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Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's on-screen sibling bond in Josh celebrates 24 years

Celebrating the 24th anniversary of Josh, which features Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's unique sibling act.

Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's on-screen sibling bond in Josh celebrates 24 years
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Last Updated: 09.53 AM, Jun 09, 2024


24 years have passed since Josh's release. The film brought two big stars together for the first time, only to play siblings on the big screen. Yes, we're referring to Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who portrayed the on-screen twins Max and Shirley prior to the release of Mohabbatein, a romantic drama, in the same year. It was one of the rare films earlier in Bollywood where Goa served as the backdrop. As Josh clocks 24 years since its release, you can catch up with the film, which is streaming on SonyLIV (OTTplay Premium).

Mansoor Khan's role in creating Josh

Mansoor Khan both wrote and directed the 2000 romantic action film Josh. Among the other stars are Chandrachur Singh and Sharad Kapoor, who played brothers in the film. Goa served as the setting and shooting location for Josh, a film primarily in Hindi with some Konkani dialogue. Some of the film's plot points are based on those in the 1961 musical West Side Story. The film's events unfold in 1980 among real estate deals and communal bloodshed in Goa.


Vasco was a seaside town in 1980. The Scorpions, played by Sharad Kapoor, and the Eagles, played by Shah Rukh Khan, are at odds over who gets to rule the streets. Prakash's brother Rahul, played by Chandrachur Singh, develops a deep affection for Shirley, played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, during his visit. Little does he know that Shirley is actually Max's sister. Despite Rahul's best efforts, the gang rivalry will inevitably boil over due to their secret love.

Josh's reception and legacy

Josh was a commercial success upon its release on June 9, 2000, earning Rs. 35.06 crore globally. After its release, critics had varied feelings about it. Some praised the score and the acting, while others panned the plot and the narrative. 

The only movie that Mansoor Khan directed without his cousin and superstar Aamir Khan in the lead role is Josh. The other films directed by him include Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, and Akele Hum Akele Tum.

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