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Hopes (2010)

Aashayein (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 August 2010 (USA)
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A man meets with assorted characters in a nursing home after being diagnosed with cancer.


Nagesh Kukunoor


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Credited cast:
John Abraham ... Rahul Sharma / Bhaskar Suryanarayan
Anaitha Nair ... Padma / Bangal Alavelu Padmavati
Girish Karnad ... G. Parthasarthi
Farida Jalal ... Madhu
Prateeksha Lonkar ... Sister Grace
Ashwin Chitale Ashwin Chitale ... Govinda
Sonal Sehgal ... Nafisa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vipin Bhali Vipin Bhali ... Hassan
Poonam Chitale Poonam Chitale ... Govinda's Mother
Arjun Dhanraj Arjun Dhanraj ... Molotov Cocktail Band
Keshav Dhanraj Keshav Dhanraj ... Molotov Cocktail Band
Elahe Hiptoola Elahe Hiptoola ... Dale
Vikram Inamdar Vikram Inamdar ... Xavier
Dixita Jain Dixita Jain ... Girl on Street
Nagesh Kukunoor ... Rao


Aashayein is the story of Rahul (John Abraham), a gambler. He collapses down just after his long-time girlfriend Nafisa(Sonal Sehgal) accepts his marriage proposal. Later, on medical check-up, it is revealed that Rahul has got Lung Cancer, presumably by his smoking habits, and that he has got only 3 more months to live. Written by FunMelaMastiDOTcom

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Painful to watch a great movie
20 September 2010 | by Hash100See all my reviews

Out of the many shiny bollywood masalla action packed, brainless plots and pointless movies, here comes a treat to watch. John Abraham is getting better everyday in bollywood and I assume the day is not far when he will stand with the top line of bollywood. I don't know but he is the only actor I feel who gives a strange feeling of belongingness to the masses. Anyway ! About the movie.. It's a story of a dying man and his experiences after wards. (Full Stop! Find out the whole of it in the movie). This is a very touchy and sensitive subject and the way it was portrayed in the movie is the brilliance of the Production team. No fun intended, no typical bollywood happy-happy moments, Its a movie with hard facts and human emotions and PAIN. It's a difficult movie to watch because of the pain and hopelessness it carry. Throughout the movie you will be in pain and misery for the characters. And that credit goes to non other then John himself and the new talent portrayed in the character of Padma. They managed to transfer the agony to the viewers and that's the 'job-done'. With out a doubt this is the best ever performance by john Abraham as he himself claimed it in a TV show interview recently that people would be stunned to see the performance and they sure do! The music number 'shukrya zindagi' is very well pasted in the film at different moments when 'needed' (no pointless bollywood songs at least in this movie). And why an 8 for a movie which deserves at least 9? Yeah the Indiana Johnes segments (Dreams). This would have been a much better treat to watch without those scenes and the story should have focused more on the realities of life, but anyway still no hard feelings for a great movie. By the way this is not your weekend reliever and a pop corn flick!! As a whole it's a very serious movie and not many people would like to watch it (sorry for that John). But those who have a taste of such movies would definitely remember this one for a long time. Aashayein.. Yeah!

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