Armaan (2003)

 |  Drama, Family, Romance  |  16 May 2003 (USA)
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Dr. Siddharth Sinha is a dedicated selfless doctor who dreams of building a state-of-the-art hospital with all the modern instruments and amenities for patient care . His foster son Akash ... See full summary »



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Directors: Manmohan Desai, Prayag Raj
Stars: Amitabh Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor


Credited cast:
Dr. Siddharth Sinha
Dr. Akash Sinha
Sonia Kapoor
Gracy Singh ...
Dr. Neha Mathur
Aamir Bashir ...
Dr. Sanjay
Randhir Kapoor ...
Gulshan Kapoor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arun Bali
Anjula Bedi
Chandan Bisht
Preeti Dayal
Vallabh Gada
Mangala Kenkre
Ahmed Khan
Rajiv Kumar
Ram Bahadur Renu


Dr. Siddharth Sinha is a dedicated selfless doctor who dreams of building a state-of-the-art hospital with all the modern instruments and amenities for patient care . His foster son Akash shares his dream . Akash falls in love with Neha Mathur , an anaesthetist in the same hospital . In a friend's party , Akash meets Sonia who is a spoilt daughter of a millionaire Gulshan Kapoor . Sonia develops an infatuation for Akash . Gulshan Kapoor proposes to Dr. Siddharth Sinha that he will donate a big sum of money to his hospital , on the condition that Akash marries Sonia . Dr. Siddharth Sinha declines but dies of a heart attack a few days later . Burdened with fulfilling his father's dream , Akash decides to marry Sonia sacrificing his own love . But even after marriage Sonia is jealous of Neha and constantly accuses Akash of infidelity which leaves him in a dilemma , torn between two women . Written by Soumitra

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Love... Ambition... Desire...


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Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armaan - Liebe ist nicht käuflich  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£111,124 (UK) (16 May 2003)


$301,010 (USA) (30 May 2003)

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Amitabh Bachchan and Randir Kapoor worked together in a film after 20 years. The last one being Pukar 1983. See more »


Doctors are shown placing defibrillator paddles side-by-side in the middle of patients' chests. The correct placement is with one paddle below the right shoulder and the other below the left nipple. See more »


References Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960) See more »

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Brilliant subtlety marks this first-time director's effort
8 June 2003 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

I must admit that after seeing this film the first time a couple of weeks ago I was less than impressed. Bachchan, of course, was excellent, but I felt that movie was missing something, or maybe it was trying to hard to be something else, or perhaps it was Preity Zinta's villainous departure from her previous girl-next-door roles.....I wasn't sure.....

But, upon watching it a second time yesterday, the film's brilliant subtlety exploded on the screen. It was all there: wonderful dialogues and performances from Bachchan, Kapoor, Singh (and -- yes - Zinta: she's a little over-the-top in her performance, but in the end the effect works [the character she creates truly is weird/creepy]); a remarkably restrained and appropriate camera style from Verman (including his interesting use of 180-degree-arc two-shots during key dialogues); outstanding sound recording and perspective matching from Kamte and Dev; brilliant music and choreography (sans the chorus lines); and some excellent writing -- particularly the development of key thematic parallels and negations.

For example, Irani masterfully, yet subtly, contrasts the two dominant child-parent relationships -- Soniya-Gulshan and Akash-Siddharth -- to comment quietly on the impact of western materialism on the values of successful Indians living abroad. The theme is reinforced by the masterfully directed wedding scene -- starkly devoid of the colorful mise-en-scene, music, and traditional practices that are picturized in typical Hindi film weddings -- in essence emphasizing the alien(ated) character of the proposed relationship. The effect is reminiscent of Subhash Ghai's Pardes (1997), but without the grandstanding that dominates the earlier film. Additionally, Irani's selection of neurosurgery as Akash's profession provides an excellent metaphor for the exploration of the film's climatic theme, which --without giving too much away -- involves the resolution of a key moral dilemma.

All-in-all, Irani demonstrates remarkable restraint and deftness in her directorial debut. The film's naturalistic look belies the subtle thematic complexities that inform the storyline. Watch this film more than once -- you might be surprised!

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