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Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (lit. He who wins is king) is a 1992 Indian sports drama film, directed and co-written by Mansoor Khan,[2] produced and co-written by Nasir Hussain. The film stars Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bedi, Mamik Singh and Kulbhushan Kharbanda, whilst Aamir's brother Faisal Khan makes a special appearance. The music was by Jatin Lalit. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar won two Filmfare Awards, including Best Film.[3]

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar poster.jpg
Poster
Directed by Mansoor Khan
Produced by Nasir Hussain
Written by Nasir Hussain
Mansoor Khan
Starring Aamir Khan
Ayesha Jhulka
Deepak Tijori
Mamik Singh
Pooja Bedi
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Music by Jatin-Lalit
Cinematography Najeeb Khan
Release date
  • 22 May 1992 (1992-05-22)
Running time
176 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 40 million (equivalent to 220 million or US$3.3 million in 2017)[1]

It became a trend-setter and inspired many movies like the Telugu film Thammudu (1999), the Tamil film Badri (2001), the Kannada film Yuvaraja (2001) and the Bengali film Champion (2003). Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander was broadcast on Disney Channel India. The movie is based on the 1979 movie Breaking Away.[4]

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PlotEdit

The movie is set in Dehradun, India. The movie opens with the description of the various colleges in the city. The Rajput college has students from affluent backgrounds with each student being an heir to a multi-million dollar fortune. In contrast, the Model college has students from poor local households. Other colleges include Xaviers College and Queens College, the latter being an all-girls college with the guys from all three colleges trying to woo the students there.

The highlight of the town is the annual inter-college sports championship with a marathon cycle race as the prime event. In the beginning of the film, the race is contested between Ratan Lal Sharma (Mamik Singh) of Model College and Shekhar Malhotra (Deepak Tijori) of Rajput College with the latter winning the race because Ratan had an inferior bike. After the race, both are felicitated by their respective schools for which Shekhar becomes cocky and arrogant.

Sanju (Aamir Khan) is Ratan's younger brother and is everything that Ratan is not. He's a carefree youngster who is full of himself and is always in trouble with his father Ramlal (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), who wants him to act more maturely and become responsible like Ratan. Sanju and his little gang, which includes Anjali (Ayesha Jhulka) (who has a crush on Sanju), bunk sports to smoke cigarettes and roam around town. Anjali and her dad run a vehicle repair shop and Anjali's father asks his daughter to stay away from Sanju.

Ramlal and his family run a small cafe which is the hangout spot for most of the college students. A number of scuffles occur between Sanju and Shekhar because of Shekhar's attempts to humiliate Ratan and his dad. Enter Devika (Pooja Bedi), who immediately catches the fancy of both Sanju and Shekhar. Initially, she leans towards Shekhar but one day she misses her bus on the way to a picnic to meet Shekhar. Meanwhile, Sanju asks Anjali for a car so that he can roam around town. While on his way he spots Devika and leaves his friends at the paan shop and gives Devika a lift. Devika upon reaching her destination finds Shekhar with another girl and goes along with Sanju who, although not rich, brags about his wealth for being student from Xavier School.

Sanju's lie is ultimately revealed when Devika sees him dancing in the Model College group during a dance competition. After the show, Sanju and Devika break up that evening and in a heated argument, Sanju fights with Shekhar's friends. Sanju is almost overpowered when his brother intervenes and chases Shekhar's friends away. Ramlal asks Sanju for the money he had given him to deposit in the bank (which he spent on Devika) which leads to a heated argument between Sanju and his dad & Sanju gets thrown out of the house.

Next morning, Ramlal leaves for town. Ratan tells Sanju that his Dad has forgiven him and asked him to return home, which Sanju tries to ignores. A heated argument and fight ensue between Ratan and Shekhar, which ends with Ratan accidentally falling off a cliff. While Ratan is in hospital, Sanju recollects his childhood with Ratan. When his father returns, he reconciles with him. With Ratan in the hospital, Sanju becomes more responsible and starts to care for his father and bed ridden brother. He decides that he will participate in the race with the help of Anjali and give it his best for Ratan. During his training, he realises his true feelings for Anjali and Sanju fall in for Anjali.

A day before the race, Sanju finds out about the real cause of the accident and confronts Ratan who tells him that he didn't say anything about the accident because Sanju had become responsible and closer to all of them. Ratan asks Sanju to give his best in the race if he really love his brother Ratan.

With his new cycle, Sanju participates in the race. The race begins evenly with both Sanju and Shekhar going head to head. Somewhere in the middle, the two fall and a scuffle ensues between Sanju and Shekhar and his friends. During this, other cyclists take the lead. Shekhar heads back on track with his friends holding Sanju back. Sanju breaks free from Shekhar's friends and joins the race, catching up with Shekhar during the final laps of the race and finally beating him in the closing moments, giving Model College, his father and brother their long-awaited victory.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film was directed by Mansoor Khan, and written and produced by Nasir Hussain.[6] Akshay Kumar had auditioned[7] and Milind Soman was signed for Shekhar Malhotra's role,[8] before Deepak Tijori played the role. Aditya Pancholi was selected to play the role of Ratan, but the role went to Mamik Singh, as confirmed by DNA.

The plot has certain similarities to the 1979 American film Breaking Away. However, Mansoor Khan stated that he only became aware of Breaking Away after the likeness was brought to his attention, some time after the release of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. Both films have several thematic similarities, including friendship, class barriers, bicycle racing, and parental relationship, but are distinctly different films, with different narratives, characters, motivations, treatment and racing rules.[9]

MusicEdit

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Studio album by Jatin-Lalit
Released
1992
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 35:01
Label
Saregama
Jatin-Lalit chronology
Yaara Dildara
(1991)Yaara Dildara1991
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
(1992)
Khiladi
(1992)Khiladi1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood           [10]

The music for the movie was composed by Jatin Lalit and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The soundtrack, their second collaboration, helped to launch their careers. It was nominated for Best Music at the Filmfare Awards 1993. "Pehla Nasha" was the fourth film song in Indian cinema (the first one being "Jogi O Jogi" from Lakhon Mein Ek (1971), followed by "Baare Baare" from Naagarahaavu (1972) and "Sundari Neeyum" from Michael Madana Kama Rajan (1990)) to be shot in complete slow motion. The technique was later used in many films and music videos. Pehla Nasha was the most popular track of the album and has become a cult song. Other popular tracks were "Humse Hai Sara Jahan", "Rooth Ke Humse" and "Arre Yaaron Mere Pyaaron". The song "Arre Yaaron Mere Pyaaron" was sung by Udit Narayan along with Vijeta Pandit.[11] When the Panama Papers came out in 2016, there was some speculation that the song "Naam Hai Mera Fonseca" was inspired by the Panama law firm involved in the controversy.

All lyrics written by Majrooh Sultanpuri; all music composed by Jatin Lalit.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Yahaan Ke Hum Sikander" Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam, Jatin-Lalit 5:29
2. "Pehla Nasha" Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam 4:51
3. "Arre Yaaron Mere Pyaaron" Udit Narayan, Vijeta Pandit 5:16
4. "Humse Hai Sara Jahan" Jatin Pandit, Sadhana Sargam 4:13
5. "Naam Hai Mera Fonseca" Amit Kumar, Alka Yagnik 4:41
6. "Rooth Ke Humse" Jatin Pandit 5:15
7. "Shehar Ki Pariyon" Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam 5:16

38th Filmfare AwardsEdit

ReceptionEdit

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar grossed 40 million in India.[12][13][14] The film opened to good responses, and was declared a hit at the box office.[15] In a review dated 29 May 1992, The Indian Express praised Najeeb Khan's photography, the sets and the performances of Aamir Khan and Pooja Bedi, but criticised Jatin Lalit's music.[16]

LocationsEdit

Though it is clearly mentioned in the introductory voice over that the movie is based in Dehradun (in fact, the first word spoken in the movie is "Dehradun"), it is mentioned twice in the movie (both times by the commentator during the cycle race) that it takes place in Kodaikanal. The movie has been shot predominantly in various locations[17] in the south of India, primarily Kodaikanal.[18]

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