Bachna Ae Haseeno

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Bachna Ae Haseeno
Bahcover.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySiddharth Anand
Written byScreenplay:
Devika Bhagat
Dialogues:
Anvita Dutt Guptan
Story byAditya Chopra
Produced byAditya Chopra
StarringRanbir Kapoor
Deepika Padukone
Bipasha Basu
Minissha Lamba
Kunal Kapoor
Narrated byRanbir Kapoor
CinematographySunil Patel
Edited byRitesh Soni
Music bySongs:
Vishal–Shekhar
Background Score:
Salim–Sulaiman
Production
company
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Release date
  • 15 August 2008 (2008-08-15)
Running time
153 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget230 million
Box office615.7 million

Bachna Ae Haseeno (transl.Watchout Beauties) is a 2008 Indian Hindi-language 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, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu 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. While the latter suffered, Bachna Ae Haseeno proved to be a hit at the box office, thus becoming the first hit of Kapoor's career and became the eighth-highest-grossing film of the year.

Plot[edit]

Raj Sharma is a young playboy who meets three young women at different stages in his life and learns important lessons about love along the way. As the story opens in 2008, it leads to a series of flashbacks over how he has grown to see through life.

Mahi, 1996[edit]

Raj runs into Mahi Pasricha who's with her friends on the Eurorail during a trip to Switzerland with his friends. Mahi is a sweet, dreamy girl who believes in true love and is hoping to find her 'Raj' (a reference to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) i.e. her 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. Raj boasts to his friends about what happened between the pair and how he took full advantage of the situation when she was alone. Mahi overhears this and is shocked and heartbroken. Raj realizes that she has overheard and shamefacedly leaves.

Radhika, 2002[edit]

Raj has moved to Mumbai six years from the Switzerland episode and found a job with Microsoft as a game designer with his best friend Sachin Kulkarni. Pretty soon, he enters into a live-in relationship with neighbour Radhika Kapoor, an aspiring model. Having received 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. He makes up reasons to Radhika so that the marriage won't happen, but she remains firm. Raj, unable to express his commitment phobia, boards his flight on the day he is to marry Radhika in the morning. Radhika learns this while waiting for him at the registrar's office dressed as a bride, and is left crestfallen and heartbroken.

Gayatri, 2007[edit]

Raj now enjoys a successful career five years down the line along with Sachin 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 gains feelings for her. He also realizes that his feelings for her challenge his misgivings toward commitment. He proposes to her, but Gayatri turns him down, saying that she is happy with her life as she is and she doesn't believe in marriage.

Rejection cuts Raj deep. He recalls when he broke the hearts of Mahi and Radhika, realizing how they must have felt. He decides to seek them out and ask for forgiveness.

Present Day[edit]

On his return to India, in Amritsar, in 2008, Raj first seeks out Mahi, who is now married and has two sons. Her husband Joginder "Jogi" Singh Ahluwalia recognizes Raj from the Switzerland episode and knocks him out. He blames Raj for Mahi no longer believing in love or romance because of him, although he explains that she is a perfect housewife and has a perfect home. Firm in his decision not to leave without being forgiven, he befriends Jogi's friend Karan Bahl, who is set to be married. At Karan's sangeet ceremony, Raj apologizes to Mahi and convinces her that Jogi is her true love, while also reconciling with the Pasrichas in the process. She opens up to Jogi and forgives Raj.

Raj then searches for Radhika and discovers that she has changed her name to Shreya Rathore and has become a successful supermodel. Raj tries to meet Shreya at an event but she ignores him. He follows her to Capri in Italy where she goes for a vacation. Raj finally meets Shreya but she refuses to accept his apologies and tells him that if he really wants her forgiveness, he will have to work for it. Willing 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 realized that the root of her frustration was bottled-up hate against him that she no longer bears. She then forgives him as he leaves.

Content, Raj returns to Australia. On his return, he finds a pile of letters from Gayatri, written over the six months he was gone. Raj meets Gayatri in her taxi. 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]

Anand 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. 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] Lamba's portions, inspired by Aditya Chopra's Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), were filmed in the similar locales of Amritsar and Switzerland. Basu's portions were filmed in Mumbai, India and Capri, Italy.[7] Kapoor's look in the film was styled by Aki Narula, which changed with time. In the title track, Kapoor 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 Kapoor's life at different times, so he ensured that the styling was unique without any overlapping.[9]

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).

Release[edit]

Continuing the tradition of showcasing the first look of their upcoming films with their latest release, Yash Raj Films showcased the first teaser-trailer of the film on 25 April 2008 with the release of Vijay Krishna Acharya's Tashan and the official trailer of the film was released 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]

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
Released14 May 2008 (2008-05-14)
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 seven 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[15] 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[16]
Best Female Playback Singer Shilpa Rao for "Khuda Jaane" Won
Lux Sabse Favourite Kaun Sabsey Tez Sitara Deepika Padukone Won[17]

References[edit]

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  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. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013.
  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. ^ Webmaster (16 February 2009). "Nominations for the 54th Filmfare Awards". Radio Sargam (RS). Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  16. ^ "Winners of the Star Screen Awards". PINKVILLA. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  17. ^ "Winners". Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2011.

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