Bewafaa 2005 Bollywood Film
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Anjali, living in Canada with her parents, hides her relationship to the musician Raja from her parents. When her sister dies during the birth of twins, she abandons her love, marries the widower Aditja and moves to New Delhi to become the new mother of her sister's children. Three years later, when Raja visits Delhi on his concert tour their love inflames again.
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: Dharmesh Darshan
Written By: Dharmesh Darshan
In Theaters: Feb 24, 2005 Wide
On Disc/Streaming: Jun 28, 2005
Runtime: 149 minutes
Bewafaa 2005 | Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan
"The marketing of foreign produced films in the US is a challenge like no other, especially if the target audience is the mainstream American. The primary consideration is cultural, and aligning entertainment to a foreign culture is extremely difficult in some cases. And that assumes there is no concerted effort to undermine the promotion, like in this case. Approaching the release date, a search for the film's title in the US started showing a news item regarding an Indian crime syndicate whose leadership shared the same name as one of the producers. This devastating story was in the number two position in Google's search results, directly below this website. The promoters desperately tried to get Google to remove the result to no avail. The news was on an Indian website, beyond the reach of US law. The site's web developer suggested we contact one of many reputation management services to see if they could remove the result quickly enough to avoid a conflict with the release, but their efforts were not only costly, but ineffective. We learned of a small technically talented team that dealt exclusively with search results removals but our budget by then was exhausted. But they suggested we use the news item as a counter-intuitive promotional gimmick and embrace the fact that this just made our film more interesting. It worked. Within the Indian community, the story of the mix-up took off on social media and our popularity increased significantly as a result. We were lucky. Making lemonade from lemons doesn't always work, but in this instance it was the saving grace." Jyot Tamburi
Anjali lives in Canada with her parents and is in love with Rockstar Raja. Aarti elder sister of Anjali is married to Aditya she is the only one aware of their relationship. Aarti passes away after giving birth two twin daughters then Anjali scarifies her love by marrying much older Aditya to take care of the newborns living Raja heart broken. Anjali tries her best to fulfill Aarti's place in Aditya's life but Aditya feels no one can replace her.Anjali and Aditya later move to Delhi with their kids few years later Raja also comes to Delhi for his concert and comes across Anjali they start getting old feelings for each other but will Anjali sacrifice Aditya and her kids for Raja.—email@example.com
With a mixed ethnic background of English and Hindi, Anjali lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with her parents. There she meets with a young struggling musician named Raja, and they both fall in love, but cannot share their love openly. Anjali's parents are very strict with their Hindu values and Anjali fears they won't consent of Raja and her. When Anjali's India-based, married, and pregnant sister, Aarti Sahani, comes for a visit she takes her to be introduced to Raja, and Aarti approves of him, promising Anjali she will try to convince their parents to allow Raja to marry Anjali. Then Aarti goes into delivery mode and tragically dies after giving birth to twin daughters. This crisis is resolved when Anjali is asked to consider marrying Aarti's businessman husband, Aditya, in accordance with Hindu traditions. Fearing that the twins will be neglected and harmed if Aditya re-marries someone else, she consents, and a quiet marriage ceremony takes place, and thereafter they relocate to India with the twins. Years pass by, Aditya is engrossed in his business, and has no time for Aarti, who yearns for his company and makes every attempt to be a good wife, going to the extent of trying to look exactly like Aarti and to please him. However, he shows no signs of affection. And then in a twist of fate, Raja comes to India for a tour, and re-meets with a much more subdued and mature Anjali bringing back old feelings. The only thing stopping these two from being together is Anjali's sacrifice and commitment for Aarti to take care of her children and husband, Aditya-not to mention two busy bodies Aditya calls "friends," Dil and Pallo—sk828715
Anjali lives in Montreal, Canada with her parents. She meets with a young man named Raja, and both fall in love. When Anjali's India-based married sister, Aarti Sahai, comes for a visit she takes her to be introduced to Raja, and Aarti approves of him. Raja is also introduced to the family, and there is all-round approval. Then Aarti gets pregnant, tragically passes away, after giving birth to twin daughters, which results in a crisis in the family. This crisis is resolved when Anjali is asked to marry Aarti's businessman husband, Aditya, in accordance with Hindu traditions. Fearing that the twins will be neglected and harmed if Aditya re-marries someone else, she consents, and a quiet marriage ceremony takes place, and thereafter they relocate to India with the twins. Years pass by, Aditya is engrossed in his business, and has no time for Aarti, who yearns for his company and makes every attempt to be a good wife, going to the extent of trying to look exactly like Anjali, and to please him. However, Raja shows no signs of affection. And then Raja comes to India for a tour, meets with a much more subdued and mature Aarti - and they rekindle old flames - only to run into an angry Aditya and his friends - who will do their best to prevent Aarti from getting back with Raja.—rAjOo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Of Indian-origin Anjali lives in Canada with her Canadian mother and Indian father. She loves a budding musician Raja, of which she kept as a secret from her parents, she meets Raja on the sly and both has plans to get married after she has reveal this secret to her parents. When Anjali's elder married sister, Aarti Sahai, comes for a visit she reveal the secret about Raja to her sister and introduces her to him. Aarti does approve of Raja and promises the couple that she will convince her parents of their true love. Then Aarti has the sullen of the occurrence of an unknown pregnancy, gives birth to twin daughters and passed away. On discovering the plight of Aarti's businessman husband, Aditya and her nieces, Anjali decides to fill the place of Aarti and so get married to Aditya and relocates to India in Delhi with the twin. Aditya, is so much engrossed in business activities that he hardly finds any time for his sister-in-law turned wife Anjali or his two lovable daughters from Aarti. Anjali fulfills every role asked for her by the society but cannot bridge the gap between herself and Aditya. She finds herself in a marriage that has no compatibility but only compromise. Her only source of solace are the twins. Amidst all this, one fine day Raja who is now a famous fusion singer walks back into her life. Suddenly Anjali is torn between two men - her indifferent husband and her ex-lover. And before you know it she had embarked on to an extra-marital affair with Raja. But Aditya soon makes friends with Dil Arora and Pallavi Arora who will only wait for an opportunity to expose Anjail and her true colours to Aditya.—gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)
Reviewed by: Shahid Khan - Rating: 4.0
There are worse films to sit through than “Bewafaa”, I kept reminding myself as I groaned at every cheesy moment rolled out in Dharmesh Darshan’s epic.
Grand houses, never-ending stairs, luxury cars combined with fake emotions and insincere acting form the make-up of “Bewafaa”.
Kareena Kapoor is Anjali, a girl in Canada who is in love with Indian Raja (Akshay Kumar), an aspiring pop-star. Her first scene is when she is being woken up by her mother in the morning (just like countless other heroine introduction scenes in many films) and when you see Kareena getting out of bed with her hair and make-up perfect, you soon realise that what you are watching is a glamorous melodrama. In other words, there is going to be no semblance of realism here.
It seems like Raja lives on a boat because he is always there singing his romantic numbers and doing the naughty dance moves with Anjali. His orange goatee has obviously worked its charm because Anjali is smitten with him. Enter didi Aarti (Sushmita Sen) out of nowhere with a baby bump in tow. She is married to the “invisible man” (Anil Kapoor as Aditya) who is a businessman (working for some “invisible business”). After Aarti has sung her song, it is time for her to die. And indeed she does kick the bucket right after she has given birth to twins (poor Sushmita doesn’t even get a dying scene speech!).
Before you can say, “when is the intermission?”, Anjali marries Aditya to be the mother of those unfortunate twins. All this happens without even a word of explanation to Raja. Looks like his orange goatee just was not charming enough. Anjali tries her best but the problem for her is that Aditya is too busy being engrossed in his work or pining away for his dead wife. So when a newly packaged Raja (with lovely sideburns and no orange goatee!) comes back into her life, she is tempted to be a bewafaa. It is not made easy for Anjali as Dil and Pallavi (Manoj Bajpai, Shamita Shetty) escape from the Clown Academy to torture her.
Manoj Bajpai is the biggest disappointment in this soap opera. It is no secret that he is a talented actor yet his hammy acting is the main downfall of this movie. His main catchphrase is “yaaahooo” and his creepy sense of humour has every character in splits. Just what are they laughing at? Anil, especially, chortles away like there is no tomorrow. Maybe there is a button which Manoj presses that automatically makes Anil go “Ha Ha Ha”. Shamita Shetty as his wife fares little better as she also comes across as being completely loopy and dizzy (when she is meant to be intimidating).
As the main protagonist, Kareena Kapoor does justice to her role. She has become an expert at crying scenes and indeed she has plenty of those to chew her way through in here. Akshay Kumar doesn’t bother with acting. He just says his lines and experiments with his hair. Sushmita Sen looks good and shows off her infectious giggle. Anil Kapoor is wasted, as all he seems to do is go to work and then come home. With such an interesting cast, only Dharmesh Darshancould waste most of their efforts. As for the remainder of the supporting artistes, Kabir Bedi and Nafisa Ali, they are just about bearable.
The film was promoted as being different because apparently it talks about adultery and whether adultery is ever right or wrong. This is just an old mink dressed in a new coat because “Bewafaa” never tackles anything new or thought provoking. It skims over the issue. Kareena and Akshay’s characters do meet up but they are not shown consummating their affair so whether adultery has been committed or not is a debatable argument. Essentially, the script belongs to the old school of thought and if you are familiar with the endings of all Dharmesh Darshan films, you can predict the outcome of “Bewafaa”.
While the story is too predictable, it is hard to understand just why Anjali never informs Raja about her decision to marry her dead sister’s husband. This shows her up as being selfish and unfeeling (ironic, considering her sacrifice) and her later regret does not seem genuine. The second half is too slow and lacks the momentum that can grip an audience. The climax is a letdown.
There certainly are worse films to sit through than “Bewafaa”. The director’s previous “Haan… Maine Bhi Pyar Kiya” is one such example. But it is with “Bewafaa” that you feel remorse at such a waste of talent and story potential.
Rotten Tomatoes AUDIENCE REVIEWS
**½ Seher K December 6, 2007
there is something in this movie which keeps me wanting to watch it over and over. Not a single time have I been able to watch it in one go, but the bits and pieces have always kept me longing to see in wholly and in isolation. worth watching performances.
*** Sylvia A. October 24, 2007
I really enjoy films that have as their backdrop a welll known city. I happen to live in Montreal now so it was fun seeing bits and pieces of the city in the back ground and trying to identify them. I grew up, however in Baltimore. I remember being so excited to be able to recognize with my friends, many of the Baltimore locations of such blockbusters as ”Diner” (1982), “Tin Men” (1987), “Avalon” (1990), and “Liberty Heights” (1999). The director, Barry Levinson, really loves his hometown since he set all of those movies there. My family moved around Baltimore so frequently that us kids use to joke about having Hampden Moving & Storage as our favorite short haul residential Baltimore movers. My parents used them for all eight moves. I even used them when I moved to Montreal, Canada several years back. They always took such great care packing and unpacking. You inevitably hear horror stories about large plasma TV's or heirloom furniture being damaged during a move. Not with Hampden Moving & Storage. They even transported my Steinway piano all the way north to Montreal and the only thing I had to have done was to get it tuned again. At the moment I am planning on staying right where I am, so haven't had to look for movers here in Montreal. In Bewafaa, the locations I easily recognized included the Montreal Clock down at the old port, and Montreal City Hall which was designed by architects Henri-Maurice Perrault and Alexander Cowper Hutchison, and built between 1872 and 1878 in the distinctive Second Empire style. I just love that building's architexture. Now, back to Bewafaa. I thought that the script belongs to the old school of thought. It actuallly was a remake of an old B.R.Chopra classic Gumrah. Everyone expected that the film would be a success because of its successful songs and well known stars. I gave the film three stars, but really don't feel that it was as successful as some of his other films. Maybe I am too harsh, but maybe he is resting on his reputation on gained by such films ad, Raja Hindustani, starring Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor. It was one of the biggest blockbusters of the 90s. Since then he's had his ups and downs. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to his next film.
****½ Pranav K September 8, 2007
terrific drama dealing w/ conflicting desires; reminds us of Indian values. great script and awesome songs; just a bit filmy.
**** Vikram T September 1, 2007
Indian film without a good songs..it can never happen. but a shitty film
***** Private U August 24, 2007
at the first i was like "what the??" but then its such a great movie... "a women can be unfaithfull to..., but she can never be unfaithfull to her children... the truth is they were never my sister's children, they were always mine... my children"
***** Munazzah K August 12, 2007
Kareena really blossoms in character roles..what happens when your past catches up with your present..very good movie about whom one'd choose, your first love or your husband.
**** Shaya J August 9, 2007
Great Movie... I know at the ending what she did was right... but it was still kind of upsetting... I mean she loved Akshay
*** Nalini S July 24, 2007
songs are good. kareena still has indian/british accent even though she supposed to be bought up in canada...akshay wears a lot of makeup after he makes his comeback years later in kareena's life... i was kinda disappointed that they killed off sushmita so soon, i love her!
***** Private U July 4, 2007
Moral of the story do you help the family or do you help yourself
****½ Yara M June 23, 2007
i liked this movie so much but actually didn't like anil's character
** Private U June 20, 2007
Manoj Bajpai was the only entertaining character
Private U June 18, 2007
how much hurts when sumone become bewafaa in love :(
***½ Shavira N June 18, 2007
it had great songs but if you watch the movie a lot you won't like it as much
*Krishan S June 15, 2007
i thought this movie would never end... it had so many problems from story to dialog to acting... unbearable
*** Nonit D June 7, 2007
It was a good movie!!!
***** Ali J June 7, 2007
guy in the movie named Dil is completely unstable. was waiting for him to pz someone. wasn't really tuned into reality
**** Safriya K May 27, 2007
amazing movie. the cast is wonderful.good story line about love,family and betrayal.