tells a promisingly epic tale of six couples. Oblivious to one another
and separated by miles of distance, they are tested by life's two eyes:
Tribulation and Success. Yet somehow, through destiny and fate, these
six couples are brought together by the unturned phenomenon of love…
Distraught by the unending gossip in the tabloids, actress Kkamini
(Priyanka Chopra) wakes up to yet another scandalous story. It is these
very stories that she blames her inability to land a lead role on.
She's finally fed up and has conjured a plan that will have the
producers and directors looking her way. It's a plan that will save her
career in every sense. However, there's a detour in her map when she
unexpectedly runs into Mr. Rahul (Salman Khan).
He has the idle life in his grasp. Surrounded by a cozy little home in
London, and cared for by his loving wife Seema (Juhi Chawla) and two
daughters, Vinay Malhotra (Anil Kapoor) has it all, including a flashy
PR job. Things couldn't be any better. Enter Anjali (Anjana Sukhani).
Anjali is a woman from a different land, over-confident and
self-centered, she is used to getting whatever her heart desires. And
it's Vinay who she pines for…
Tehzeeb (Vidya Balan) and Ashutosh (John Abraham) are the idle young
couple. With the warmth of love still glowing bright in their hearts,
Ashu and Tehzeeb are truly in love with one another in every which way.
Living in Mumbai, the pair had eloped and got married a couple years
back and is currently struggling to make a decent living, nothing out
of the ordinary really. Both share the same workplace at a news
station; she a field report, while he a film editor. But as the trend
of Salaam-E-Ishq continues on, Tehzeeb is put through a tribulation of
her own, which will put Ashu's love to the definitive test.
Raju Taxiwala (Govinda) is the true happy-go-lucky, no complaint kind
of guy. For the past fifteen years he's been following a single
routine: Drive his beloved taxi from his home in Chandni Chowk to the
New Delhi Airport to join the ever-increasing line of taxi drivers
vying for every passenger who walks out the doors. But Raju has no
complaints about his dreary working life. He joins the line of drivers
with a smile on his face, hoping that any day his true love, Stephanie
(Shannon Esrechowitz), will walk out of those doors – a vision he's
kept for the past fifteen years. And as fate would have it, Shannon
does return. But her eyes search for someone else…her boyfriend Rohit
Chaddha (Kushal Punjabi).
New Delhi's most accomplished bachelor, Shiven (Akshay Khanna), is
about to lose the freedom he has come to cherish. He's scheduled to
marry Gia (Ayesha Takia) in ten days. Suffocation begins to thwart
Shiven to the extents that he's having nightmares of his soon-to-be
married life. In a rushed attempt to break free of the what-seems-to-be
burden, Shiven breaks off the engagement, leaving a hurtful scar on the
heart of Gia. But with every passing day, hour, minute, and then
second, Shiven begins to realize how difficult it is to live life
without the company of Gia. His loneliness causes him to realize that
his life is incomplete without her…
Rustom Dastoor (Sohail Khan) is a lower-middle class parsi who is a
newly married man. He wants to spend the rest of his life fulfilling
his long-awaited desires with his new bride, Dolly Dastoor (Isha
Koppikar). However, whenever Rustom and Dolly wish to engage in the
timeless act of love, something always puts a damper on their fun.
Rustom and Dolly are swept up in a tale that culminates with a
tragically fated end.
Salaam-E-Ishq is nothing short of a magnum opus by Nikhil Advani, who's
debut in Kal Ho Na Ho was a blockbusting one. Many things make
Salaam-E-Ishq well worth waiting for. Firstly, the pioneering plot is
sure to capture the wonderment of critics and masses alike. Another
reason is a stellar cast that we rarely ever get to see (yes, even YRF
films aren't enlaced in such star-studded glamour). And finally it is
Nikhil Advani's first truly independent film, since he has now split
from the Dharma camp. Many may not know, but Nikhil Advani was the
assistant director to Karan Johar in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi
Khushi Kabhi Gham, and was also believed to have been the mastermind
behind them. And even though Johar's latest film, Kabhi Alvida Na
Kehna, is the one to have broken overseas B.O. records, it was the one
film of Johar's that critics and masses alike say faltered in terms of
content. This could have very easily been caused by the absence of
Nikhil Advani by Karan's side.
Pick whichever reason you may, Salaam-E-Ishq is sure to kick-start 2007
with some rocking fun. Oh and I would also like to mention that
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music for the film has recently released to
fantastic reviews. And although it may not be the trio's best work, it
is certainly redemption time for them, as their previous works in Don
and KANK were unexpectedly sub-par.
So here's to a film, somewhat unique in its style, that promises to
relive the magic of romance; a film that serves to pay tribute to the
timeless affair we all carry with the enchanting phenomenon of love.