Dostana (2008)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 23 mins

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After the passing of her parents, Neha Melwani lives in Miami with her aunt. She rents out a room in her apartment to two seemingly gay Indian men, Kunal Chauhan and Sameer Acharya, a photographer and nurser respectively. She introduces them to her departing gay boss, Murli, and falls in love with her new boss, Abhimanyu Singh. She will soon realize that she has two rivals for her new love - none other than Kunal and Sameer.
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Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra

Crew: Tarun Mansukhani (Director), Ayananka Bose (Director of Photography), Shekhar Ravjiani (Music Director), Vishal Dadlani (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 14 Nov 2008 (India)

Tagline: The party begins at a cinema near you.

Hindi Name: दोस्ताना

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Did you know? Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was originally offered the role of Neha, but she refused because she felt that her real-life marriage to Abhishek Bachchan would ruin the whole idea of the movie. Read More
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as Sameer 'Sam' Acharya
as Kunal Chauhan
as Neha Melwani
Special Appearance
as Runway Model
as Business Woman
as Abhimanyu 'Abhi' Singh
as Murli 'M'
as Paul McCartney
as Model
as Kunal's Imposter
as Auctioneer
as Mrs. Acharya
as Anaita
as Clubber
as Dancer
as Magazine Editor
as Ms. Melwani
as Salim Khan


Assistant Director


Production Company
Executive Producer
Associate Producer
Line Producer
Production Executive
Production Manager


Story Writer
Dialogue Writer
Script Supervisor

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Sound Designer
Sound Effects Editor
Boom Operator


Art Director


Casting Director


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Costume Designer



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Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Coordinator
Digital Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Playback Singer: Vishal Dadlani
Playback Singer: Master Saleem
Lyricist: Vishal Dadlani
Playback Singer: Deanna Dunagan
The party begins at a cinema near you.
A story about two guys... a girl... and one little lie. Believe it!
Character Error
The scene where Sameer gifts Neha an album with their photos on her birthday, when Neha turns to the last page & wonders there is no photo, she turns above even before Sam lifts his camera hand up.

Around 15 minutes of the film, a gay soldier were talking to Sameer and Kunal, Kunal was first facing the gay soldier, then all of sudden, his body was facing the vendor when his head was facing the soldier.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was originally offered the role of Neha, but she refused because she felt that her real-life marriage to Abhishek Bachchan would ruin the whole idea of the movie.

The first film in India, whose main plot is based on gay relationships. Before that homosexuality was shown only in a comic sense, mostly with double entendres. The first (and till now only) film in India which took homosexuality seriously was Girlfriend, based on lesbian relationships.

Saif Ali Khan was initially offered the role of Kunal; but he rejected it, because he felt that he would be sidelined by Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan(who was originally in talks for the lead role) due to their popular marriage.

In 2005 while shooting Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Abhishek Bachchan was actually offered the role of Kunal while Saif Ali Khan was meant to play Sam when director Tarun Mansukhani first had the concept for the film. However, Saif declined and was replaced by John Abraham. After seeing the potential in John, Tarun then decided that it would be a better choice to have John play Kunal and Abhishek to play Sameer.

When a sequel to the film was discussed after its release, Abhishek Bachchan was very strongly opposed to the idea. He believed that the film was fine standing on its own and should not be turned into a franchise. However, after reading the script, he admitted that he was sold.