Karam (2005)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 8 mins

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'Karam' is the story of one man's retribution dealt to him by life, a retribution borne out of his dark past. John (John Abraham) is an assassin who works for mob boss Captain (Bharat Dhabolkar). One fateful day, John ends up massacring an entire family, as he stares into the eyes of the little girl whose life is slowly ebbing away from her, realization hits John and he decides to quit and start a life sans bloodshed with his wife Shalini (Priyanka Chopra). But as per the karmic laws of life, John's plan and life's plan are in direct opposition. Captain is facing a major threat from a rival don Yunus (Vishwajeet Pradhan) and after an attack on his life he decides to teach the city a lesson, his plan is so big in scope that it's never been dreamed. Captain wants to kill off the city's top industrialist, top builder, top film producer, the cop backing Yunus, and lastly Yunus himself. His strategy is to set such a powerful precedent that everyone else falls in line and no one even dreams of becoming another Yunus, and no one in the city will dare change sides. But to carry out this plan he needs the help of his ace assassin - John. One man who can make this audacious plan work, but he is the one man who has sworn never to pick up his gun again. Captain takes away John's love, his wife away from him and holds her hostage; in return he has to kill the five targets in the next 36 hours. From this point on. John plots, double crosses and triple crosses everyone, allegiances are formed to be broken, friends turn foes and the body count begins to grow. On John's tail is Mumbai's toughest cop Wagh (Shiney Ahuja), tormented by nightmares of a failure in his past, he is determined to bring John down when he realizes it was John who put a blot on his clean record. In a game of cat and mouse, John tries to fight the forces of nature and cut loose from the master of puppets. Karam is the quest for one man's redemption set in a high-octane emotional thriller.

Cast: John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Crew: Sanjay F Gupta (Director), Narendra Khanna (Director of Photography), Shekhar Ravjiani (Music Director), Vishal Dadlani (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Thriller

Release Dates: 11 Mar 2005 (India)

Tagline: All for love.

Hindi Name: करम

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Did you know? The film marks the directorial debut of cinematographer Sanjay F. Gupta. Read More
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All for love.
Movie Connection(s):
Reference: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (English)
Referenced in: Sarkar (Hindi)
When John received his wife's finger it was a full finger but when he was talking to her on the phone after the song in the night club, she had a half cut finger on her hand.
The film marks the directorial debut of cinematographer Sanjay F. Gupta.

Director Sanjay F. Gupta originally intended to shoot the whole film in black and white and then sepia tint it to produce a dark and sinister effect. Eventually only certain scenes were shot in this format.

The film was initially titled Tera Yeh Karam.