Armaan (2003 film)

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Movie poster for Armaan
Directed by Honey Irani
Produced by Dinesh Gandhi
Written by Javed Akhtar
Honey Irani
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Anil Kapoor
Preity Zinta
Gracy Singh
Randhir Kapoor
Music by Songs:
Background Score:
Raju Singh
Cinematography Ravi Varman
Edited by Shirish Kunder
Distributed by Aarti Enterprises
Eros Entertainment
Release date
16 May 2003
Running time
159 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 21.4 crore (equivalent to 55 crore or US$8.6 million in 2016)
Box office 11.2 crore (equivalent to 29 crore or US$4.5 million in 2016)

Armaan (English: Desire) is an Indian Hindi drama film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Gracy Singh, and Randhir Kapoor. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. This is the first time Preity Zinta played a negative role for which she received a Filmfare nomination for Best Villain. The film marked the first time Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Kapoor appeared together on screen.[1] 21 years earlier they both appeared in Shakti but did not share any scenes together.


The film is about Dr. Siddharth Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan) and his son Dr. Akash Sinha (Anil Kapoor). Both work in the same hospital founded by Siddharth. Siddharth wishes to run a state of the art hospital but his work and profession means he dedicates his time to his patients.

Soon enough Dr. Neha Mathur (Gracy Singh) walks into Akash's life and they eventually fall in love with each other. The arrival of Sonia Kapoor (Preity Zinta) changes everything between Neha and Akash. Sonia is a jealous and a spoilt woman who is used to having things her own way and it is not long before she wants Akash for herself. She decides that since Akash is the man for her, she can latch on to him by literally 'buying' his love through financial agreement. The agreement states that on marrying Sonia, her father Gulshan Kapoor (Randhir Kapoor) will help finance the hospital project.

As fate would have it, Siddharth Sinha dies in his attempt to bring a child injured in an accident to his hospital. His last wish is for the hospital to be properly completed. Akash, now burdened with the increasing debts to purchase equipment for the hospital, cannot arrange for further funds. Over a broken heart, he agrees to marry Sonia, in order to set up the hospital, and thus fulfilling his father's final wish. Neha understands this and agrees to break up with Akash, but offers to continue working in the same hospital because she is a professional and dedicated person.

After the marriage, Sonia starts suspecting Akash is having an affair with Neha, and starts annoying both of them. She cannot stand Neha, still working at the hospital, and keeps coming up with all kinds of reasons to get Neha out. In one such quest, she is involved in a fatal accident and has serious damage to her brain. Now Akash has to operate on her. For a moment he is in a dilemma, because curing Sonia would mean facing her problems again. But he decides that he is a doctor, and a doctor should never discriminate between patients, but his job is to simply save lives.

Akash operated Sonia and she fully recovers. Sonia comes to know that she was operated by Akash, even when she created all kinds of problems for him. Wisdom dawns on Sonia and she asks for Akash's forgiveness and gives him divorce and walks out of his life, freeing him to marry and settle down with Neha.


Rest of cast listed alphabetically

  • Arun Bali
  • Anjula Bedi
  • Chandan Bisht
  • Preeti Dayal
  • Vallabh Gada
  • Mangala Kenkre
  • Ahmed Khan
  • Rajiv Kumar
  • Ram Bahadur Renu
  • Suhita Thatte
  • Zutshi



Armaan was a highly anticipated 2003 release mainly due to its cast. The film upon release met with mixed critical reviews. The films production and performances were lavishly praised. Most of the praise was directed towards Zinta for her villainous turn.[2] The film however received a fair share of bad reviews as well. The storyline was criticized of being derivative of the popular Star Plus serial Sanjeevani, also a love triangle set against the backdrop of a hospital. The film finally performed poorly at the box office.


Soundtrack album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
4 April 2003 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Producer Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Ek Aur Ek Gyarah
(2003)Ek Aur Ek Gyarah2003
Nayee Padosan
(2003)Nayee Padosan2003

The movie soundtrack contains 8 songs composed by the award-winning trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Lyrics by Javed Akhtar.

Song Singer(s)
Aao Milke Gaayen Aisa Gaana Mahalakshmi Iyer, Shankar Mahadevan, Udit Narayan, Amitabh Bachchan
Jaane Yeh Kya Ho Gaya Alka Yagnik, Shankar Mahadevan
Jugal Bandi - Instrumental
Main Gaoon Tum Gao Mahalakshmi Iyer, Shaan, Udit Narayan
Mere Dil Ka Tumse Yeh Kehna K. S. Chitra
Meri Zindagi Mein Aaye Ho Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan
Tu Hi Bata Zindagi Roop Kumar Rathod
Tu Hi Bata Zindagi Shreya Ghosal


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood 8.5/10 stars[3]

The album garnered positive responses from critics. Bollywood Hungama's Joginder Tuteja in his review called the album a class product which has though been composed keeping the elite in mind, still strikes a chord with everyone alike[4] while The Hindu review, described the score as uplifting.[5] Planet Bollywood was full of praise for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy - " For Armaan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy have shown us why their talent is worth our attention and how they are different from other great composers, like A.R. Rahman"[3]

The track "Mere Dil Ka Tumse Yeh Kehna" was also featured in the 5th edition of 100 Love Songs To Die For (Limited Edition) by T-Series.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Bariana, Sanjeev Singh (18 May 2003). "Preity Zinta all the way". The Tribune. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Music Review - Armaan". Planet-Bollywood. 2003-03-22. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Armaan : Music Review by Joginder Tuteja". Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Chords & Notes". The Hindu. 2003-04-21. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 

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