)"||Shaan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Ege|
|8.||"Nobody Like You (Remix)"||Neeraj Shridhar, Anoushka, Ishq Bector|
|9.||"World Hold On (Remix)"||Kunal Ganjawala, Gayatri Ganjawala, Raaj|
- Zayed replaces Bobby in Mission Istaanbul - Hindustan Times
- Toronto whiz kid adds North American flavour to Bollywood, Samachaar.in, 3 August 2008
- Mission Istaanbul -Audio/Songs Listing
- Producer taps into Bollywood sound, The Mississauga News, 15 August 2008