Subtle and soulful, this evocative relationship drama depicts the struggles of two doctors, father and son, to setup a state-of-the-art hospital in a remote location. What is the price each of them will have to pay to succeed in their noble task?
This evocative drama revolves around the lives of Dr. Siddharth Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan) and his son Dr. Akash Sinha (Anil Kapoor). Both work in the same hospital founded by Siddharth. Siddharth wishes to run a state of the art hospital but his work and profession means he dedicates his time to his patients. Soon enough Dr. Neha Mathur (Gracy Singh) walks into Akash's life and they eventually fall in love with each other.
The arrival of Sonia Kapoor (Preity Zinta) changes everything between Neha and Akash. Sonia is a rich and arrogant schizophrenic woman who is used to having things her own way and it is not long before she wants Akash for herself. She decides that since Akash is the man for her, she can latch on to him by literally 'buying' his love through financial agreement. The agreement states that on marrying Sonia, her father Gulshan Kapoor (Randhir Kapoor) will help finance the hospital project.
As fate would have it, Siddharth Sinha dies of a massive heart attack during his attempt to bring a child injured in an accident to his hospital. His last wish is for the hospital to be properly completed. Akash, now burdened with the increasing debts to purchase equipment for the hospital, cannot arrange for further funds.
Over a broken heart, he agrees to marry Sonia, in order to set up the hospital, and thus fulfilling his father's final wish. Neha understands this and agrees to break up with Akash, but offers to continue working in the same hospital because she is a professional and dedicated person.
After the marriage, Sonia starts suspecting Akash is having an affair with Neha, and starts annoying both of them. She cannot stand Neha still working at the hospital, and keeps coming up with all kinds of reasons to get Neha out. In one such quest, she is involved in a fatal accident and has serious damage to her brain. Now Akash has to operate on her.
For a moment he is in a dilemma, because curing Sonia would mean facing her problems again. But he decides that he is a doctor, and a doctor should never discriminate patients, but his job is to simply save lives.
Akash operated Sonia and she fully recovers. Sonia comes to know that she was operated by Akash, even when she created all kinds of problems for him. Wisdom dawns on Sonia and she asks for Akash's forgiveness, gives him divorce and walks out of his life, freeing him to marry and settle down with Neha.
Factual Mistake Akash and Neha several times remove their surgical masks while in the operating room. This is a violation of basic surgical practice, as it would contaminate the sterile environment. (The most egregious example of this is in the brain surgery at the beginning of the film when Akash pulls off his surgical mask to yell at Neha while his patient is lying on the operating table in front of him with an open skull.)
Factual Mistake Several times, doctors are shown shocking patients through their clothes. Defibrillation is always done on the bare skin.
Character Error Doctors are shown placing defibrillator paddles side-by-side in the middle of patients' chests. The correct placement is with one paddle below the right shoulder and the other below the left nipple.
Audio/Video Mismatch Ventilator sounds can be heard throughout the subdural procedure but the patient is not intubated
This film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
This is the first time Preity Zinta played a negative role. Her performance was extremely well received, even gaining her a Filmfare nomination for Best Villain.
Director Honey Irani's whole family (Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar and 'Javed Akhtar') have contributed towards the film.
Tabu was initially approached to play Sonia Kapoor
The original title of the movie was "Nazookh".
This was the first opportunity for superstar Amitabh Bachchan to work with a female director in his entire career.
The script was ready in one and a half year prior to shooting; and the actual movies shooting was completed in 92 days.
This movie marks the directorial debut of Honey Irani, who is also Farhan and Zoya Akhtar's mother, and a renowned screenwriter.
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