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Armaan (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Romance | 16 May 2003 (USA)
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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Credited cast:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Dr. Siddharth Sinha
Anil Kapoor ... Dr. Akash Sinha
Preity Zinta ... Sonia Kapoor
Gracy Singh ... Dr. Neha Mathur
Aamir Bashir Aamir Bashir ... Dr. Sanjay
Randhir Kapoor ... Gulshan Kapoor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arun Bali
Anjula Bedi Anjula Bedi
Chandan Bisht Chandan Bisht
Preeti Dayal Preeti Dayal
Vallabh Gada Vallabh Gada
Mangala Kenkre Mangala Kenkre
Ahmed Khan Ahmed Khan
Rajiv Kumar Rajiv Kumar
Ram Bahadur Renu 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...


Drama | Family | Romance


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Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armaan - Liebe ist nicht käuflich See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,308, 30 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$301,010, 1 June 2003
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Aarti Enterprises See more »
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Tabu was initially approached to play Sonia Kapoor 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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An artistically brilliant but outdated film elevated by Preity Zinta's crazy and unforgettable Sonia Kapoor
6 July 2009 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

Honey Irani made a fantastic directorial debut. Armaan is brilliant in every aspect, despite being fairly outdated. Everything, from the dialogues to the proceedings to the characters feels like being set in the 1960s. I seriously think Irani should have officially defined the period of time as such, because it would have made much more sense. I genuinely liked the film. I thought it was special, realistic and artistic. The concept of life in a hospital was very interesting. I'm fully aware that it does not really work as far as the wide audience is concerned and that many people would find it slow and stretched. In my view, it doesn't take anything from Honey Irani's honest attempt and doesn't mean the film is less worthy, but just a film that does not appeal to anyone.

The film, however, had a pleasant surprise which came as a saviour after an hour or so in the form of Preity Zinta, whose bubbly, spoilt, wicked and mentally unstable Sonia Kapoor is both interesting, hateful, funny and memorable. Kudos to Zinta for such a spectacularly played negative role. She was natural and convincing, and she managed to make her evil character unique and almost, if not completely, likable. This is thanks to her animated line delivery and her lively, partly vicious and partly vivacious attitude. I can understand why Irani wrote the character with Preity Zinta in mind. She does not really act in accordance with the film's mood, yet she seems tailor-made for her role, and her commanding screen presence more than carries the film.

I think the rest of the cast was very good, especially Anil Kapoor, who was restrained and greatly impressive as the serious, intelligent and well-mannered Dr. Akash. He was very sincere, and this is amongst his most accomplished works. Gracy Singh was very pleasant and compelling. Bachchan was good as always, but he appeared only in flashbacks in the second half of the film, so there was not enough of his role. Aamir Bashir was absolutely outstanding as Dr Sanjay. This truly is an underrated actor. Randhir Kapoor played Sonia's father and for some reason made me laugh every time he appeared on-screen. He was unintentionally funny (I was particularly floored in that scene in which he said he was gonna sue Akash for insulting his daughter).

Armaan is almost a classic. There is something in its subtle narrative style that makes it very engaging. It has a much stronger second half though. With the entrance of the character of Sonia Kapoor, the story takes shape and the film flows more effectively. The film becomes much more interesting, entertaining and enjoyable, although it generally still remains loyal to its realism and keeps following its slow pace. One must also note the background score, which is simply exceptional. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's soundtrack is quiet and pleasant. My favourite song is Zinta's seductive number "Mera Dil Ka Tumse", which is extremely energetic and fun. To all those who appreciate quality films, Armaan is a must-watch.

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