Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love

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Directed by Nikhil Advani
Produced by Mukesh Talreja
Sunil Manchanda
Screenplay by Nikhil Advani
Saurabh Shukla
Suresh Nair
Story by Nikhil Advani
Starring Anil Kapoor
Salman Khan
Priyanka Chopra
Akshaye Khanna
John Abraham
Vidya Balan
Sohail Khan
Juhi Chawla
Shannon Esra
Ayesha Takia
Ishaa Koppikar
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography Piyush Shah
Edited by Aarti Bajaj
Distributed by John Abraham Entertainment
Orion Pictures
Release dates
  • 26 January 2007 (2007-01-26)
Running time
216 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR350 million (US$5.6 million)
Box office INR300 million (US$4.8 million)

Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love (English: A Salute To Love) is a 2007 Indian ensemble cast romantic drama film.

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 six 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 on 26 January 2007 coinciding with republic day. The film met with negative reviews from critics and recorded as disaster at the box-office. However, over the years the film has attained a classic status with the music of the film being said to be the reason.


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 white 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.



Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love
Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
2 December 2006 (India)
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 39:47
Producer Ravindra Jain
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Don - The Chase Begins Again
Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

The music of the film was released on 2 December 2006 at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai by T-Series.[1][2] 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."[3] Anil Kapoor too, echoed the same sentiments, saying the album was best to come out of Bollywood in a long time.[4]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
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
6. "Babuji"   Nihira Joshi 3:23
7. "Ya Rabba"   Kailash Kher 6:56
Total length:


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Bollywood Hungama 4/5 stars[5] 4.5/5 stars[6]
PlanetBollywood 7/10 stars[7]

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."[6] 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."[5] 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."[8] 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."[7]

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",[9] while Bollyspice called it a "sensational album".[10]

Soundtrack reception[edit]

The music was generally approved of by as "awesome".[11]

Film reception[edit]

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.[12]'s Sukanya Verma called it "an ode to mediocrity, not love or cinema".[13] However, Poonam Joshi of Channel 4 praised the film for its "clever storytelling, parody and brazen wit".[14] The film received a 1.5-star rating from IndiaFM[12] and a 4-star rating from Channel 4.[14] The film was declared a Disaster by the Box Office India.,[15] [16]


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  2. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "The spectacular music launch of Salaam e Ishq". Sify. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Adarsh, Taran. ""I don't have a favourite genre of movies but I wish Bollywood would make more adventure movies" � Akshaye Khanna". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Adarsh, Taran. ""My children are embarrassed about me" – Anil Kapoor". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Joginder, Tuteja. "Salaam e Ishq: Music Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Verma, Sukanya. "Salaam-E-Ishq: Awesome music". Rediff. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Toolsee, Gianysh. "Salaam E Ishq – Music Review". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Salaam E Ishq Music Review". GlamSham. Retrieved 24 June 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  9. ^ " 2007's Top 10 Music Albums". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  10. ^ Features (6 January 2008). "Top 10 Musical Treats of 2007". BollySpice. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  11. ^ "Rediff News". Salaam-e-Ishq: Awesome music. Retrieved 2 May 2007. 
  12. ^ a b "IndiaFM". Salaam-e-Ishq. Retrieved 2 May 2007. 
  13. ^ "Rediff News". Salaam-e-Ishq: Stars shine in mediocre film. Retrieved 2 May 2007. 
  14. ^ a b "Salaam-e-Ishq". Channel 4. Retrieved 2 May 2007. 
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