Ishq (1997 film)

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Directed by Indra Kumar
Produced by Gordhan Tanwani
Written by Tanveer Khan (dialogues)
Screenplay by Praful Parikh
Rajiv Kaul
Story by Praful Parikh
Rajiv Kaul
Starring Ajay Devgan
Aamir Khan
Juhi Chawla
Music by Songs:
Anu Malik
Background Score:
Surinder Sodhi
Cinematography Baba Azmi
Edited by Hussain A. Burmawala
Distributed by Baba Films
Release date
28 November 1997
Running time
170 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget ₹11 crore[1]
Box office ₹50 crore[1]

Ishq (English: Love) is a 1997 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy drama film directed by Indra Kumar. The film stars Ajay Devgan, Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla and Kajol in lead roles.

It was remade in Kannada as Snehana Preethina with Darshan and Aditya.

This was the second movie to feature Juhi Chawla and Ajay Devgan together after Naajayaz. This is also the only movie to feature Juhi Chawla and Kajol on screen together as well. Ishq is the only movie to feature Aamir Khan and Ajay Devgan on screen together and is the last film that featured Khan and Chawla together.


Ranjit Rai (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) and Harbans Lal Saxena (Dalip Tahil) are two wealthy business magnates who despise the poor. Thus, they decide their children, Ajay Rai (Ajay Devgan) and Madhu Saxena (Juhi Chawla), will marry wealthy spouses. They try to break their children's friendship with Raja (Aamir Khan) and Kajal (Kajol), who are both poor. They fix up Ajay's marriage with Madhu and send Ajay to meet Madhu. As fate would have it, Ajay falls in love with Kajal instead and Raja and Madhu fall in love. This angers the two men, and they try to bribe Raja and Kajal into leaving Madhu and Ajay. When this doesn't work, they try to get Raja and Kajal killed. When the children realize what their fathers really did, they refuse to back down, their determination set in stone.

Eventually, the parents play a nasty trick. They make the four lovers believe that they have changed their ways and are ready for their children to marry the person they wish to. On the way to Raja and Madhu's engagement ceremony, the fathers have Kajal kidnapped. Raja saves her from being raped and comforts her. Meanwhile, without their knowledge, photos are taken of them. The fathers then show the photos of Raja comforting Kajal at the party. Taken out of context, the photos make it look like Raja and Kajal are being intimate with each other. Raja and Kajal are willing to prove their innocence, but the fathers keep them away. To make matters worse, Kajal's uncle (Mohan Joshi) falsely testifies to the fabricated illicit affair between the two. In fact, Kajal's uncle was paid to lie to Ajay and Madhu.

Ajay and Madhu break up with Kajal and Raja, and the fathers' plan to create a rift between Ajay and Raja, once the best of friends, succeeds. The situation worsens further when Ajay and Madhu think that Kajal is pregnant with Raja's child. They tell Raja and Kajal that they are getting married, which is what their fathers wanted all along. After hearing this, Kajal attempts to kill herself, but Raja stops her. Raja attacks Ajay and Madhu while they are in a car mobile. Raja pretends to show that he is about to rape Madhu, but Ajay saves and comforts her. The police beat Raja brutally and Kajal pleads the fathers to release him. The fathers agree, but on the condition that Kajal and Raja leave the country for good and that they would be killed if they ever did return. Kajal agrees and Raja is set free.

Ajay and Madhu's wedding is about to start when Ajay's uncle (Johny Lever) shows them pictures of Ajay comforting Madhu after Ajay seemingly had saved Madhu from Raja's supposed attack, taken out of context. This proves that Raja had attacked them to recreate the situation he and Kajal had been in, which in turn proved that Raja and Kajal are innocent and that the fathers were behind the initial attack on Kajal. Further proving Raja and Kajal's innocence, Kajal's uncle also confesses that he lied out of bribery. Angry and heartbroken, Ajay almost chokes his father to death but his conscience stops him. He then tries to kill himself but Madhu stops him. Ajay and Madhu rush to the shipyard and succeed to stop Raja and Kajal from leaving the country on the ship. They ask for forgiveness and the lovers get back together. The fathers arrive, having realized their grave mistake, and also ask for forgiveness. The lovers forgive them and they sing and dance to a song.


Box office

The movie was a blockbuster and earned ₹50 crores against a budget of ₹11 crores.[1]


The music was composed Anu Malik. The Ishq soundtrack album sold 3 million units, making it the year's sixth best-selling Bollywood soundtrack album.[2] The tune of the hit track '"Neend Churai Meri" was copied from the Linear song "Sending All My Love". It was subsequently remade as Maine Tujhko Dekha by Malik's nephew Amaal Malik for the 2017 film Golmaal Again.[3][4]

Title Singer(s) Lyrics Length
"Neend Churai Meri" Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik & Kavita Krishnamurthy Rahat Indori 05:47
"Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai" Abhijeet, Anu Malik Anu Malik 05:08
"Dekho Dekho Jaanam" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik Rahat Indori 05:14
"Ishq Hua... Kaise Hua" Udit Narayan, Vibha Sharma Javed Akhtar 07:34
"Mr. Lova Lova" (Ankhiyaan Tu Mila Le) Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, Sudesh Bhosle, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Poornima Dev Kohli 05:25
"Kaise Kahoon Kaise Ho Tum" Kumar Sanu, Vibha Sharma Javed Akhtar 06:25
"Ishq Hai Ishq Hai" (Jab Nind Na Aaye) Jayshree Shivram Dev Kohli 05:29
"Tu Jhootha" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Abhijeet, Sadhna Sargam Javed Akhtar 07:45



  1. ^ a b c "Ishq – Movie". Box Office India. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Music Hits 1990–1999 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. 2 January 2010. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010.
  3. ^ ""It'll Always Be My Tune," Anu Malik Miffed With Amaal For No Credits In 'Neend Churai' Remix". Storypick. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  4. ^ Gaikwad, Pramod. "Amaal Mallik breaks his silence on ongoing controversy with uncle Anu Malik over Golmaal Again song credits". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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