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Kurbaan (2009)

  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 1,363 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 20 November 2009 (India)
  • Runtime: 161 min
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Kurbaan (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Kurbaan (2009)
  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 1,363 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Romance | Thriller
  • Release Date: 20 November 2009 (India)
  • Runtime: 161 min
  • Filming Location: Humayun's Tomb, Nizamuddin East, South Delhi, Delhi, India
  • Budget: $11,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $20,000,000(Worldwide)
  • Director: Renzil D'Silva
  • Stars: Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Lewis Tan
  • Original Music By: Salim Merchant (music & background score) (as Salim Suleiman) Suleiman Merchant (music & background score) (as Salim Suleiman) 
  • Soundtrack: Rasiya
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Terrorist | Love | Muslim | Explosion | Lecturer

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Renzil D'Silva  screenplay (as Rensil D'Silva)
  • Niranjan Iyengar  dialogues
  • Karan Johar  story
  • Anurag Kashyap  dialogues
  • Irfan Siddiqui  lyrics

Known Trivia

  • Karan Johar was originally suppose to direct this film with Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Sanjay Dutt in the main leads. But Karan dropped this project to work on Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001).

Plot: A woman finds that her neighbors are terrorists, and her husband is not who he claims to be. Full summary » |  »

Story: Delhi University's Professor Avantika Ahuja meets fellow professor Ehsan Khan in typical Bollywood filmy style, and both fall in love with each other. Her father, who had preferred that she marry a Hindu, reluctantly permits them to get married. They do so, and subsequently re-locate to live in the United States. They buy a house, settle in, and are welcomed by their neighbors, Hamid and Anjum. A few days later Avantika's world will be turned upside down when she finds out that their neighbors are terrorists who want to avenge the deaths of innocent Iraqi and Afghani civilians massacred by British and American forces, and that her husband is not who he claims to be.Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Marijke Desouza known as executive producer
  • Hiroo Johar known as producer (as Hiroo Yash Johar)
  • Karan Johar known as producer
  • Apoorva Mehta known as associate producer
  • Prashant Shah known as line producer
  • Aditya Singh known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kareena Kapoor known as Avantika Ahuja / Avantika Khan
  • Saif Ali Khan known as Ehsaan Khan / Khalid
  • Lewis Tan known as SWAT Team Member
  • Om Puri known as Bhaijaan
  • Diya Mirza known as Rehana (as Dia Mirza)
  • Vivek Oberoi known as Riyaz Mansoori
  • Akash Khurana known as Ahuja
  • Kulbhushan Kharbanda known as Mansoori
  • Nauheed Cyrusi known as Salma
  • Kiron Kher known as Nasreen Appa (as Kirron Kher)
  • Ann-Marie Jordan known as Train Passenger Yelling Durning Shooting
  • Cheryl Alessio
  • William James Kelly known as Strip Club Patron
  • Damien Colletti known as Train Passenger
  • Teddy Valdes known as Commuter
  • Anita Storr known as NYPD officer
  • Evans Forlidas known as Husband of Bombing Victim
  • Chuck Schanamann known as FBI Agent
  • Rupinder Nagra known as Hamid
  • Mohammed J. Ali known as Man falling down steps
  • Dave Droxler known as Mike
  • Janice LaFlam known as Train Passenger During a Shooting
  • Shishir Sharma known as Professor Qureshi
  • Asheesh Kapur known as Hakil
  • Ernest E. Brown known as Train Passenger
  • Carl Burrows known as FBI Agent Bill
  • Gilbert Soto known as Train passenger
  • Michelle Santiago known as FBI clerk
  • Denise Lynch Murter known as Standing subway lady
  • Brian Matthews known as Police Officer
  • Faezeh Jalali known as Anjum
  • Jordan Romero known as Pedestrian 1
  • Eugene Smith known as Subway Passenger
  • Falon Pattani known as The Dancer
  • Robb Stech known as Deli Counter Clerk
  • Jonas De Ro known as Costumer
  • John Schuman known as Police Officer
  • Christine Ka'aloa known as Boat Passenger
  • Milton A. Marsh III known as Boat Passenger
  • Jae Greene known as Policeman in explosion
  • Frank Thon known as Business man in subway
  • Alka Pradhan known as Dean – Delhi University
  • Alex Efros known as Man in explosion
  • Monica DiNatale known as Desk Clerk
  • Anthony M. Walker known as Paramedic
  • Art Lyle known as Police Officer
  • Gahan Haskins known as Man trips on stairs and jumps turnstile
  • Nathan Unsworth known as Train Passenger
  • Joel Ney known as Confused Thug
  • Jack McKeever known as Police Officer
  • Jim McCauley known as Big Train Passenger
  • Michael David Fishman known as FBI Agent
  • Greg Salvato Jr. known as TRAIN PASSENGER
  • William Pichkan known as Train Passenger
  • Alex McCausland known as FBI Forensic Facial Reconstructionist
  • Joe DeMarzio known as Student
  • Matthew Gooley known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Susan Kiskis known as Subway Passenger (uncredited)
  • Quang Ly known as Man in Street (uncredited)
  • John Mitchell known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Renée Price known as Train Passanger / Victim (uncredited)
  • Angel Rodriguez known as Guy at bar as angel rodriguez (uncredited)
  • Andy Sinatra known as Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Joseph Tornatore known as Running Train Passenger (uncredited)
  • Chris Vasallo known as Man on Subway (uncredited)
  • Amanda Whitcroft known as Spectator in Parade (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Pompy Hans known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Gino Fortebuono known as props assistant
  • Rupalika Gupta known as assistant art director
  • Jp Gutierrez known as property master
  • Kristopher Chain Harris known as key on-set dresser
  • Nancy Molimis known as art department coordinator (as Nancy Bush)
  • Kellie Jo Tinney known as scenic artist
  • Anthony Trovarello known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • Dharma Productions (as Dharma Productions Pvt. Ltd.)
  • UTV Motion Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Cinematic Stunts  tactical equipment
  • Bollywood Hollywood Production  line production
  • Cinematic Stunts  weapons by
  • Philly Picture Cars  picture cars
  • Prime Focus  camera equipment provided by
  • Prime Focus  titles and opticals


  • Mind Blowing Films (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • NDTV Imagine (2010) (India) (TV)
  • UTV Motion Pictures (2009) (worldwide) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Redchillies.VFX

Visual Effects by:

  • Tushar Anchan known as CG artist
  • Badarinathchinimilli known as digital compositor
  • Prakash Bhoir known as compositing lead
  • Vishal Chauhan known as roto artist
  • Murad Currawalla known as compositor
  • Salil Deshpande known as senior digital intermediate producer
  • Rubens Fredrick known as visual effects artist
  • Gaurav Gupta known as digital effects artist
  • Haresh Hingorani known as animation production director
  • Avnish Jha known as senior texture artist
  • Arjun Mitra known as visual effects supervisor
  • Siddhartha S. Mondal known as digital compositor
  • Achal Muchhala known as digital compositor: Reliance MediaWorks Ltd.
  • Shambhu Nath Pandey known as cg lighting artist
  • Rajiv Raghunathan known as digital intermediate production head
  • Varsha Ranu known as roto artist: Red Chillies.vfx
  • Parantap Singh known as digital compositor
  • Krishna Somaiya known as visual effects line producer
  • Muthu Stalin known as compositor
  • Akshay Vichare known as lighting artist
  • Keitan Yadav known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • India 20 November 2009
  • Ireland 20 November 2009
  • Netherlands 20 November 2009
  • USA 20 November 2009 (limited)
  • Russia 27 July 2010 (TV premiere)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. ibrahimsshamim from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

    There are many films in Bollywood relating to Islamic fundamentalismand terrorism Because of its relation to terrorism, the movie has beenextensively compared to Fanaa and New York. In the past movies such asDhoka focused on the victimization of certain terrorists, individualswho want justice through revenge. Movies such as New York illustratedthe formation of a terrorist and now finally Kurbaan illustrates howterrorism affects one's personal life. How does a terrorism affect theindividuals closest to one? How are victims of terrorism affect? Theanswers are explained through the course of the film.

    In terms of performance Viviek Oberoi shines as he showcasesbrilliance. Kareena illustrates that she is indeed both a talented andbeautiful actress,the role relied on expressions as much as herdialogue and she fits the role perfectly. Saif also exhibits brillianceand is the most dynamic and dimensional character in the film. KironKher and Om Puri fit into their roles with perfection and Diya Mirzaand Nauheed Cyrusi make an impact with their small appearances. Themovie has wonderful flow and the 2 hour 45 minute film does not feel aslong because each minute is utilized in terms of expansion of the plot.

    In terms of negatives there were some implausible actions that takeplace during the course of the film,particularly the end, where a copis injured in a serious bomb blast and walks away with only slightbruises while everyone surrounding him is either severely injured ordead.

  2. Mushtaq_Ahmd from SFO, CALIF
    30 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

    I generally have no expectations from films that preach. Most of thefilms on terrorism do exactly that. More so, bollywood movies try topreach quite often, terrorism or not.

    So I successfully gave-New York, Fanaa a miss without regrets.

    But somehow I watched Kurbaan and it turned out to be a non-preachygood piece of art. Its a decent suspense thriller which will make thefirst-time-viewer think. It quickly moves from some romantic-love-storyto conspiracy-theory without a preachy or sympathetic moral of thestory – "its only-innocent-poor that are lured into terroristactivities." It sticks to the story and portrays the confusion of anindividual who is torn between religion and his unborn child. Also alesson for girls who fall prey very easily to romantic one-liners fromguys who are very sacrificial for the girl they love. Beware of themand watch this worth-a-watch thriller.

  3. daniel cherian
    30 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

    Many films in Bollywood have tried to bring out the topic "GlobalTerrorism". This one does the same.The difference about Kurbaan is thatthis movie was directed masterfully.

    There have been comparisons between Kurbaan and New York. Although thetwo deal with similar topic, both have a different form of approachingterrorism. Although there are a few similarities, it is not the same.

    Avantika (Kareena Kapoor) teaches at the university and falls in lovewith colleague Ehsaan Khan (Saif Ali Khan). The two get married andshifts to New York City. Life starts normally for Avantika andEhsaan.But not for soon. There Avantika becomes witness to someterrorist operations in her neighborhood headed by a Muslimfundamentalist (Om Puri). Soon she realizes that she is a pawn to ahuge conspiracy. She secretly seeks help from a television reporterRiyaaz (Vivek Oberoi) who attempts to infiltrate the terrorist outfitto foil their big plan.

    The movie initially portrays the love between the two leads swiftlychanging its identity to a social film and it definitely engages theaudience.

    Saif Ali Khan has yet proved his skills as an actor. Through thecharacter of Ehsaan Khan he passes a very strong message to all of us.This should easily be one of Saif Ali Khan's finest performance afterOmkara.

    Kareena Kapoor has certainly found the right track this time. After abox office flop(Kambakkht Ishq), Kareena has managed to bring out thebest in her and has without a doubt delivered a fine performance and isa delight to watch on screen. She has managed to bring out the rightemotion required, and has done justice to her role.

    Vvek Oberoi has come back with a powerful performance. Just when wethought he is out of Bollywood he has proved us all wrong. Anoutstanding performance by him has brought him back into the "dreamworld" yet again. He was easily the surprise element of the film.

    Rensil D'Silva makes a confident debut with his taut grip on thesubject and confident direction. He is one director to look out for.Brilliant direction by Rensil has managed to grip the attention of theviewers.

    Salim-Sulaiman's background score with Arabic overtones to it enhanceseach scene. The soundtrack is soulful with justifiably no lip-syncsongs, which work efficiently in the background.

    How can 1 ignore the magnificent cinematography by Hemant Chaturvedi.Every sequence was shot with brilliance and is just breathtaking.

    The movie is strong in every department and would definitely manage tostrike a cord with the movie viewers.

    This movie is a must watch and should not be missed. Its not always youget to see such a powerful movie from Bollywood.

  4. Richard Hawes from Kent, England
    30 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

    Heavily influenced by Hollywood, there are a growing number ofnon-traditional Bollywood movies that eschew song and dance sequencesand employ sync-sound rather than dubbing all dialogue. KURBAAN (akaSacrificed, 2009) is one, particularly good example of this kind of newBollywood film. Like so many Hindi films this does use a Hollywood filmas a touchstone, but thankfully the source here (1999's ARLINGTON ROAD)is only alluded to in a couple of the plot points and beyond these thestory moves in new, interesting directions that make this aninteresting companion piece. Gripping for its two and a half hourrunning time, Renzil D'Silva's movie shares a few things in common withKabir Khan's NEW YORK but superior thanks to it's consistent tone andcredible characters and performances. Om Puri is particularly good inan extremely understated performance.

  5. manoxa101 from Bangalore, India
    30 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

    Actually, I saw Kurbaan in November of 2009 but didn't write a reviewon it until now. When I left the theater, I remember asking myself howmuch did Kurbaan move me as a cinematic experience. It has managed tostir our minds about the true roots of terrorism, but only in somepieces. Though a good movie, Kurbaan stumbled a lot to enthrall us,especially the first half.

    Nearly everyone got meaty roles. Om Puri sleep walks through the roleof a 'leader terrorist'. It didn't even test a quarter of his actingcalibre. Saif Ali Khan was brooding, tough & menacing. Vivek Oberoishowed the right balance of anger, fear & vulnerability in hisperformance. Kareena Kapoor gave it her best shot. She's a seductressin the steamy scenes. Other actors like Kiron Kher and Diya Mirza(inconsequential role, really) were impressive too. Some of theAmerican actors were wonderfully natural, especially the confrontationscene between Vivek Oberoi and a white American girl. The girl wassuperb.

    Maybe it's the first time direction of Renjith but some of the scenesin the movie were 'choppy'. Let me explain – in the first half, Saif &Kareena keep meeting each other in every consecutive scene like as ifthey were performing on a stage! Scene A – Saif & Kareena meet at acafe, Scene B – Saif proposes to Kareena, Scene C – they move to US.The editing didn't help make the scenes move seamlessly from one toanother. I did feel I was watching a drama on a stage.

    The title song 'Kurbaan' is cool. And the way explosion shots weretackled was applause-worthy.

    Verdict – Doesn't engage you all the time but still, a very gooddirectorial debut by Renjith. Watchable.

  6. Avinash Patalay from Middle Earth
    30 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

    "New York" & "Kurbaan"…. seems like there was a race between thebuddies Adi & KJo. The similarities are aplenty and let me not go thereon a listing spree. Having accredited and acclaimed for one of thefinest screenplay in "Rang De Basanti", expectations are bound to runhigh from Rensil D'Silva. Paradoxically in "Kurbaan" the screenplayturns out to the weakest link, owing to which the Titanic starts goingdown under with each passing reel. The DOP also needs to share theblame for giving it a feel of suspense thriller/ whodunit atunwarranted places.

    ° Saif Ali Khan: The character seems to be a direct lift from "Fanaa".He puts up a strong performance however the the fallacies in the movieovershadow his effort. The smooth talking professor/ love story did notquite gel well.

    ° Kareena Kapoor: "Love is blind, marriage restores sight" is an aptphrase to describe her character. Avantika appears to be either anemotional fool or fickle-minded. Poor writing indeed.

    ° Vivek Oberoi: Not quite there.

    ° Om Puri: The fundamentalist part of the character is straight liftfrom "Shoot on Sight". However he seems to be having a streak of poor/impulsive planner.

    ° Kiron Kher: Get the diction spot on and everything good ends there.

    ° Nauheed Cyrusi & Dia Mirza barely had few scenes.

    ° Khulbushan Kharbanda's character was unwarranted.

    Coming from the house of KJo music is generally one of the strongpoints and therefore a few songs are quite good.

    There are too many coincidences/ cinematic liberties in the movie.Coming to the premise, the writing of KJo attempts to give a balancedview of both sides of the coin. Sadly the research is inadequate andcan be aptly termed as school homework. The writing hardly manages totouch a layer or two at the most. The planning/ plotting/ execution -if the actual terrorists would watch "Kurbaan", they would fall oftheir chairs and die laughing.

  7. Peter Young from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

    Kurbaan is a major disappointment for me. I expected much more fromKaran Johar and was ready to see a powerful and moving picture. But itneither moved nor entertained me as I thought it would. Though thefirst half is fairly interesting, the entire suspense thing was acomplete letdown. Once the so-called "secret" was unveiled, the moviebecame very predictable, and not even once was I particularly thrilledor shocked or surprised. The script is the film's weakest link. Thefilm fails to convince the viewer. The romance between Saif and Kareenawas not believable, the proceedings seemed unjustified by any means,the background of the characters was vague and the reasoning behindtheir actions was overlooked. At some point the film became overlymessy and that too while being slow and boring. The film's subject washardly evident in it and was seemingly used as a pretext. I did not seethe point of the story and what exactly it tried to convey. Did you?

    Kurbaan's saving grace may lie in some of the performances. Some. SaifAli Khan did not impress me here, he was sort of ordinary. KareenaKapoor was pretty good in her role. She was likable and looked stunningthroughout the movie. One performance that completely amazed me thoughwas that of Kirron Kher. She was absolutely outstanding, and herdialogue delivery was natural and powerful. Vivek Oberoi was strictlyokay though one must note that his role is underwritten. The film'ssoundtrack was very good. "Shukran Allah" is a nice song, "Kurbaan Hua"is also very good. The film's last scene was somewhat effective withgood acting by Kareena, but a few pluses cannot save this movie, andthe final verdict is average. Kurbaan may be a decent one-time watchbut overall it is a great disappointment. It is best described as awannabe thriller which lacks the power to captivate and enthrall. Watchit if you must.

  8. jonranssj from Houston, TX
    30 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

    An amazing psychological thriller. The acting is good, the soundtrackis good, even the effects are good. Whether or not everything isrealistic is one thing, but it still did not fail at keeping itsviewers at the edge of their seats. The only reason it has received somany negative votes is because it puts Islam in a bad light.Consequently, all of the 1-star reviews are from Muslims who don't wanttheir religion in this light. However, the truth is that there are manypeople out there that do exist. And they are simply following theQuran's teachings. Any Muslim that denies that the Quran commandsviolence towards unbelievers is either lying or is outright ignorant oftheir own religion. But religion aside, this was a great movie.

  9. Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

    Though a native of India, Avantika (Kareena Kapoor) is currently aprofessor at a college in New York. On a trip to visit her ailingfather in Delhi, Avantika meets and falls in love with anotherprofessor, the dapper and dashing Ehsaan (Saif Ali Khan). After awhirlwind courtship – which seems to take place in a slickly-producedshampoo commercial – the star-crossed lovers set up a new life forthemselves as a married couple in the States. But all is notunadulterated marital bliss for the newlyweds, as Avantika quicklydiscovers that Ehsaan is, in reality, a secret Islamic terrorist whomarried her strictly as a means of getting easy ingress into the UnitedStates. The other major character is Riyaz (Vivek Oberoi), a warcorrespondent for a local news station, who allows himself to berecruited into the sleeper cell of which Ehsaan is a member.

    Though "Kurbaan" starts out as a fairly typical – i.e., overly cutesy -Bollywood romance, it quickly transitions into an admittedly bloatedbut moderately gripping action-movie thriller with serious socialovertones. Perhaps because this is an Indian film, the terrorists,though by no means the "heroes" of the story, do get to air theirgrievances in a somewhat more sympathetic and even-handed fashion thanthey would were it an American-made production. On the other hand, likemost Indian films, this one suffers from over-length and a tendencytowards hyperbole when understatement might have been the better courseto take. And while the Indian actors are all fine, the Americanperformers leave much to be desired (perhaps the result of an Indiandirector, Rensil D'Silva, not being able to identify poor line readingswhen delivered in another language). In addition, the action sequencesare often clunky and unconvincingly staged, especially when contrastedwith something like the expertly executed "24."

    Yet, despite its flaws, "Kurbaan" combines suspense, social commentary,romance and clue-gathering in generally appropriate proportions, whichmakes the two-hour-and-forty-minute running time pass reasonablyquickly.

  10. Ibuk from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 11:57 am

    Since the success of Aamir Khan's Fanaa there has been a surge ofterrorist themed Bollywood movies, (A Wednesday, New York and nowKurbaan). I've deliberately left out My Name is Khan because it wasn'tabout the terrorist themselves but about how the common man is affectedby their actions. I remember Yash Raj's New York came out now longbefore Kurbaan and was a pretty big hit. Maybe that's the reason whyKurbaan went largely unnoticed. Another reason could be that it lacksthe hallmarks of a Karan Johar production. In a typical Karan Joharmovie there's plenty of songs and dancing. and occasionally funny inplaces. It's a shame really because it's far better than I expected.

    Where Kurbaan excels is that it is a far more brutal movie than any ofthe terrorist themed Bollywood movies I've mentioned. In a typicalterrorist themed Bollywood movie someone would come along and stop thebomb from exploding or the terrorist would have a sudden change ofheart. In Kurbaan the bombs do actually explode and many are injured orkilled. The highlight for was not any of the main leads(they were allgreat however) but it was Om Puri. I've never ever seen him act soserious in the movie but I suppose his role as the leader required himto do that. On a end note I would encourage fans of Bollywood to seethis movie, you won't regret it.

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