Aetbaar (2004)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 52 mins

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This dark tale is the worst nightmare of every father. It follows the experiences of Dr. Ranveer Malhotra who has been very protective of his daughter Ria, especially ever since he lost his son in a tragic accident. All is well for Ria until one day on a college mishap during which she is harassed by a bunch of goons, only to be saved by a handsome young man, Aryan. Ria reaches out to the seemingly protective Aryan, and they end up falling in love with each other. Aryan showers Ria with a lot of love and she begins to see in him her ideal life partner. Ria invites Aryan to dinner at her home and introduces him to her parents. Her mother immediately approves of him but her father thinks that something is amiss and tells Ria to stop meeting Aryan. However, Aryan is madly in love with Ria and refuses to leave her. When Ria disobeys him, her father decides to dig deeper into Aryan's past. Ranveer is desperate as he knows Ria is heading towards something dangerous. What is Aryan's true identity? Can Ria's father find Aryan's secrets in time to protect her?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Bipasha Basu

Crew: Vikram Bhatt (Director), Pravin Bhatt (Director of Photography), Rajesh Roshan (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 23 Jan 2004 (India)

Tagline: Love can kill.

Hindi Name: ऐतबार

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Did you know? The song "Tum agar bas" is inspired by the Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali khan's Qawaali "Tum agar younhi nazrein". Read More
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as Dr. Ranveer Malhotra
as Ria Malhotra
as Deepak (Ria's friend)
as Mrs. Trivedi (Aryan's mother)
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Aryan Trivedi
as Commisioner Lalit Mohan Tiwari
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actress
as Sheetal Malhotra
as Dr. Freddie


Associate Director
Second Assistant Director


Production Company
Executive Producer
Supervising Producer
Line Producer


Screenplay Writer
Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Crane Operator


Art Director




Marketing and Public Relations

Public Relations Officer


Stunt Director

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Artist
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Music Director: Rajesh Roshan
Lyricist: Ibrahim Ashq
Playback Singer: Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Director: Rajesh Roshan
Lyricist: Dev Kohli
Music Director: Rajesh Roshan
Lyricist: Maya Govind
Playback Singer: Babul Supriyo
Music Director: Rajesh Roshan
Playback Singer: Amitabh Bachchan
Love can kill.
A story of a fatal attraction, a deadly obsession,a father strikes.
This could happen to your family.
In the song "Jeena Hai Kis Liye", Sheetal has socks in one shot, but not in the next.

Aryan Trivedi's medical records show his name as Aryan Dev.

When Aryan sees Ria for the first time, Aryan takes off his helmet and throws it, then gets off his bike. We not only see him throw it, we also hear it bouncing around. Right away he begins walking towards Ria. Later on in the same scene, when he goes up to Ria, his helmet has reappeared tucked under his arm.
Amitabh Bachchan only committed to this project due to his personal association with the movie's former producer "Sujit Kumar", who approached him for the role.

Originally, Zayed Khan was approached to play the obsessive boyfriend's role, but because of his commitment to another movie he declined.

At the launch of the movie Vikram Bhatt claimed he had written the story of the movie himself and was inspired by his relationship with his daughter whom he had separated because of his divorce.

The movie was shelved whilst in production, due to its producer [error] falling in financial difficulties. However it was reviewed once Cutting Edge Entertainment got involved with the project.

The song "Tum agar bas" is inspired by the Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali khan's Qawaali "Tum agar younhi nazrein".

John Abraham's voice was dubbed in this film.
Movie Connection(s):
Remake of: Fear (Hindi)