Bachna Ae Haseeno

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Bachna Ae Haseeno
Bahcover.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySiddharth Anand
Produced byAditya Chopra
Written byScreenplay:
Devika Bhagat
Dialogues:
Anvita Dutt Guptan
Story byAditya Chopra
StarringRanbir Kapoor
Bipasha Basu
Deepika Padukone
Minissha Lamba
Kunal Kapoor
Narrated byRanbir Kapoor
Music byBachna Ae Haseeno
R.D. Burman
Songs:
Vishal-Shekhar
Background Score:
Salim Sulaiman
CinematographySunil Patel
Edited byRitesh Soni
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 15 August 2008 (2008-08-15)
Running time
153 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget120 million
Box office790 million

Bachna Ae Haseeno (transl.Beware, Ladies) is a 2008 Indian romantic comedy film directed by Siddharth Anand, whose previous projects included Salaam Namaste (2005) and Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007). The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone and Minissha Lamba. The title of the film was taken from the popular song Bachna Ae Haseeno from Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977). It released on 15 August 2008 on the eve of Indian Independence Day and clashed with God Tussi Great Ho which starred Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra. Bachna Ae Haseeno proved to be a hit at the box office, becoming the first hit of Kapoor's career and became the eighth-highest-grossing film of the year.

Plot[edit]

The story narrates the journey of a young playboy named Raj Sharma (Ranbir Kapoor), who meets three young women at different stages in his life: Mahi (Minissha Lamba), a small-town girl from Punjab; Radhika (Bipasha Basu), an aspiring model in Mumbai; and Gayatri (Deepika Padukone), a non-resident Indian student in Australia.

In 1996, Raj runs into Mahi on the Eurorail during a trip to Switzerland. Mahi is a sweet, dreamy girl who believes in true love. When she misses her train, Raj helps her reach the airport through a different route. On the way, they share a kiss after Raj reads her a poem he wrote about her. At the airport, when she opens the paper on which Raj had written the poem, she finds it blank. She overhears Raj boasting to his friends about the "stuff" the pair did and is shocked and heartbroken. Raj realises she has overheard and shamefacedly leaves.

In 2002, Raj has moved to Mumbai and found a job with Microsoft as a game designer. He is in a live-in relationship with Radhika, an aspiring model. He receives an offer to move to Sydney for a Halo 3 game launch. He expects to be able to leave Radhika and move on, assuming she is capable of handling a break-up. This vision is shattered when Radhika declares that she intends to sacrifice her career to marry Raj and join him in Australia. Raj, unable to express his commitment phobia, boards his flight on the day he is to marry Radhika. Radhika learns this while waiting for him at the registrar's office dressed as a bride, and is left crestfallen.

In 2007, Raj now enjoys a successful career in Sydney. He meets Gayatri, a feisty and independent woman who drives a taxi at night and studies at business school during the day. As they date, he realises that his feelings for her challenge his misgivings toward commitment. He proposes, but Gayatri turns him down, saying that she is happy with her life as is. Rejection cuts Raj deep. He recalls when he broke the hearts of Mahi and Radhika, realising how they must have felt. He decides to seek them out and ask for forgiveness.

On his return to India in 2008, he first seeks out Mahi, who is now married and has two sons. Her husband Joginder (Kunal Kapoor) expresses his anger, explaining that while Mahi appears the perfect housewife and perfect mother, she no longer believes in love because of him. Raj apologises to Mahi and convinces her that her husband is her true love. She opens up to Joginder and forgives Raj.

Raj then searches for Radhika and discovers that she has changed her name to Shreya and has become a successful supermodel. Shreya refuses to accept his apologies and tells him that if he really wants her forgiveness, he will have to work for it. To do this, Raj becomes her personal assistant and she makes him do all sorts of tasks, even serving at parties. She humiliates him on every occasion, but he remains firm, serving without complaint. She finally gives up and tells him how hurt she had felt back then, and asks him to leave. However, before Raj goes home, she arrives and tells him that she realised that the root of her frustration was bottled-up hate against him that she no longer bears. Content, Raj returns to Australia. On his return, he finds a pile of letters from Gayatri, written over the six months he was gone. She regrets turning him down. The lovers reconcile and confess their love.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Trulli in Alberobello

In April 2007, sources indicated that director Siddharth Anand had signed for the main lead in his next film. However, after saying the news was "mere speculation" and "absolutely untrue,"[1] Anand later confirmed that Kapoor was starring in his film.[2]

The director was also in talks with the actresses Preity Zinta, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone and Amrita Rao for the roles in question, but indicated that "it wouldn't be right to reveal their names till we sign them on the dotted line."[2] In June 2007, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone were finalised to play two of leading ladies,[3] but the former's role was later removed due to the film's story becoming too long.[4] Actress Amrita Rao was considered to play one of the leading ladies but opted out.[5]

The heroines share very limited time on screen together and therefore most of their parts were filmed separately. Deepika Padukone's portions were filmed in Sydney while the song "Khuda Jaane" was shot at locations in Italy, including Venice, Alberobello, Santa Cesarea Terme, Mattinata, Apulia, Naples, and Capri.[6] Minissha Lamba's portions, inspired by Yash Chopra's Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, were filmed in the similar locales of Amritsar and Switzerland. Bipasha Basu's portions were filmed in Mumbai, India and Capri, Italy.[7] Ranbir Kapoor's look in the film was styled by Aki Narula, which changed with time. In the title track, Ranbir had at least 10 wardrobe changes in a single shot.[8] Though he found styling for 3 lead actresses' characters exciting and challenging, as all play different types who enter into Ranbir's life at different times, so he ensured that the styling was unique without any overlapping.[9]

Continuing the tradition of showcasing the first look of their upcoming films with their latest release, Yash Raj Films showcased the first trailer of the film on 25 April 2008 with the release of Vijay Krishna Acharya's Tashan and a second trailer was shown on 27 June 2008 with the release of Kunal Kohli's Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic.[10] Yash Raj Films usually does not spend much money on promotion. However, it made an exception with Bachna Ae Haseeno. Instead of the usual promotion 2–3 weeks before a movie release, the production house planned a new strategy with promotion over two months.[11]

Since two of the film's characters work for Microsoft Game Studios, plenty of video games released by them are referenced. In addition, nearly all of the films referenced are releases from Yash Raj Films, with the notable exception of Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977).

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film opened to mixed-to-positive reviews from critics. Indiafm.com gave it 2.5 stars out of 5, with Taran Adarsh commenting, "On the whole, [it] has an interesting first half, but a weak second hour spoils the show."[12] AOL India gave it 3 stars out of 5, with Noyon Jyoti Parasara saying, "Overall, Siddharth Anand seems to have hit the bull's eye this time after a not-so-great Ta Ra Rum Pum. At least the first half of the film looked like it would pull out Yash Raj Films out of the rot!"[13]

Soundtrack[edit]

Bachna Ae Haseeno
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Soundtrack album by
Released4 July 2008 (2008-07-04)
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length32:42
LabelYRF Music
ProducerAditya Chopra & Yash Chopra
R.D. Burman & Vishal-Shekhar chronology
De Taali
(2008)
Bachna Ae Haseeno
(2008)
Dostana
(2008)

There are a total of 7 tracks in the movie including a remix version. The album entered the Top 3 of the music charts within a couple of days of its arrival on the stands.[11] The lyrics of all the songs are written by Anvita Dutt Guptan. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 1,600,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's sixth highest-selling, with the songs "Khuda Jaane" and "Bachna Ae Haseeno" being popular among the masses.[14]

Track # Song Music Singer(s) Duration Picturized On
1 "Khuda Jaane" Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani KK, Shilpa Rao 5:33 Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone
2 "Lucky Boy" Vishal-Shekhar Sunidhi Chauhan, Hard Kaur, Raja Hasan 4:14 Bipasha Basu
3 "Aahista Aahista" Vishal-Shekhar Lucky Ali, Shreya Ghoshal 5:50 Ranbir Kapoor, Minissha Lamba
4 "Jogi Mahi" Vishal-Shekhar Shekhar Ravjiani, Sukhwinder Singh, Himani Kapoor 4:53 Ranbir Kapoor, Minissha Lamba, Kunal Kapoor
5 "Small Town Girl" Vishal-Shekhar Shankar Mahadevan 3:48 Ranbir Kapoor, Bipasha Basu
6 "Khuda Jaane – Revisited" Vishal-Shekhar KK, Shilpa Rao 4:43 Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone
7 "Bachna Ae Haseeno" Original – R.D. Burman Remix – Vishal-Shekhar Kishore Kumar, Sumit Kumar, Vishal Dadlani 3:31 Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Bipasha Basu Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer KK for "Khuda Jaane" Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Shilpa Rao for "Khuda Jaane" Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Bipasha Basu Nominated
Best Lyrics Anvita Dutt Guptan for "Khuda Jaane" Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer KK for "Khuda Jaane" Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Shilpa Rao for "Khuda Jaane" Nominated
Stardust Awards Star of the Year – Male Ranbir Kapoor Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Bipasha Basu Nominated
Screen Awards Best Actor Ranbir Kapoor Nominated
Best Lyrics Anvita Dutt Guptan for "Khuda Jaane" Won
Best Male Playback Singer KK for "Khuda Jaane" Won
Best Female Playback Singer Shilpa Rao for "Khuda Jaane" Won
Lux Sabse Favourite Kaun Sabsey Tez Sitara Deepika Padukone Won[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Yash Raj signs Ranbir?". Indiafm.com. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  2. ^ a b Adarsh, Taran. "Fantastic four". Indiafm.com. Archived from the original on 30 May 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2007.
  3. ^ Jha, Subhash K. "Siddharth Anand's Ranbir starrer is not The Bachelor". Indiafm.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2007.
  4. ^ Upala, KBR. "Alvida Ranbir, Hello John!". MiD DAY. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
  5. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Kissa kiss ka". Indiafm.com. Archived from the original on 6 December 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2007.
  6. ^ Patel, Devansh. """I am not in charge of casting for Bachna Ae Haseeno" – Deepika Padukone". Indiafm.com. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  7. ^ Patel, Devansh. ""Ranbir is very shy but once he opens up, he's a riot" – Minissha Lamba". Indiafm.com. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  8. ^ "Style and the man". The Hindu. 9 August 2008.
  9. ^ "Ranbir simply rocks in Bachna Ae Haseeno". NDTV Movies. 13 August 2008. Archived from the original on 20 July 2012.
  10. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Bachna Ae Haseeno promo with Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic". Indiafm.com. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  11. ^ a b Tuteja, Joginder. "YRF overhauls Bachna Ae Haseeno's promotions". OneIndia. Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  12. ^ Hindi Movies | Bollywood Movies | New Hindi Movies. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved on 28 November 2016.
  13. ^ Bachna Ae Haseeno – Movie Review. AOL India. 15 August 2008
  14. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010.
  15. ^ "Winners". Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011.

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