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Film poster
Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor
Produced by Percept Picture Company
Written by Nagesh Kukunoor
Starring John Abraham
Sonal Sehgal
Prateeksha Lonkar
Girish Karnad
Farida Jalal
Ashwin Chitale
Anaitha Nair
Music by Salim-Sulaiman
Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee
Editing by Apurva Asrani
Release date(s) December 2009
Country India
Language Hindi

Aashayein is a forthcoming Bollywood film written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, and produced by Percept Picture Company and T-Series.[1] It stars John Abraham and film newcomer Sonal Sehgal in the lead roles.[2]



Aashayein is a story of a gambling addict who discovers new meanings of fortune and life through a dramatic turn of events. Aashayein is a tale of Rahul's journey from darkness to light. A journey about love, hate, life, death and above all hope.


  • John Abraham as Rahul Sharma - An angry, drop-dead gorgeous, confused, compulsive gambler. Wishes to live the life he has been dreaming of.
  • Sonal Sehgal as Nafisa - Doting, loving, loyal girlfriend. Wishes that love always wins.
  • Prateeksha Lonkar as Sister Grace - She will bend her principles for the greater good. Wishes to dedicate her life for the happiness of her inmates.
  • Girish Karnad as Parthasarthi - Fun loving, "uncle" to everyone, stupidly stubborn on his principles. Wishes to be reunited with his family.
  • Farida Jalal as Madhu - Intelligent, virtuous, loving. Wishes to just lead a normal life and not be ostracized.
  • Ashwin Chitale as Govinda - Ten years old, loves comics, mangoes and tells stories. Wishes that everyone's life be just like a comic book. Ashwin Chitale is child actor who starred in the Marathi film Shwaas.
  • Anaitha Nair as Padma - She is impetuous, obnoxious, full of life. Wishes to experience love.
  • Vikram Inamdar as Xavier
  • Sonali Sachdev as Doctor (at Clinic)
  • Sharad Wagh as Priest
  • Shreyas Talpade as (Special Appearance)


Aashayein was shot on locations in Pondicherry and Hyderabad, India.[3] John Abraham had to lose 16 kilos for the film.[4] The film's title is inspired by the song "Aashayein" from Nagesh Kukunoor's film Iqbal.



  1. ^ "". Nagesh Kukunoor?s next project after Dor. Retrieved 18 December 2007.  
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 18 December 2007.  
  3. ^ "". BOMBAY TO BANGKOK TO AASHAYEIN TO TASVEER!. Retrieved 13 January 2008.  
  4. ^ Sabnani, Pankaj (13 May 2008). "John's Weighty Issues". Indiatimes. Retrieved 13 May 2008.  

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Aashayein Foundation has been established with the primary objective of providing equal rights and opportunities to children from economically backward sections of our society. We intend to do so by guaranteeing them access to primary education.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
-Nelson Mandela

Aashaayein foundation is an NGO started by a bunch of enthusiastic youth with an urge for drastic progress of Indian society. Primary education has been identified as our major thrust area and the children who are from economically weaker sections of the society as our primary target. Projects have been taken up to provide them with infrastructure, finance and most importantly guidance so as to empower them to be better citizens of tomorrow and hence contribute to the nation-building process.

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