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Dostana (2008)

Dostana2008

Dostana (2008) is a 2008 Bollywood romantic comedy film. It is inspired by I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry. It stars Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. The film was directed by Karan Johar’s assistant, Tarun Mansukhani. Dharma Productions produced the film.

The film explores the story of two men who pretend to be gay, so that they can to rent an apartment from an older lady. Both the men fall in love with the same girl, their roommate, but are unable to express their feelings because she is related to the old landlady.

Dostana is the first Bollywood film to be filmed entirely in Miami, United States. Filming began in Miami in March 2008, and the film was released on 14 November 2008, and went on to become the eighth highest grossing film at the Indian box office in 2008.

Plot

Sameer Acharya (Abhishek Bachchan), a nurse, and Kunal Chauhan (John Abraham), a photographer, bump into each other while looking for an apartment to rent. They fall in love with the same apartment; however, the owner refuses to sublet it to them as her niece, Neha Melwani (Priyanka Chopra), will stay in the apartment alone. When a U.S. soldier mentions how much Sameer and Kunal remind him of his own relationship with his life partner, Sameer tries to convince Kunal to pretend to be lovers so that they may live in the apartment. Kunal initially refuses, but agrees out of desperation. Their plan works and they move in. Neha, Kunal, and Sameer spend time together and become good friends.

One day, Neha’s boss, ‘M’, short for Murli (Boman Irani), announces that he is resigning his job as the editor of Verve magazine and will decide who should take his position. To impress her editor and get the job, Neha invites M for dinner at her house, telling him that she will introduce him to her gay friends. The evening turns out to be comedic. However, Sameer’s mother finds out that her son might be gay and is not pleased. The next day at Neha’s office, M announces that Abhimanyu Singh (Bobby Deol) will be the new editor. Neha, heartbroken, returns home where she is consoled by Sameer’s mother. Kunal and Sameer then help Neha with her on a redesign project, given to her by Abhimanyu.

While Kunal is out of the film for a few days, Sameer takes Neha on a romantic outing. Later, he tries to tell Neha about their scheme and admit that he loves her, but Kunal overhears and stops him. While they try to figure out what to do, Kunal suggests that Sameer meet him and Neha that night at a local dance bar. Instead, Kunal takes Neha to a romantic dinner and movie. The next morning, Sameer is furious with Kunal.

Abhi and Neha start dating, and Sameer and Kunal decide to team up to sabotage the relationship, such as advising Abhimanyu to wear ridiculous clothing or wax his chest hair. Despite these efforts, Abhi and Neha eventually fall in love. Sameer and Kunal redirect their efforts into frightening Abhi’s son, Veer, about his future stepmother.

Neha discovers that Abhi plans to propose to her during a basketball game. She leaves and asks Kunal and Sameer what she should do. Kunal and Sameer are shocked and reveal that they are not gay lovers and both are in love with her. Meanwhile, Veer tells Abhi of his fears and begins to cry, asking his father not to marry Neha. During the game, Abhi hugs Neha and ends the relationship, citing Veer’s discomfort. Neha tearfully turns out Kunal and Sameer from the apartment and resigns fromVerve.

A few months later, Kunal and Sameer go to court to collect their resident permits and realize that they miss Neha. They find her at a fashion show and try to apologize, but she refuses to see them. Abhi shows up, and Kunal asks when their wedding is. Neha tells him that they broke up because Veer Singh wasn’t comfortable with her. Kunal and Sameer then admit the truth about their manipulations, and both Abhi and Neha are furious.

Kunal and Sameer get on the stage and begs Neha’s forgiveness, with the crowd egging them on and asking them to get on their knees and give flying kisses to Neha. Then they are asked to kiss each other, and the guys adamantly refuse to do so. Neha and Abhi begin to turn away. At the last moment, Kunal forcibly kisses Sameer. Abhi is amazed and tells Neha that the guys were really her best friends, as he wouldn’t have done that, not even for her. Neha goes to them and they make up.

Kunal and Sameer propose to Abhi for Neha. He agrees, and Neha and Abhi get married. Two months later, Neha, Kunal, and Sameer are sitting on the apartment’s balcony, enjoying themselves. Neha asks them if they felt anything during their charade of pretending to be gay. Kunal and Sam get defensive and Neha leaves saying “sorry touchy topic.” Sam and Kunal, now alone, remember the kiss.

Cast

Abhishek Bachchan as Sameer ‘Sam’ Acharya
John Abraham as Kunal Chauhan
Priyanka Chopra as Neha Melwani
Kirron Kher as Mrs. Acharya
Bobby Deol as Abhimanyu ‘Abhi’ Singh
Boman Irani as Murli ‘M’
Sushmita Mukherjee as Ms. Melwani
Eduardo M. Freyre as Paul McCartney
Monika Gaba as Anaita
Harry Key as Auctioneer
Harrison Myles as Kunal’s Imposter
Shilpa Shetty as Item Girl (singing voice)
Thomas Tevana as Salim Khan

Sound Tracks

“Jaane Kyun”
Written by Anvita Dutt Guptan
Composed by Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by Vishal Dadlani
Music Label Sony Music

“Desi Girl”
Written by Kumaar
Composed by Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal Dadlani, Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Label Sony Music

“Maa Da Laadla”
Written by Kumaar
Composed by Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by Master Saleem
Music Label Sony Music

“Maa Da Laadla – Mummy Mix”
Written by Kumaar
Composed by Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by Master Saleem
Music Label Sony Music

“Shut Up & Bounce”
Written by Anvita Dutt Guptan
Composed by Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Label Sony Music

“Khabar Nehi”
Written by Anvita Dutt Guptan
Composed by Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by Amanat Ali, Vishal Dadlani, Shreya Ghoshal
Music Label Sony Music

“Kuch Kum”
Written by Vishal Dadlani
Composed by Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by Shaan
Music Label Sony Music

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 22 January 2011

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