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Mohabbatein
Directed by Aditya Chopra
Produced by Yash Chopra
Written by Aditya Chopra
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Shahrukh Khan
Uday Chopra
Jugal Hansraj
Jimmy Shergill
Shamita Shetty
Kim Sharma
Preeti Jhangiani
Aishwariya Rai
Music by Jatin-Lalit
Cinematography Manmohan Singh
Editing by V.V. Karnik
Singh Taranjeet
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release date(s) 27 October 2000
Running time 216 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

Mohabbatein (Hindi: मोहब्बतें, Urdu: موہبتیں , translation:"Love Stories"), is a 2000 Indian Bollywood film directed by Aditya Chopra. The movie stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan in pivotal roles, along with six young debutantes. Aishwarya Rai appeared in flashbacks as Khan's lover. The movie was filmed at Oxford and Longleat. This is Aditya Chopra's second directorial venture after Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995). The film went on to do well both critically and commercially. It became the second highest grossing film of the year and won two Filmfare Awards, given to both Bachchan and Khan for their respective roles.

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Plot

Three young men arrive at a train station one night and strike an instant friendship. They are all going to join a prestigious Indian private school, Gurukul.

Gurukul is run by a stern headmaster named Narayan Shankar (Amitabh Bachchan). He is a strict disciplinarian who believes his institute runs because of his principles and rules. Apparently the students are picked from universities all over the country to study at Gurukul and the headmaster has high expectations of them. Moreover, Narayan Shankar has instituted a strict anti-romance policy – any student who becomes romantically involved will be expelled.

The three friends all have their hearts set on different girls. Sameer (Jugal Hansraj) works in a cafe and is in love with his childhood friend Sanjana (Kim Sharma). Unfortunately for Sameer, she already has a boyfriend. Vikram (Uday Chopra) catches Ishika (Shamita Shetty) stealing apples from the Gurukul gardens, and falls in love at first sight. Karan (Jimmy Shergill) becomes attracted to Kiran (Preeti Jhangiani) when he sees her waiting for a train. Kiran is married to an Army officer who never returned from war, and she behaves as if her husband were still alive because of her father-in-law, General Khanna (Amrish Puri), who holds out hope that his son is alive. However, Sameer, Vikram, and Karan all elect not to take their respective romances to the next level, for fear of Narayan Shankar and his stern ways.

The pupils soon meet Raj Aryan Malhotra (Shahrukh Khan). With flowers and a violin in his hand, Raj wants to join Gurukul as a music teacher. After some reluctance, Narayan Shankar allows Raj to join the institute. Raj spreads the message of love amongst the three young men and encourages them to follow their hearts. He tells them that he loved a woman named Megha (Aishwariya Rai), who is now no longer alive. Nevertheless, Raj continues to love her. The audience gets a glimpse of Megha, who now lives only in Raj's imagination and speaks to him when he is alone.

As the boys fall in love, the relationship between the headmaster and the music teacher begins to become strained. Much to the chagrin of the headmaster, Raj begins to implement many changes. He begins hosting parties (inviting girls from the nearby girls' hostel), celebrating festivals, and encouraging students to break Gurukul's strict rules.

In the second part of the film, it is revealed that Raj was once also a student of Gurukul, and the girl he fell in love with, Megha, was none other than Narayan Shankar's daughter. When Narayan discovered their romance, he forbade them from seeing each other, expelled Raj from the institution without ever meeting him in person, and distanced himself from his daughter. Megha became distraught, as she could not forget Raj, and ultimately committed suicide by throwing herself out of her bedroom window. Raj expected this tragic incident to finally transform Narayan, but he instead became more stern and strict. So, Raj made it his mission to spread love throughout Gurukul, and to one day reach out to Narayan Shankar and show him the magic of love and affection.

When Narayan Shankar comes to know that Raj is the same boy, R.A. Malhotra, who was in love with his daughter, he takes all the necessary steps to remove him from the institution. Raj continues to help the three boys and their lovers meet against school rules and the story turns into a war between Raj and Narayan Shankar.

Eventually, Narayan Shankar come to realize that love and change are indeed important parts of life, and softens. He steps down and appoints Raj as the headmaster, and in this way, Gurukul is transformed forever into a singing, dancing, and loving school.

Music

The music of Mohabbatein was composed by Jatin Lalit and lyrics were provided by Anand Bakshi.

The list of songs is listed here:

Song Singer(s)
Humko Humise Chura Lo Lata Mangeshkar & Udit Narayan
Chalte Chalte Shweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav, Manohar Shetty & Ishaan
Pairon Mein Bandhan Hai Shweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav, Manohar Shetty & Ishaan
Aankhein Khuli Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan, Shweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav, Manohar Shetty, Shahrukh Khan & Ishaan
Soni Soni Udit Narayan, Jaspinder Narula, Shweta Pandit, Sonali Bhatawdekar, Pritha Mazumdar, Udhbav, Manohar Shetty & Ishaan
Zinda Rehti Hai Mohabbatein Lata Mangeshkar & Udit Narayan

Cast

Actor Role
Amitabh Bachan Narayan Shankar
Shahrukh Khan Raj Aryan Malhotra
Aishwarya Rai Megha
Uday Chopra Vikram Kapoor/Oberoi
Jugal Hansraj Sameer Sharma
Jimmy Shergill Karan Choudhry
Shamita Shetty Ishika Dhanrajgir
Kim Sharma Sanjana
Preeti Jhangiani Kiran
Amrish Puri kiran's father in law
Helen Miss Monica

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