Michael, Arjun and Lallan, three men from three different strata of society, cross paths one morning in Calcutta and change one another's lives forever.


Mani Ratnam


Anurag Kashyap (dialogue), Mani Ratnam (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Ajay Devgn ... Michael Mukherjee
Abhishek Bachchan ... Lallan Singh
Rani Mukerji ... Sashi Biswas
Vivek Oberoi ... Arjun Balachandran
Kareena Kapoor ... Mira
Esha Deol ... Radhika
Om Puri ... Prosonjit Bhatacharya
Sonu Sood ... Gopal Singh
Anant Nag ... Arjun's Father
Vijay Raaz ... Dablu
Loveleen Mishra ... Shobha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abhinav Kashyap Abhinav Kashyap ... Trilok
Saurabh Shukla


Michael (Ajay Devgan) , Arjun (Vivek Oberoi) and Lallan (Abhishek Bachchan) are three young men in Kolkata , with different ideals and objectives . Michael is an idealistic youth leader who dreams of a better India being created by the youth power . Arjun is a self-centered , opportunistic , easygoing fellow whose objective is to immigrate to a developed country and make big money . Lallan is a goon who works for Prosenjit Chatterjee (Om Puri) , an immoral politician . The lives of these three different people become intertwined following a murder attempt and an accident in broad daylight on the Hooghly bridge . Written by Soumitra

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Action | Drama | Thriller


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Anurag Kashyap stated " Mani Sir gave me the story and screenplay he had written. Everything was given to me completely in English. He gave me the opportunity to create a little atmosphere for Lallan's character because he is from Bihar. I know UP [Uttar Pradesh] and Bihar firsthand. So I gave a lot of inputs, the right lingo - Hindi language-wise and attitude wise.". See more »


In all the scenes that are shot in rain, you can see the sun light, people's shadow and clear blue skies. See more »


Alternate-language version of Ayitha Ezhuthu (2004) See more »


Kabhi Neem Neem
Written by Mehboob
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Madhushree and A.R. Rahman
Courtesy of Venus Records and Tapes Ltd.
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Great Entertainer.
20 June 2004 | by HeragSee all my reviews

The problem with the Hindi Film Industry has been low life Johnny-come-lately directors and actors who has taken over the Industry with the help of the Media pied piper morons and they have been put on the pedestal and worshiped as if we need these morons. Here comes Mani Ratnam (Ram Gopal Varma, Vikaram Bhatt,etc) who know talent when they see one (Esha Deol and exception) and cast them irrespective of the the Box office predictions. This is one tightly packaged and past paced movie with some great dialog, acting and direction. Abishek performance should make his papa proud. This kid has come a long way and he is even beginning to look like his old man. Next comes Rani, Vivek. Of course the Veteran Om Puri, is a delight to watch no matter what he does. Esha Deol cannot act-period. Ratnam or a Varma cannot extract any acting from this lasse-it is like trying to get juice out of a scotch tape. The stories run parallel and concurrently which adds a mystery like quality to the narration and one of the staple of a good cinema-the dialog is superb. The action scenes are very authentic and not the cheap variety seen in the decadent and discrepit Sharukh Khan and Salman Khan films. Mani Ratnam and Ram Gopal Varma have elevated the Hindi Cinema to the level that an Indian should be proud of, in fact this film sounds like a fast version of a Satyajit Ray film and that is a compliment for a filmmaker.

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Hindi | Bengali

Release Date:

22 May 2004 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Youth See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India


Box Office


INR100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$210,000, 23 May 2004

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Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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