Baabul (2006 film)
|Directed by||Ravi Chopra|
|Produced by||B. R. Chopra|
|Music by||Aadesh Shrivastav|
|Distributed by||B. R. Films|
|8 December 2006|
Baabul (Hindi: बाबुल, Urdu: بابُل, English: Father's affection to daughter) is a 2006 Bollywood drama film, directed by Ravi Chopra. The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, John Abraham, Hema Malini and Rani Mukerji. The movie was dubbed in Telugu as Premabhishekam. The movie celebrates B. R. Chopra's 50 years in cinema. The movie was praised for the bond shown between Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, though it was declared a flop at the box office due to its poor commercial performance.
Balraj Kapoor (Amitabh Bachchan) is a rich businessman, happy and content with his world. He and his wife Shobhna (Hema Malini) live happily together and they wait for their only son Avinash a.k.a. 'Avi' (Salman Khan) to return from his studies in the United States. After an absence of 7 years, Avinash comes back to India. He reunites with his parents at the airport and races home. Back home, Avi joins his father's business.
One day they decide to go golfing and Balraj accidentally hits the ball which ruins a painting. The young woman painting the picture, Malvika a.k.a. 'Millie' (Rani Mukerji) gets furious with Balraj and leaves. Later on, Avi runs into Millie on the golf course, and they start to talk. Millie tells him that a stupid old man ruined her painting and points out that it was Balraj; but she doesn't know that the 'old man' is Avi's father and he doesn't tell her. They start to hang out together while slowly falling in love with each other.
When Millie comes home, she is visited by her childhood friend Rajat (John Abraham). She tells him that she loves someone, which devastates him because he is also in love with her. One day, Millie goes to Avi's office to drop off a painting and finds out that Balraj is Avi's father. When Avi shows up, she leaves the office crying. He chases after her and says that the only reason he lied to her was because he loves her. She doesn't accept his apology right then, but when Balraj apologizes to her for ruining her painting, she forgives them both.
Avi asks Millie to get dressed up for a party at his house. When she arrives, there is no one except Avi. He proposes to her and she accepts. The whole family visits Millie's house to discuss marriage and everyone agrees, except Rajat. He tells Avi that he will let Avi marry Millie if only he promises to always keep her happy and never let her get sad. Avi and Millie get married and soon they are expecting a child. Millie's birth-pains begin while she is in yoga class. Avi rushes her to the hospital where they are blessed with a healthy baby boy. They name the child Ansh.
Ansh grows up to be a sweet and intelligent boy. The family throws a birthday bash for him on his birthday. They wait for Avi to get back home from work, but he never turns up. He meets with a road accident and dies; Millie is devastated.
Balraj seeks to bring happiness back into his widowed daughter-in-law's life. He gets into contact with Rajat. He learns that Rajat still loves Millie. Balraj asks Rajat to marry Millie. However, there is stiff opposition from Shobhna (Avi's mother) and Balraj's conservative older brother Balwant (Om Puri). Shobhna fears losing her grandson Ansh, while Balwant takes the traditional Indian view that a widow with a child should devote herself to raising her child and think of nothing else, and that a woman marrying twice is committing a mortal sin. However, Balraj stands firm and convinces everyone. In the end, Rajat and Millie get married, and everything is well. Avinash comes in as a spirit and blesses his dad with happiness.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Balraj Kapoor (Younger brother to Balwant)
- Rani Mukherjee as Malvika Talwar/ Malvika Avinash Kapoor/ Malvika Rajat Verma (Avinash's wife (widow) Rajat's wife) (Millie)
- Hema Malini as Shobhna Kapoor (Balraj's wife)
- Salman Khan as Avinash Kapoor (Avi)
- John Abraham as Rajat Verma
- Om Puri as Balwant Kapoor (Elder Brother of Balraj)
- Sarika as Pushpa (Widowed sister-in-law of Balwant and Balraj)
- Aman Verma as Shobhna's brother
- Parmeet Sethi as Balwant's son
- Sharat Saxena as Malvika's father
- Smita Jaykar as Malvika's mother
- Rajpal Yadav as Servant
- Shriya Saran in cameo appearance
Kajol was the initial choice for the lead role but things didn't worked out. Amrish Puri was signed for his brother Om Puri's role but after his death Om Puri played the character. Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Ajay Devgan and Hrithik Roshan were all offered John Abraham's role but all declined siting date issues.
The music is composed by Aadesh Shrivastava. The soundtrack has 11 songs. The soundtrack was one of the most successful soundtrack of 2006.
|Gaa Re Mann||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Kailash Kher & Sudesh Bhosle||Filmed on Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, and Hema Malini|
|Come On Come On||Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Nigam, Vishal Dadlani, Aadesh Shrivastava & Ranjit Barot||Filmed on Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Hema Malini|
|Har Manzar||Kunal Ganjawala||Filmed on John Abraham and Amitabh Bachchan|
|Baawri Piya Ki||Sonu Nigam||Filmed on Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji|
|Bebasi Dard Ka Alam||Kunal Ganjawala||Filmed on John Abraham, Rani Mukerji, and Amitabh Bachchan|
|Keh Raha Hai||Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal||Filmed on Salman Khan and Rani Mukerjii|
|Kehta Hai Baabul||Jagjit Singh||Filmed on Amitabh Bachchan|
|Baabul Bidaai Song||Richa Sharma||Originally a 15-minute song was Bollywood's longest track, film used 2-3 min. version.|
|Har Manzar (Remix)(DJ Suketu - Arranged by Aks)||Kunal Ganjawala|
|Come On Come On(Remix)(DJ Suketu - Arranged by Aks)||Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Nigam, Vishal Dadlani, Aadesh Shrivastava & Ranjit Barot|
|Vaada Raha||Sonu Nigam||Filmed on Rani Mukherjee|
- Director: Ravi Chopra
- Screenplay: Suresh Nair
- Story: Dr. Achala Nagar
- Dialogue: Ravi Chopra
- Producer: B. R. Chopra
- Music: Aadesh Shrivastava
- Cinematography: Barun Mukherjee
- Editor: Godfrey Gonsalves
- Art Direction: Keshto Mandal
- Choreography: Farah Khan, Remo D’Souza, Vaibhavi Merchant & Rajeev Surti
- Lyrics: Sameer
- Action: Mahendra Verma
- Costume Designs:
Baabul opened in Mumbai with occupancy of about 75%, considered remarkably low for a film starring Salman Khan, even if only in a special appearance, and occupancy went downhill very quickly, presumably due to unfavorable word-of-mouth. In the rest of the country, even the opening was dismal and it never picked up. Eventually, the film was declared a flop. The small centres opened to poor response and overall the film did not do quite well in India but was an above average grosser. However it did great business overseas, entering at the 8th position on the UK charts in its first week. It was a big hit in the overseas market.
Reviews have been generally mixed. Film critic Samrat Sharma for instance put it best when he wrote: "It's a film made for the more traditional generation or social class, and even so, while may not be terribly effective, it is sufficiently well-crafted..."
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