Paap ] is a 2004 Bollywood film, directed by Pooja Bhatt in her directorial debut, and features John Abraham, Udita Goswami, Gulshan Grover and Mohan Agashe.
The film which brings together a thriller and a romance with a quest for spirituality, was a remake of Peter Weirs English film, Witness , starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis, which won Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; with the locale shifted from Amish country to the valleys of Spiti in Himachal. Though the film didnt fair well at the box office, it received considerable critical acclaim, especially for its cinematography, direction and Mahesh Bhatts Indianised adaptation . The film is also remembered for its soundtrack, which featured numerous Pakistani artists, and also marked the Bollywood debut of singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, with Mann Ki Lagan, thus setting a trend of Pakistani singers in Bollywood .
*John Abraham - Shiven
*Udita Goswami - Kaya
*Gulshan Grover - Junior Police Officer, Raj Manali
*Mohan Agashe - Kayas Father [as Dr. Mohan Agashe]
The films music was by Anu Malik, Shahi, Ali Azmat, with several instrumental tracks by "Music Mushrooms". The soundtrack featured several instrumental pieces as well as song, notably the hit songs Garaj Baras by Ali Azmat, the lead vocalist of the Pakistani band, Junoon and noted Sufi singer also from Pakistan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khans, Laagi Tumse Mann Ki Lagan , which also marked his debut as a Bollywood playback singer .
| Track # || Song || Singer[s] || Music
| 1 || Aaj Ki Raat Kat Gayi Toh || Instrumental ||Music Mushrooms
| 2 || Apna Sa Kuch Dena Chahti || Instrumental || Music Mushrooms
| 3 || Apne Chahato Pe Kaboo || Instrumental || Music Mushrooms
| 4 || Garaj Baras || Ali Azmat || Ali Azmat, Sabir Zafar [music and lyrics]
| 5 || Hamesha Ke Liye Kucch Nahin || Instrumental || Music Mushrooms
| 6 || Intezaar || Anuradha Paudwal || Anu Malik, Sayeed Quadri [lyrics]
| 7 || Kis Kis Ko Maro Ge || Instrumental || Music Mushrooms
|8 || Laal [Alaap] ||Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan ||Shahi
|9 || Mann Ki Lagan||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan|| Shahi, Amjad Islam Amjad [lyrics]
|10 || Shiven Gets Shot|| Instrumental ||Music Mushrooms
|11 || Sun E Mere Dil ||Anuradha Paudwal, Udit Narayan|| Anu Malik, Sayeed Quadri [lyrics]
|12 || Tasveer Kheecha To|| Instrumental ||Music Mushrooms
|13 || Tumhari Jagah Oonchey Aasman|| Instrumental||Music Mushrooms
|14 || Witness To A Murder||Instrumental ||Music Mushrooms
|15|| Zindapal || Instrumental||Music Mushrooms
The story is about a young girl, Kaya [Udita Goswami] , living in the beautifully serene valley of Spiti, waiting to join a Buddhist monastery, an idea which has been fed to her all her life by her father [Mohan Agashe] and one which she has never questioned. When Lama Norbu, a senior lama from the monastery has a dream that the Buddhist teacher, the Rinpoche has been reborn as a young child, he sends Kaya to Delhi on a mission to bring him back to the monastery. Kaya goes to Delhi and manages to get the child, but just when they are about to return home, the child witnesses the murder of a Police Officer in a hotel. The investigations are taken over by another Police Officer, Shiven [John Abraham] and he prohibits Kaya [Udita Goswami] and the young boy from returning home. During this time, the boy identifies [Gulshan Grover] as the Junior Police Officer, Manali turns out to be the Commissioner of Police, and soon Shiven [John Abraham] finds himself caught in a web of intrigue and deceit where he can trust no one. He is forced to make an escape to Spiti along with Kaya and the young boy who he is now determined to protect. Shiven has however seriously been injured and upon reaching Spiti has to undergo treatment at Kayas home.
While nursing him back to health, Kaya begins to find herself attracted to Shiven, an exciting feeling she has never experienced before. Shiven too finds himself drawn to Kaya, a girl unlike any he has ever known. Kaya is caught in a dilemma for she has too long subdued her natural instincts and desires in her search for the ultimate truth. A sexual attraction is one that her conditioned mind sees as a sin [paap], but one which she cannot deny. Shiven sees this dilemma and tries to show Kaya that there is a life out there which she has a full right to live. In the meantime, Kayas father [Mohan Agashe] finds out about what has been going on under his roof and is furious with Shiven. He sees Shiven as a polluting influence upon his peaceful life, a man who has brought defiling things like pistols into their home. At this juncture, Shivens past catches up with them and Manalis men are close on his heels.
It may be noted that the story of the film is similar to the Malayalam movie Yodha starring Mohanlal, which has developed the close bond between the boy and the hero. Paap is basically a strongly written love story which conveniently uses the backdrop of the mountains and the exotic locations to breathtaking effect.
The film became the first Bollywood film to be premiered at Karachi International Film Festival [KARA] on December 20 2003, later it was commercially released on January 30, 2004 .
* 2005: Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Male - John Abraham
*Zee Cine Award Best Lyricist for The Song "Intezaar".
*Zee Cine Award Best Debuting Director Pooja Bhatt
*Zee Cine Award Best Newcomer Udita Goswami
Source : Paap Wiki Page