Mehbooba (2008 film)

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Directed by Afzal Khan
Produced by Shabina Khan
Written by Rumi Jaffrey
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Ajay Devgn
Manisha Koirala
Music by Ismail Darbar
Distributed by Eros Labs
Release date
  • 11 July 2008 (2008-07-11)
Running time
162 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Mehbooba is a Bollywood romance film written, produced and directed by Afzal Khan. The story of the movie is based on a love-triangle, lead protagonists being Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt and Manisha Koirala. Music of the film was composed by Ismail Darbar. The film was released in India on July 11, 2008. The film was shot in 2000, but got delayed and released in 2008, 8 years after it was shot.


The story follows rich businessman Shravan Dhariwal (Sanjay Dutt). Shravan has everything one can dream of having and what he doesn’t have, he buys it. One day, he meets Varsha (Manisha Koirala) and believes her to be his true love. He proposes to her, and she eventually agrees. The couple get engaged, and go on a small holiday. However, Varsha’s beautiful dream comes to a shocking end when Shravan tells her that his love for her was just a drama to get engaged so he could sleep with her. Heart broken and shattered, Varsha’s whole world collapses around her. She leaves the country and goes as far away as possible from Shravan Dhariwal to start a new life. Shravan goes back home, and says things didn't go well with Varsha.

After this intro, the story begins with Karan (Ajay Devgn) a young artist, who has many girls after him, however awaits his true love and his dream girl because he is an honest lover. Every night, he dreams of a girl running in the fields and believes she is his true love. One day, Karan sees a young woman named Payal (also Manisha Koirala), and she is the extreme lookalike of his dream girl. Payal is actually Varsha who changed her name so Shravan could never find her. Karan begins to follow her, and explains she is the woman he sees in his dreams but Payal thinks he is flirting with her. Eventually, when Payal realizes that her uncle is Karan's lawyer, the two make friendship, and soon enough, they fall in love. Karan phones his mother, and tells her he is getting married to an Indian girl named Payal.

His mother is overly excited, and tells the whole village such as Karan's brother; cousins and rest of his family. She tells him that the marriage would take place in their own village, and Karan sets out for his hometown with Payal. Once they arrive, Karan's mother is totally smitten with Payal. Everything is going well, and a day before the marriage, Karan's elder brother arrives home to see his brother's future wife, and Payal's world turns upside down. It is revealed that Karan's brother is actually Shravan Dhaliwal. Payal begins to hide the shock from Karan, though refuses to get married to Karan. Karan, who then finds out the truth behind her rejection, goes to commit suicide. Shravan is unaware of this. Karan takes his car on full speed in front of a running train, but is soon pushed out of the car by Shravan.

Shravan is hurt and struggles. He makes Karan promise to take care of Varsha/Payal and also not to tell the family that Payal is Varsha. He tries to ask forgiveness but dies in the arms of Karan.


Box office[edit]

Mehbooba had a good first-week response at the box office. The film collected Rs. 35.45 crore in its first week. It did well since it was concepted to be filmed so old and took quite a longtime for release, and was filmed in 2000, although it was released in 2008. The films did business of 68 crores in India and 90.32 crores worldwide. The film was a failure, and was demoted as a disaster at the box office by Box Office India.[1]


The old-fashioned still soothing music of the film was composed by Ismail Darbar. Lyrics by Anand Bakshi [2] The tracks are listed down.

Song Singer Picturised on/Notes
Tu Meri Mehbooba Udit Narayan Sanjay Dutt, Manisha Koirala
Khwabon Ki Rani Hai Udit Narayan Ajay Devgn, Manisha Koirala
Dilruba Udit Narayan Ajay Devgn
Yaar Tera Shukriya Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan Manisha Koirala, Ajay Devgn
Deewana Sukhwinder Singh, Sonu Nigam Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn
Babuji Bahut Dukhta Hai Alka Yagnik Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Sanober Kabir
Kuch Kar Lo Sonu Nigam Sanjay Dutt
Kuch Kar Lo Shankar Mahadevan, Kavita Krishnamurthy Sanjay Dutt, Manisha Koirala
Kuch Kar Lo Kuch Mahalaxmi Iyer Manisha Koirala
Achcha To Ab Main Chalta Hoon Sonu Nigam


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