'Gangster' a real life love story

Apr 26, 2006 IANS

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Putting the failure of his second film "Tumsa Nahin Dekha" behind him, director Anurag Basu returns this Friday with "Gangster", a love story inspired by underworld don Abu Salem and Bollywood starlet Monica Bedi.

The human heart in conflict with itself is an integral part of all drama. "Gangster" starring Emraan Hashmi, Shiney Ahuja and new face Kangna Rawat is one such tale of human emotions - love, passion and betrayal.

Set against the backdrop of South Korea, the film is about Simran (Kangna), an alcoholic going through one of the most difficult phases of her life. While she is struggling to put her life back on the right track she meets Akash (Emraan) who is a singer and brings a ray of hope into her dark and depressing life.

But Simran has a past, which keeps haunting her. She is unable to shut away the memories of Daya (Shiney) - a dreaded gangster whom she had an affair with. He is the most sought after underworld fugitive from India.

Totally unaware of Simran's past life, Akash falls in love with her.

What happens when Daya discovers her relationship with Akash - does he stay away from them and allow them to live a normal and peaceful life or does he blackmail them?

Mahesh Bhatt, the producer of the film, is known for exploring new destinations other than European countries and has shot the film in South Korea to give it a new look and feel.

For Basu, making "Gangster" was a big challenge because of his fragile health. Halfway through his second film "Tumsa Nahin Dekha" he was diagnosed with cancer but it didn't stop him from making "Gangster". The film is the result of his will power and he hopes his hard work will pay off.

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