Dostana: Looking Back at Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham’s Film
Jahnvi Kapoor and Karthik Aryan will star in Karan Johar’s Dostana 2 and here we look back at Dostana, that starred Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham
After keeping people guessing for months, Karan Johar finally announced a sequel for Dharma Productions’ 2008 film Dostana starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles. The Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna director has chosen Janhvi Kapoor and Karthik Aryan to play the leads while a fresh face will appear as the third main character in the awaited sequel. As we begin to drool over the new cast, it’s about time for a throwback to the original comedy engulfing romance and friendship. The movie created waves as it dared to broach a subject Desi households were apprehensive over.
The 2008 movie, directed by Tarun Mansukhani, was well received by the audience. Although it opened to mixed review at the box office, it garnered affection over the years and became a cult film. Dostana was the first mainstream Indian film with a gay element and has been credited for exploring a topic largely ignored by Hindi cinema.
Dostana followed the lives of three friends; Male nurse, Sameer (Sam) Kapoor played by Abhishek Bachchan, Fashion Photographer Kunal Chopra played by John Abraham and a fashion journalist Neha Melwani played by Priyanka Chopra. The movie begins with Sam and Kunal vying to rent the same apartment – much to their disappointment, the owner’s aunt refused to sublet the apartment to either one of them and wants only girls as flat mates for her niece Neha.
Sam convinces Kunal to pose as a gay couple so they can rent the apartment – reluctantly, Kunal agrees. The men regret the decision as soon as they meet the gorgeous Neha. The three become best friends with Sam and Kunal eventually falling in love with Neha while she believes them to be lovers.
Since Sam is not an American citizen, he convinces Kunal to apply for a domestic partition to ensure his stay in the United States. Unbeknownst to them, the approval letter is sent to Sam's conservative mother Rani (played by Kiron Kher) who lives in London.
A baffled Rani appears on Sam’s doorsteps the same day as trio are set to host Neha’s gay boss Murli M. To top it off, a US immigration agent visits them for a surprise inspection as well. As chaos ensues, Murli M leaves the party after finding out Sam and Kunal to be a couple courtesy the immigration agent. He announces Abhimanyu Singh as the new editor.
What starts off as hate quickly booms into love as Neha falls for Abhimanyu – much to the dismay of Sam and Kunal who try to sabotage the relationship. When Neha finds out, she misinterprets it as jealousy. Sam and Kunal manage to break up Neha and Abhimanyu and come clean about their sexuality. A heartbroken Neha evicts Sam and Kunal from her apartment and resigns from the magazine. All three go separate ways.
The reunion comes at a fashion show where Sam and Kunal try to win Neha back – as a friend. Begging for forgiveness, the duo kiss each other to show what lengths they can go for her. Abhimanyu and Neha get back together and they all live happily ever after.