Bewafaa (English: Unfaithful) is a 2005 Indian musical romantic drama film starring Akshay kumar, Anil Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Sushmita Sen, Shamita Shetty and Kabir Bedi. The film is directed by Dharmesh Darshan who had earlier directed films like Raja Hindustani (1996) and Dhadkan (2000). Bewafaa tells the story of changing morals and values in a fast-changing world, with the tagline "When cultures meet." Bewafaa was produced by Boney Kapoor, with music composed by Nadeem-Shravan. It borrows a lot of elements from the 1963 film Gumrah, and the Telugu hit Abhinandana. The movie was presented by Sahara Group.
Anjali (Kareena Kapoor) is the younger daughter of her Canadian born mother (Nafisa Ali) and Indian father (Kabir Bedi), living in the city of Montreal, Quebec. She shares a healthy relationship with her parents and an equally loving bond with her elder sister Aarti (Sushmita Sen). Anjali develops an attraction towards a budding musician named Raja (Akshay Kumar). Their friendship soon turns to love but Anjali keeps the relationship a secret from her parents, since Raja is not stable in his career and future as yet. Aarti assures Anjali and Raja that she will convince her parents of their true love.
Aarthi is married to Aditya Sahai (Anil Kapoor) and the couple are soon expecting twins. Complications arise during the pregnancy and Aarthi dies while giving birth. While still in mourning, and unaware of her love for Raja, Anjali's parents suggest that she get married to Aditya. Although she is initially against the idea and can not bear the thought of being with someone other than Raja, Anjali eventually marries Aditya in order to provide motherly love to her sisters children. After the marriage, the family migrates to New Delhi. Aditya is a business tycoon who hardly finds any time for his sister-in-law turned wife or his two young daughters, since he is still mourning the loss of Aarthi. Anjali fulfills the role of mother and wife but cannot bridge the gap between herself and Aditya. She finds herself in a marriage that has no compatibility but only compromise. She stays in the passionless union for the sake of the twins, who she now considers as her own.
Amidst all this, one day Raja, who has since become a famous fusion singer, walks back into her life. Anjali feels torn, but starts spending time with him and they redevelop their friendship. Raja seeks to rekindle their relationship but Anjali can not forget her husband and children. Aditya returns from a business trip and he senses a change in Anjali, which decides to look into by seeking the help of his friends, a flamboyant couple — Dil and Pallavi Arora (Manoj Bajpayee and Shamita Shetty). He finds out about Raja and reveals to Anjali that he knows about their past and previous love. Aditya gives her the freedom to choose between Raja and himself. Anjali ultimately chooses Aditya over Raja, not only because of her duty as a mother, but also because she realises that she has come to love Aditya. Raja is heartbroken but finally has closure, and leaves to embark on a world tour..Anil Kapoor ... Aditya Sahai
Akshay Kumar ... Raja (rock singer "Indian Raja")
Kareena Kapoor ... Anjali Sahai
Sushmita Sen ... Aarti Sahai
Shamita Shetty ... Pallavi Arora
Manoj Bajpayee ... Dil Arora
Nafisa Ali ... Anjali and Aarti's mother
Kabir Bedi ... Anjali and Aarti's father
The Soundtrack of Bewafaa was composed by Nadeem-Shravan and the lyrics for the songs were penned by Sameer. Singers Lata Mangeshkar, Ghulam Ali, Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Shaan & Sapna Mukherjee lent their voices for the album. There are 8 songs and 2 instrumental versions in the album. The instrumental Version of Drum Beat was the theme of Akshay Kumar character in the film, while the other instrumental piece was the instrumental version of the song titled by the same name. The recording of the songs started in 2003 and were completed by mid 2004 as said by the composers in a 2004 interview. The song "Mera Dil" was recorded in three versions by the composers each representing different situations and different moods in the film. The songs were chart busters and got instant popularity among the masses after their release and was very well received by even the critics mentioning that "In The Era of remixes the albums stands out as extraordinary though traditional to the roots it does have melodies numbers that you will remember for years". The soundtrack was listed at No.2 position in the 2004 all-time music sales chart India. The soundtrack was released in December 2004. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 25,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's second highest-selling.
After their older sisters Karisma Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty worked with each other in the movies Rishtey and Jaanwar, Kareena Kapoor and Shamita Shetty worked together this time in Bewafaa. Also, the plot is taken from the Telugu movie Abhinandana Also in Rishtey Anil Kapoor played the main lead while in Jaanwar,Akshay Kumar played the lead and both appear in Bewafa..
The film had an average opening, and collected Rs.10 crores. Box Office India declared the film as an average grosser.
The film got positive reviews, with the performances also getting noticed.