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Director  Anurag Basu
Release date  May 11, 2007 (India)
Language  Hindi
7.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Music director  Pritam Chakraborty
Country  India
Life in a Metro movie poster

Release date  11 May 2007
Writer  Anurag Basu (story), Sanjeev Dutta (dialogue)
Songs  In Dino
Cast  Shiney Ahuja (Akash), Shilpa Shetty (Shikha), Kay Kay Menon (Ranjeet), Sharman Joshi (Rahul), Gautami Kapoor (Radio Jockey), Konkona Sen Sharma (Shruti)

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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. It narrates the lives of nine people living in Mumbai 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.


Life in a Metro movie scenes


Life in a Metro movie scenes

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).

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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.


  • Dharmendra as Amol
  • Kay Kay Menon as Ranjeet
  • Irrfan Khan as Monty
  • Sharman Joshi as Rahul
  • Shiney Ahuja as Akash
  • Nafisa Ali as Shivani
  • Shilpa Shetty as Shikha
  • Konkona Sen Sharma as Shruti
  • Kangana Ranaut as Neha
  • Ashwin Mushran as Shruti's Boss
  • Sumit as director
  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    2008 Filmfare Awards

  • Best Supporting Actress – Konkona Sen Sharma
  • Best Supporting Actor – Irrfan Khan
  • Best Screenplay – Anurag Basu
  • 2008 Zee Cine Award

  • Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Female – Shilpa Shetty
  • 2008 IIFA Awards

  • Best Supporting Actress – Konkona Sen Sharma
  • Best Supporting Actor – Irrfan Khan
  • Best Screenplay – Anurag Basu (jointly with Jaideep Sahni for Chak De India)
  • Other awards

  • 2008 Star Screen Award for Best Comedian – Irrfan Khan
  • 2008 Stardust Breakthrough Performance Award (Female) – Kangana Ranaut
  • References

    Life in a... Metro Wikipedia
    Life in a... Metro IMDb Life in a... Metro