All he wanted was to see her just once. Manu was from a village in the backwoods. Neeru was the girl next door, his lost love.

Director:

Rituparno Ghosh

Writers:

Rituparno Ghosh (original dialogue), O. Henry (adapted from the story "Gift of Magi")
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Cast overview:
Ajay Devgn ... Manoj 'Mannu'
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Neerja 'Neeru' (as Aishwarya Rai)
Annu Kapoor ... Landlord
Mouli Ganguly ... Sheela
Pradip Adhikari Pradip Adhikari
Kailash Koppikar Kailash Koppikar
Kameshwar Mishra Kameshwar Mishra
Dilip Patra Dilip Patra
Surekha Sikri ... Manoj's mom
Sameer Dharmadhikari ... Alok (as Sammeer)
Gulzar ... Poetry (voice)
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Storyline

An unemployed Manoj (alias Manu) is told by his mother that they need some money for his sister's forthcoming marriage, and he sets out to find some. For this purpose, he visits his former Calcutta-based girlfriend, Neerj alias Neeru, whom he was to marry, but who preferred to marry someone wealthier, in Calcutta. He rings the doorbell, and the door is answered by Neerja herself, and he is invited inside. They talk and update each other on their lives. Neerja puts on Manoj's raincoat, so she could go out and buy something to cook for him. She warns him not to open the door nor let anyone in. After Neerja leaves a man knocks on the door, and requests entry into the house to use the toilet. Manoj opens the door and lets the male use the facilities. When this male finishes his business, he refuses to leave, and sits and talks with Manoj. It is during this conversation that Manoj finds out the stark truth behind Neerja, her husband, and their married life. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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One afternoon can prove to be greater than a lifetime

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Drama | Romance

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The shooting of this movie started a day in advance on Monday 16 February 2004. There was a costume rehearsal scheduled for the Monday, but since the whole unit was ready, they began shooting. A puja was performed at the NTII studio before the first take. See more »

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Version of The Gift of the Magi (1958) See more »

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Simply sublime.........
18 January 2005 | by moviesaremypassionSee all my reviews

I bought the soundtrack in India last month and fell in love with the music. And I finally saw the movie today........wow. I can't believe this is an Indian movie! Don't get me wrong, I love many Bollywood films, but let's face it, there's a formula. There's no formula in Raincoat. To explain in more detail: There's no dancing. Ashwarya looks pale and sullen not her usual drop-dead gorgeous. Most of the movie takes place in one room, so if feels like it was written as a play. And lastly, the pace and style seems very French in that the plot is deep and is revealed slowly.

Because an Indian film managed to do all this, I have to give it a 10. It's definitely in a league with great European films. But it's not better than great European films. The only weak point is Ajay Devgan's lack of expression in certain scenes. His dialogue reveals a man who is at times innocent and gullible, yet at other times he's an adroit liar. His facial expression only fit the latter. Annu Kapoor almost steals the movie away from him.

Ashwarya proves she can act in this film, and I applaud the director for giving her this role. Could any other young star have done any better? No. (But wouldn't Shabana Azmi have been magnificent?) See this movie if you love great films. Don't see it if you want to see a typical Bollywood film.


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

24 December 2004 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Milosne klamstwa See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India See more »

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$610,056
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SVF Entertainment See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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