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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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Dr. Siddharth Sinha
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Dr. Akash Sinha
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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
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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 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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Armaan - Liebe ist nicht k√§uflich  »

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$4,308 (USA) (30 May 2003)

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$301,010 (USA) (30 May 2003)
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Directional debut for Honey Irani. See more »

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Akash and Neha several times remove their surgical masks while in the operating room. This is a violation of basic surgical practice, as it would contaminate the sterile environment. (The most egregious example of this is in the brain surgery at the beginning of the film when Akash pulls off his surgical mask to yell at Neha while his patient is lying on the operating table in front of him with an open skull.) See more »

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Review
29 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Armaan is a story woven around a hospital in a town called 'Chandipur' which I suspect has been the land of many other films. But what makes Armaan's 'Chandipur' special is that it stretches from Mussoorie and Mauritius to South Africa, so naturally it encompasses all the landscapes: hills, plains, waterfalls, lakes, farms et-cetera et-cetera. The main protagonists of the movie are all doctors whereas the antagonist(s) are not, which makes one think whether the 'hidden' message of the movie is that you have to be a doctor to be nice and rational and if you aren't, there is something terribly wrong with you.

Anyway, Amitabh Bachchan plays Dr. Siddharth Sinha who runs the Hospital. What??? A Hospital in 'Chandipur'!!! and that too complete with neurosurgeons 'n all, As far as my memory serves me 'Chandipur' only had Dacoits and evil landlords but now it has a hospital. Imagine how many lifes could have been saved if there had been a hospital in 'Chandipur' ever since we started making films but.... alas the patients of 'Chandipur' always had to be taken to the hospital of the nearest 'shehar' and that too by a bullock-cart and that too at night... Oh God! what a revolutionary idea to have a hospital in 'Chandipur' of all places, God bless Honey Irani!!!

Dr. Akash Sinha played by Anil Kapoor is the adopted son of the Big B. Dr. Akash Sinha is a hugely gifted and an equally busy neurosurgeon. I say gifted because in all the operations he does, the patient has a very remote chance of survival (upto a maximum of 5%) but he always comes out with flying colors. And I say 'busy' because it looks like the people of 'Chandipur' are extremely prone to brain tumors(endemic???), so Dr. Akash Sinha is perenially busy, infact when his wife Soniya Kapoor (Preity Zinta) presents him with two tickets to Switzerland, he refuses to accompany her. Why??? because he has to perform 9 operations in the next 15 days and cant spare time for Switzerland(and importantly Preity Zinta), what dedication!!!

Here, It is important to mention the role of Dr. Neha Mathur (played by Gracy Singh of lagaan fame(???)) who is a part of Dr. Akash Sinha's Surgical Team and is a anaesthesist par excellence herself. Dr. Akash Sinha and Dr. Neha Mathur are romantically involved with each other before the script demands that Dr. Akash marry Soniya Kapoor who incidentally is the daughter of one Gulshan Kapoor(Randhir Kapoor), and Gulshan Kapoor is one of the ten richest Indians in the world but as the script would have it, he also looks like one of the ten most stupid Indians in the world and the most idle tycoon in the world.

It would be unfair to reveal the story(or the lack of it) of the film but generally speaking Preity Zinta looks like an ideal candidate for Vandana Luthra's weight reduction programmes and Anil Kapoor a candidate for her age reduction programme. Coming to Gracy Singh, she never looks good but this time the problem is compounded by her lack of acting abilities. Otherwise, she needs a shave badly. The songs featuring Gracy Singh and Anil Kapoor look like an attempt by middle aged people to re-live their youth.

Performance-wise, Preity Zinta in this hyperactive 'made for Urmila' role is irritating at times, As for Gracy Singh, the lesser said the better, Anil Kapoor is adequate and infact does justice to his character. And there is a certain Dr. Sanjay who lends a freshness to the film, his is a likeable cameo in the film. And now coming to the man himself, The Big B has got three and a half scenes in the film and little room to perform as he is dead even before the intermission (you know the director is apologetic about this as Big B's ghost keeps making a presence post-interval). But in these three and a half scenes, He delivers your moneys value and especially in the 'waterfall' sequence which is a must-see for all Bachchan fans as you get the glimpses of the genius that makes Amitabh Bachchan what he is... Amazing....

All in all you won't return disappointed if your expectations are reasonable. Passable stuff


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