|Directed by||Shoojit Sircar|
|Produced by||Robby Grewal|
|Music by||Shantanu Moitra|
|Cinematography||Ravi K. Chandran|
|Distributed by||Sahara One|
|Release dates||July 29, 2005|
Adaa (Minissha Lamba) is a Kashmiri woman torn between her army officer love Aman (Jimmy Shergill) and her jehadi insurgent brother Shakeel (Yashpal Sharma). Trouble ensues when Aman's superiors come to know of his involvement with the sister of a terrorist and implicate him as an accomplice. Thus, Adaa begins a valiant attempt to save Aman from the perils of a court-martial and Shakeel is torn between his family's happiness and safety and his own jehadi cause.
Kashmir is in turmoil because of terrorists trying to take over the land and the Indian army trying to find and eliminate them. Army commander Aman meets Adaa when posted to Kashmir to fight the insurgents. Adaa lives with her father, grandmother and a mute adopted kid. Adaa's brother Shakeel has joined hands with the terrorists to gain a free Kashmir. Circumstances soon lead to Aman and Adaa falling in love. Aman does not let the army know about his new relationship. Aman is given the task of finding and eliminating terrorists, and soon captures their leader, who also happens to be Shakeel's mentor. Adaa's family soon gets to know about her affair with Aman. Her grandmother approves of the relationship, but her father requests Aman to stay away from them, as their love will not be approved in that place.
A disappointed Aman is then given another mission . Acting on a tip off, he and his men go to raid a terrorist hideout, but are attacked by the terrorists. Many insurgents are killed, and Aman and four comrades are taken captive by Shakeel. They then demand the release of their leader from the government in exchange for the soldiers. But Adaa finds her brother's hideout, and goes there and pleads with him not to harm Aman. Making use of the opportunity, Aman breaks free and escapes with Adaa, just as the army besieges the place and rescues the captured army men.
Now Aman and Adaa's affair becomes known to the army, and suspicion falls on Aman that he is in hand with the terrorists, as he is not found at their hideout, and he has run off with Adaa. As soon as he arrives in the city, he is arrested and court marshaled. Adaa does all she can to help Aman. She goes to the chief minister, who agrees to help her but on the condition that she deny any relationship with Aman in public, as it can affect the reputation of the army. Adaa does not agree to that, and instead, on the advice of her mute sister, writes a letter to the prime minister, telling him her story and seeking help for Aman. As luck would have it, she is called by a TV channel for a live interview and to tell her story to the world. This news spreads, and the terrorists are irked. They advise Shakeel to put an end to it all, and he takes over a mosque, holding people hostage in exchange for their leader and Adaa's silence. They also bomb Adaa's house (at their leader's orders), injuring her grandmother gravely. Adaa decides to go live, no matter what. Shakeel demands from the government that he negotiate with the man who had relationship with his sister - Aman.
The film then reaches its climax with Aman entering the mosque alone and facing Shakeel. The latter beats him black and blue, and then sees that his father is also one of the hostages in the mosque. At the very same time, Adaa speaks her story live on TV, and everyone listens to the heart-touching tale of two lovers and a plea for Shakeel to return. Aman also tells Shakeel that the terrorist leader had bombed Shakeel's house and his grandmother is in hospital now. The terrorists then decide to leave for the order, holding man and few hostages as guard . As soon as they step out, pre-planned by Aman who is wearing a bullet proof jacket, a sniper commando shoots him, and he falls down from the impact, thus giving the sniper chance to aim at other terrorists.Then the army invades and forces the other terrorists to surrender.In the end Adda also comes there and they leave the scene together.
The film failed to do business mainly because it was slotted among much bigger summer releases. However, critics praised Lahaan for being warm and intimate. Minissha Lamba's performance was considered one of the highlights.
Awards & Nominations
- Star Screen Award for Best Lyrics (Won) - Naam Adaa Likhna Gulzar
- Star Screen Award for Best Film - Robby Grewal
- Star Screen Award for Best Director - Shootjit Sircar
- Star Screen Award for Best Actress - Minnisha Lamba
- Star Screen Award for Playback Singer Male - Naam Adaa Likhna (Shaan)
- Star Screen Award for Playback Singer Female - Naam Adaa Likhna (Shreya Ghoshal)