Mehbooba is a Bollywood Romance film written, produced and directed by Afzal Khan. The story of the movie is based on a love-triangle, lead protagonists being Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt and Manisha Koirala. Music of the film was composed by Ismail Darbar. The film was released in India on July 11, 2008. The film was shot in 2000, but got delayed and released in 2008, 8 years after it got released.
New York - a city of affluences and grandeurs.an ideal place for the handsome, successful and very rich Shravan Dhariwal [Sanjay Dutt]. A business tycoon, Shravan has everything one can dream of having and what he doesn''t have, he buys it. A winner all the way with an envious lifestyle makes him the most eligible bachelor around. He loves being in the company of beautiful and desirable women. His charm and money gets him any beauty he desires till he meets Varsha [Manisha Koirala].
Varsha is an Indian girl who values self-respect and morality much above the money and glamour of America. She is the first girl in Shravan''s life who says no to his advances. Shravan is not a guy who would take NO for an answer and starts showering Varsha with presents and gifts that she keeps refusing, which are then followed by costlier gifts. Unmoved by the money being showered on her, Varsha insults Shravan in front of a few thousand people which comes as a jolt to him.
For the first time in his life Shravan wakes up to the fact and is made to understand that like everything else, women are not commodities that he can buy by showering gifts on them. He realizes his mistake and apologizes to Varsha asking for her forgiveness. To make amends for his misdeeds, he goes to meet Varsha''s father and express his love and respect for her. He asks for Varsha''s hand in marriage. Varsha''s father convinces her that he is a changed man now and genuinely loves her. After much deliberation, Varsha agrees and they get engaged. They take off on a holiday and their romantic sojourn ends in lovemaking.
Varsha''s beautiful dream comes to a shocking end when Shravan tells her that his love for her was just a drama to get engaged so he could sleep with her - ''Every woman has a price tag, some sleep for money and some fools like you for the promise of marriage''. Heart broken and shattered, Varsha''s whole world collapses around her. She leaves the country and goes as far away as possible from Shravan Dhariwal to start a new life.
Shravan is summoned to his hometown in India by Maasa Reema Lagoo,as his younger brother Karan [Ajay Devgan] has decided to get married. Karan settled in Europe, is in complete contrast to his brother. They are like two sides of a coin, emotionally attached but poles apart. Intrigued as to who his brother is so smitten by, Shravan keeps pestering his brother to tell him more about the love of his life. Karan describes Payal as an angel, a goddess he is madly in love with. A girl with amazing charm and beauty like none other. It''s virtually impossible for him to stop praising her. As the marriage day arrives closer, Payal arrives from Europe. Shravan meet Payal. Payal is none other than Varsha.
Mehbooba had a good first-week respond to the box-office. The film collected Rs. 10.45 crore in its first week. It failed to do well since it was concepted to be filmed so old and took quite a longtime for release, and was filmed in 2000, although it was released in 2008. It failed to do well at the box-office, and was promoted to a flop.
Upon release, Mehbooba received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film a rating of 1.5 out of 5 and described the film as "regressive, senseless, and packed with plot-holes the size of craters". Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated it 2/5 and said, "Mehbooba has the charismatic lead pair, who are very popular with the youth, as its USP. But the problem is its dated look. Having taken a long time to reach the theatres, it will have to rely on a solid word of mouth to lure the audiences into cineplexes". Mayank Shekhar of the Hindustan Times gave it 1.5/5 saying, "Years since, while the film''s main pair may not be friends anymore, have probably knocked each other off their Facebook pages, trashed old kissing pics, tucked away the sweet SMSes, they can''t quite disown a new release that celebrates them still. Well. Sucks. I guess!". Gaurav Malani of India Times gave the film 2/5 and stated, "Watch it only if you are just interested to see Manisha Koirala when the term size zero wasn''t coined. Else Mehbooba doesn''t score too much above zero"
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