• Publication date: April 30, 2010

A Classic Tale of Opposites Attracting The Battle of the Sexes, Bollywood Style

Bollywood joins Hollywood in 2009�s �Kambakkht Ishq,� a picture filmed in sunny Los Angeles and featuring an appearance by veteran American action hero Sylvester Stallone, best remembered for his roles in �Rambo� (1982) and �Rocky� (1976). In the picture Akshay Kumar portrays Viraj Shergill, an award-winning Hollywood stuntman, in a love-hate relationship with model turned surgeon Simrita Rai (Kareena Kapoor). While Viraj is an admitted womanizer who believes, �Women are only good for two things: making love and making love,� Simrita holds a similarly negative view of the opposite sex, claiming that �All men are dogs.�

Bollywood joins Hollywood in 2009�s �Kambakkht Ishq,� a picture filmed in sunny Los Angeles and featuring an appearance by veteran American action hero Sylvester Stallone, best remembered for his roles in �Rambo� (1982) and �Rocky� (1976). In the picture Akshay Kumar portrays Viraj Shergill, an award-winning Hollywood stuntman, in a love-hate relationship with model turned surgeon Simrita Rai (Kareena Kapoor). While Viraj is an admitted womanizer who believes, �Women are only good for two things: making love and making love,� Simrita holds a similarly negative view of the opposite sex, claiming that �All men are dogs.�

Viraj earns top dollar performing stunts others would not dare to; he enjoys his reward appropriately, wooing the most beautiful girls he can find, and living an essentially life-long party. Despite his fearless stuntman persona, one thing certainly does frighten him: marriage and/or commitment to a woman. When he discovers his younger brother, Lucky (Aftab Shivdasani) has engaged Kamini (Amrita Arora), a famous lingerie model he is furious. Viraj has no doubt that Lucky�s life will be ruined, and that nothing good can become of a long term relationship, much less marriage.

Simrita is a no nonsense feminist who cites numerous failed marriages to prove its uselessness. Throughout her life she has been hard working, and rarely self-compromising. Before becoming a renowned surgeon, however, Simrita worked amongst the world�s most beautiful supermodels. Yet the money she amassed from modeling was not spent on foolish luxuries, but on tuition for medical school.

These two characters crash into each other, and subsequently cause an explosion while attending Kamini and Lucky�s wedding. Like Viraj, Simrita has advised best friend Kamini to stay far away from marriage, and claims her success is partly due to this belief. As fate would have it though Viraj and Simrita continue to meet accidentally, and each time romantic tension occurs, that neither can bring themselves to accept. Eventually, however, an unbelievable situation will demand their mutual cooperation, and both will discover that they are destined for one another.

�Kambakht Ishq� is most appropriate for teenage audiences and older; its running time is 142 minutes.