Aitraaz: A Thrilling Tale of Love, Betrayal and Revenge
Aitraaz is a 2004 Hindi-language romantic thriller film directed by Abbas-Mustan and produced by Subhash Ghai. It stars Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles. The film tells the story of Raj Malhotra (Akshay Kumar), a product engineer who is accused of sexual harassment by his former lover and boss Sonia Kapoor Roy (Priyanka Chopra), who is now the wife of his company's chairman Ranjit Roy (Amrish Puri). Raj has to prove his innocence and save his marriage with his wife Priya (Kareena Kapoor), who is a lawyer and decides to defend him in court.
Aitraaz was released on 12 November 2004 and received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film was praised for its bold subject of sexual harassment, its gripping screenplay, its thrilling direction and its powerful performances, especially by Priyanka Chopra, who won several awards for her portrayal of the seductive and manipulative Sonia. The film was also a commercial success, grossing â 260 million at the box office against a budget of â 80 million. The film has been noted as one of the best films of Akshay Kumar's career and one of the finest performances of Priyanka Chopra's career.
Aitraaz is a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat with its twists and turns, its drama and suspense, its romance and passion, and its message of justice and dignity. It is a film that will make you question the power dynamics in the corporate world, the ethics of relationships, and the consequences of choices. It is a film that will make you feel a range of emotions, from anger to sympathy, from fear to hope, from love to hate. It is a film that will make you think, feel and applaud.
The film then unfolds in a series of flashbacks, revealing Raj and Sonia's past relationship. Raj was an orphan who lived in Cape Town, South Africa. He met Sonia, a model, and they fell in love and moved in together. However, Sonia was ambitious and wanted to achieve fame and fortune at any cost. She became pregnant with Raj's child, but decided to abort it without his consent. She also cheated on him with Ranjit Roy, a wealthy businessman who offered her a lucrative deal. Raj was heartbroken and left Sonia.
In the present, Sonia tries to rekindle her affair with Raj, but he rejects her advances. She then accuses him of raping her in his office and files a complaint against him. Raj is arrested and suspended from his job. Priya, who is a lawyer, decides to fight for her husband's innocence. She hires Ram Chotrani as her senior counsel and prepares to face Sonia in court.
The court case begins with Sonia's lawyer Ravi Patel (Paresh Rawal) presenting evidence and witnesses against Raj. He also tries to tarnish Raj's image by bringing up his past relationship with Sonia and questioning his character. Priya counters his arguments by exposing Sonia's lies and motives. She also reveals that Sonia had planned to trap Raj by using a defective mobile phone that recorded their conversation and made it sound like he was forcing himself on her.
Priya also brings Rakesh (Vivek Shauq), Raj's friend and colleague, as a key witness. Rakesh testifies that he had warned Raj about the faulty phone and that Sonia had deliberately given it to him. He also confesses that he had helped Sonia in framing Raj because she had promised him a promotion. However, he felt guilty and decided to tell the truth.
The climax of the film comes when Priya cross-examines Sonia on the witness stand. She confronts her with a recording of her conversation with Ranjit Roy, in which she admits that she had falsely accused Raj of rape to take revenge on him for leaving her. She also reveals that she had killed Ranjit Roy by poisoning him after he found out about her affair with Rakesh.
Sonia breaks down and confesses her crimes in front of the judge and the media. She also apologizes to Raj and Priya for ruining their lives. The judge acquits Raj of all charges and praises Priya for her courage and dedication. Raj and Priya hug each other and walk out of the court with their dignity restored. ec8f644aee