Neal 'n' Nikki

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Neal 'n' Nikki
Neal n nikki poster.jpg
Movie poster for Neal 'n' Nikki
Directed by Arjun Sablok
Produced by Aditya Chopra
Written by Arjun Sablok
Anvita Dutt Guptan
Starring Uday Chopra
Tanisha Mukherjee
Richa Pallod
Music by Salim-Sulaiman
Cinematography P.S. Vinod
Edited by Ritesh Soni
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release dates 9 December 2005
Running time 123 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
English

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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Original Casting[edit]

Ayesha Takia was offered the role of Nikki, but she refused because of the intimate scenes.

Cast (in credits order)[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

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.[1] The movie marked the entry of Yash Raj Films into music distribution, tentatively titled Yash Raj Music.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Website". dYash Raj Films. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 

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