China Gate (1998 film)

China Gate is a 1998 Indian action film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. It was released on 27 November 1998.

China Gate
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Directed byRajkumar Santoshi
Produced byRajkumar Santoshi
Screenplay byRajkumar Santoshi,
Anjum Rajabali,
K. K. Raina
Story byRajkumar Santoshi
StarringOm Puri
Amrish Puri
Naseeruddin Shah
Danny Denzongpa
Mukesh Tiwari
Mamta Kulkarni
Samir Soni
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Paresh Rawal
Tinu Anand
Music bySongs:
Anu Malik,
Vanraj Bhatia
CinematographyPiyush Shah
Edited byV. N. Mayekar
Santoshi Productions
Running time
175 minutes

The song "Chamma Chamma" picturised on Urmila Matondkar became chart buster and was used in Baz Luhrmann's film Moulin Rouge!.


The story begins with Col. Krishnakant Puri and his ten men who were sacked from the Indian Army for failing in the China Gate mission. Krishnakant lives an alienated life after the Court-martial. Frustrated, one day he is about to commit suicide when a young lady named Sandhya knocks on his door. Having witnessed the brutal slaying of her Forest Officer father, Sunder Rajan, at the hands of dreaded dacoit Jageera, Sandhya goes to the Col. and asks for his assistance in bringing an end to Jageera's rule in the Devdurg region. Col. Krishnakant agrees to assist her and summons ten of his fellow officers and subordinates to assist him in this mission. They assemble at Devdurg with the necessary ammunition and arms to combat Jageera, not realizing that Jageera has influence over the local police detachment, who will prevent Krishnakant and his men to possess any guns and weapons. This does not deter the men, and they continue to stay on in Devdurg. They gain the confidence of the villagers too.

The villagers do not know that Krishnakant and his men had been dishonorably discharged from the army for cowardice. At the time of the first encounter with the gang of Jageera, the team of Krishnakant realised that they are out of shape and have lost instincts and fighting capabilities due to age. With the permission of Col. Krishnakant, Major Gurung starts to train them again.

One day, Jageera captures them with the help of corrupt police officer Barot, but they escape finally and in turn capture Jageera. Col Krishan Puri and few officers intend to kill him, but leader Col. Puri hands him over to the police inspector Barot. As a result, Jageera is again set free and kills Maj. Sarfaraj.

Now the full team of Col. Krishnakant along with the villagers chase Jageera to take final revenge.



The music for this movie was composed by Anu Malik and the item song "Chamma Chamma" became extremely popular, which was later used in Hollywood film Moulin Rouge! and was recreated for the film, Fraud Saiyyan.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

All lyrics are written by Sameer.

1."Hum Ko To Rahna Hai"Sonu Nigam, Hariharan, Vinod Rathod7:11
2."Chamma Chamma"Anu Malik, Sapna Awasthi5:53
3."Chamma Chamma, Pt. 2"Vinod Rathod, Shankar Mahadevan, Alka Yagnik5:54
4."Is Mitti Ka Karz Tha Mujhpe"Sonu Nigam3:14
5."Theme of China Gate (Instrumental)" 1:02


  1. ^ "Elli AvRam steps into Urmila Matondkar's shoes for 'Chamma Chamma'". Mumbai Mirror. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Elli AvrRam steps into Urmila Matondkar's shoes for Chamma Chamma remake for Fraud Saiyaan". Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Elli AvRam to recreate 'Chamma Chamma' for this Arshad Warsi film". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
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  5. ^ "China Gate's 'Chamma Chamma' to be recreated for Prakash Jha's Fraud Saiyyan". 26 September 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  6. ^ "[Exclusive Video] Urmila Matondkar sings Chamma Chamma for us and steals our hearts". 8 April 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Joota Hai Japani to Chaiyya Chaiyya: 7 Hollywood movies that featured Bollywood songs". 4 October 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2019.

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