Salaam Namaste (2005)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 38 mins

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The film tells the story of two young and modern Indians, Nick and Ambar, who have left their homes in India to make a life on their own in Melbourne, Australia. This contemporary romance follows one year of their lives, dealing with their problems and relationships, from their first meeting at a wedding ceremony, to their decision to move in together without marriage, to their break-up upon discovering that Ambar is pregnant.
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Cast: Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan

Crew: Siddharth Anand (Director), Sunil Patel (Director of Photography), Shekhar Ravjiani (Music Director), Vishal Dadlani (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 09 Sep 2005 (India)

Tagline: Let's get to know each other

Hindi Name: सलाम नमस्ते

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Did you know? The director of the movie, Siddharth Anand is the man playing the role of the taxi driver, at the end of the movie. Read More
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as Ambar "Ambi" Malhotra
as Nikhil 'Nick' Arora
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as Ranjan "Ron" Mathur
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as Jignesh Pandya
Supporting Actress
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as Cathy R. Mathur


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Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Let's get to know each other
Crew/Equipment Visible
When Arshad Warsi and Tania Zaetta get married and run into their wedding car, the reflection of the crane above is visible in the car's windscreen.

Factual Mistake
When all three babies are born, the umbilical cords are not cut off by anyone before the babies are wiped off.

During the scene at the bar when Ron and Nick are having a drink, Ron receives a call and leaves. Nick picks up his glass & drinks from it, however the glass is empty beforehand and his reaction is made out as if he's gulped a shot of whiskey.

Before Nick puts the ring on Amber's finger, it is already there. Suddenly Nick has it in his hand, and puts it back on Amber's finger

We see the doctor starting to drink a cup of coffee in his hands, but it suddenly disappears when he goes into Amber's section.

Nick is wearing black underwear when he falls on the sofa (during the song 'Salaam Namastey') ...but when Ambi jumps on him, he's wearing his shorts again.
Abhishek Bachchan is the narrator of the movie and makes a special appearance, as a doctor towards the end of the film.

This romantic comedy has been directed by first-time director Siddharth Anand, while the well-experienced stars Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta are collaborating in their fourth film together.

At the time of its release in 2005, it was the first Indian movie to be filmed entirely in Australia.

The film is a remake of the 1995 Hollywood film 'Nine Months' starring Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore in the lead.

The role of the woman and her baby that Nick meets in the bookshop was played by Maria Goretti, Arshad Warsi's wife and Zeke, his son as they happened to be in Melbourne while the crew was filming.

This is the first Bollywood movie to be filmed entirely in Australia.

When Preity Zinta is doing her radio show (in the beginning), there is a white board behind her listing programme timings, names and guests. The guest for the 2:00 show is listed as "Sid Anand". This is a reference to the director, Siddharth Anand.

Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta's then-boyfriend, was in Australia during the last lap of shooting, and appears in the movie. He is the man sitting next to her on the bus near the end.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was originally offered the part of Amber.

In the scene where Saif Ali Khan goes to library, another person in the library is seen reading the book "A Short History Of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson.

The director of the movie, Siddharth Anand is the man playing the role of the taxi driver, at the end of the movie.