Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (English: Secretly and Stealthily) is a 2001 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Abbas-Mustan. It stars Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta in leading roles. The music is composed by Anu Malik and the lyrics are penned by Sameer. It emerged as a commercial success and was one of the highest-grossing films of 2001. The film generated heavy controversy during its release because it was one of the first Bollywood films to handle the taboo issue of surrogate childbirth and artificial insemination.
|Produced by||Nazim Rizvi Amrohi|
|Screenplay by||Shyam Goel|
|Story by||Neeraj Vora|
|Cinematography||Thomas A. Xavier|
|Edited by||Hussain A. Burmawala|
Emaar Films International
|Distributed by||Eros International|
|Budget||₹10 crore (US$1.4 million)|
|Box office||₹18.34 crore (US$2.7 million)|
This is the only movie of director duo Abbas-Mustan in which Salman Khan worked. Earlier they approached him for the 1993 movie Baazigar. However, the role was later offered to Shahrukh Khan. Some of the scenes in the film have been borrowed from Pretty Woman (1990) with the storyline inspired by the 1980 movie Avan Aval Adhu and the 1983 movie Doosri Dulhan by Lekh Tandon.
In 2001, the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) seized prints of Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, after it was discovered the movie was funded by Chhota Shakeel of the Mumbai underworld, which resulted into well publicised cases.
Raj Malhotra (Salman Khan) and Priya (Rani Mukerji) are from well-to-do families and meet at a wedding and fall in love. They are married and soon afterwards, Priya gets pregnant. Early in the pregnancy, Priya miscarries and becomes permanently infertile. On Dr. Balraj Chopra's (Prem Chopra) advice, they decide to look for a surrogate mother to bear Raj's child and hide Priya's infertility from their conservative family. Raj meets Madhubala "Madhu" (Preity Zinta), a prostitute, who agrees to carry Raj's baby in exchange for money. After some much-needed behavioral grooming and an image makeover, Madhu meets Priya — who is unaware of Madhu's background, and the three depart for Switzerland to carry out their plan.
Soon Madhu is pregnant with Raj and Priya's child, and he happily tells his family that Priya is expecting. Meanwhile, Raj's business partner Ajay Sharma (Adi Irani) begins to sexually harass Madhu and she decides to leave Switzerland, mistakenly believing that Raj told his friend that she is a prostitute. Eventually, Priya finds out about Madhu's past, but still believes that Madhu should carry their child, and she begs her to stay. Finally, Raj's friend assaults Madhu but Raj saves her. Overwhelmed by Raj's kindness, Madhu falls in love with him.
Raj's family suddenly arrives in Switzerland. While Priya reaches for pregnancy-simulating pillows, the family meet the heavily pregnant Madhu who is introduced to them as a friend staying with them while her husband is travelling for business. Raj's grandfather, Kailashnath Malhotra (Amrish Puri) and father Ranjit Malhotra (Dalip Tahil) arrange a religious ceremony and ask Raj, Priya and Madhu to return with them to India.
The ceremony is very important so Priya sends Madhu as herself. An emotional Madhu becomes conflicted about giving up her child. Finding Madhu's room empty and the money dumped on the bed, a frantic Priya pursues her to the train station and slaps Madhu when she confesses that she loves Raj. By the time Raj gets there, Madhu has gone into premature labour. The doctor announces that either Madhu or the child can be saved, and Priya asks him to save Madhu. However, both mother and baby survive. Madhu gives the baby to Priya, who quickly settles into a hospital bed with "her" baby. Dr. Balraj Chopra tells Raj's family that Madhu's child was stillborn.
When Madhu is ready to leave, she promises Raj that she won't go back to prostitution. When he takes her to the airport he realizes that she loves him and kisses her forehead. Madhu leaves happily.
- Salman Khan as Raj Malhotra, a wealthy businessman who is deeply in love with his wife
- Rani Mukerji as Priya Malhotra, Raj's wife
- Preity Zinta as Madhubala, a prostitute who is hired by Raj to be a surrogate mother for him and Priya
- Amrish Puri as Kailashnath Malhotra, Raj's grandfather
- Dalip Tahil as Ranjit Malhotra, Raj's father
- Farida Jalal as Asha Malhotra, Raj's mother
- Prem Chopra as Dr. Balraj Chopra, Priya's doctor
- Johnny Lever as Pappu Bhai
- Adi Irani as Ajay Sharma, Raj's business partner
- Ruby Bhatia as News reporter
- Deepti Bhatnagar in a special appearance in a dance number
- Dinyar Contractor
- Bhairavi Vaidya as Salman Khan's aunt
The film met with mostly mixed to positive reviews, with critics praising the uniqueness of the film which dealt with the previously untouched subject of surrogacy. Preity Zinta's performance in an unconventional role was especially noted by many critics alike. However, the duo of Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji faced criticism, with reviews expressing that they were nothing more than beauty fillers in the film. Film critic Sukanya Verma found Mukerji to be "handicapped with a role that doesn't give her much scope besides weeping and sobbing" and stated Khan's performance lacked substance.
|Chori Chori Chupke Chupke|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Universal Music India|
|Anu Malik chronology|
|1||"Chori Chori Chupke Chupke"||Alka Yagnik & Babul Supriyo||07:32|
|2||"Dekhne Walon Ne"||Alka Yagnik & Udit Narayan||06:14|
|3||"Deewana Hai Yeh Mann"||Alka Yagnik & Sonu Nigam||06:47|
|4||"Diwani Diwani"||Anaida & Anu Malik||05:18|
|5||"Dulhan Ghar Aayi"||Jaspinder Narula||01:40|
|6||"Love You Love You"||Alka Yagnik & Anu Malik||05:48|
|7||"Mehndi Mehndi"||Jaspinder Narula||08:45|
|8||"No. 1 Punjabi"||Jaspinder Narula & Sonu Nigam||07:04|
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