Movie Review: Aashayein (2010)


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Aashayein is based upon the life of a chain smoker, Rahul (John), who apparently is a gambler too. On the most important day of his life, when he plays and wins the biggest gamble ever, and then goes on to propose his girlfriend, Nafisa (Sonal Sehgal), for marriage, amongst a group of close friends, he gets his first hint of suffering from Cancer. To find hope and solace, he goes to a hospice, leaving behind his girlfriend who insisted to get married. He then meets Padma (Anaitha Nair), who is a teenager about to turn 18, and is suffering from leukemia. Both become friends and work together to fulfill wishes of all other patients. Aashayein takes the audience into a debate of ethical and unethical when Death is involved. It eventually leaves you to make a conclusion of your own.


Release Date: Aug 27, 2010

Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama

Cast & Crew: John Abraham, Sonal Sehgal, Anaitha Nair, Prateeksha Lonkar, Girish Karnad, Farida Jalal

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor

Music: Pritam Chakraborty, Shiraz Uppal, Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant

Writer: Nagesh Kukunoor


Audience Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

“Disappointing, as compared to other movies of Nagesh Kukunoor!”
- Riah

“It could have been much MUCH better. Anand was such a masterpiece on the same topic! This one was not even 50% of what Anand was.”
- Simran

“A bad choice for a birthday treat, I should have waited for the reviews.”
- Rupa

“Go for it only when you are with your girlfriend and you have no intentions to watch the movie :P”
- Samrat

“Pathetic interpretation of a serious and sensitive topic. Comparison to Indiana Jones and introduction of a kid with divine powers made it more unrealistic.”
- Naveen

Overall, Aashayein has proved to be a major disappointment for all Nagesh Kukunoor fans. It’s hard to believe that it’s the same director who came up with the masterpieces like Iqbal and Dor. All his previous movies portrayed strength of character in beating all odds, to emerge as winner in the race of life. But this movie had a divine bent, where the main character was led by a small kid who seems to be majestic. This made everything so unreal for the common audience. Garima says – “don’t waste your time and money to buy even the pirated CDs of this movie! This one can easily be skipped.”



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