Judaai (1997 film)

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Judaai
Judaai 1997.jpg
Poster
Directed by Raj Kanwar
Produced by Surinder Kapoor
Written by Prakash Raj
S.V. Krishna Reddy
Jainendra Jain
Starring Sridevi
Anil Kapoor
Urmila Matondkar
Narrated by Amitabh Bachchan
Music by Nadeem-Shravan
Cinematography Harmeet Singh
Edited by Waman Bhonsle
Distributed by S.K. Film Enterprises
Eros Entertainment
Release date
  • 28 February 1997 (1997-02-28)
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 6 crore (equivalent to 22 crore or US$3.2 million in 2017) [1]
Box office 28 crore (equivalent to 102 crore or US$15 million in 2017)[2]

Judaai (lit. separation ) is a 1997 Indian melodrama film directed by Raj Kanwar in a screenplay written by Prakash Raj, S.V. Krishna Reddy and Jainendra Jain. The film stars Sridevi and Anil Kapoor in lead roles. Urmila Matondkar, Kader Khan, Farida Jalal, Johnny Lever, Paresh Rawal, Upasana Singh and Saeed Jaffrey are featured in supporting roles; while Poonam Dhillon makes a special appearance. The film was a remake of the 1994 Telugu film Shubhalagnam. In the film, lured by wealth, Kajal asks her husband, Raj, an honest engineer, to get married to Janhvi, the rich daughter of his boss. Little does she know about the problems that await her. After an active career of 30 years, Judaai marked Sridevi's final film appearance before she took a sabbatical of 15 years from film acting.

Upon release, the film was a major commercial success grossing ₹28 crores domestically, against its ₹6 crores budget, becoming the seventh highest-grossing Indian film of 1997. Critically, the film received mixed reviews with criticism towards its simple and clichéd plot and execution, but was widely praised for Sridevi's performance as a materialistic homemaker. The film received four nominations at the 43rd Filmfare Awards: Best Actress (Sridevi), Best Supporting Actress (Matondkar), Best Actor – Comedy (Lever) and winning Scene of the Year.

Plot[edit]

When Kajal (Sridevi) marries Raaj (Anil Kapoor), an Engineer by profession, she and her dad (Kader Khan), automatically assume that he is rich, wealthy, and corrupt. Her father is very happy that his daughter does not have any in-laws, and that she'll get to rule the roost in her new house. But that is not the case. Raaj does not have an air-conditioner, a car, not even a refrigerator. This infuriates Kajal, and in her mind she creates a separate world, where she is rich, wealthy, has several cars, and lives lavishly in a big bungalow. Even the birth of two children (a young son and a little daughter) and several years of marriage do not change her. An example of this occurs when Kajal meets her old friend Nisha (Poonam Dhillon), who Kajal feeds a pack of lies that her husband is a business magnate, her family owns several cars and lives in a big bungalow, but Nisha, who is actually wealthy, offers to give her a lift. Kajal lies about where she lives and is exposed when the bungalow she points out as her own turns out to be Nisha's. She tells Kajal not to take her life or her husband for granted and that no matter how little you have, your house is your home. When Jahnvi (Urmila Matondkar) Raaj's boss Sahni's (Saeed Jaffrey) niece comes from overseas, she meets Raj at the airport and assumes he is the car driver. After she is rude to him, he leaves her stranded on the road with her luggage, not caring what his boss would say. Jahnvi reaches the office well in time and praises Raj's attitude, but when she learns that he's an engineer working for her uncle's construction company, she apologises to him. Sahni introduces Jahnvi to Vikram Khanna, a handsome young guy, who is his business partner. Vikram observes Jahnvi and likes the young, naturally vivacious girl. One day, Vikram and Jahnvi go to see Jahnvi's guest house, at the new property. Sahni gets worried as the weather is getting bad; and they have not returned to the office. As Raj is about to leave, Sahni asks him to check on them and bring Jahnvi back, while Vikram has been drinking and casually discusses the prospect of marriage. But Jahnvi rejects his advances. Vikram grabs her but Jahnvi slaps him. Angered by the slap, Vikram throws her on the bed and forcibly tries to get intimate with her. But Raj arrives in the nick of time and saves Jahnvi. Vikram threatens him with the loss of his job, but he doesn't care. Jahnvi remembers how earlier, Raj had rejected a job and an apartment offer from a rival company due to Mr. Sahni's help. She starts liking Raj from that moment and falls in love with him thereafter. When she learns that he is a married man, she is adamant on getting married to Raj.

She first meets Kajal buy accident, at a shop where they are both going to buy a cassette player for Raj. Not knowing Kajal is Raj's wife, she offers Kajal the money to buy a more expensive set if she can buy the smaller cassette (which is also the last one in the shop). Kajal agrees and the family listen to the tape Jahnvi had given, where she confesses her love. In an attempt to marry Raj, Jahnvi meets the greedy Kajal inside the city's Ganesh temple, she offers two crore rupees in exchange for marriage to Raj. Then Kajal, seeing this as her opportunity to gain wealth and an easy life, she suddenly accepts her proposal.

Kajal forces Raaj into the agreement and gets a reluctant Raj and Jahnvi married and divorces Raj herself, to comply with the Hindu Marriage Act; thinking that she and Jahnvi will happily live together and share Raj.

She then uses the money she got in the bargain to buy a huge mansion and cars. The bungalow she buys ends up being that of Nisha. She briefly returns to her old home to collect a picture of her husband. Kajal then proceeds to taunt her that she has fulfilled her dreams, whereas Nisha's dreams are now shattered having lost everything. Nisha reminds Kajal that she sold her house and possessions to pay for the treatment of her ill husband, whereas Kajal has sold her husband for riches; and that to some extent, Kajal is all the poorer for that. Kajal moulds herself into a socialite and this leads to Kajal neglecting her family. Raj initially feels rejected by Kajal and does not get close to Jahnvi, feeling objectified at the thought of being bought and sold between his two wives. But the children and Raj find companionship with Jahnvi, who showers them with love and affection. She changes herself and becomes a typical middle class type Indian housewife. She gets up early, does pooja and then cooks tasty food for her family. She does not mind tiring herself all day learning new dishes and rituals as she finds solace in this quiet, peaceful life.

She even travels happily in crowded buses and autos so as to make Raaj and the kids feel secure and happy around her. She abandons all the luxury and comforts she grew up with. The children call Jahnvi "Maa", something that Kajal would previously reprimand her children for calling her; insisting that they call her "Mummy" as this sounded high society.

Now Kajal realises how far she has drifted from her family. She forgets her wedding anniversary and throws a birthday party for her daughter's birthday, not realising that Raj has never been attracted to a lavish lifestyle and thus further pushing him away from her and towards Jahnvi. After frequent reminders from her mother, Kajal tries to make amends. When nothing works, Kajal shocks her husband when she slaps Jahnvi and accuses her of stealing her husband and tries to make Jahnvi leave. Kajal offers Jahnvi all her money back in exchange for Raj again, only to be told by Raj that she is the poorest relation despite having all the riches she ever dreamed of. On advice of her friend, Kajal seeks legal advice which also states that the only way she can legally marry Raj if he and Jahnvi divorce – an impossible task. She then forcibly tries to throw Jahnvi out of the house, but to no avail, as Raj decides to leave with Jahnvi claiming that in the present circumstances, this is the fairest thing to do. The kids decide to stay with Janhvi and their father – heartbroken as they learn that their father was sold, prompting the son to ask Kajal about the prospect of them being sold to another family at an agreed price.

Kajal on the other hand, disraught by her family abandoning her, donates all her riches, in order to pay her dues. When she learns that Raj and the kids are leaving for the US, she runs to the airport for one final visit. She finds them ready to depart. But at the last minute, Jahnvi turns to Raj and tells them that she is leaving for the US alone, but she is not literally alone. She is expecting Raj's child. Jahnvi accepts that although Kajal sold her husband, it was her who offered to buy him and thus she too should pay her dues. So, the movie ends with Kajal getting her family back, learning of the importance of family over money and Jahnvi leaving for New York forever.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The album was composed by the duo Nadeem-Shravan and lyrics were penned by Sameer. The whole album attained tremendous popularity. The song "Pyaar Pyaar Karte Karte" was picturized on Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Urmila in Las Vegas.

Track Listings[edit]

Track # Song Singer(s)
1 "Mujhe Pyaar Hua" Alka Yagnik & Abhijeet
2 "Judaai Judaai" Hariharan, Alka Yagnik & Jaspinder Narula
3 "Main Tujhse Aise Milun" Alka Yagnik & Abhijeet
4 "Meri Zindagi Ek Pyaas" Jaspinder Narula & Shankar Mahadevan
5 "Pyaar Pyaar Karte Karte" Alka Yagnik, Abhijeet & Sapna Mukherjee
6 "Raat Ko Neend Aati Nahin" Amit Kumar & Priya Mayekar
7 "Shaadi Karke Pas Gaya" Bali Bramhabhatt, Alka Yagnik & Shankar Mahadevan

Awards[edit]

1998 Filmfare Awards[edit]

1998 Screen Awards[edit]

  • Nomination Best Actress – Sridevi
  • Nomination Best Supporting Actress – Urmila Matondkar

1998 Zee Cine Awards[edit]

  • Nomination Best Actress – Sridevi
  • Nomination Best Supporting Actress – Urmila Matondkar

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Judaai". boxofficeindia. BOI. Retrieved 7 April 2017. Budget: ₹6,00,00,000 
  2. ^ "Judaai". boxofficeindia. BOI. Retrieved 7 April 2017. Worldwide Gross: 28,04,75,000 

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