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Directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Vir Chopra
Written by Kamna Chandra
Abhijat Joshi
Starring Bobby Deol,
Shabana Raza,
Moushmi Chatterji
Amit Phalke
Music by Anu Malik
Distributed by Tips Industries,
Eros Labs (United States)
Release date
17 July 1998
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 6.50 crore (equivalent to 21 crore or US$3.1 million in 2017)
Box office 6.82 crore (equivalent to 22 crore or US$3.3 million in 2017)

Kareeb (English: close) is a 1998 Indian Hindi romance film directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It stars Bobby Deol, Amit Phalke and Shabana Raza.


Birju (Bobby Deol) is a young man from an upper-middle-class family in Himachal Pradesh. His father insists on him being responsible, while Birju is interested in petty theft, lies, and romancing a beautiful young woman named Neha. Neha is a simple, beautiful, and responsible girl from a poor family. Birju sees Neha for the first time and falls in love with her that very moment. Neha also starts liking Birju but hides her feelings. Birju tries everything to impress Neha and eventually she realizes how much she loves Birju and can't live without him.

Birju's father does not want Birju to marry into a poor family but Birju lies that Nehas's uncle is rich and arranges their wedding. Birju steals money from his home and pretends that the money has been sent by Neha's uncle. However, on the night of the wedding, Birju's father discovers the truth and calls off the wedding.

Neha's mother, unable to withstand this emotional distress, suffers a heart attack. When Birju meets Neha she is very distraught for her mother, and angry at Birju for lying. Neha makes Birju promise that he will never show his face again. Neha then takes her mother to a Shimla hospital in an ambulance and Birju follows. Birju later spends that night sleeping on the steps of a laundry shop owned by Bhigelal (Johnny Lever). Bhigelal is an interesting character with the dream of visiting England one day and owns a collection of antique coins to sell to a diwanji. With the money earned by selling coins and operating his laundry shop, he plans to visit England just as his father always dreamed of. He then hires Birju as a laundry boy. This is Birju's first job which he accepts to stay near Neha and earn money to support her mother's treatment. One day after work Birju meets Uncle and Aunty (Shammi Kapoor and Sushma Seth). They treat Birju as their own son and offer to help him whenever he needs it.

At the hospital, Birju makes an inquiry about Neha's mother, where he was told by the receptionist that she needs an immediate operation and it will be very expensive. In the next scene, Doctor Abhay first appears after Neha tries to contact Birju for help but is unable to reach him. Doctor Abhay is very fond of Neha and proposes to marry her in exchange for her mother's operation for free because doctors are able to provide free services to their relatives.

Birju goes to Uncle and Aunty who propose he buy a lottery ticket, which they will ensure he wins by bribing corrupt government officials. They ask Birju to get them some money for the bribe. Birju buys the lottery ticket as instructed and works hard all day to collect the money for the bribe. He then gives it to Uncle and Aunty but eventually realizes the couple were not who they claimed to be and had taken money from many other people just like him, and ran away. Helpless Birju steals the money from Bhigelal to pay for the surgery. He returns to the hospital with the money and gives it to the doctor, asking the doctor to not tell Neha.

Eventually Birju's family realizes Birju's love for Neha and decide to support their son in Simla. They reach Simla and handle things with Bhigelal who goes mad on seeing his robbed drawer with Birju's note promising he will return the money. Neha comes to know that Birju helped her and wants to meet him. They both meet again on a staircase of the hospital and times stops again to see them completely in love with each other.


Bobby Deol Birju
Shabana Raza Neha
Moushumi Chatterjee Neha's Mother
Johnny Lever Bhigelal
Amit Phalke Chandru
Sushma Seth Lata / Mrs. Ranbir Singh
Saurabh Shukla Birju's father
Shammi Kapoor Thakur Ranbir Singh
Vijayendra Ghatge Diwan Virendranath


Anu Malik wrote the film's music and Rahat Indori penned the lyrics. The pair was sued by Syed Mohammed Hasan Imam who alleged that they had used his lyrics without permission in Haan Judai Se Darta Hai Dil.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Chura Lo Na Dil Mera" Kumar Sanu, Sanjeevani
2 "Chori Chori Jab Nazrein Mili" Kumar Sanu, Sanjeevani
3 "Chori Chori Kismat Ne Awaaz Di" Kumar Sanu, Sanjeevani
4 "Haan Judai Se Darta Hai Dil" Kumar Sanu, Sanjeevani
5 "Tum Juda Ho Kar Hamen" Roop Kumar Rathod, Sanjeevani
6 "Reet Yahi Jag Ki" Jaspinder Narula, Sanjeevani
7 "Tera Ghussa" Abhijeet
8 "Haan Judai Se Darta Hai Dil (II)" Sanjeevani

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