Baghban (2003)

 ●  Hindi ● 3 hrs 2 mins

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In 'Baghban', Raj Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan) and wife Pooja (Hema Malini) have four sons. The sons have settled down professionally and are quite independent. However, when Raj Malhotra retires, none of his children want to be burdened with the responsibility of taking care of their parents. Strangely, it is the adopted son Alok (Salman Khan) who proves to be the most kind hearted of them all. Their own sons, whose every need and whim they fulfilled, often with little regard to their own future, end up treating them with disdain. The loving couple is made to feel like they are burden to their sons, isolated and separated from each other, to the extent that they decide to leave altogether. What does the future have in store for the penniless and heartbroken couple? Will Raj and Pooja's sons learn the folly of their ways and turn over a new leaf?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini

Crew: Ravi Chopra (Director), Barun Mukherjee (Director of Photography), Aadesh Shrivastva (Music Director), Uttam Singh (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 03 Oct 2003 (India)

Tagline: Can you depend on your family?

Hindi Name: बाग़बान

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Did you know? The T-shirt that Alok Raj (Salman Khan) wears in one scene belonged to Ravi Chopra's son Kapil. Read More
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as Raj Malhotra
as Pooja Malhotra
as Arpita Raj
as Alok Raj
as Ajay Malhotra
as Mr. Desai - Kapil's dad
as Priya Malhotra
as Rawat, ICICI Bank Manager
as Reena Malhotra
as Car salesman
as Rahul Malhotra
as Khuber Desai, Hotel Owner
as Karan Malhotra
Supporting Actress
as Hemant Patel
as Shanti Patel
as Rohit Malhotra
as Sanjay Malhotra
as Nilli
as Ram Avtaar
Supporting Actor
as Alok Raj as Kid
Supporting Actress
as Kiran Malhotra
Supporting Actress
as Rahul Malhotra


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Production Company
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Production Assistant


Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Steadicam Operator


Sound Mixer
Sound Effects Editor
Boom Operator


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Public Relations Officer

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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
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Music Label: T-Series
Lyricist: Sameer Pandey
Playback Singer: Alka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhonsle
Can you depend on your family?
Filming Locations:
After holi, Raj tells his children that he wants to live with them and then moves in with one of his sons. Later at the cafe of Hemant Patel, they say that it is Valentine's Day. Holi is always after Valentine's Day, so this could not have been possible.

Factual Mistake
Raj, who is finding it very heavy to carry his luggage when he enters his second son's house, carries the luggage with two hands. However, when he enters the house, he only carries it with one and then his grandson takes him to his bedroom but Raj has no problems carrying it with one hand.

Factual Mistake
Raj asks Pooja about her ice-cream and Pooja reveals she is having chocolate ice-cream. However, seconds later it shows she is having vanilla.
B.R. Chopra got the film's concept in his mind thirty years previously, when he paid a visit to Copenhagen, Denmark. He came across a retirement home, where he met a woman who sorrowfully told him how her own children left her there and hadn't even paid a visit to her since.

Mohnish Bahl was offered the role of Ajay Malhotra, but he turned it down as he did not want to be portrayed as the father of a 15-year-old girl.

The first two lines of the song "Main Yahan Tum Wahan" were written by B.R. Chopra.

Juhi Chawla was approached for the role of Arpita Raj, but she could not accept because she was pregnant.

Amitabh Bachchan (Raj Malhotra) sang four songs himself.

The T-shirt that Alok Raj (Salman Khan) wears in one scene belonged to Ravi Chopra's son Kapil.

Shah Rukh Khan was originally meant to play Alok Raj.

When Amitabh Bachchan wanted a climax speech, that would leave everyone speechless, he requested writer Javed Akhtar to write the lines for him. Javed obliged to do so. Also, Salman Khan asked his father Salim Khan to write a few lines, before Amitabh's speech. Just minutes before the shoot, Salman called his father and asked him to write the script insisting that he could do so even in half an hour. Flattered by son's compliments Salim wrote the script, which was acceptable to Ravi Chopra.

Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini returned to screen 20 years after Nastik.
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (Hindi)
Referenced in: Don (Hindi)
Referenced in: Chennai Express (Hindi)