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Andaaz movieposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Raj Kanwar
Produced by Suneel Darshan
Written by Jainendra Jain (dialogues)
Screenplay by Robin Bhatt
Shyam Goel
Story by Raj Kanwar
Starring Akshay Kumar
Lara Dutta
Priyanka Chopra
Music by Nadeem-Shravan
Cinematography Ishwar R. Bidri
Edited by Sanjay Sankla
Shree Krishna International
Release dates
23 May 2003
Running time
145 minutes
Language Hindi
Budget 80 million (US$1 million)[1]
Box office 240 million (US$4 million)
(Domestic gross)

Andaaz is a 2003 Indian romantic musical film directed by Raj Kanwar and produced by Suneel Darshan. It stars Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. The film tells the story the Raj (Kumar) and his romantic relationship with two girls, Kajal and Jiya (Dutta and Chopra). The music of the film was composed by Nadeem-Shravan with lyrics written by Sameer.

Made on a budget of 80 million (US$1 million), the film released on 23 May 2003 to mixed reviews from critics. Critics praised the performances (particularly by Dutta and Chopra), the cinematography and the music. At the end of its theatrical run the film gossed 240 million (US$4 million) at the domestic box-office. The film was a major box-office success, one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

Andaaz celebrated its silver jubilee by completing 100 days in theatres and is considered as the "first Universal Hit of the year". The film won several awards and nominations at various award ceremonies across India. At the 49th Filmfare Awards, Andaaz received five nominations and won two awards for Dutta and Chopra in the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut category.


Young Raj Malhotra (Akshay Kumar) lives with his elder brother, Rohit, his sister-in-law, Kiran, and a niece. After an accident fractures his leg, he is unable to walk for some time. Due to psychological reasons, he cannot walk even after the fracture heals. When the Malhotras move to Dehra Dun, Raj befriends their neighbour, young tomboy Kajal (Lara Dutta), as both share a common passion for aeroplanes. Kajal encourages Raj to walk, and he succeeds. Years later the two continue to be fast friends, and everyone expects them to marry soon. Raj secretly loves Kajal and is waiting for the right time to propose to her. However, Kajal sees him only as her best friend. Raj is recruited by the Indian Air Force and goes for training for a year and a half. After his training gets over, he rushes to Kajal to propose to her, only to find out that she has given her heart to a multimillionaire, Karan Singhania (Aman Verma). Raj tells Kajal that Karan is the best life partner for her, but does not reveal his true feelings. Kajal and Karan get married and during the reception party, Kajal comes to know about Raj's feeling for her. Hurt by the fact that she did not see his feelings for her despite being Raj's best friend, Kajal asks him to move on with his life as she is now a married woman. Thereafter the Malhotras move to Nainital, and Raj relocates to Cape Town for training.

During a visit to a club, Raj meets the vivacious and fun-loving Jiya (Priyanka Chopra). Jiya falls in love Raj due to his clean personality, but Raj, however is unable to take Kajal out of his mind. After completing his training, Raj goes back to India where he finds that Jiya had already arrived in his home and is living as a paying guest with the Malhotras. Jiya makes several attempts to impress Raj, however, Raj still doesn't fall for her. During Karwa-Chauth, Jiya performs the rituals but, Raj gets angry and Jiya leaves the home. Raj's family reveals that they have always loved Jiya and wanted Raj to marry her as Jiya had already told them everything about her and Raj's meeting in South Africa. Due to this, Raj decides to marry Jiya and move on with his life.

While visiting Jiya's family, Raj learns that Kajal is Jiya's sister-in-law. Also he comes face to face with the harsh truth that Kajal is a widow now after Karan's death in a plane crash, in which Kajal survived. Kajal thinks that she is responsible for Karan's death as she had asked him for a ride in a bad weather and also loses her mental balance and ends up in a hospital after attempting suicide. Raj helps Kajal recover from the depression and enables her to come face to face with life again. Jiya gets angry about their increasing closeness and suggests her father for Kajal's remarriage. At the engagement ceremony of Raj and Jiya, Kajal comes to know that her family has arranged her engagement also. Unhappy with the news, Raj asks Kajal not to marry Monty. However, Jiya reveals that Raj and Kajal have not forgotten about their past and they want their relationship to rekindle despite Raj and Jiya's marriage. Angry Raj puts sindoor on Kajal's head indicating he has now married Kajal and no one has the right to question their relationship. An emotional and heartbroken Jiya reveals that she wanted Raj to accept his feeling and love for Kajal in front of the world. The film ends with Jiya participating in Raj and Kajal's marriage.



Andaaz received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances by its female lead (Dutta and Chopra), the cinematography and the music. Hindustan Times gave a rating of 3 out of 5, noting it as a "brightly wrapped" love triangle .[2]

The film grossed 268.8 million (US$4.0 million)[3] and was declared a hit.[4] Andaaz also celebrated silver jubilee by completing 100 days in theatres after the release and is considered as the first Universal Hit of 2003.[5]


Filmfare Awards[edit]

Star Screen Awards[edit]

The movie received several awards for debuts of Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta

Zee Cine Awards[edit]

International Indian Film Academy Awards[edit]


Soundtrack album by Nadeem-Shravan
Released 9 March 2003 (2003-03-09)
Recorded 2002
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Hindi
Label Shree Krishna Audio
Nadeem-Shravan chronology
Yeh Dil

The music is composed by Nadeem-Shravan, and the lyrics are penned by Sameer. The album has eight tracks.[7] Music was released on 26 February 2003 in an event in Mumbai.[8]

The film's soundtrack album received positive reviews from music critics. Glamsham gave a positive review and wrote: "On the whole, the soundtrack of Andaaz showcases the marvelous and creative skills of the composer duo, Nadeem-Sharvan. No doubt, some of the tracks will win awards in the future. The album has an up market music. The whole content of the soundtrack is memorable and a gorgeous gift for the people who have an ear for rhythmical music".[9] Planet Bollywood gave a rating of 7.5 (out of 10) noting it as a "good" album and wrote: "the album has two or three excellent songs and another three good numbers and couple of ordinary ones. Overall its definitely worth a buy especially so for Nadeem-Shravan/Sameer and melody fans. It is better than most of their recent efforts".[10]

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Aaj Kehna Zaroori Hai"   Sameer Nadeem-Shravan Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan 5:59
2. "Aayega Maza Ab Barsaat Ka"   Sameer Nadeem-Shravan Alka Yagnik, Babul Supriyo 5:33
3. "Allah Kare Dil Na Lage Kisise"   Sameer Nadeem-Shravan Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam 5:27
4. "Kisise Tum Pyar Karo"   Sameer Nadeem-Shravan Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu 5:22
5. "Kitna Pagal Dil Hai (Male)"   Sameer Nadeem-Shravan Kumar Sanu 5:33
6. "Kitna Pagal Dil Hai (Female)"   Sameer Nadeem-Shravan Alka Yagnik 5:32
7. "Rabba Ishq Na Hove"   Sameer Nadeem-Shravan Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Sapna Mukherjee, Kailash Kher 6:23
8. "Shala La Baby"   Sameer Nadeem-Shravan Alka Yagnik, Shaan 6:01


  1. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (26 June 2003). "Summer successes". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Hindustan Times (23 May 2003). "Andaaz Review". Now Running. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Subhash K Jha. "Bollywood's upbeat mood". Rediff. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  4. ^ "Box Office 2003". Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  5. ^ Adarsh, Taran (29 August 2009). "'Andaaz' Celebrations: Rocking:". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Priyanka Chopra – Awards". Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Tuteja, Joginder (11 March 2003). "Andaaz: Music Review". IndiaFm. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  8. ^ Adarsh, Taran (28 February 2008). "'ANDAAZ' MUSIC RELEASED WITH FANFARE:". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Punn, Goher Iqbal. "Andaaz Music Review". Glamsham. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Andaaz Music Review". Planet Bollywood. 27 February 2003. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 

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