Anwar (2007 film)

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Anwar 2007 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Manish Jha
Produced by Rajesh Singh
Story by Manish Jha
Starring Siddharth Koirala
Manisha Koirala
Nauheed Cyrusi
Music by Mithoon
Pankaj Awasthi
Cinematography Kartik Vijay
Edited by Amitabh Shukla
Distributed by Dayal Creations Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • 12 January 2007 (2007-01-12)
Running time
124 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Anwar (Hindi: अनवर) is a 2007 Indian thriller drama 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, brother, and sister-in-law, 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]

No. Title Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Maula Mere Maula" Mithoon Roop Kumar Rathod 6:04
2. "Dilbar Mera" Pankaj Awasthi Pankaj Awasthi 4:53
3. "Bangla Khula Khula (Version 1)" Pankaj Awasthi Megha Sriram 5:18
4. "Anwar's Dream - Symphony In Blue" Pankaj Awasthi Pankaj Awasthi 3:16
5. "Jo Maine Aas Lagayi" Pankaj Awasthi Pankaj Awasthi 2:05
6. "Anwar's Confession - Into The Black" Pankaj Awasthi   3:17
7. "Mela - Shadow of Sunlight"   Pankaj Awasthi 2:39
8. "Bangla Khula Khula (Version 2)" Pankaj Awasthi Megha Sriram 5:18
9. "Javeda Jindagi" Mithoon Kshitij & Shilpa Rao 8:22
10. "Maula Mere Maula (Version 1)" Mithoon Roop Kumar Rathod 7:25
11. "Maula Mere Maula (Version 2)" Mithoon Roop Kumar Rathod 6:53
12. "Maula Mere Maula (Version 3)" Mithoon Roop Kumar Rathod 4:31


  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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