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Dostana (2008)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 14 November 2008 (India)
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.

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Sameer 'Sam' Acharya
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Kunal Chauhan
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Neha Melwani
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Mrs. Acharya
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Abhimanyu 'Abhi' Singh
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Murli 'M'
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Ms. Melwani
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Girl at the park
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Storyline

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)

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£341,665 (UK) (14 November 2008)

Gross:

$1,235,028 (USA) (5 December 2008)
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When they are told that they would not be welcome in the apartment because only women renters are desired, this is actually against the law in the US, Florida, Miami-Dade County, and Miami Beach. The US and Florida because gender is a protected class, and Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach because not only is gender a protected class, but sexual orientation is also, by county and local ordinance. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

KunalSameer: [singing to Neha] My Desi Girl, my Desi Girl girl girl girl girl girl girl girl...
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References Dirty Dancing (1987) See more »

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Maa Da Laadla
(Mummy Mix)
Written by Kumaar
Composed by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani
Performed by Master Saleem
Courtesy of Sony Music India
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Stereotypical and clichéd, but still entertaining.
10 May 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Karan Johar came up with another film that is very identified with his own style of film-making, Dostana. He combines comedy, drama and emotions in one film, though in this case there was a very well-noticed balance. The film, in contrast to Johar's previous films where all starts as a great comedy but ends up in a tearful melodrama, remains a comedy almost from start to end, though different clichés from time to time are inevitable and easy to predict. This is not a bad thing, that's Johar's style and it has clearly proved to be successful in previous attempts, but while I found myself laughing from time to time, I was also quite annoyed by some of the cheesy proceedings.

The direction was pretty good, not that anything great was required there. The cinematography was well done, the locations were fantastic. The westernised music contributes to the light mood of the film. The film is stylish and modern, though surprisingly not as modern as films like Salaam Namaste and Hum Tum. The various jokes in the film do manage do work though some of them are unoriginal and we are already familiar with them thanks to our film experience. It's still fun, maybe because we had not seen that in a Hindi film before, and maybe because it's unbelievable to see the leading actors in such situations.

Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham get equal footage, and they are okay. John is good-looking and he does not lose any chance to take his shirt off and get cocky, which really gets on one's nerves. Abhishek performs better and he's more effective in comic sequences. Hottie Priyanka Chopra plays their friend and a struggling career woman. She's not a great actress, but she's competent in a role which is not very demanding but pivotal. Kirron Kher utterly steals the show with her brief appearance. Her loud and hysterical woman is just hilarious, and her transformation from a desperate mother to someone who learns to accept her son's "identity" is brilliant. The fact that we know the truth only makes it funnier. I can't see another actress doing this part as well.

All in all, Dostana is not a great film but a decent one. It is filled with the usual clichés and the moments of old platitude one can expect from a movie of this sort; it is predictable, it is stereotypical and not very original, but having said that, it is entertaining and fairly enjoyable. Try this Bollywood entertainment, preferably with your family or friends, so that it may elevate your level of enjoyment of it.


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