Armaan (2003)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 39 mins

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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?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta

Crew: Honey Irani (Director), Ravi Varman (Director of Photography), Ehsaan Noorani (Music Director), Loy Mendonsa (Music Director), Shankar Mahadevan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Release Dates: 16 May 2003 (India)

Tagline: Love... Ambition... Desire...

Hindi Name: अरमान

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Did you know? The original title of the movie was "Nazookh". Read More
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as Dr. Siddharth Sinha
as Dr. Akash Sinha
as Sonia Kapoor
as Dr. Sanjay
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as Dr. Neha Mathur
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as Gulshan Kapoor
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Love... Ambition... Desire...
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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References: American Beauty (English)