Neal 'n' Nikki
|Neal 'n' Nikki|
Movie poster for Neal 'n' Nikki
|Directed by||Arjun Sablok|
|Produced by||Aditya Chopra|
|Written by||Arjun Sablok
Anvita Dutt Guptan
|Edited by||Ritesh Soni|
|Distributed by||Yash Raj Films|
|Release date(s)||9 December 2005|
|Running time||123 mins|
Neal 'n' Nikki is a Bollywood film, released in 2005 starring Uday Chopra, Tanisha Mukherjee, Abhishek Bachchan and Richa Pallod. It was produced by Yash Chopra and directed by Canadian-based director Arjun Sablok. The film was critically panned and was a failure at the box office in India though it did well overseas. Neal 'n' Nikki created quite a stir, as this was a major film that dealt with intimate scenes. It, along with Salaam Namaste, were controversial in that the characters were seen engaging in sexual behavior, which was not approached before in any major Bollywood film.
The film, as its name implies, centers on Gurneal "Neal" Ahluwalia (Uday Chopra) and Nikita "Nikki" Bakshi (Tanisha Mukherjee), two Canadians of Punjabi descent, born and raised in British Columbia. But Neal and Nikki are different in many ways. Before getting married Neal wants to spend 21 days on vacation with 21 women.
On his way, he meets Nikki in a club, where Neal is with his date Kristi. Nikki gets drunk and starts dancing. Neal leaves his date and takes Nikki to a hotel where he watches T.V. while Nikki falls asleep. The next morning, Nikki thinks that Neal raped her when he didn't. She uses this to blackmail him all the time. Nikki interrupts his romantic meetings with other women from time to time, including once when Nikki interrupts Neal while he is having sex with another woman.
When Neal tells Nikki the truth why he is in Canada, she gets mad and dumps him. Nikki then takes Neal to a resort town Whistler promising that she will make him meet other girls there. In reality, her ex-boyfriend Trish is there with his girlfriend Amanda, and she wants to make him jealous. When Neal learns this, he doesn't agree but eventually does. They are successful in making Trish jealous. He tells Nikki that he wants her back, but she dumps him. They later spend a night together at a camp site but are unable to express their love to each other.
Neal then returns since it is time for his wedding. Later he finds out that the girl to whom he is to be engaged, Sweety (Richa Pallod), is Nikki's cousin. At the engagement ceremony just when Nikki is approaching to stop the engagement, it is revealed that Nikki's cousin had exchanged vows on the internet with her true love Happy Singh (Gaurav Gera). Sweety proceeds to run away with Happy, while Neal proposes to Nikki.
Ayesha Takia was offered the role of Nikki, but she refused because of the intimate scenes.
Cast (in credits order)
- Uday Chopra as Gurneal 'Neal' Ahluwalia
- Tanisha Mukherjee as Nikkita 'Nikki' Bakshi
- Richa Pallod as Satwinder 'Sweety' Kaur
- Gaurav Gera as Happy Singh
- Michelle Rae Wright as Vancouver police officer
- Abhishek Bachchan as man in bar
- Kamini Khanna as Baldev
- Susheel Parashara as Gyaniji
- Sanaa Abdu Khazalas Katrina
- Zain Meghji as Friend 1
- Garry Saran as Friend 2
- Kristy McQuade as Kristy
- Samantha McLeod as Chanel
- Priya Sachdev as Karen
- Alexandre Montez as Trish
- Serinda Swan as Amanda
- Simmy Cheema as Nikki's mother
- Pawan Chopra as Nikki's father
- Kanika Dang as Sweety's mother
- Heather Johnson
- Bill Dhaliwal
- Atvinder Dhillon
- Miker Sunner
- Oliver Proudlock
- Jerry Gill
- Cameron Morris as Barista
- Rick MacKay
- Marie Penner
- Rabiah Shaikh
- Simone Grewal
- Natasha Pekurel
- Manraj Hothi
- Sonia Wahlla
- Sahar Biniaz as Teacher
- Carmelo Bottieri as Student (uncredited)
- Chander Mohan Khanna as (uncredited)
The music was composed by Salim-Sulaiman. It consisted of five songs and one remix. Lyrics were penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan, Irshad Kamil and Asif Ali Beg. The movie marked the entry of Yash Raj Films into music distribution, tentatively titled Yash Raj Music.
|1.||"Neal 'n' Nikki"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||KK, Shweta Pandit||5:16|
|2.||"Halla Re"||Irshad Kamil||Salim Merchant, Shweta Pandit||5:08|
|3.||"I'm In Love"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||Sonu Nigam, Clinton Cerejo, Mahalakshmi Iyer||5:24|
|4.||"Aankh Ladiye"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||Kunal Ganjawala, Javed Ali, Shweta Pandit||4:24|
|5.||"I Just Wanna Spend My Life With You"||Asif Ali Beg||Clinton Cerejo, Dominique Cerejo||5:25|
|6.||"Neal 'n' Nikki - The Naughty Mix"||Anvita Dutt Guptan||KK, Shweta Pandit||5:06|
- "Official Website". dYash Raj Films. Retrieved 20 May 2011.