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Kambakkht Ishq (2009)

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A romantic comedy about an Indian stuntman who takes Hollywood by storm but cannot find true love.

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Sabir Khan

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Sabir Khan (screenplay) (as Sabbir Khan), Ishita Moitra (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Sylvester Stallone ... Sylvester Stallone
Denise Richards ... Denise Richards
Brandon Routh ... Brandon Routh
Holly Valance ... Holly Valance
Whoopi Goldberg ... Whoopi Goldgberg
Akshay Kumar ... Viraj Shergill
Kareena Kapoor ... Simrita 'Sim' Rai
Boman Irani ... Doctor
Patrick Mölleken ... Gangster 5 (voice)
Aftab Shivdasani ... Lucky Doshi
Amrita Arora ... Kamini Sandhu / Kamini L. Doshi
Javed Jaffrey ... Keswani
Diane Sellers ... Judge
Kiron Kher ... Dolly (as Kirron Kher)
Kaykasshan Patel Kaykasshan Patel ... Nimrita 'NIm' Rai
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Storyline

After Hollywood stuntman, Lucky Doshi, gets married to Kamini Sandhu, his Punjab-born friend and fellow Universal Studio's colleague, Viraj Shergill, chastises him, while Kamini's man-hating surgeon friend, Simrita Rai, coaches her to not be intimate with him. Simrita and Viraj clash verbally several times but things change after he ruptures his intestine while filming a movie and is hospitalized. His life will undergo many changes after he finds out - much to his amazement - that Simrita loves him, without realizes that her feelings for him are temporarily motivated. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Action | Comedy | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

3 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Incredible Love See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$768,542, 5 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,445,739, 26 July 2009
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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In June 2008 there was a fire at Universal studios and was said that the shoot would be delayed.BBut later producer Sajid Nadiadwala said that the area where shoot was to take place was unaffected and they started shooting later that month. See more »

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When Akshay is presenting Kareena with a ring underwater, you can clearly see that the hand on which the ring is put on has short nails. In the very next shot Kareena Kapoor is shown with long nails and pink nail polish. All other scenes before and after she isn't wearing any paint on her nails. See more »

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Viraj Shergill: This is a cool neighborhood. Don't play bhajans!
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Remake of Pammal K. Sambandam (2002) See more »

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Bebo - Remix
Lyrics by Anvita Dutt Guptan
Music by Anu Malik
Performed by Alisha Chinoi
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Dated, Dumb Bollywood Camp
3 July 2009 | by changmohSee all my reviews

Gosh, I thought that they had buried movies about the 'battle of the sexes' and 'swashbuckling stunt-men' way back in the 20th Century. And yet, here it is, all exhumed, reanimated and outfitted with Hollywood names the likes of Sly Stallone, Denise Richards and Brandon Routh - and called 'Kambakkht Ishq'. The title is derived from the popular number, 'Kambakkht Ishq' from Ram Gopal Varma's film, 'Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya'.

Directed by Sabbir Khan, 'Kambakkht Ishq' is loud, crude, clichéd, campy and utterly predictable. And if you are curious about the (advertised) roles of its Hollywood supporting stars, let's say that their parts are so cheesy, you can open a pastry shop with them. Imagine a geriatric Stallone reprising his Rambo role and you will know what I mean.

The movie is a remake of the 2002 Tamil film 'Pammal K. Sambandam'. It is about a 'super' Indian stuntman in Hollywood (Akshay Kumar as Viraj Shergill) who meets an Indian supermodel (Kareena Kapoor as Simrita Rai) at his brother's (Aftab Shivdasani as Lucky) wedding in church. Both the leads are unhappy about the marriage of Lucky and Simrita's sister Kamini (Amrita Arora) and the battle lines are drawn at the wedding reception where we see the movie's most dazzlingly choreographed number that ends in a tasteless and farcical brawl.

Yeah, Viraj and Simrita hate each other. In Bollywood terms, it means they are gonna do lots of idiotic things before they finally realise that they love each other right from the get-go.

The first half is more tolerable than the second. Sabbir Khan loads the first hour with action-packed stunt sequences and dance numbers that take us from Hollywood to Italy. Then he has to take such a long time to render the outcome of the 'battle of the sexes' plot which everyone in the audience already knows. And if that is not bad enough, Sabbir Khan also does recaps of his scenes - in case we missed them or forget them! The director also could not resist crude 'American Pie' gags like having the protagonist fart in the face of a bride, having the heroine curse like a sailor; and going over-the-top with an 'anal search' scene. Character development is minimal, and the cast are unimpressive, with the age-old device of having the 'hero' supported by a clownish aide (in the form of Vindu Dara Singh). And whose idea was it to have Viraj undergo open abdomen surgery without anaesthesia? Of the stars, Kareena shines brightest in a badly-written role. She is the most watchable but alas, not quite enough good to stop this "Dumbakkht" from sinking.


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