|Directed by||Hansal Mehta|
|Produced by||Sanjay Gupta
|Written by||Rajiv Gopalakrishnan
|Music by||Anu Malik|
|Editing by||Bunty Nagi|
|Distributed by||White Feather Films|
|Release date(s)||May 30, 2008|
Woodstock Villa is a 2008 Indian musical thriller directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor. It features newcomers Sikandar Kher, Neha Uberoi and Arbaaz Khan in the primary roles while Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Sachin Khedekar, Boman Irani and Anupama Verma essay other significant roles. The film, whose soundtrack was composed by Anu Malik, was filmed in Mumbai and Mauritius.
The story revolves around a mysterious woman who stages her abduction and subsequent ransom from her husband only to test his love for her. How this kidnapping leads the three into chaos and mystery about the woman's existence forms the rest of the story.
- Sikandar Kher as Sameer, the kidnapper
- Neha Uberoi as Zara Kampani, Jatin's wife
- Arbaaz Khan as Jatin Kampani, a businessman
- Gulshan Grover as Karim Bhai
- Shakti Kapoor as Sameer's landlord
- Anupama Verma
- Sanjay Dutt in a special appearance
- Saif Ali Khan in a special appearance
Sikander Kher, son of veteran Bollywood actor, Anupam Kher, had several expectations from the media on his debut film. Although his family name would provide recognition, he chose to have his name listed on the credits by his first name alone. Sanjay Gupta, the producer of the film is the uncle of the other newcomer, Neha Uberoi. She said it was exciting and challenging to play the role of a kidnapped wife.
Release and reception
The Bachchan family, Arbaaz Khan and his consort, Malaika Arora Khan and writer, Javed Akhtar were the prominent people attending the film's premiere. Anil Kapoor attended the premiere too thereby breaking the three-year cold war between him and Anupam Kher.
Upon its release, the Hindustan Times termed the film as "out of stock villa" in a demeaning tone. Its review felt that even though Sikander had potential, it was limited by the screenplay and direction. Times of India, on the other hand, wrote in its review that the film was a stylish thriller with good cinematography. It further spoke highly about Sikander, the debutant actor and added that though the songs impede the film's pace, they provide "freshness and a refreshing new zing."
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