Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love
|Directed by||Nikhil Advani|
|Produced by||Mukesh Talreja
|Screenplay by||Nikhil Advani
|Story by||Nikhil Advani|
|Edited by||Aarti Bajaj|
|Distributed by||John Abraham Entertainment
|Running time||216 minutes|
|Budget||350 million (US$5.8 million)|
|Box office||300 million (US$5.0 million)|
Directed by Nikhil Advani and featuring a huge cast of stars including Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Akshaye Khanna, Ayesha Takia, John Abraham, Vidya Balan, Govinda, Shannon Esra, Sohail Khan and Isha Koppikar in lead roles. It is an unofficial remake of 2003 British film, Love Actually. The movie weaves a number of love stories together thanks to the relationships of the people within it. The film was Advani's second directorial venture after Kal Ho Naa Ho. The shooting for the film begun in 2004 and was finished by 2006. The movie released in 2007.
Story 1: Kamini and Rahul Born in Dehra Dun, temperamental and ambitious Kamna changes her name to Kamini Ranawat (Priyanka Chopra), hires Babu (Tinnu Anand) as her manager and becomes one of the most sought-after heroines in Bollywood. As a publicity stunt to change her image from item queen and also to get the attention of filmmaker Karan Johar she says she is in love with a man named Rahul. In London a man saying he is Rahul Khanna (Salman Khan) poses as her childhood sweetheart and future husband and Kamini has to play along otherwise she will not get the film deal she was looking for with Karan Johar. This results in a dilemma for her as Rahul reveals he loved her back when she was Kamna and she has to choose between her career and Rahul.
Story 2: Gia and Shiven Gia Bakshi (Ayesha Takia) lives with her dad, Col. Bakshi (Prem Chopra) and is in love with Shiven Dungarpur (Akshaye Khanna). Both are to get married shortly, but Shiven starts to get cold feet thanks to a few misleading words about marriage from his friend Juggy (Vishal Malhotra). He decides to disappear from her life, leaving Col. Bakshi no alternative but to arrange Gia's marriage with Rohit Chhada (Kushal Punjabi).
Story 3: Seema, Vinay, and Anjali Gia's sister, Seema (Juhi Chawla), who lives in Britain, has been married to Vinay Malhotra (Anil Kapoor) for 15 years, and they have two children. Vinay sees his life as boring and dull, until a woman named Anjali (Anjana Sukhani) comes into his life. The two start to meet and an affair starts, but while preparing to travel to India for Gia's marriage, Seema finds out that about Vinay's affair – leaving her heartbroken.
Story 4: Ashutosh and Tehzeeb Ashutosh Raina (John Abraham) is a Hindu, but falls in love and gets married to Tehzeeb Hussain (Vidya Balan), who is Muslim, much to the chagrin of his father (Anang Desai) who will not have anything to do with him. Tehzeeb is a TV news reporter, and while travelling on an inaugural train route, the train derails, Tehzeeb survives but loses her memory, and is unable to recall who Ashutosh is – and may end up leaving him and returning to her parents' home.
Story 5: Raju and Stephanie Raju (Govinda) is a taxi driver who comes to the assistance of a Caucasian woman, Stephanie (Shannon Esra), who is frantically trying to hunt down her lover, Rohit Chhada (Kushal Punjabi). While Raju drives her around all of Northern India finding Rohit he falls in love with her and finally drops her off to the venue where Rohit is getting ready to marry to Gia.
Story 6: Ramdayal and Phoolwati Ramdayal (Sohail Khan) weds attractive Phoolwati (Isha Koppikar) and would like to spend some intimate moments with her, but comical circumstances prevent him from doing so.
- Govinda as Raju
- Salman Khan as Rahul
- Priyanka Chopra as Kamini Ranawat
- Anil Kapoor as Vinay Malhotra
- Juhi Chawla as Seema Bakshi Malhotra
- Anjana Sukhani as Anjali Kapoor
- Akshaye Khanna as Shiven Dungarpur
- Ayesha Takia as Gia Bakshi
- Shannon Esra as Stephanie
- John Abraham as Ashutosh Raina
- Vidya Balan as Tehzeeb
- Sohail Khan as Ram Dayal
- Isha Koppikar as Phoolwati
- Tinnu Anand as Babu (Kamini's Manager)
- Prem Chopra as Colonel Bakshi
- Vishal Malhotra as Juggy
- Kushal Punjabi as Rohit Chaddha
- Viju Khote as Amar (Journalist)
- Vrajesh Hirjee as Prem (Journalist)
- Saurabh Shukla as Dotcom Paaji
- Manoj Pahwa as Mr. Chaddha
- Kamini Khanna as Mrs. Pammi Chaddha
- Karan Johar as himself (Voice-over)
- Atul Parchure as Sukhi Paaji
- Anang Desai as Mr Raina (Ashutosh's dad)
- Deepak Qazir as Joshi
- Smita Hai as Sweetu
- Arun Bakshi as Satpal (Sweetu's dad)
- Supriya Shukla as Nurse
|Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love|
|Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy|
2 December 2006 (India)
The music of the film was released on 2 December 2006 at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai by T-Series. It has seven songs composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Sameer. This is the second film of Nikhil Advani together with the musical trio. Their first venture Kal Ho Naa Ho had earned Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy the National Film Award for Best Music Direction. This soundtrack consisted of seven tracks. The track "Babuji" from Aar Paar was remastered and used for the album.
Actor Akshaye Khanna who plays Shiven in the film commented on the music, saying, "Salaam-E-Ishq has the best music I have heard in the last 10 years. The album is outstanding. It is definitely Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's best work till today. It has very unique sounds, and Sameer's lyrics are also fabulous. It is not the type which will become obsolete after a point of time. You will want to pull out its CD even after fifteen years and listen to the music." Anil Kapoor too, echoed the same sentiments, saying the album was best to come out of Bollywood in a long time.
|1.||"Dil Kya Kare"||Adnan Sami||5:27|
|2.||"Saiyaan Re"||Shankar Mahadevan, Shilpa Rao, Loy Mendonsa||5:24|
|3.||"Mera Dil"||Shaan, Nihira Joshi||6:57|
|4.||"Salaam-E-Ishq"||Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Kunal Ganjawala, Sadhana Sargam, Shankar Mahadevan||7:04|
|5.||"Tenu Leke"||Sonu Nigam, Mahalakshmi Iyer||4:36|
|7.||"Ya Rabba"||Kailash Kher||6:56|
The album was met with positive responses and good commercial success. Sukanya Verma of Rediff in her four-and-a-half star review, remarked, "Salaam-e-Ishq is a well-designed, wholesome soundtrack with emphasis on melody, beat and innovation. Featuring seven individual tracks, no sad versions or technically damaged retakes. It is seven out of seven! The musical trio succeed in getting the perfect score." Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama too gave the album a positive review, stating, "Each of the songs of Salaam-E-Ishq boasts of high quality music. There are some new sounds interspersed with the kind of music that goes well with the Bollywood scheme of things and the final result is something that is going to stay with you for many more months to come." The Glamsham review read, "The musical trio has infused different musical beats, style and concepts with élan in tracks in 'Dil Kya Kare' and 'Saiyan Re' and has entertained with title track. Hear it for different musical flavors and you will feel the versatility of this high profile album and the musical flamboyance of musical trio." Gianysh Toolsee's review from Planetbollywood was favourable, in which she said, "Technicalities apart, sometimes it is great to have a soundtrack that is fully enjoyable and this one makes for a good listen."
The soundtrack featured in various Top 10 albums of the year lists. Rediff called it a "delightful soundtrack helmed by the efficient troika of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy", while Bollyspice called it a "sensational album".
The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Film critic Taran Adarsh called "a disjointed script, abstract style of narrating the story and excessive length" as the film's main deficiencies. Rediff.com's Sukanya Verma called it "an ode to mediocrity, not love or cinema". However, Poonam Joshi of Channel 4 praised the film for its "clever storytelling, parody and brazen wit". The film received a 1.5-star rating from IndiaFM and a 4-star rating from Channel 4. The film was declared a Disaster by the Box Office India., 
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