Aladin (film)

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Aladin
Aladin (2009 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySujoy Ghosh
Written bySujoy Ghosh
Suresh Nair
Ritesh Shah
Produced bySujoy Ghosh
Sunil A Lulla
StarringAmitabh Bachchan
Sanjay Dutt
Ritesh Deshmukh
Jacqueline Fernandez
Narrated byBoman Irani
CinematographySirsha Ray
Edited bySuresh Pai
Music by
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 30 October 2009 (2009-10-30)
Running time
131 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Box officeest. 10.9 crore[1]

Aladin is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language fantasy action comedy film directed by Sujoy Ghosh. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez (in her film debut).[2]

The film performed poorly at the box office.[3]

Plot[edit]

The film opens with the family of archeologist Arun Chatterjee, who lives with his wife, Riya, and their baby son, Aladin. When out on a holiday, Arun is attacked by a gang searching for a magic lamp, which Chatterjee has found, but has hidden somewhere. Arun and Riya Chatterjee are murdered; Aladin is raised by his grandfather. After his granddad's death, a now grown-up Aladin Chatterjee (Ritesh Deshmukh) lives in the fictional city of Khwaish (wish). He is lonely, and Kasim (Sahil Khan) and his gang members have bullied Aladin since his childhood. His life changes when Jasmine (Jacqueline Fernandez) enters the city, and Aladin immediately falls for her.

Jasmine arranges a birthday party for Aladin, and as a present, Kasim gives Aladin a magic lamp for his birthday to embarrass him in front of Jasmine. However, this lamp turns out to be the magic lamp that the murderers of Aladin's parents were trying to find. Aladin rubs the lamp and releases the genie, Genius (Amitabh Bachchan). Desperate to grant him three wishes so that his contract with the magic lamp can end, the rock-star Genius suddenly makes Aladin's life very interesting but chaotic. Aladin does not want to make any wish, but Genius enters Aladin's dreams and finds out what he wants, getting his sleeping mind to make a wish: to make Jasmine fall in love with him. When he wakes up, he does not like what Genius has done and uses his second wish to turn Jasmine into normal. His third wish is for Genius to help him woo Jasmine without using magic to make it happen. Genius does his best, but magic is really his strong suit. Still, as a result of Genius's help/interference, Aladin stands up to Kasim and starts a relationship with Jasmine, and Genius teaches Kasim a lesson. Aladin's future looks perfect, until the real threat looms on the horizon - the ex-genie, Ringmaster (Sanjay Dutt).

Ringmaster is searching for the magic lamp and kidnaps Jasmine with the help of his circus gang. Shortly after Genius and Aladin realize that she has been kidnapped, an informer (really Ringmaster in disguise) tells Aladin that it was Genius who murdered his parents. Aladin insults Genius and tells him to leave. Heartbroken, Genius goes to rescue Jasmine alone. As he arrives, it is revealed that Ringmaster is the one who actually killed Aladin's parents, as he has been searching for the magic lamp for a long time; Aladin's parents found it first, and Ringmaster punished them for it. Ringmaster steals the magic lamp and wishes for Genius to kill Aladin, but Genius refuses to do it, and loses his magical powers because he did not grant the wish, just as Ringmaster had planned. Aladin learns that Genius is innocent and arrives to help him, and they succeed in rescuing Jasmine. Ringmaster's plan is then completely revealed: he plans to perform a ritual to steal the reflection of an approaching comet, getting back his genie powers as a result. Genius, Aladdin and Jasmine intervene, and Aladdin steals the comet's reflection, giving genie powers back to Genius instead of Ringmaster. Genius seals Ringmaster inside a mirror and then shatters it, defeating him. The Ringmaster's gang is also defeated.

In the end, the trio happily gets back to the city, Aladin and Jasmine are a couple, and after earning special superpowers from the comet, Aladin gives Kasim yet another lesson.

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Aladin
Soundtrack album by
Released16 July 2009 (2009-07-16)
RecordedEros Now
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length35:42
LabelEros Music
ProducerVishal–Shekhar
Vishal–Shekhar chronology
Dostana
(2008)
Aladin
(2009)
12 The Movie
(2009)

The music of the film is composed by Vishal–Shekhar, lyrics penned by Vishal Dadlani and Anvita Dutt Guptan (Bachke O Bachke).[6]

No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Genie Rap"Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Manchanda2:57
2."Tak Dhina Dhin"Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan4:32
3."Ore Saawariya"Amitabh Bachchan, Sudesh Bhonsle, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan4:28
4."You May Be"Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani5:43
5."Bachke O Bachke"Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani5:20
6."Giri Giri"Sanjay Dutt3:11
7."Genie Rap" (Remix -DJ Suketu feat. Aks)Amitabh Bachchan, Anushka Manchanda5:24
8."Ore Saawariya" (Remix -DJ Suketu feat. Aks)Amitabh Bachchan, Sudesh Bhonsle, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan4:07

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Aladin grossed an estimated 10.9 crore (US$1.4 million).[1]

Critical response[edit]

Taran Adarsh's one star review for Bollywood Hungama stated "On the whole, ALADIN is a terrible waste of a terrific opportunity. Hugely disappointing!."[7] Mayank Shekhar of Hindustan Times stated "At 65, Amitabh Bachchan's on-screen presence is likely to get scarcer with age. Audiences are still interested in his work. If only he wouldn’t green-light unbelievable, hollow, expensive rubbish that’d be pelted on us merely because, he said yes.[8] Kaveree Bamzai writing for India Today said "Despite the Rs 80 crore of special effects wasted on the film, Aladin has neither magic nor is it magical."[9]

See also[edit]

  • Bollywood films of 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Aladin - Movie". Box Office India. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Aladin - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 November 2022.
  3. ^ "London Dreams, Aladin bomb at the BO". hindustantimes.com. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  4. ^ "I play myself, a loser in Aladin: Ritesh Deshmukh - Indian Express". archive.indianexpress.com.
  5. ^ "IIFA Awards 2010 announces Technical Award winners - bollywood news : glamsham.com". www.glamsham.com. Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  6. ^ "BBC - Music - Review of Vishal-Shekhar - Aladin". www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Aladin Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama.
  8. ^ "Review: Aladin". Hindustan Times. 31 October 2009.
  9. ^ Bamzai, Kaveree (30 October 2010). "Aladin: Save it, Genie!". India Today.

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