Aitraaz (2004)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 53 mins

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Raj Malhotra (Akshay Kumar) is employed by a telecommunications company, Air Voice. Priya Saxena (Kareena Kapoor), who is looking for a full-time job, goes to Raj's house for an interview, mistaking him for barrister Ram Chautrani (Annu Kapoor), a neighbour. Raj and Priya fall in love, marry and are expecting their first child. Raj expects to be promoted to CEO when the company's chairman (Amrish Puri) arrives with his new wife, Sonia Roy (Priyanka Chopra) to announce the promotions. Sonia Roy is named the company's new chairman; after a discussion with her husband, she announces the promotions. The CEO position goes to Raj's friend Rakesh (Vivek Shauq), and Raj is named to the board of directors. At a party, Raj brings Priya and learns about his new boss, Sonia Roy. Priya is surprised that Sonia is the wife of the former chairman (and half his age). Raj and his colleagues talk about Sonia Roy and the age difference between her and her husband, and Raj jokes that his magnetic personality was responsible for his promotion. A flashback explores Raj's previous relationship with Sonia. Five years earlier, Raj and Sonia (then a model) meet at a beach in Cape Town. They fall in love and move in together; Sonia becomes pregnant, but refuses Raj's marriage proposal and says she is going to terminate the pregnancy. She wants wealth, fame, power and status, and a child would be in the way; their relationship ends. After the party, Rakesh tells Raj about a defect in the company's new mobile handset: a call goes to two people simultaneously—the intended recipient and another person on the phone's contact list. Raj needs Sonia's permission to halt production, and she invites him to her house to discuss the matter. Sonia aggressively tries to pursue Raj, who resists. Although he repeatedly rejects her advances, Sonia continues trying to seduce him. As Raj leaves, she threatens to punish him for spurning her. The next day, he learns that Sonia has told her husband that Raj harassed her sexually. Since he has admitted finding Sonia attractive his claim of innocence is not believed, and the company pressures him into a reassignment. Raj asks Ram Chauthrani to take his case; Chauthrani tells him not to resign, and to keep going to work. The case goes to court; Sonia and Roy engage a lawyer, Patel (Paresh Rawal). Although the bulk of the evidence is at first against Raj, his friend returns from Bangkok and gives him a tape which recorded Raj's encounter at Sonia's house. After the tape is proven genuine, Chauthrani is killed by a car driven by someone hired by Sonia and the tape is substituted. When Priya asks Raj why he called their bank manager from Sonia's house, he replies that he had called Rakesh; the call went through to the bank manager as well. Priya (also a lawyer) continues the case after Chauthrani's death. She uses Rakesh's phone in evidence against Sonia, exposing her earlier relationship with Raj. It is revealed that Sonia married Roy for money, power and status; when he could not satisfy her sexually, she tried to resume her relationship with Raj. Priya wins the case, and Roy leaves Sonia. Guilt-stricken and humiliated, Sonia commits suicide by jumping from a building. The film ends with a song; Raj and Priya have a baby boy, and live happily ever after.
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Did you know? After its phenomenal success it was remade in Kannada as 'Shrimathi'. Read More
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as Raj Malhotra
as Mrs. Sonia Roy
as Ranjit Roy
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as Barrister Ram Choitrani
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as Advocate Patel
as Jenny
as Bhagwat, Sonia's PA
as Kanchan
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
01 
06:20
Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyricist: Sameer Pandey
Playback Singer: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
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06:59
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05:27
Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyricist: Sameer Pandey
Playback Singer: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
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05:09
Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyricist: Sameer Pandey
Playback Singer: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
Taglines:
play by their rules or...
In the world of women play by their rules or...
Goofs:
Continuity
When Akshay Kumar looks in the mirror, the wound is on his chest but in the court he shows it on his back.
Trivia:
About the film's unusual title, they said the word "aitraaz" was colloquial and suited the subject.

According to Abbas-Mustan, 'Aitraaz' was inspired by National Basketball Association player Kobe Bryant (who was accused of rape by a fan); the film's development began when they read about his sexual-assault case in the newspapers. According to the directors, they were fascinated by the possibility of the situation in reverse.

After its phenomenal success it was remade in Kannada as 'Shrimathi'.

'Aitraaz' was a smashing hit at the box office and received a number of nominations, winning several awards (including an individual one for Chopra). At the 50th Filmfare Awards the film received two nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Chopra. The actress won for Best Performance in a Negative Role, becoming the second (and final) actress to win the award after Kajol; the category was discontinued in 2008.

'Aitraaz' was noted for its theme of sexual harassment, a first in Hindi cinema.

The film stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra and was the third film collaboration between Kumar and Chopra, after 'Andaaz' and 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi'.

The success of this movie is considered a breakthrough in the career of Priyanka Chopra, who received critical acclaim for her negative role as Sonia Roy, an ambitious woman who accuses an employee of sexual harassment.

This movie is loosely based on the 1994 Hollywood film 'Disclosure', which tells the story of a man accused of sexual harassment by his female superior.