Dostana (Hindi: दोस्ताना, translation: Friendship) is a Bollywood film starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra. It is directed by Karan Johar's assistant, Tarun Mansukhani. The film began filming in Miami, United States in March 2008, and is the first Bollywood film to be set entirely in Miami.Dharma Productions's Dostana was released on November 14, 2008.
This is a story about two guys, Sameer (Abhishek Bachchan) who is a nurse and Kunal (John Abraham), a photographer. They bump into each other while looking for an apartment to rent and coincidentally head towards the same apartment. However, they are both thrown out because the owner wants to rent the apartment to girls only, since her niece, Neha (Priyanka Chopra) stays in that apartment alone. Sameer gets an idea that if Kunal and he pretend to be gay lovers, then the owner will agree to let them stay. Kunal initially refuses, but agrees out of desperation. Their plan works and they move in. Over a period of time Neha, Kunal and Sameer become good friends, hanging out together and having fun.
One day Neha's boss 'M', short for Murli (Boman Irani) announces that he is resigning his job as the editor-in-chief of Verve magazine and is in charge of replacing himself. In order to impress her boss and bag the job, Neha invites him for dinner at her house. Next day at Neha's office M announces Abhimanyu Singh (Bobby Deol) as the next editor-in-chief. Neha, heartbroken returns home where Kunal and Sameer try to console her. Kunal, Sameer and Neha then together work out a difficult project she was given by her boss and Neha becomes a hit at her office. Looking at her success Abhimanyu appoints her as the co-editor-in-chief of Verve.
Meanwhile, in Kunal's absence Sameer takes out Neha out and they share an intimate time. Later, at a mall Sameer tries to tell Neha he loves her and that he's not gay through a trial room door, but turns out Kunal was behind that door and heard everything he said. He becomes angry with Sameer and states that he also loves her. As they try to figure out what to do Kunal says that as tomorrow's Neha's birthday they should go out to this new place he knows, but actually sends him to a male strip bar while he and Neha enjoy an intimate dinner and movie at a park. Sameer comes to know of this and furiously hits Kunal and a fight breaks out which Neha ends. The next day, Abhimanyu asks Neha out to an event and asks her to bring her two friends along. In the event while the trio are enjoying, Abhimanyu enters and sweeps Neha away. Then Kunal and Sameer decide to first eliminate him together. They try telling him to do exact opposite of things that Neha likes, but their plan doesn't work. They then set their sights on Abhimanyu's 5-year old son Veer (Shrey Bawa). They try to make Veer hate Neha. The next day, Neha comes to know that Abhi is going to propose her. Neha goes to Kunal and Sameer, and asks them what she should do as she is not even thinking about marriage yet. Both of them ask her not marry him and reveal that they aren't gay and are in love with her. Meanwhile Veer tells Abhimanyu of his fears and cries saying that he doesn't want him to marry Neha. As Neha tearfully turns away from Kunal and Sameer, Abhimanyu hugs her and tells her that they can't be together as Veer isn't comfortable with that. Kunal and Sameer see them hugging and presume them to be engaged. Neha comes home and asks the guys to leave the house.
Later, Kunal and Sameer go to the immigration office to get their residence permit and realize that they miss Neha, so they go to get her at an office party that she is attending. They try explaining to her but she refuses to listen and Abhimanyu enters. Kunal asks when they are going to get married and Neha tells him that they broke up because Veer wasn't comfortable with her. They both tell them the truth and Abhimanyu and Neha furiously try to leave the place. But the guys stop them and get on to the stage and tell the crowd their story and ask them tell Neha to grant forgiveness. The crowd edges them to do stuff like get on the knees and beg to Neha, when one of them asks them to kiss each other . The guys adamantly refuse to do it when Abhimanyu says that since they are very fond of being gay, it is the only way they can be forgiven. Kunal refuses to do it but Sameer convinces him and tries to kiss him but at the end moment he cant do it. As Kunal sees Neha and Abhimanyu starting to leave he forcibly kisses Sameer and Abhimanyu tells Neha that those guys were really her best friends to do this as even he couldn't have done it, even for her. Neha goes to them and they make up. After two months Neha, Kunal and Sameer are sitting in their apartment balcony and Neha asks them if anytime during their act of being gay, they ever felt anything towards each other. They vehemently deny it and Neha leaves apologizing. Sameer and Kunal look at each other and remember their disastrous kiss, and walk away.
- Abhishek Bachchan as Sameer
- John Abraham as Kunal
- Priyanka Chopra as Neha Melwani
- Bobby Deol as Abhimanyu Singh (Cameo)
- Kirron Kher as Seema (Sameer's mother)
- Boman Irani as M (Murli) (Neha's Boss)
- Sushmita Mukherjee as (Neha's Aunt)
- Shrey Bawa as Veer (Abhimanyu's son)
- Shilpa Shetty - (Special Appearance during song "Shut Up & Bounce")
- Abhishek Bachchan as Sameer - Born and raised in London in a Sikh household, now in his early thirties, Sameer works in Miami, as a male nurse at Howard Medical Centre. A goofy kind of guy, who yet has the ability to charm his way into anybody's life. Sameer is the man with the plan. Plans that he seldom thinks through its consequences.
- John Abraham as Kunal - Kunal is also a guy in his early thirties. Suave, confident, and good looking who has this brooding quality about him that makes girls swoon over him, which he plays to his full advantage. He's a fashion photographer who is pretty straight edged, responsible, and an organized man who has his life in order except for his residence permit as he is an illegal immigrant.
- Priyanka Chopra as Neha - Neha is a 27 year old Sindhi woman. She is smart, gorgeous and stylish, working at a fashion magazine called Verve. Hard working and someone who loves her work, she longs to settle down and have a family. She is respectful, intelligent and also innocent which sometimes lands her into trouble.
- Distributor: Yash Raj Films
- Production House: Dharma Productions
- Director: Tarun Mansukhani
- Story & Screenplay: Tarun Mansukhani
- Director of Photography: Ayananka Bose
- Production Design: Amrita Mahal Nakai
- Executive Producer: Manoj Mittra
- Line Producer (USA): Prashant Shah (Bollywood Hollywood)
- Dialogue: Anvita Dutt Guptan
- Choreography: Vaibhavi Merchant & Farah Khan
- Background Score: Salim-Sulaiman
- Sound Design: Baylon Fonseca
- Edited by: Mannan Sagar
- Costumes: Aki Narula & Manish Malhorta
- Make-Up: Mickey Contractor
- Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan, Vishal Dadlani & Kumaar
- Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar
|Studio album by Vishal-Shekhar|
September 30, 2008
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The film's soundtrack is composed by Vishal-Shekhar. The soundtrack received generally positive reviews. Joginder Tuteja of IndiaFM stated that "Dostana is an excellent album from Vishal-Shekhar which does not carry a single number which doesn't work", giving the soundtrack 4 out of 5 stars. NDTV also gave the soundtrack 4 out of 5 stars stating that "that the soundtrack of the film will keep the cash registers ringing, with Shut Up and Bounce as an exception." Coincidentally most critics were in favour of every track apart from Shut Up and Bounce, which they described as a huge disappointment considering it carried the tune played during the first promo of Dostana. Some even said that it lacked originality and because of its familiar tune, comparisons were made between Shut Up and Bounce and Kal Ho Naa Ho's It's the Time to Disco. Another song "Maa da laadla" affirms that "Dostana" isn't just about soothing, pleasant numbers but also about celebration. Punjabi in flavour, the song has good beats and is sung by Saleem. The lyrics of the song, penned by Kumaar, are noteworthy. The track has a slight humorous essence as well. In contrast to IndiaFM and NDTV, Buzz18's Chandrima Pal gave the soundtrack 2.5 stars out of 5, stating that it "misses out on most of the spunk Vishal-Shekhar had in their previous works". Rediff's Sukanya Verma also gave the soundtrack 2.5 stars out of 5, stating that "although Dostana's music is nice and peppy for the most part, it's nothing extraordinary." She even said that Dostana "certainly wasn't the best from Dharma Productions". ApunKaChoice.com has given it 3 out of 5 stars saying that it features some of the nicest groovy numbers. The album met with an electrifying response from potential audiences however. According to the statistics published on IndiaFM, Dostana debuted at #4 on its Top Ten Soundtrack Sales Chart. Listeners registered on the website reviewed the album favourably and Dostana's music currently has an average rating of 3.94 stars out of 5.
|Jaane Kyun||Vishal Dadlani||04:38||Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham & Priyanka Chopra|
|Desi Girl||Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal Dadlani, Sunidhi Chauhan||05:07||Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra & Bobby Deol|
|Maa Da Laadla||Saleem||04:05||Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra & Kiron Kher|
|Shut Up & Bounce||Sunidhi Chauhan||04:37||Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham & Shilpa Shetty|
|Khabar Nahi||Amanat Ali, Vishal Dadlani, Shreya Ghoshal||04:19||Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham Priyanka Chopra & Bobby Deol|
|Kuch Kum||Shaan||05:41||Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra & Bobby Deol|
|Maa Da Laadla (Mummy Mix)||Saleem, Sunidhi Chauhan||04:02||Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham & Priyanka Chopra|
Film opened with extremely well respone with grossing more than Rs. 50,00,00,000 in just two weeks.