Hello (2008 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Atul Agnihotri|
|Screenplay by||Atul Agnihotri|
|Based on||One Night @ the Call Center
by Chetan Bhagat
|Narrated by||Katrina Kaif|
|Cinematography||Sanjay F. Gupta|
|Edited by||Umesh Gupta|
|10 October 2008|
|Box office||₹165 million (US$2.5 million)|
Hello is a 2008 Indian Hindi thriller film directed by Atul Agnihotri, starring Sharman Joshi, Sohail Khan, Gul Panag, Isha Koppikar, Amrita Arora and Sharat Saxena in the lead roles. The film is based on Chetan Bhagat's novel, One Night @ the Call Center. It also had cameo roles by Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. It was released on 10 October 2008. Hello had an 'Average' performance at Indian box-office.
Salman Khan is a Bollywood actor, who is on a live tour near Delhi, where his private jet crashes. Luckily, he survives and in a lounge, he meets a girl (Katrina Kaif). She tells him a story, about six friends and their boss who all work together at a Mumbai-based call centre. They are instructed never to reveal their location, and speak with an American accent by a Boston-based company. There is Shyam (Sam) (Sharman Joshi), Priyanka (Gul Panag), Varun (Sohail Khan), Esha (Isha Koppikar), Radhika (Amrita Arora) and Military Uncle (Sharat Saxena). Their boss, Subhash Bakshi (Dalip Tahil), attempts to further his career by plagiarising software, agreeing to lay off 40% of the Indian workforce, and re-locate to Boston. Although these six friends work together, they still go through some struggles ;Shyam tries his best to reconcile with Priyanka after their breakup, Esha gets annoyed by Varun when she thinks he likes her, Radhika is heartbroken when her husband Anuj (Arbaaz Khan) cheats on her with his girlfriend, and Military Uncle wants a visa to see his son and grandson. Bakshi turns their names into American names such as turning Shyam into Agent Sam, Varun to Agent Victor, Esha to Elizabeth, Priyanka to Pearl, and Radhika to Rebecca.
One night, Shyam and his friends are forced to work in the nighttime shift until 4:00 in the morning. At work, Shyam realizes that Priyanka is going through a tough time with her arranged marriage with Ganesh, a wealthy Indian-American who stays in the U.S.A., Shyam taps the phones phone line thanks to Varun helping him so that he can over hear their conversations. When Bakshi calls all of them to his office for a meeting, he talks with his American boss and the six friends over hear his plan about him going to Boston and steals Shyam and Varun’s website manual along with him. Esha gets upset telling Shyam that Varun used her for nothing so Shyam tries talking to Varun until he loses his temper and starts breaking everything. At a party, they all get drunk and decide to head back home since it is late. The six are on their way home, until they approach an accident, and are stuck on top of a cliff in their car, and if anybody tries to move, the car may lose its balance and fall off the cliff. They all remain calm, and Shyam tries to call someone, he finds his phone battery has run out, therefore, in rage he breaks his phone and throws it on the floor of the car. Later on, still trapped in the car, the broken phone receives a phone call; six surprised friends answer it, only to find the caller is God. God tells the six, they should keep calm, and just believe in themselves and all will be well. They do as they are told, and find that the fire brigade has arrived to save them. They all are saved. Bakshi is fired by his American boss and replaced by Shyam because he always had potential. Years later, Shyam and Varun open their own website academy, Shyam proposes to Priyanka and gets married to her, Military Uncle pays for a visa and goes to America, Radhika lives a carefree life after divorcing Anuj, Esha quits her fashion modeling career and works as an NGO Labourer, and Priyanka studies to becomes a school teacher. After the story, Khan asks the woman who she is, and she replies "if you believe in yourself, you will know the answer". She walks out of the lounge, and as Khan follows her, he seems to witness she has suddenly disappeared. He believes in himself, his jet gets fixed, and he flies back home.
- Sharman Joshi as Shyam Mehra (Sam)
- Sohail Khan as Varun Anand (Vroom/Victor)
- Gul Panag as Priyanka Saxena(Pearl)
- Isha Koppikar as Esha Malhotra (Elizabeth)
- Amrita Arora as Radhika Jha (Rebecca)
- Sharat Saxena as Military Uncle- Col.Arvind Tripathi
- Dalip Tahil as Bakshi
- Anusha Dandekar as Shefali
- Arbaaz Khan as Anuj Jha
- Rishi Nijhawan as Ganesh
- Suresh Menon as System's guy- Lokesh Chandaramani (Loki)
- Salman Khan as Himself (Special Appearance)
- Katrina Kaif as Mysterious Storyteller-Angel of God (Special Appearance)
|"Bang Bang Bang"||Salman Khan, Wajid|
|"Caravan"||Shafqat Amanat Ali|
|"Hello"||Herchelle, Ishq Bector, Merlin, Suzanne D'Mello, Tim, Wajid|
|"Hello" (Party Mix)||Herchelle, Ishq Bector, Merlin, Suzanne D'Mello, Tim, Wajid|
|"Mitwa Re"||Shaan, Sadhna Sargam, Wajid|
|"Rab Ka Banda"||Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Zubeen Garg|
|"Karle Baby Dance Wance"||Daler Mehndi, Sunidhi Chauhan|
Hello had a fairly strong opening in the first week grossing approximately ₹ 60 million in the first three days itself (overseas notwithstanding). The film wasn't even a moderate success at the box office. Although it received mixed to negative reviews from critics, many citing the poorly sketched out characters as its biggest drawback, some praised its original concept.
The film takes away a lot of criticism for modifying the original episodes that unfold in the book. For example, the instance in the book where Ganesh's photos are found on the net and revealed to Priyanka by Vroom is missing from the movie, making it difficult to understand why Priyanka comes back to Shyam in the end. There are many such instances which reveal the weakness of the script. The cast also doesn't justify the original characters in the movie. Vroom in the book is described as a lean tall guy, but is played by Sohail Khan, who is a complete contrast to it. The same applies to the characters Esha (Isha Koppikar) and Priyanka (Gul Panag).