Mohabbatein (2000)

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In India, open romance is forbidden, as is showing affection in public. A college principal named Narayan is a strong believer in this, aware that a male student named Vicky is in love with... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narayan Shankar
Raj Aryan Malhotra
Vikram Kapoor / Oberoi
Jugal Hansraj ...
Sameer Sharma
Karan Choudhry
Shamita Shetty ...
Ishika Dhanrajgir
Kim Sharma ...
Preeti Jhangiani ...
Megha (as Aishwarya Rai)
Archana Puran Singh ...
Maj. Gen. Khanna
Shefali Shetty ...
Nandini (as Shefali Chhaya)
Helen ...
Miss Monica


In India, open romance is forbidden, as is showing affection in public. A college principal named Narayan is a strong believer in this, aware that a male student named Vicky is in love with Ishika; while another male student is hopelessly in love with Sanjana; and a third man named Karan is in love with a married woman named Kiran. No amount of persuasion can get Narayan to change his mind. Then the college recruits a music teacher named Raj, who eventually starts fanning the flames of love among the students, much to Narayan's chagrin, anger, and displeasure. Things get worse when Narayan finds out that Raj was the very man who fell in love with his daughter who eventually committed suicide when he didn't grant them permission to get married. Will the six young people be also heartbroken by Narayan, and if so, who will be the first to kill himself or herself? Written by Sumitra (corrected by Calista)

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Some love stories live forever


Musical | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

27 October 2000 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Denn meine Liebe ist unsterblich  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£246,368 (UK) (27 October 2000)


£928,921 (UK) (15 December 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Karan Johar designed clothes for Amitabh Bachchan. See more »


In the movie, the festival of Holi occurs before valentines day. A sequence which is not possible. See more »


Raj Aryan: duniya mein kitni hein nafratein, phir bhi dilon mein hain chahatein. jaao keh do iss jahaan se, iss zameen se asmaan se, rukh naa sakeingi aab yeh mohabatein.
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References Taal (1999) See more »


Mohabbatein Love Theme (Instrumental)
Composed by Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit
Courtesy of Saregama HMV
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A Modern Classic
20 March 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Put a legend, an icon, a star, and six fresh buds waiting to bloom all in the same movie and what do you get? Mohabbatein. Sure, the story is the oft-repeated tale of forbidden love, unappreciated lovers and the traditions that gag and bind us, but the all-star cast, the skilled direction, and lively musical numbers all contribute to make this a movie worth noting.

The setting of Mohabbatein is the Gurukul School, an elite school housed in a cold, uninviting, castle-like edifice. Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan) is the stern, disciplinarian and somewhat tyrannical headmaster of Gurukul who rules the school with an iron fist.

The story begins on a dark and quiet night at the local train stations where three young men, prospective students at the school, meet on the platform and set out on a journey that brings them closer together than they ever could have imagined. Vicky (Uday Chopra) is an athletic, energetic playboy type, seemingly unshaken by the harsh reality of the school. Sameer (Jugal Hansraj) is the timid and shy one with boyish charm and innocent looks. And Karan (Jimmy Shergill) completes the trio as the more mature, intense member of the pack.

The three lads are struck by cupid's arrow when they meet the three heroines; Vicky loses his heart to a rich and spoiled girl named Ishika (Shamita Shetty) while Sameer is reunited with his childhood buddy, the bubbly Sanjana (Kim Sharma) and Karan falls hard for the bashful widow, Kiran (Preeti Jhangiani).

As with every true-to-form Bollywood movie, their love stories are met with several obstacles, such as differences in class, no-good boyfriends, and familial obligations, but the most important hurdle in their path is none other than Narayan Shankar who is convinced that love is a pure waste of time. A glimmer of hope comes their way when a maverick music teacher, Raj Aryan (Shah Rukh Khan) sweeps into the picture and helps nurture their young loves. What follows is a battle of good and evil, love and hate, and sheer determination and conviction on both sides at the end of which … (well, let's not get carried away! Just make sure you have a box of tissues handy!).

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