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Koyla (English: Coal) is a 1997 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film written, produced and directed by Rakesh Roshan. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Amrish Puri, Himani Shivpuri, Salim Ghouse and Johnny Lever in pivotal roles. The film was successful & became the 8th highest grossing movie of the year. One of the scenes of this movie were filmed in Tawang Arunachal Pradesh.

Koyla
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Directed byRakesh Roshan
Produced byRakesh Roshan
Written byAnwar Khan (dialogues)
Screenplay byRavi Kapoor
Sachin Bhowmick
Story byRakesh Roshan
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Madhuri Dixit
Amrish Puri
Music byRajesh Roshan
CinematographySameer Arya
Edited bySanjay Verma
Production
company
Filmkraft Productions Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • April 18, 1997 (1997-04-18) (India)
Running time
167 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budgetest. 12 crore
(est. 57.6 crore as of 2019) [1]
Box officeest. 28.05 crore
(est. 134.64 crore as of 2019) [2]

PlotEdit

Shankar (Shahrukh Khan) is a handsome mute man, raised by the powerful Raja (Amrish Puri), to whom he is completely loyal. However, Raja treats him like a slave. He is also tormented and unnecessarily beaten by Raja's younger brother Brijwa, a sadistic and violent psychopath. The elderly Raja is a ruthless and cruel man with a large appetite for young women who kills anyone who dares to defy him, however lately he has proven to be unable to perform in the bedroom and continues to fall asleep as he is bored of his beautiful secretary Bindiya, who lusts after Shankar. His doctor suggests a younger woman, who may be able to satisfy him.

One day Raja sees Gauri (Madhuri Dixit), a happy young innocent village girl, and begins to dream about her and wishes to marry her, however, despite her greedy aunt and uncle want her to marry Raja, Gauri wants to see a picture of her future husband first.

Aware that Gauri would instantly reject the elderly Raja, he sends her a photo of Shankar. Gauri instantly falls in love with him and the wedding proceeds. However, before the ceremony is completed, she discovers that it's not Shankar whom she is marrying and faints; Raja orders the priest to continue with the ceremony, even though the marriage would be invalid while Gauri is unconscious.

When Gauri regains consciousness, she discovers Raja trying to "consummate" with her and learns they're married, which shocks her. She refuses to submit herself to him by attempting suicide, so he imprisons and tortures her. One night Gauri tries to commit suicide, however, Shankar and his friend save her and she finally meets Shankar. She slaps and accuses him of ruining her life. however. Shankar's friend reveals that Shankar was innocent in this whole affair, a shocked Gauri tries to apologize, but Shankar leaves before she can.

One night, Bindya (Deepshika) is frustrated by Raja's inability to perform and goes to Shankar, but instead finds Raja's brother Brijwa waiting for her. He attempts to rape her, but Shankar stops him. Not being able to proceed to thrash his master's brother, he takes a beating and gets framed for attempting to rape Bindya by Brijwa and is badly beaten by Raja. Bindya confesses that she went to Shankar and is then sent to a brothel controlled by Chandi Bai (Himani Shivpuri) as punishment by Raja.

When Gauri's brother Ashok (Mohnish Behl) comes to see her, Raja forces her to lie to him which she does and says that she is happy as Raja threatens to kill him if she refuses, however, Shankar reveals the truth to him and Raja kills him when he comes to rescue her. Moments before he dies, Ashok makes Shankar promise him to save his sister; Shankar and Gauri flee Raja's mansion.

An enraged Raja begins a murderous search to find Gauri and Shankar, however, after a long chase through the mountains and jungle, Shankar uses the survival skills he learned as Raja's servant to kill Raja's men, Raja and his men leave due to being disadvantaged.

During that time, Gauri and Shankar begin to fall in love. But unexpectedly, Raja, who has returned with reinforcements, sees Shankar and Gauri near a waterfall and manage to capture them by shooting Gauri in the arm.

Shankar is brutally beaten by Brijwa and the corrupt DIG (Pradeep Rawat) and Raja slits his throat, then leaves him to die in the mountains; and Gauri is sold to a brothel. There, Bindya saves Gauri from what had been done to her, and in the process, she eventually gets killed by Brijwa. Shankar is found and saved by a village boy who brings him to and his father (a healer) who operates on his throat while he is still unconscious. The healer, who discovers that Shankar is not mute by birth, is able to repair some of the damaged nerves in Shankar's throat, enabling him to speak.

Shankar recalls that when he was a boy, his father discovered diamonds in the coal mine, however he and his wife were murdered in front of Shankar by two mysterious men; when young Shankar threatened to tell everyone what they did, someone came up from behind him and shoved hot coals into his throat, rendering him mute. Shankar recovers and returns, first, he kills Brijwa and is reunited with Gauri after rescuing her from the same men that killed his parents, and bought Gauri. Shankar, in the process, discovers that Raja was the person who made him mute and who ordered his parents to be killed so he could steal their wealth.

He kills Raja's two henchmen and the DIG, then finally manages to corner Raja, who finally apologizes to Shankar for his wrongdoings to him, but Shankar disregards this and kills him by setting him on fire. At last, Shankar and Gauri embrace each other, finally at peace.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

SL No. Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Tanhai Tanhai" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan 05:35
2 "Badan Juda Hote Hain" Kumar Sanu, Preeti Singh, Falguni Pathak 10:30
3 "Dekha Tujhe To" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik 07:32
4 "Sanson Ki Mala Pe" Kavita Krishnamurthy 06:47
5 "Bhang Ke Nashe Mein" Alka Yagnik, Aditya Narayan 06:07
6 "Ghunghte Mein Chanda Hai" Udit Narayan 06:17

Box officeEdit

Koyla grossed 25.91 crore (US$3.7 million) in India and $600,000 (2.14 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 28.05 crore (US$4.1 million), against its 12 crore (US$1.7 million) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 5.39 crore (US$780,000), and grossed 10.60 crore (US$1.5 million) in its first week.[2] It is the 8th-highest-grossing film of 1997 worldwide.[3]

IndiaEdit

It opened on Friday, April 18, 1997, across 275 screens, and had a record opening of 4.06 crore (US$590,000) nett. The film shared the record for the highest opening day with previous record opener Trimurti which also grossed 1.06 crore (US$150,000) nett on its opening day. It went on to break 3.07 crore (US$440,000) nett opening weekend record set by Trimurti, and recorded highest ever opening weekend of 3.10 crore (US$450,000) nett. It had a first week of 5.52 crore (US$800,000) nett. The film earned a total of 14.88 crore (US$2.2 million) nett, and was declared " Semi Hit " by Box Office India.[2] It is the 8th-highest-grossing film of 1997 in India.[4]

OverseasEdit

It earned $600,000 (2.14 crore) outside India.[2] Overseas, It is the 6th-highest-grossing film of 1997.[5]

'Koyla' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
14.88 crore (US$2.2 million)
Distributor share:
8.36 crore (US$1.2 million)
Total Gross:
25.91 crore (US$3.7 million)
International
(Outside India)
$600,000 (2.14 crore)
Worldwide 28.05 crore (US$4.1 million)

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Koyla Budget". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Koyla Box office". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers 1997". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Top India Total Nett Gross 1997". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 1997". Box Office India. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015.

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