New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) From strangers to lovers to strangers again - is how the Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra-starrer 'Anjaana Anjaani' explores the relationship between a couple. The romantic saga is releasing Friday.
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Siddharth Anand, 'Anjaana Anjaani' is different from other romantic sagas. Generally couples in love commit to die for each other, but in this film romance blossoms after the two meet when they are about to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge.
Shot in New York City, Las Vegas and San Francisco, the film is made at a budget of around Rs.25 crore. Priyanka says the topic of 'Anjaana Anjaani' coincides with the current problem in society.
According to a report, India has one of the highest suicide rates in the world and recent studies suggest about 40 percent are adolescents. At least 125 people aged 29 years or below are committing suicide every day and 51 percent of the total suicide victims are graduates or college students or youngsters.
'With so many suicides happening it is a topic of discussion in India now. The greatest thing about this film is that it is the window which shows you shouldn't do that (commit suicide), you never know when life will turn around,' Priyanka, 28, had told IANS.
'Give yourself an opportunity. This message is conveyed in a beautiful way through the film,' said the actress.
Paired together for the first time, this is Priyanka's first and Ranbir's second film with the director after 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' (2008).
Set in the US, the story revolves around San Francisco-based Kiara (Priyanka) and New York boy Akash (Ranbir), who are tired of making it big in life and striking gold. After several failed attempts to be successful in their careers and love, both decide to end their lives. And as luck would have it, they land up on the same bridge at the same time!
Akash stops Kiara from ending her life. He tells her to travel with him to Las Vegas to give life another chance, and thus begins a hilarious misadventure that brings them closer. However, destiny interrupts again and the duo are forced to part with the understanding that their days together were a brief interlude of insanity, which had to succumb to real life.
Ranbir, 27, was keen to postpone the release date as it is coinciding with the day when the verdict in the 51-year-old Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid legal dispute will be pronounced.
'Unfortunately our film is coming on that same date. I wish the film wouldn't have been releasing on Sep 24 because that day we need to seek harmony in our country and live with peace,' he had said.
However, with no competition at the box office that day and it being the last Friday of the month, this one may hit the jackpot.