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Friendship (2008)

Dostana (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 November 2008 (India)
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Two straight guys pretend to be gay in order to secure a Miami apartment. When both of them fall for their roommate Neha, hilarity ensues as they strive to convince one and all that they're gay whilst secretly trying to win her heart.


Tarun Mansukhani


Anvita Dutt (dialogue script) (as Anvita Dutt Guptan), Tarun Mansukhani (first story)
3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Abhishek Bachchan ... Sameer 'Sam' Acharya
John Abraham ... Kunal Chauhan
Priyanka Chopra ... Neha Melwani
Kirron Kher ... Mrs. Acharya (as Kiron Kher)
Bobby Deol ... Abhimanyu 'Abhi' Singh
Boman Irani ... Murli 'M'
Sushmita Mukherjee ... Ms. Melwani
Eduardo M. Freyre Eduardo M. Freyre ... Paul McCartney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liannette Altuve Liannette Altuve ... Motorcycle Babe
Steven Baker Steven Baker ... Magazine Editor
Everlayn Borges ... Model
Claudia Camacho Claudia Camacho ... Girl at the park
Anthony Correa ... Fan
Aoife Dineen Aoife Dineen ... Clapping Girl
Monika Gaba ... Anaita


After the passing of her parents, Neha Melwani lives in Miami with her aunt. She rents out a room in her apartment to two seemingly gay Indian men, Kunal Chauhan and Sameer Acharya, a photographer and nurser respectively. She introduces them to her departing gay boss, Murli, and falls in love with her new boss, Abhimanyu Singh. She will soon realize that she has two rivals for her new love - none other than Kunal and Sameer. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A story about two guys... a girl... and one little lie. Believe it! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In 2009 it was reported that director Tarun Mansukhani and producer Karan Johar had planned a sequel to the film titled Dostana 2 with the existing cast of the film (excluding Priyanka Chopra and Bobby Deol). Johar had roped in Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Ritesh Deshmukh and Shreyas Talpade. However, in 2012, it was reported that the film had been shelved due to changes in the script. See more »


The scene where Sameer gifts Neha an album with their photos on her birthday, when Neha turns to the last page & wonders there is no photo, she turns above even before Sam lifts his camera hand up. See more »


Sameer's Mother: There are things you must do with women that you CANNOT do with men!
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References Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) See more »


Shut Up & Bounce
Written by Anvita Dutt
Composed by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan
Courtesy of Sony Music India
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User Reviews

Funny but flawed..
14 November 2008 | by vikramsamalSee all my reviews

Well Dostana from Dharma Productions instantly brings back the memories of the hit 80s cheesy flick which was quite enjoyable because of the star cast mainly..Nothings different here..The films cheesy,over the top, mindless but fun and stays afloat only because the camaraderie between the cast mainly...

The story is not novel, a bit borrowed from last year flop Now I Pronounce Chuck and Larry which wasn't very funny either..But Dostana is funny and funny because the actors make it so..The writing is poor and so is the editing..The film could have been a good 15 minutes short (the second half is unending)..The first is good though..

Abhisekh Bachchan was always good with comedy but he is a revelation in this..He is funny as hell and carries the film all through..John is okay, his facial expressions never change though..Priyanka is hot and looks ravishing all along..She has looked her best after a long time..Boman Irani was extremely funny and so was Sushmita Mukherjee..Bobby Deol track looks forced and so the actor doesn't impress..

Music is good, especially Desi Girl and Jaane Kyun..Tarun Mansukhani the director has a good future..He showed some talent! The good thing about Dostana is that it stretches the limits of Indian Cinema..Films like this would never have been conceived 5 or 10 years back..Its a growth en-route progress but how I hope the result would have as desiring..And I felt the portrayal of gays is still not in much positive light..They are still shown as pretentious, perverted people which actually is misleading..

Overall I enjoyed it barring a few places in the second half and climax could have better thought of and executed..


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Release Date:

14 November 2008 (India) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$645,604, 16 November 2008

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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