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Life In A... Metro
  2007 ‧ Drama/Romance ‧ 2h 13m
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Drama about nine people whose intersecting stories provide a glimpse into the lives, loves and heartbreaks of modern day urban life.
Release date11 May 2007 (India)
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I m not a fan of Bolly movies. But loved this one so much..💖 Indeed the film is a lively portrait of the lives of the middle‑...

A very good concept, a very good story but failed in portrayal Felt incomplete and the climax ruined the mood of the film ...

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Life in a Metro (2007) - IMDb
Rating: 7.4/10 - ‎8,982 votes
Comedy ... Life in a Metro (2007) ..... Sharman Joshi, Kangana Ranaut and Kay Kay Menon is inspired by the Billy Wilder's movie The Apartment (1960).
 Life in a Metro Poster
Six different stories, about nine people, each with different issues and problems, all occurring within one place: the METRO.



(story and screenplay), (dialogue)


Credited cast:
Dharmendra ... Amol
Irrfan Khan ... Monty
Konkona Sen Sharma ... Shruti Ghosh
Kay Kay Menon ... Ranjeet Kapoor
Shilpa Shetty ... Shikha R. Kapoor
Shiney Ahuja ... Akash Sharma
Sharman Joshi ... Rahul
Kangana Ranaut ... Neha
Nafisa Ali ... Shivani
Vicky Ahuja ... Gupta, Rahul's boss
Gautam Kapoor ... Vishy K.
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayaan Khan ... Irrfan' son
Ashwin Mushran


Rinku Patel ... Rucha R. Kapoor (as Rinku)


The lives of a group of people, who live in Mumbai are told in this tale, which revolves around Rahul - who occupies an apartment owned by his uncle, and lets rich and influential people use it for their personal sexual past-times. An ignored and angry young wife, Shikha falls into the arms of a young man named Akash, who wants to be an actor for Indian movies; then there is Shikha's sister, Shruti, who is having an affair with a man named Monty; and finally there is Shikha's teacher, Shivani, who is romancing Amol. Things get complicated when Rahul finds out that Neha, who is his girlfriend, is using this very apartment to meet with Ranjeet, who is Shikha's husband. Written by Sumitra (corrected by Calista)
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One city. Countless emotions.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 May 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Metro  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,477, 11 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,212, 3 June 2007
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Composer Pritam Chakraborty can be seen in the film, playing the leader of a rock band of minstrels. Such bands are often seen playing songs in metro stations. These minstrels appear at important junctures in the film and move the story forward. See more »


References The Namesake (2006) See more »


Alvida - II
Written by Amitabh Verma
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Faruk Mahfuz Anam
Courtesy of Sony Music India
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Life in a Metro
12 May 2007 | by See all my reviews
I heard about this Indian movie's release in Amsterdam, and later knew that it was made by Anurag Basu. I like this Director – who has made a decent mark with his earlier flicks - Murder and Gangster. Apart from that the cast included Shiny Ahuja, Irfan Khan, Kay Kay and Konkona Sen – all of my favorite list of actors and actress.

The movie is about several people's lives in Bombay who are linked with each other in some way or the other. It includes a young couple 1) Kay Kay and Shilpa Shetty passing through a terrible marriage crisis, 2) an old couple – Dharmendra and Nafisa Ali who after leading their separate lives meet each other after 30 years, 3) another man and woman – Irfan and Konkana who are seeking life partners, 4) ambitious corporate executives boy and girl – Sharman Joshi and Kangana Ranaut (Gangster fame) who wants to achieve materialistic success through whatever means they can, and finally 5) there is a lonely guy - Shiny Ahuja who meets Shilpa and they fall in love with each other.

The movies revolve around these peoples' lives - the key binding link among all of them is a rainbow of love, sex, romance and selfishness.

Anurag Basu has himself scripted and written the screenplay of the movie, and because of the tight script each character emerges as real. The whole movie is sprinkled with many moments of emotional range, laughter, smiles and cries. He has handled the characters very well and executed masterly.

All the actors have given brilliant performances, but in my preference of rating - Kay Kay, Irfan, Konkana and Shilpa rate the best. Sadly Shiny's role is not long enough to give him the scope for a great performance (the character did have the depth which the Director failed to exploit). A special mention needs to be made of Dharmendra, who pleases us after a long time – with his charm and acting. The most light and best funny moments are given to the pair of Irfan and Konkana. This story line had such a big potential of even making a full length feature film like Chasme Baddoor.

There are about six songs in the movie and all of them are sung by male singers. They are composed in special Pritam styles with Sufi touch. I loved the songs and their placements in the movie.

I like the light and shades, color and tones used by Anurag Basu in all his movies and in this movie too – he has used great camera angles to capture some beautiful shots of Bombay.

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Life in a... Metro - Wikipedia
Life in a... Metro is a 2007 Indian musical drama film co-produced, written and directed by Anurag Basu, set in Mumbai, featuring an ensemble cast of ...
Story by‎: ‎Anurag Basu
Production company‎: ‎Ishana Movies
Written by‎: ‎Sanjeev Dutta (Dialogue)
Produced by‎: ‎Ronnie Screwvala
Synopsis · ‎Soundtrack
  Life in a... Metro is a 2007 Indian musical drama film co-produced, written and directed by Anurag Basu, set in Mumbai, featuring an ensemble cast of Dharmendra, Nafisa Ali, Shilpa Shetty, Shiney Ahuja, Kay Kay Menon, Kangana Ranaut, Sharman Joshi, Konkona Sen Sharma and Irrfan Khan. The music is composed by Pritam with lyrics by Sayeed Quadri. The film was released on 11 May 2007.[1] It narrates the lives of nine people living in Mumbai[2] and deals with topics like extramarital affairs, sanctity of marriage, and love. The film was critically acclaimed for its story and screenplay. The general plot and a number of characters are based on two classic films, The Apartment and Brief Encounter.



Rahul (Sharman Joshi) is a young man with dreams, working as a call center executive in a BPO in Mumbai. He silently loves Neha (Kangana Ranaut), a smart young woman who has made it up the ranks in a very short time, due to her relationship with her boss, Ranjeet (Kay Kay Menon).
In his 30s, Ranjeet is married to Shikha (Shilpa Shetty) and has a six-year-old daughter. Shikha is well educated and a trained dancer. Ranjeet and Shikha decided that she should stay at home and take care of the house and their child. Their eight-year marriage has turned loveless and bitter.
Neglected by an indifferent husband and bogged down by family chores, Shikha is attracted to maverick Akash (Shiney Ahuja). Akash is a struggling theater artist who is separated from his wife. Akash and Shikha's relationship starts as friendship and almost blossoms romantically, until Shikha feels guilty and cannot cross the limits that she has fervently guarded for years.
Amol (Dharmendra) is a 70-year-old man who has returned to India after 40 years to spend his last few years with his first love, Shivani (Nafisa Ali), who is also Shikha's former dance teacher.
Shikha's sister and Neha's roommate Shruti (Konkona Sen Sharma) works in at Radio Mirchi as a producer. She is 28 and desperate to get married. She meets Monty (Irrfan Khan) through a matrimonial site, but she is unimpressed by the straightforward and socially inept Monty. While Monty likes her and is ready to marry her, she declines when she finds him ogling her. She is, however, dreamy-eyed about her RJ, Rishi K. Her boss hooks her up with Rishi K, and her relationship with him blossoms.
Rahul has a novel strategy to rise up the ladder of success. He provides his flat to his superiors at the office, where they can safely bring their mistresses, girlfriends or prostitutes, in return for recommendation for his promotion. Ranjeet uses the flat to meet Neha.
Amidst one of their escapades in Rahul's flat, Neha asks Ranjeet about their future, which leads to an argument. He insults her and leaves. Indignant, she attempts suicide. Rahul finds her lying unconscious and saves her. He brings her back to his house, which brings them closer.
Shruti is heartbroken when she discovers that Rishi K is gay. She leaves the job and gets a new one where she again meets Monty. Slowly, they become friends. Meanwhile, Shruti learns about Ranjeet and Neha. Ranjeet panics and confesses to Shikha of his two-year affair with Neha. An already guilt-stricken Shikha cannot hold it in any longer and tells him about her emotional relationship with Akash. Ranjeet is shocked and angry, and decides to leave his wife.
Shivani dies. Amol regrets the decision to leave Shivani 40 years back, stressing the importance of love to Shikha and Shruti. Shruti realizes that she loves Monty and tells him so just as he is about to go for his wedding. Meanwhile, Akash decides to leave the country and asks Shikha to join him. On the other hand, Rahul is disillusioned with the way the metro has treated him and decides to resign and leave the city. Neha realizes that Rahul really loves her and follows him to the station. Ranjeet returns to Shikha, who is just about to leave for the station to see Akash.
Neha chases Rahul. Monty chases Shruti. Shikha comes to the station but not to accompany Akash. She wishes him good luck, tells him that she will miss him.
While the credits roll, we are shown Akash still roaming the streets of Mumbai, Shikha and Ranjeet are in a happier marriage, and Rahul is living happily with Neha. Shruti and Monty are also happily married and have a kid.


Box office

Life in a... Metro was the 26th highest grossing Bollywood film of 2007, grossing 227.5 million (US$3.5 million) and became a semi-hit at the box office, despite taking a below average opening.[3]


Life in a... Metro
Soundtrack album by Pritam (Metro Band)
Released 18 July 2007
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 39:22
Label Sony BMG
The soundtrack was released on 21 August 2007. Life In A... Metro's music was composed by Pritam with lyrics by Sayeed Quadri, Amitabh Verma and Sandeep Srivastava. Bob Dylan's "I Want You" plays in the background when Shruti and Rishi are at a vending machine and Shruti mistakes Rishi to be gesturing and speaking with her. The song does not appear on the soundtrack. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 11,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's twelfth highest-selling.[4]


The song, "Alvida" was composed by Pritam back in 90's when he was still struggling.

Metro Band

Pritam formed the band Metro with Suhail Kaul and the Bangladeshi singer Fahruk Mahfuz Anam aka James that performed the songs in the movie.
In the film, this rock band led by Pritam plays at important junctures and takes the story forward. This is considered to be a first in Indian film. The music score in Life In A... Metro is heavily rock-oriented. The four-members were Pritam, Suhail Kaul, Soham Chakraborty and Bangladeshi singer James.

Track list

Track Name Lyrics Singer Band Metro Remixed by
Alvida Amitabh Verma K.K.

Alvida (Reprise) Amitabh Verma Fahruk Mahfuz Anam (James)

Baatein Kuch Ankahein Si Sandeep Srivastava Adnan Sami

Baatein Kuch Ankahein Si (Unplugged) Sandeep Srivastava Suhail Kaul

Baatein Kuch Ankahein Si (Remix) Sandeep Srivastava Adnan Sami
DJ A-Myth
In Dino Sayeed Quadri Soham Chakraborty

In Dino (Remix) Sayeed Quadri Soham Chakraborty
Bunty Rajput
Kar Salaam Sayeed Quadri Soham Chakraborty
Pritam Chakraborty
Suhail Kaul

O Meri Jaan Sandeep Srivastava K.K.

O Meri Jaan (Reprise) Sandeep Srivastava Suhail Kaul & K.K.

Rishtey Sayeed Quadri Fahruk Mahfuz Anam (James)

Rishtey (Remix) Sayeed Quadri Fahruk Mahfuz Anam (James)
DJ Nikhil Chinappa
DJ Naved


Life in a... Metro
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anurag Basu
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala
Written by Sanjeev Dutta (Dialogue)
Screenplay by Anurag Basu
Story by Anurag Basu
Starring Dharmendra
Nafisa Ali
Shilpa Shetty
Kay Kay Menon
Shiney Ahuja
Irrfan Khan
Konkona Sen Sharma
Kangana Ranaut
Sharman Joshi
Music by Songs: Pritam
Score: Raju Singh
Cinematography Bobby Singh
Edited by Akiv Ali
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release date
11 May 2007
Running time
131 mins
Country India
Language Hindi

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