Aitraaz (2004)

Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Amrish Puri,
Aitraaz is a movie starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, and Priyanka Chopra. A man is accused of sexual harassment by his former lover and he has to prove his innocence in order to restore his dignity.
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  • Shiraz Ahmed, Aadesh K. Arjun, Shyam Goel, Writer:
  • Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla, Director:
  • Subhash Ghai, Producer:

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6 / 10

Akshay says no to Priyanka. I wouldn't.

'Aitraaz' is another fare made by the directors duo Abbas-Mustan. And once again, it is... well, unoriginal. 'Disclosure' is the word. However, speaking objectively, I found Aitraaz totally enjoyable and intriguing, and was thoroughly entertained by the proceedings. The direction was very good and the film was well-executed. It is about a man named Raj who is accused of trying to molest his old manager's young wife Sonia, who actually happens to be his ex-girlfriend, while in fact, she was the one who tried to sexually harass him and he refused, being a married man. Well, this is not very believable, but that's another story. This case is taken to court where Raj's wife Priya, who is a lawyer and who has full trust in her husband, decides to fight his case against seasoned lawyer Patel who represents Sonia. There start the film's most entertaining and interesting sequences. Aitraaz stars Akshay Kumar as Raj, and he does well. Kareena Kapoor is also very good as his protective wife Priya, though she has little to do until the film's last few scenes. But Aitraaz fully belongs to Priyanka Chopra, who is simply amazing in an all-out villainous turn as the vicious and devious manipulator Sonia. She is so sexy and attractive that it sounds puzzling that someone could reject her. This is among her most memorable performances. Other cast members include Amrish Puri in one of his last film appearances, and Paresh Rawal, who is outstanding as the witty and funny lawyer Patel. The film's soundtrack, by Himesh Reshammiya, was not that enjoyable according to me. The ending was very good. Aitraaz may not be exceptional, it may not be original, but it is a very entertaining movie. I recommend you to watch it mainly for Priyanka Chopra.

7 / 10

Aitraaz is a remake of 'Disclosure' but is very watchable.

Coming from the celebrated directorial team of 'Baazigar' (*Shah Rukh Khan) and 'Soldier' (*Bobby Deol), this one merits watching. The plot outline of Barry Levinson's gripping 1994 drama 'Disclosure' (starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore) has been nicely Indianized. There is no question that it is a remake of that Hollywood production, although the latter had a second plot-twist that Aitraaz doesn't provide.

Chances are that majority of the Indian audience may not have seen Disclosure and, therefor, will love Aitraaz. It is again proved conclusively that a good story-line and good storytelling are two absolute essentials in making a good film. Look at 'Ashoka' (starring Shah Rukh Khan). Lush photography, proved story-material, and what happens? Why does it bomb at the box office? Simply because such a gorgeous story wasn't told with consistency and well.

It happens. A proved material may bomb on revision because of uninspired direction (example: Hitchcock's 1960 classic 'Psycho' remade in 1998 by Gus Van Sant). Sometimes the opposite happens: 2001 remake of 1960's 'Ocean's Eleven' actually eclipsed the original.

See Aitraaz. The soundtrack is scintillating. The story is good. The direction is superb. Priyanka Chopra is exceptional. Kareena Kapoor is superb. Akshay Kumar is adequate. You'll like the film.

7 / 10

Copy cat movie which is watchable

The first time I started watching this movie, in first ten seconds I realize that this is copy cat from movie "Disclosure". (I doubt if director has actually read the original novel). The scene where Raj pats his secretary's bottom directly gave me this hint. I was very disappointed, and then watch this movie, just for the sake of watching without any interest. But later, when I saw it on Television, I found it interesting. Right from the songs, music, story-telling, acting, everything is great.

Raj who is now married and living happy life, gets a shock when his ex-girlfriend enters in his life as his Boss. She demands having sex with him, and he refuses. Hurt Priyanka (Boss/ and ex girlfriend) put a blame on him, as a rapist. Raj certainly not happy with this, puts a case on her in court. Finally with the help of his lawyer wife Kareena he proves that women can sometime have negative characteristics in case of sex.

The story actually starts with the meeting of Kareena and Akshay, and slowly catch the main theme. Songs are pretty good and so overall music. Actingwise, Akshay is very good. Kareena and Priyanka are impressive in their characters. Director has done an excellent job, in bringing out drama slowly in the movie. Overall though, it is a copy cat movie, you will not regret watching it. (Now I own DVD of this movie.)

10 / 10

AYE-traaz

Aitraaz Caught this movie on DVD last night. I've got only 2 words... WATCH IT!!! Priyanka Chopra has really established herself in this Abbas Mustan flick. Albeit, this movie is not in the same league as some of the class efforts from this director duo, it keeps the viewers plugged in through the end (partially due to Priyanka of course!) Why does Kariena always become the scapegoat in Bollywood movies where ravishing beauties play cameo roles. Then it was Ajnabee, now it is Aitraaz, there it was Bips, here it is Pri.

The court scenes were drawn out a little bit and were a bit unrealistic and crude, but other than that, it was a really cool flick.... it is Priyanka all the way! She has done the romantic, modelling and vengeful scenes with passionate energy and great elegance, which should get her the filmfare for the best supporting artist (Rani will give her a tough fight thanks to the Yas Raj rigging factor.. no offense to Rani here). She not only clobbered Kariena, but even sidelined Akshay Kumar. She might be a serious contender to Bipasha if she keeps this tempo going.

Paresh Rawal's court performance reminded me of his role in Akele Hum Akele Tum, while Annu Kapoor has done a sufficient job. The comedy track has been understandably toned down and the music was mediocre but was compensated for by the superb locations, picturization, cinematography, and costumes.

The climax was good.. although it was no big riddle, it was pretty realistic. I shall say no more.

Verdict: As a Priyanka and Abbas-Mustan Fan, I loved this movie. It is quite different and stylish. This is worth watching!

7 / 10

Kareena Kapoor did and excellent job!!

When i first saw this movie in the theaters back in 2004 November, I was really interested in the roles of the characters. Kareena did and amazing job being as a lawyer and she didn't over act it at all. She knows how to act and knows what to do as well. When i saw Priyanka doing that negative role, i was thinking wow shes doing a pretty good job as that. I give her credit for that as well. Ashkay did an okay job. Its mostly Kareena Kapoor & Priyanka who stole the show. I love the part when Kareena starts fight with Priyanka in the office and in the court as well. It brings suspense, drama, and you can feel the hatred between one another. I give this movie a 10 out of 10 for sure!! These directors know how to make a good film. I hope they make a part two to this movie. Please make Aitraaz part 2!! I will be a massive hit. The box office in Canada for the movie Aitraaz was way better than Veer Zaara. Everyone that i know of liked Aitraaz so much!! Goob job Kareena & Priyanka. Kareena Kapoor is the best actress in the world!! Everyone...you have to see Bewafaa, Kyon Ki and Dosti. Those movies are excellent!!