Director: Rensil D'Silva
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Kirron Kher, Om Puri
Avantika (Kareena Kapoor) is a Psychology professor living in New York. She decides to visit her ailing father back home. Whilst in India, she finds temporary work in Delhi University where she meets Ehsaan Khan (Saif Ali Khan), a substitute teacher.
Initially, Ehsaan rubs her the wrong way whilst trying to steal a taxi right under her nose. But she soon succumbs to his irresistible charm.
Saif Ali Khan in Kurbaan
Despite reservations about Ehsaan being a Muslim, Avantika’s father agrees to bless their wedding. They get married and leave for New York to start a new life together.
As soon as they arrive at their destination, Avantika manages to find a job for Ehsaan at the local University. They also decide to look for a house but much to Avantika’s surprise, Ehsaan is not keen on her choices.
Eventually they find a house located in an Indian neighbourhood which they both like.
Avantika is rather surprised to discover the surrounding neighbours being conservative Muslims abiding to strict Eastern lifestyles. During dinner time, she is taken away from Ehsaan into another room where she has to dine with women only.
Such restrictions have been set by Nasreen and her husband Bhaijaan, who happen to be neighbourhood heads.
Whilst everyone looks up to them, one young woman, Salma, is against their conservatism. She surreptitiously visits Avantika asking her not to trust anyone. She also reveals her own life is in danger and that she is in need of help.
So what follows next are a series of bizarre events. These turn Avantika’s life upside down driving her into a tangle web of emotions that spin madly out of control.
Kurbaan is a romantic thriller directed by Rensil D'Silva who wrote the BAFTA nominated Rang De Basanti.
Real life couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor play the leads in the film also starring Vivek Oberoi. Om Puri, Kirron Kher and Dia Mirza play significant roles in the film.
Kurbaan is produced by Karan Johar and Hiroo Johar under the banner of Dharma Productions. Karan Johar has also written the story of the film while the screenplay is by Rensil D'Silva.
The film is releasing in UK cinemas end of November 2009 by UTV Motion Pictures.
Previewed By Manish Gajjar
BBC Bollywood Correspondent