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Kurbaan (2009)

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A woman finds that her neighbors are terrorists, and her husband is not who he claims to be.

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Renzil D'Silva (as Rensil D'Silva)

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Renzil D'Silva (screenplay) (as Rensil D'Silva), Niranjan Iyengar (dialogues) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lewis Tan ... SWAT Team Member
Kareena Kapoor ... Avantika Ahuja / Avantika Khan
Saif Ali Khan ... Ehsaan Khan / Khalid
Om Puri ... Bhaijaan
Vivek Oberoi ... Riyaz Mansoori
Dia Mirza ... Rehana
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Mansoori
Shishir Sharma ... Professor Qureshi
Nauheed Cyrusi ... Salma
Kiron Kher ... Nasreen Appa (as Kirron Kher)
Damien Colletti ... Train Passenger
Brian Matthews ... Police Officer
Robert Miller ... FBI Agent
Rosa Leger ... Police Officer
Akash Khurana ... Ahuja
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Storyline

Delhi University's Professor Avantika Ahuja meets fellow professor Ehsan Khan in typical Bollywood filmy style, and both fall in love with each other. Her father, who had preferred that she marry a Hindu, reluctantly permits them to get married. They do so, and subsequently re-locate to live in the United States. They buy a house, settle in, and are welcomed by their neighbors, Hamid and Anjum. A few days later Avantika's world will be turned upside down when she finds out that their neighbors are terrorists who want to avenge the deaths of innocent Iraqi and Afghani civilians massacred by British and American forces, and that her husband is not who he claims to be. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Some Love Stories have Blood on them


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Urdu | English

Release Date:

20 November 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Sacrifice See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$403,678, 22 November 2009

Gross USA:

$754,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,461,611
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Karan Johar was originally supposed to direct this film with Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Sanjay Dutt in the main leads. The film was then titled Kaal. But Karan dropped this project to work on Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001).Aditya Chopra knew about the script and decided to make "New York" years later.He did this thinking Karan was not going to make the film. Years later Rensil D'Souza decided to brush off Karan Johar's old script Kaal and make it as "Kurbaan". It was when New York in production that Karan realized Aditya Chopra had taken the story without getting his permission or consulting him. Kurbaan had already started and it was too late to stop the film. This created friction in the friendship of Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra. See more »

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her father: When a couple is newly wed the husband and wife have no time for anything except each other. They shut their doors and windows and immerse themselves in a world of love. But when those windows open, the first thing to fly out, is love. If you want a happy marriage, you can't just listen to your heart.
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Ali Maula - Remix
Written by Irfan Siddiqui
Composed by Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant
Performed by Salim Merchant
Courtesy of Sonu Music India
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uneven thriller/romance
12 November 2010 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Though a native of India, Avantika (Kareena Kapoor) is currently a professor at a college in New York. On a trip to visit her ailing father in Delhi, Avantika meets and falls in love with another professor, the dapper and dashing Ehsaan (Saif Ali Khan). After a whirlwind courtship - which seems to take place in a slickly-produced shampoo commercial - the star-crossed lovers set up a new life for themselves as a married couple in the States. But all is not unadulterated marital bliss for the newlyweds, as Avantika quickly discovers that Ehsaan is, in reality, a secret Islamic terrorist who married her strictly as a means of getting easy ingress into the United States. The other major character is Riyaz (Vivek Oberoi), a war correspondent for a local news station, who allows himself to be recruited into the sleeper cell of which Ehsaan is a member.

Though "Kurbaan" starts out as a fairly typical - i.e., overly cutesy - Bollywood romance, it quickly transitions into an admittedly bloated but moderately gripping action-movie thriller with serious social overtones. Perhaps because this is an Indian film, the terrorists, though by no means the "heroes" of the story, do get to air their grievances in a somewhat more sympathetic and even-handed fashion than they would were it an American-made production. On the other hand, like most Indian films, this one suffers from over-length and a tendency towards hyperbole when understatement might have been the better course to take. And while the Indian actors are all fine, the American performers leave much to be desired (perhaps the result of an Indian director, Rensil D'Silva, not being able to identify poor line readings when delivered in another language). In addition, the action sequences are often clunky and unconvincingly staged, especially when contrasted with something like the expertly executed "24."

Yet, despite its flaws, "Kurbaan" combines suspense, social commentary, romance and clue-gathering in generally appropriate proportions, which makes the two-hour-and-forty-minute running time pass reasonably quickly.


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