Barah Aana

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Barah Aana
Directed by Raja Krishna Menon
Starring Naseeruddin Shah
Tannishtha Chatterjee
Vijay Raaz
Release date
  • 13 March 2009 (2009-03-13)
Running time
97 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 2 crore
Box office 44 lakhs

Barah Aana is a 2009 Indian comedy-drama film written and directed by Raja Menon. The title refers to 12 Barah in Hindustani aanas (or annas), which was a unit of Indian currency before decimalisation. Barah Aana stars Naseeruddin Shah, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Vijay Raaz and Arjun Mathur. The film depicts the lives of working class Indians in a globalized milieu,[1] and how events spiral out of control when the characters try their hand at crime.


Set in today’s Mumbai, Barah Aana revolves around three friends: Shukla, a driver, Yadav, a watchman, and Aman, a waiter. Shukla is an older man, stoic and steady. Yadav, in his 30s, is meek and something of a pushover at work, but exhibits an underlying mischievous nature. Aman, on the other hand, is young, dynamic, and ambitious. In typical Mumbai fashion, the three are roommates, and the clash of their personalities regularly results in humorous, tongue-in-cheek banter.

Things take a turn when the watchman becomes prey to misfortune; a series of chance events results in him stumbling on to a crime. The discovery changes his perspective, boosting his self-confidence enough to make him think that he had found a new, low-risk way to make money. He then tries to sell the idea to his roommates, to get them to join him in executing a series of such crimes.

As they get more and more mired in the spiral of events that follow, the three characters go through several changes as they are pushed more and more against the wall.


Actor Role
Naseeruddin Shah Shukla
Vijay Raaz Yadav
Arjun Mathur Aman
Tannishtha Chatterjee Rani
Violante Placido Kate
Benjamin Gilani Mr. Mehta
Jayati Bhatia
Barry John Yuri
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal Cutlet Aunty

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  1. ^ [1] Archived 6 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.

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