Anwar (2007 film)

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Anwar 2007 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byManish Jha
Produced byRajesh Singh
Story byManish Jha
StarringSiddharth Koirala
Manisha Koirala
Nauheed Cyrusi
Music byMithoon
Pankaj Awasthi
CinematographyKartik Vijay
Edited byAmitabh Shukla
Distributed byDayal Creations Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • 12 January 2007 (2007-01-12)
Running time
124 minutes

Anwar (Hindi: अनवर) is a 2007 Indian romantic thriller film written and directed by Manish Jha, who is famous for his work in Matrubhoomi. The film stars Siddharth Koirala, Manisha Koirala, Rajpal Yadav and Nauheed Cyrusi.


Anwar, a Muslim, lives a middle-class lifestyle in Lucknow, India, with his mother and sister Suraiya. Anwar is researching on ancient Hindu mandirs. The family rents out a room to a poor widow and her attractive daughter, Mehru, whom Anwar falls in love with.

Anwar is certain of Mehru's love for him, but she runs away with a Hindu guy, Udit (Anwar's Friend). Anwar reacts impulsively which results in death of Udit. Following which, Mehru commits suicide. A guilt-ridden Anwar takes shelter in an ancient Hindu temple in Dholpur carrying a bag, which contains drawings of mandirs and notes on Lord Krishna, Devi Meera, and Mehru. This bag ends up with the police, who now believe that Anwar is a terrorist who is planning to detonate bombs in sacred Hindu temples.

The place is surrounded by the police, politicians who are anxious to win the Hindu vote, the media, and a huge crowd who are here to see the show. Set against post 9/11 scenario, amidst the craze for Valentine's Day, Britney Spears, Osama Bin Laden, George W. Bush, and the American way of life, Anwar must now examine his options.

In the climax, Anwar gets shot by the cops and he dies immediately. While dying, he has a vision of himself as lord Krishna and his love Mehru as Meera, re-uniting with each other.


The film set in Lucknow, is about stereotyping of Muslims in the post-9/11 era. The film was inspired by the director's experience in New York two days after the 9/11 attacks when he was detained by the police and interrogated for five hours, who presumed him to be a Muslim, since he was unshaven and had long hair.[1]


The film was shot in Kakori, Bakshi Ka Talab and Lucknow during April 2006.[2]


Track listing[edit]

1."Maula Mere Maula"MithoonRoop Kumar Rathod6:04
2."Dilbar Mera"Pankaj AwasthiPankaj Awasthi4:53
3."Bangla Khula Khula (Version 1)"Pankaj AwasthiMegha Sriram5:18
4."Anwar's Dream - Symphony In Blue"Pankaj AwasthiPankaj Awasthi3:16
5."Jo Maine Aas Lagayi"Pankaj AwasthiPankaj Awasthi2:05
6."Anwar's Confession - Into The Black"Pankaj Awasthi 3:17
7."Mela - Shadow of Sunlight" Pankaj Awasthi2:39
8."Bangla Khula Khula (Version 2)"Pankaj AwasthiMegha Sriram5:18
9."Javeda Zindagi"MithoonKshitij & Shilpa Rao8:22
10."Maula Mere Maula (Version 1)"MithoonRoop Kumar Rathod7:25
11."Maula Mere Maula (Version 2)"MithoonRoop Kumar Rathod6:53
12."Maula Mere Maula (Version 3)"MithoonRoop Kumar Rathod4:31


  1. ^ "Indian makes film on post-9/11experience". Associated Press, CNN-IBN. 26 Apr 2006.
  2. ^ "The eat is on… Kakoris entice Bollywood to Lucknow". Indian Express. 26 April 2006.[permanent dead link]

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