Dostana (2008 film)

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Hindi दोस्ताना
Directed by Tarun Mansukhani
Produced by Hiroo Yash Johar
Karan Johar
Aditya Chopra
Screenplay by Tarun Mansukhani
Story by Tarun Mansukhani
Starring Abhishek Bachchan
John Abraham
Priyanka Chopra
Music by Songs:
Background Score:
Salim Sulaiman
Cinematography Ayananka Bose
Edited by Manan Sagar
Distributed by Dharma Productions
ShowMan Pictures
Yash Raj Films
Release date
  • 14 November 2008 (2008-11-14)
Running time
142 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 30 crore (US$4.5 million)
Box office 1.02 billion (US$15 million)(Share)[1]

Dostana (English: Camaraderie, Friendship, or even Bromance) is a 2008 Indian romantic comedy film directed by Tarun Mansukhani and starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. Dostana was filmed entirely in Miami, Florida. It is loosely inspired by the Hollywood movie, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Filming began in March 2008, and the film was released on 14 November 2008. It went on to become the eighth highest grossing film at the Indian box office in 2008.[2]


Sameer 'Sam' Kapoor (Abhishek Bachchan) and Kunal Chopra (John Abraham) are fun-loving, womanizer bachelors settled in Miami. Sam is a nurse by profession and is often joked around by others about the cliché 'skirt wearing' joke. Kunal is a photographer and is in look out for apartment after his partner asks him to move out within 2 weeks. They both briefly meet each other at a friend's place after a night out with girls. Later, they run into each other while looking for an apartment to rent and they both love it. The apartment belongs to Neha Melwani (Priyanka Chopra) who works for Verve magazine. She lives there with her Maasi (meaning Aunty in Hindi) (Sushmita Mukherjee). However, her Maasi refuses to sublet the apartment to either of them as Neha wanted only girls as her flatmates.

Being rejected the apartment, they walk out to a hot-dog stand where a homosexual American soldier mentions how much Sam and Kunal remind him of his own relationship with his long-term partner. Sam tries to persuade Kunal to pretend they are lovers so that they may live in the apartment. Kunal initially refuses but, desperate for the apartment, he agrees to it. Their plan works and they move in. One thing leads to another and they end up declaring themselves as 'gay' on official forms for permits of residence. Soon, the three of them become good friends. Gradually, both of them fall in love with Neha.

Neha's boss, Murli 'M' (Boman Irani), resigns his job as the editor and says that the decision about the new editor is in his hands. To impress him, Neha invites her homosexual boss for dinner at her house, telling him that she will introduce him to her friends. The evening starts off fun and even an officer from the U.S. government who comes for a surprise, random inspection joins them. But the party soon turns into chaos when Rani (Kiron Kher) Sam's embarrassing mother drops by to check on her son after receiving a letter at her home in London from the U.S. government confirming approval for her son's application for domestic partnership with Kunal, only to discover her son's sexual preferences. The night comes to end when M discovers neither Sam nor Kunal is actually single.

The next day at Neha's office, M announces that Abhimanyu 'Abhi' Singh (Bobby Deol) is to be the new editor. Neha, deeply upset at being passed over for promotion, returns home where she is consoled by Rani. In turn, Neha helps her embrace her son's sexuality. Kunal and Sam, then help Neha with a project assigned by Abhi. Clearly impressed by Neha, Abhi announces that the success of the project is because of her. Later, Sam surprises her with late night amusement park trip and gifts her an album with their memories together.

Sam and Neha go shopping. While she in the changing-room, he musters the courage to tell her he loves her from outside. She does not hear him, instead Kunal does. After overhearing Sam's confession, he quickly puts a stop to his conversation with her, telling him that he too loves Neha. Kunal hatches a plan for Neha's birthday party and misleads Sam to a night-bar, so that he can take Neha on what he hopes to make a date. Sam spends the entire night at the strip club being an eye candy at Maasi's kitty party. Neha perceives the dates with both guys as no more than a friendly outing, since she is convinced of their homosexuality. The next morning Sameer gets furious with Kunal and the tension between the two baffles Neha.

Abhi and Neha start dating. Sam and Kunal decide to team up and sabotage their budding relationship. They give inappropriate advices to drive her interest off him. And his weird mannerisms, irrirates Neha and they end up having an argument. After she discovers the men behind these chaos are Kunal and Sam, she misinterprets it as their interest in Abhi. Despite their efforts, Abhi and Neha fall in love. Sam and Kunal redirect their efforts into frightening Abhi's five-year-old son, Veer, about his future if his father marries Neha and he gains Neha as a stepmother. Neha discovers that Abhi plans to propose to her during a basketball game. Before half-time she pulls Kunal and Sameer aside and asks them for advice. The pair is shocked and tell her to say a 'no', admitting that they are not homosexual, and in fact, are each in love with her. Meanwhile, Veer tells Abhi of his fears, begging his father not to marry Neha. During the game, Abhi hugs Neha and ends the relationship, citing Veer's discomfort. Neha tearfully evicts Kunal and Sameer from her apartment and resigns from "Verve."

A few months later, Kunal and Sam meet each other at court to collect their resident permits and realise that though they don't have a romantic relationship with each other or with Neha, they shared a wonderful friendship, which is incomplete without Neha. Kunal and Sam reconcile. The two find Neha at a fashion show and try to apologise, but she refuses to see them. Abhi appears and Kunal asks when their wedding is. Neha tells him that they broke up because Veer's insecurity. Kunal and Sam reveal their misdeeds about manipulating Veer's mind, which angers both Neha and Abhi. Kunal and Sam climb onto the stage and beg for Neha's forgiveness. The crowd encourages them to beg plea on their knees, say that they love her, blow kisses to her, but nothing softens her. Finally, the crowd asks them to kiss each other, and they refuse. Neha and Abhi turn to leave and Kunal forcibly kisses Sam. Abhi is amazed and Neha, gets impressed at the length the two will stretch themselves to in order to regain her trust and she forgives them. Kunal and Sam, desperate to secure Neha's happiness and friendship, each get down on their knees and propose to Abhi on her behalf. Abhi, amused, agrees.

Two months later Neha playfully asks the two whether they might have felt anything for each other in the time they spent pretending to be homosexual. The men get defensive and Neha tickled, takes her leave with a "Sorry, touchy topic." Sam and Kunal, now alone, remember their kiss.



Critical reception[edit]

The film review site Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an aggregate 90% (fresh) rating, based on 10 reviews.[3] Rony D'Costa of Box Office India gave it 3 stars out of 5, stating, "Dostana is fresh, frothy, naughty & a delightful romantic comedy. It's an ideal date movie".[4] Bollywood Hungama gave it 4 stars out of 5, with Taran Adarsh commenting, "On the whole, DOSTANA is a winner all the way. In terms of content, it might just prove to be a trendsetter."[5] The Times of India gave it 4 stars out of 5, stating, "Just for laughs, with a loose second half, Dostana boasts of some fine chemistry between the two lead players: Abhishek and John".[6] The review at makes note of the elaborate sequences and the possibility of the film becoming a financial success. However, it also mentions that the film is flawed in its depiction of homosexuality, calling it a "crucial blunder".[7] AOL India gave it 3 out of 5, with Noyon Jyoti Parasara calling Dostana "a fun film".[8]

Among other US critics, Frank Lovece of Film Journal International enjoyed it as a "[b]ig, colorful, delightfully dumb Bollywood 'gateway' movie" that "could be a perfect crossover vehicle for U.S. audiences". Referring to the thematically similar film I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Lovece said "this reverse La Cage aux Folles ... is miles above Adam Sandler's Hollywood take on the topic".[9] Critic and author Maitland McDonagh in, placing the film in a larger context, analysed that it "trades in stereotypes about swishy queers, shallow horndogs, frustrated career girls, guilt-wielding (s)mothers and overbearing aunties who need to chill out and get laid. And you know what? It's pretty damned funny and oddly subversive. Yes, everyone learns a lesson about tolerance without actually embracing an alternative lifestyle, but any movie that can finagle two macho movie studs into a full-on smooch that doesn't devolve into slapstick gay panic is venturing into risky territory".[10]


Studio album by Vishal-Shekhar
30 September 2008
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 30:49
Label Sony BMG
Producer Vishal-Shekhar
Vishal-Shekhar chronology
Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) Dostana (2008) Aladin (2009)

The film's soundtrack was composed by Vishal-Shekhar. The album met with critical acclaim. According to the statistics published on IndiaFM, Dostana debuted at No. 4 on its Top Ten Soundtrack Sales Chart. Listeners registered on the website reviewed the album favourably and Dostana's music had an average rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Artist(s) Length
1. "Jaane Kyun" Anvita Dutt Guptan Vishal Dadlani 4:38
2. "Desi Girl" Kumaar Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani 5:07
3. "Maa Da Laadla" Kumaar Master Saleem 4:05
4. "Shut Up & Bounce" Anvita Dutt Guptan Vishal Dadlani, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:38
5. "Khabar Nahin" Anvita Dutt Guptan Vishal Dadlani, Shreya Ghoshal, Amanat Ali 4:19
6. "Kuch Kum" Vishal Dadlani Shaan 5:41
7. "Maa Da Ladla" (Mummy Mix) Kumaar Master Saleem, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:02
Total length: 30:49


The soundtrack received generally favourable reviews. Joginder Tuteja of IndiaFM stated that "Dostana is an excellent album from Vishal-Shekhar. It does not carry a single number that doesn't work", giving the soundtrack 4 out of 5 stars. NDTV also gave the soundtrack 4 out of 5 stars, stating: "the soundtrack of the film will keep the cash registers ringing, with "Shut Up and Bounce" as an exception." Similarly, most music critics praised every track except "Shut Up and Bounce," which was a disappointment. Because of its familiar tune, the song drew comparisons with Kal Ho Naa Ho's "It's the Time to Disco".

In contrast to IndiaFM and NDTV, Buzz18's Chandrima Pal gave the soundtrack 2.5 stars out of 5, stating that it "misses out on most of the spunk Vishal-Shekhar had in their previous works". Rediff's Sukanya Verma also gave the soundtrack 2.5 stars out of 5, stating that "although Dostana's music is nice and peppy for the most part, it's nothing extraordinary." She added, Dostana "certainly wasn't the best from Dharma Productions". and The Times of India each rated the soundtrack a 3 out of 5.

Later, a video 'Maa Da Laadla - Remix' was released. It was also the ending theme for the movie.


Pritish Nandy, owner of Pritish Nandy Communications, filed a court case against Dharma Productions for using the song "Kuch Kum" without his permission. He alleged that "Kuch Kum" was originally composed by Vishal-Shekhar for a different film to be directed by Tarun Mansukhani under his banner, but the project was shelved. When Vishal-Shekhar used "Kuch Kum"'s composition in Dostana Pritish Nandy was "livid", "raising objections" against the use of the song. Dharma Productions settled the matter out of court, paying Nandy 3 crore (US$450,000) in compensation.[11]

Box office[edit]

Dostana performed well both in India and overseas markets. Its opening weekend gross in the USA was $645,604 whilst in the UK, it was the third biggest opener behind Singh is Kinng and Race[12] with £341,665. As of 21 December 2008, the film had grossed $1,444,246 after a 37-day run at the UK box office alone with its total production budget of $2 million being almost covered. In the USA, the film had a total gross of $1,243,910 as of 11 December 2008, whereas in countries such as Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, Netherlands and India the total gross was $16,650,664. In India, (as of 12 December 2008) the film had earned $14,718,754 which was 82% of its total gross. As of 11 December 2008, the film had a grossed $17,894,574 (which is just over Rs. 850 million) worldwide.[13][14]


Filmfare Award

International Indian Film Academy Awards

Stardust Awards

Star Screen Awards

Blu-ray release[edit]

Yash Raj Films released Dostana on Blu-ray on 14 December 2009.

Cancelled sequel[edit]

In 2009 it was reported that director Tarun Mansukhani and producer Karan Johar had planned a sequel to the film titled Dostana 2 with the existing cast of the film (excluding Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol)[15] Johar has roped in Katrina Kaif,[16] Arjun Rampal, Ritesh Deshmukh and Shreyas Talpade. However, in 2012, it was reported that the film had been shelved due to changes in the script.[17][18][19][20][21]


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