Director: Abbas-Mustan
Producer: Vijay Galani
Screenplay: Sanjeev Duggal, Neeraj Vora, Robin Bhatt, Shyam Goel
Story: Neeraj Vora
Stars: Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu
Music: Anu Malik
Cinematography: Rajan Kinagi
Editor: Hussain A Burmawala
Release date: 22 September 2001

Ajnabee was Kareena’s first movie of the suspense thriller genre. Directed by the iconic duo of Abbas-Mustan, the movie was an adaptation of the 1992 Hollywood thriller film, Consenting Adults. She was paired opposite Bobby Deol and the other lead stars in the movie were the sexy siren Bipasha Basu and Akshay Kumar. So this was the first time actually that Kareena got the opportunity to work with big names in the industry, apart from the directors of course since she worked with Subhash Ghai before this!

Kareena’s character was named Priya, who belonged to a rich family and was beautiful, yet simple in her outlook. She meets Raj Malhotra, a typical Bollywood name given to the character of Bobby Deol and within no time, falls in love with him. Both of them get hitched with the consent of her father and decide to settle down in the Alps, i.e., Switzerland after marriage. Here is where the focus of the movie shifts more to the on screen couple of Akshay Kumar and Bipasha Basu.

Both the couples get to know each other more, but the plot thickens when Sonia, the character played by Bipasha expires during the birthday party of Vikram, i.e, Akshay Kumar. Kareena has hardly any role to play, except always being a pillar to her husband who is immediately accused of murder by Vikram and the Swiss police. The plot becomes more interesting when it is gradually proved that it is not Raj, but Vikram himself who is responsible for Sonia’s murder.

Vikram in the climax, tries to kill Priya as well to complete his revenge on Raj on losing $USD 100 million but Raj like a true hero and husband comes to her rescue and succeeds in killing Raj as well as proving his innocence. Raj and Priya then decide to move back to India.

The movie was a hit mainly due to the songs and the presence of Akshay Kumar, who played the negative role of Vikram very well. Kareena Kapoor’s sensuous song with Akshay was one of the highlights of the film, and this was her first such act in her short Bollywood career at the time. It was a prelude for more to come! And this proved that Kareena can be sexy if required, and not just play the role of a village belle or a normal girl in a movie.


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