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Directed by Abbas–Mustan
Produced by Subhash Ghai
Screenplay by
Music by Himesh Reshammiya
Cinematography Ravi Yadav
Edited byHussain A. Burmawala
Distributed byMukta Arts
Release date
  • 12 November 2004 (2004-11-12)
Running time
159 minutes [1]
Budget₹110 million [2]
Box office₹260 million [2]

Aitraaz (English: Objection) is a 2004 Indian Hindi-language romantic thriller courtroom drama film directed by Abbas–Mustan. Produced by Subhash Ghai, it stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, and features Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal and Annu Kapoor in supporting roles. The screenplay was written by Shyam Goel and Shiraz Ahmed, and Himesh Reshammiya composed the soundtrack.


The film tells the story of a man accused of sexual harassment by his female superior. It was released on 12 November 2004 to positive reviews. Chopra received widespread critical acclaim for her performance as the antagonist. Aitraaz was a commercial success, grossing over 260 million at the box office against a budget of 110 million. It has been noted for its bold subject of sexual harassment.

Aitraaz received several accolades, particularly for Chopra. At the 50th Filmfare Awards, she received two nominations: Best Supporting Actress and Best Performance in a Negative Role, winning the latter and thus becoming the second (and final [lower-alpha 1] ) actress to win the award. [3] Chopra also won the Bengal Film Journalists' Association Award for Best Actress and the Screen Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role. The film received ten nominations at the 2005 IIFA Awards, winning three.


Raj Malhotra is a product engineer for Voice Mobiles, a mobile manufacturing company. Junior lawyer Priya goes to Raj's house for an interview, mistaking him for barrister Ram Chautrani, a neighbour and Raj's friend. They fall in love, marry and are soon expecting a child as well as Raj's promotion to CEO. Company chairman Roy arrives with a new and much younger wife, Sonia; after some discussion between the couple, Sonia is named as the new chairperson, Raj's friend Rakesh as the new CEO, and Raj is placed on the board of directors. At a party, Raj and Priya learn about Sonia and gossip about her attractiveness and her age difference with Roy. Raj jokes that his magnetic personality was responsible for his prestigious promotion. It is implied that Raj may have encountered Sonia previously.

A flashback explores Raj's previous relationship with Sonia, five years earlier. Raj and Sonia (then a model) meet at a beach in Cape Town. They fall in love and move in together. Sonia becomes pregnant with Raj's child, which makes him happy, but Sonia refuses Raj's marriage proposal. She says that she is going to terminate the pregnancy as a child would stand in the way of wealth, fame, power and status; as a consequence, their relationship ends.

After their promotions, Rakesh tells Raj about a defect in the company's new mobile handset, which causes calls to be simultaneously placed to two people—the intended recipient and another random person from the phone's contact list. Raj needs Sonia's permission to stop production, and she invites him to her house to discuss the matter. Sonia makes provocative and sexually explicit statements to Raj, who ignores her. She then aggressively tries to pursue Raj, who resists. Although he repeatedly rejects her advances, Sonia continues trying to seduce him. As he leaves, Sonia threatens to punish him for spurning her. The next day, he learns that Sonia has told her husband that he sexually harassed her. Since he has admitted finding Sonia attractive, his claim of innocence is not believed, and the company pressures him to resign.

Raj asks Chauthrani to take his case; Chauthrani tells him not to resign, and to continue going to work. The case goes to court, gaining widespread media attention with the bulk of the evidence against Raj. Raj's bank manager returns from overseas with a tape that recorded Raj's encounter at Sonia's house. The tape is proven genuine, but is destroyed when Chauthrani is struck by a car driven by a goon who Sonia hired. When Priya asks Raj why he called their bank manager from Sonia's house, he replies that he had called Rakesh, and the call also went through to the bank manager due to the defect in the company handset. Due to Chauthrani's injury, Priya continues the case and exposes Sonia's earlier relationship with Raj in Cape Town. She then plays Rakesh's voice mail to the court, showing what occurred between Raj and Sonia. It is revealed that Sonia married Roy for money, power, and status, but when he could not satisfy her sexually, she tried to resume her relationship with Raj. Priya wins the case and Roy leaves Sonia. Guilt-stricken and humiliated, Sonia commits suicide by jumping from a building. The end credit scene shows Raj and Priya walking their child.


The cast is listed below: [4]


The cast of Aitraaz photographed on the sets Aitraaz cast.jpg
The cast of Aitraaz photographed on the sets

The director duo Abbas–Mustan took inspiration from National Basketball Association player Kobe Bryant, who was accused of rape by a fan; [5] they began developing the film after reading about his sexual-assault case in the newspapers. [6] Regarding the film's unusual title, they said the word aitraaz was colloquial and suited the subject. [6] Shyam Goel and Shiraz Ahmed wrote the screenplay. Hussain A. Burmawala and R. Verman were responsible for film editing and art direction, respectively. [7]

The film was announced in October 2003 by producer Subhash Ghai, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his production company Mukta Arts. [8] The media reported that Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra were cast in lead roles, making it the third film collaboration between Kumar and Chopra after the highly successful Andaaz (2003) and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004). [8] [9] Kumar was cast as Raj, a working man accused of rape at his workplace; Kapoor portrayed his supportive wife, who goes to extremes to defend him. [5] According to the directors, Kumar was cast against type; he generally played action heroes, and they wanted him to underplay his character. [6] Abbas–Mustan, known for stylish thrillers and intriguing antagonists, [lower-alpha 2] cast Chopra in her first negative role. [9] She plays a woman, married to a business magnate more than twice her age, who seeks revenge by falsely accusing her former lover of raping her. Chopra was initially apprehensive about such a bold character, due to the controversial theme of sexual harassment, but Abbas–Mastan and Subhash Ghai convinced her to accept the role. [10] [11] The director duo had previously offered her the lead in their 2002 thriller Humraaz , which she could not accept. [12]

Kumar described his character as "realistic" and a "new-age metrosexual" man. The actor revealed that he enjoyed the strengths and weaknesses of his character, adding "[he] is not afraid to show his feelings and does not feel emasculated by his situation." [13] Kumar further stated: "There's a quiet dignity and heroism associated with my character. He doesn't fight for applause. He fights for his convictions." [13] In an interview with Tribune India , Kapoor remarked that Indian women would identify with her character. [14] She said her character "stand[s] by [Raj] in his moment of distress and helplessness, like every Indian woman would." [14] Chopra described her character Sonia as "charming and focused", commenting that her "philosophy is that she has to achieve her goals at any cost. She knows one thing: that nothing can come in between her desires and herself." [11] Owing to her conservative upbringing, Chopra found it difficult to identify with her "man-eater role". [10] Playing an "extremely negative character" proved a challenge, and she had to mentally prepare herself for an hour before each scene. [15]

Manish Malhotra and Vikram Phadnis designed the costumes and the cinematography was handled by Ravi Yadav. [7] The film was mainly shot in Cape Town, Goa, Pune and Mumbai. [6] Chopra, who was simultaneously filming four other productions, revealed that because of her busy schedule the producers of her other films had to move their sets to the Filmistan Studio, where Aitraaz was being made. [12] She wept during filming of the sexual-harassment scene; it took the directors several hours to remind her she was only playing a character, and further filming was postponed. [16] The music video of the title track "Aitraaz – I Want to Make Love to You" with Kumar and Chopra was shot in one take with a Steadicam. [17] Salim–Sulaiman composed the background score for the film. [7]


Soundtrack album by
Released24 September 2004
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Hindi
Label Tips Music
Producer Himesh Reshammiya

Aitraaz's soundtrack was composed by Himesh Reshammiya, with lyrics by Sameer. The album contains fifteen songs: seven original, and eight remixes. The vocals were performed by Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Adnan Sami, K.K., and Alisha Chinai. It was released on 24 September 2004 by Sony Music India. [18]

The soundtrack was generally well received by music critics, who praised its lyrics and vocals. Planet Bollywood gave a rating of 7 out of 10, calling it a "good album". [19] Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama rated the album 3 out of 5, praising "I Want To Make Love To You" (all three versions): "Sunidhi Chauhan is excellent in this wonderfully-composed track that shocks everyone with the intensity of the lyrics and the music". He concluded, "Except for two or three average songs here and there, the majority of songs in Aitraaz do keep you engaged". [20]

The music topped charts on a number of platforms in India. [21] The soundtrack was one of the best-selling Bollywood soundtracks of the year, with 1.5 million units sold according to Box Office India. [22]

All lyrics are written by Sameer.

Track listing [20]
1."Aankhen Bandh Karke" Himesh Reshammiya Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik 4:41
2."Tala Tum Tala Tum"Himesh ReshammiyaAlka Yagnik, Jayesh Gandhi, Udit Narayan6:58
3."Woh Tassavvur"Himesh ReshammiyaUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik5:24
4."Nazar Aa Raha Hai"Himesh ReshammiyaUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik5:07
5."Gela Gela Gela"Himesh Reshammiya Adnan Sami, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:42
6."Aitraaz – I Want to Make Love to You"Himesh ReshammiyaSunidhi Chauhan5:11
7."Yeh Dil Tumpe Aa Gaya"Himesh Reshammiya K.K., Alisha Chinai 5:23
8."Aitraaz – I Want to Make Love to You (Male)"Himesh Reshammiya Kunal Ganjawala 5:10
9."Aankhen Bandh Karke (Close Your Eyes Mix)"Himesh ReshammiyaUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik5:00
10."Gela Gela Gela (The Dance on the Beach Mix)"Himesh ReshammiyaAdnan Sami, Sunidhi Chauhan4:00
11."Woh Tassavvur (Love is Forever Mix)"Himesh ReshammiyaUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik4:00
12."Tala Tum Tala Tum (The Cyclonic Dance Mix)"Himesh ReshammiyaAlka Yagnik, Jayesh Gandhi, Udit Narayan5:00
13."Nazar Aa Raha Hai"Himesh ReshammiyaUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik4:00
14."Yeh Dil Tumpe Aa Gaya (The Slip and Slide Mix)"Himesh ReshammiyaK.K., Alisha Chinai5:00
15."Aitraaz – I Want to Make Love to You (The Passion Mix)"Himesh ReshammiyaSunidhi Chauhan4:00

Marketing and release

The first-look poster of the film, with the tagline "In the world of women, you either play by their rules or else ...", was received positively by critics; [23] [24] the film's trailers were also well received. In October 2004, exclusive footage from the film was screened to the trade experts and critics, creating a positive buzz. The film's trailers and the film's music aided its marketing. [21]

Made on a budget of 60 million, Aitraaz was released on 375 screens on 12 November 2004 during the festive Diwali weekend. [2] It clashed with three other major releases: Veer-Zaara , the coloured version of Mughal-e-Azam , and Naach . The film opened to excellent occupancy in metros and decent at other places. It was the second-best playing release of the week after Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara. [25] [26] According to Box Office India, the film grossed approximately 45 million on its opening weekend and 76 million in its first week at the domestic box office. [2] After its run, Aitraaz grossed over 278 million at the box office, becoming the tenth highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year. [27] The film was deemed a commercial success. [2]

The DVD of the film was released on 6 December 2004 across all regions in a PAL-format single disc. [28] Distributed by Shemaroo Entertainment, it included a making-of-the-film segment and a photo gallery. [29] The VCD version was released at the same time, [29] and Zee Network bought the exclusive broadcast rights. [30] Aitraaz made its Indian television premiere on 30 October 2005 on Zee Cinema. [31] The film was remade in Kannada as Shrimathi (2011), starring Upendra, Priyanka Trivedi and Celina Jaitley. [32]

Critical reception

Critics were particularly appreciative of Priyanka Chopra's performance. Priyanka At Nikon Camera Launch.jpg
Critics were particularly appreciative of Priyanka Chopra's performance.

Aitraaz received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its direction, music and performances, particularly Chopra's. [33] [34] [35] It was noted for its bold treatment of sexual harassment. [36] Several critics observed that the premise was similar to the American film Disclosure (1994). [36] [37] Writing for the BBC, critic Jay Mamtora praised the film's theme, music and performances, and remarked that "Abbas-Mustaan have done a good job in 'Indianising' the whole concept". He went on to describe it as "a gripping edge of the seat drama that keeps viewers glued to their seats". [38] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated the film 3.5 out of 5, calling it "a well-crafted thriller" and complimenting the directors' opting for "a theme that has been untouched on the Indian screen so far" and the film's "dramatic moments". [36]

Like Mamtora, Adarsh believed that the film belonged entirely to Priyanka Chopra, and was impressed with her understanding of the character, writing that "She sneaks her way through the role like an expert, drawing audience hatred the way a magnet collects iron filings." [36] He also complimented the performances by Kapoor and Kumar. [36] Patcy N of noted the film's appeal to the general public, finding its subject matter "something different from the standard fare on offer". She also praised the music and choreography. [39] Writing for India Today , film critic Anupama Chopra lauded Chopra's "impressive" performance, and deemed the film "good timepass". [40]

Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu commented that "though the first half of the movie is well-paced, the second half sags with the songs and twists forced into the plot to buy time", but stated that it was "passable with its slick production, a few funny lines, glam quotient and star appeal." [37] Subhash K. Jha criticised the film's "dishy digressions" and "peripheral sub-plots", rating it 2 out of 5 overall, but was impressed with the court scene, which he considered "splendid". He also found Chopra's performance to be a triumph, remarking: "A star is born! As the predatory social-climbing seductress who can go to any length to satiate her lust for life, Priyanka Chopra rocks the scene like never before." Jha believed that Kareena was miscast and seemed a little awkward in a non-glamorous role, but "comes into her own in the climactic courtroom sequence", [41] a sentiment echoed by Jitesh Pillai in his review for The Times of India . Pillai gave a rating of 3 out of 5 and noted that "it isn't drama that directors were striving for, yet the film works." [42]


AwardCategoryRecipient(s) and nominee(s)ResultRef.
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Best Actress Priyanka Chopra Won [3]
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Priyanka ChopraNominated [3]
Best Performance in a Negative Role Priyanka ChopraWon
Global Indian Film Awards Best Director Abbas-Mustan Nominated [44]
Best Villain FemalePriyanka ChopraWon
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Kareena Kapoor Nominated [46]
Best Supporting Actor Paresh Rawal Nominated
Best Music Director Himesh Reshamiya Nominated
Best Lyricist Sameer (for song "Woh Tassavvur")Nominated
Best Male Playback Udit Narayan (for song "Aankhen Bandh Karke")Nominated
Best Female Playback Alka Yagnik (for song "Aankhen Bandh Karke")Nominated
Best Story Shiraz Ahmed, Shyam Goel Nominated
Best Editing Hussain A. BurmawalaWon
Best Sound Recording Rakesh RajanWon
Best Sound Re-Recording Anup DevWon
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Priyanka ChopraNominated [49]
Screen Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Priyanka ChopraWon [43]
Jodi No. 1 Akshay Kumar , Priyanka ChopraNominated
Stardust Awards Star of the Year – Male Akshay Kumar [lower-alpha 3] Nominated [51]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Priyanka ChopraNominated [52]
Best Music Director Himesh ReshamiyaNominated
Best Lyricist SameerNominated

Explanatory notes

  1. The award was discontinued in 2008.
  2. Examples include Shah Rukh Khan in 1993's Baazigar , Arbaaz Khan in 1996's Daraar , Akshay Kumar 2001's Ajnabee and Akshaye Khanna in 2002's Humraaz . [9]
  3. Also for Khakee .


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Patiala House is a 2011 Indian Hindi-language sports drama film directed by Nikkhil Advani and starring Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. It was produced by Bhushan Kumar, Mukesh Talreja, Krishan Kumar and Twinkle Khanna under the banner of People Tree Films, Credence Motion Pictures and Hari Om Entertainment. The film released on 11 February 2011. The theatrical trailer of the film was premièred with Farah Khan's Tees Maar Khan on 24 December 2010. Akshay Kumar plays the role of a fast bowler, loosely based upon Monty Panesar and its concept was conceived by Rahul Nanda, son of writer Gulshan Nanda.

<i>7 Khoon Maaf</i> 2011 Indian black comedy directed by Vishal Bhardwaj

7 Khoon Maaf, released internationally as Seven Sins Forgiven, is a 2011 Indian black comedy film directed, co-written and co-produced by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film stars Priyanka Chopra in the lead role, with Vivaan Shah, Irrfan Khan, Annu Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Naseeruddin Shah and Usha Uthup in supporting roles. The film tells the story of a femme fatale, Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, an Anglo-Indian woman who causes seven deaths in an unending quest for love.

Parineeti Chopra Indian actress

Parineeti Chopra is an Indian actress and singer who appears in Hindi films. Chopra is a recipient of several accolades, including a Filmfare and National Film Award. She initially aspired to pursue a career in investment banking, but after obtaining a triple honours degree in business, finance and economics from Manchester Business School she returned to India during the 2009 economic recession and joined Yash Raj Films as a public relations consultant. She has been appearing in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list since 2013.

Sumit Nijhawan is an Indian actor residing in Mumbai, India. Nijhawan has appeared in films such as Contract, Sarkar Raj and Phas Gaye Re Obama. He also played Sarfaraz, a prominent character in the movie Jannat 2, where he made his presence felt. His first role as a main lead came with Maazii, which received the IBN Live Best Independent Film 2013 award. He has since played substantial roles in films like Dishkiyaaoon, Raja Natwarlal and Vidya Balan starrer Begum Jaan where his role received significantly appreciation. His performance in Mardaani 2, an action thriller starring Rani Mukherji, received rave reviews from critics.

Akshay Kumar filmography Filmography of Indian actor Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar is an Indian-born Bollywood actor and producer. He made his debut with a minor role in the 1987 Mahesh Bhatt directed Indian film Aaj. He appeared as the lead actor in Saugandh (1991) before making his breakthrough with the suspense thriller Khiladi (1992), the first film of the Khiladi series. In the same year, he appeared in the Pramod Chakravorty-produced film Deedar. In 1994, Kumar earned his first nomination for Best Actor at the Filmfare Awards for his performance in the Yash Chopra-produced romance Yeh Dillagi and starred in Mohra. The following year he appeared in Sabse Bada Khiladi. Kumar played a supporting role in the Chopra-directed romance Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), for which he received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. However, several other of his releases in the 1990s, including Lahu Ke Do Rang, Insaaf, Daava, Tarazu, Angaaray, Barood and Zulmi performed poorly at the box office leading to a setback in his film career.

<i>Mary Kom</i> (film) 2014 Indian Hindi-language biographical sports film

Mary Kom is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language biographical sports film directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film stars Priyanka Chopra in the lead role of the eponymous boxer, with Darshan Kumar and Sunil Thapa in supporting roles of her husband and mentor, respectively. Mary Kom depicts Kom's journey of becoming a boxer to her victory at the 2008 World Boxing Championships in Ningbo. The film marks the Hindi playback singing debut of Chopra, who provided her vocals for a song named "Chaoro".