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Main Hoon Na (English : Trust me, I am here) is a 2004 Indian comedy-drama[3] film co-written and directed by Farah Khan in her directorial debut. The screenplay was written by Farah Khan and Abbas Tyrewala based on the story by Anvita Dutt Guptan. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Sunil Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Amrita Rao and Zayed Khan in the main cast. It was remade into Tamil as Aegan starring Ajith Kumar, Nayantara, Pia Bajpai.

Main Hoon Na
Main Hoon Na poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Hindi मैं हूँ ना
Directed by Farah Khan
Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment Venus Records & Tapes Pvt Ltd
Written by Abbas Tyrewala
(dialogue)
Screenplay by Farah Khan
Abbas Tyrewala
Rajesh Saathi
Story by Farah Khan
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Sunil Shetty
Sushmita Sen
Amrita Rao
Zayed Khan
Naseeruddin Shah
Kabir Bedi
Murali Sharma
Boman Irani
Satish Shah
Bindu
Kirron Kher
Rakhi Sawant
Music by Anu Malik
Cinematography V. Manikandan
Edited by Shirish Kunder
Distributed by Red Chillies Entertainment
Eros International
Venus Records & Tapes Pvt Ltd
Release date
  • 30 April 2004 (2004-04-30)
Running time
182 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 250 million[1]
Box office 780 million[2]

The film is the story of Indian army Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan) who becomes embroiled in the events to ensure that "Project Milap" - the releasing of civilian captives on either side of the borders of India and Pakistan - can take place as a sign of trust and peace between the two nations.[4] Main Hoon Na is one of the most successful Indian films discussing the Indo-Pakistani conflict from a neutral point of view. The film was shot at St. Paul's School, Darjeeling.

It is the first film of Shah Rukh Khan's production company Red Chillies Entertainment and choreographer Farah Khan's directorial debut film. It was released on 30 April 2004. The film received positive reviews from critics.

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PlotEdit

The movie takes place against the background of the political relationship between India and Pakistan. The governments of the two countries have launched, "Project Milap", where both the governments will release the POWs from the previous wars.

Major Raghavan (Sunil Shetty), a rogue ex-para commando-turned-militant does not want the peaceful operation to turn to reality, and makes an attempt on Gen. Amarjeet Bakshi (Kabir Bedi)'s life. While trying to rescue Gen. Bakshi, Brigadier Shekhar Sharma (Naseeruddin Shah) falls prey to a stray bullet. On his deathbed, Shekhar confesses to his son, Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shahrukh Khan), that Ram is his illegitimate child, and his wife and son had left him many years ago due to this infidelity. He tells Ram that his last wish is to see his family reunited under one roof, and dies.

Gen. Bakshi tells Ram that his teenage daughter Sanjana's (Amrita Rao) life is in danger, and asks him to go undercover and pose as a student in Sanjana's class, to ensure her safety. Ram is reluctant at first but then learns that his younger brother Laxman "Lucky" (Zayed Khan) is studying at the same college. Ram agrees, and starts off on his dual mission: personal and national. At first, Ram is not able to fit into college life due to his age and military background. Ram meets Sanjana, who is Lucky's friend and is secretly in love with him. Lucky is portrayed as a popular student who is not interested in studies and has been at the college for some time now, unable and unwilling to pass his final year. Sanjana is constantly irritated by Ram because of his attempts at friendship, and tells him to stay away from her. Lucky and another student, Vivek, then end up in a competition, which involves getting to the roof of the school. Lucky slips off the roof, but is caught just in time by Ram, and this causes the two to become friends.

Soon thereafter, Ms. Sharma (Kirron Kher), Lucky's mother, advertises for a paying guest in their house in order to make ends meet, and Ram takes this opportunity to live in their house. Ram finally starts assimilating to college life, building a good relationship amongst the other students and himself. He succeeds in wooing his lecturer, Ms. Chandini (Sushmita Sen), and Lucky and Sanjana engage in a romantic relationship. At the same time, Major Raghavan arrives at the college, also posing undercover as a member of staff.

Ms. Sharma finds out that Ram is actually Shekar's son, and kicks him out of their house. Ram then explains why he entered their lives, revealing his fathers ashes and his last wish. This causes Mrs. Sharma to have a change of heart and realize her mistake of not reuniting with Brig. Sharma when he was alive. Major Raghavan kidnaps Sanjana and holds a large number of students and staff members hostage. In return for their safety, he wants Ram to call off the prisoner exchange program. Raghavan and Ram engage in a dangerous battle and Ram emerges as the victor. The film ends on a positive note, showing the success of Project Milap.

CastEdit

  • Shah Rukh Khan as Major Ram Prasad Sharma, A Para Commando whose objective is to protect Sanjana and reconcile with his half-brother and step-mother
  • Sunil Shetty as Ex-Major Raghavan Dutta, A rogue ex-para commando who was court martialed when he started killing innocent Pakistani citizens and stating that they were spies.
  • Sushmita Sen as Chandni, Chemistry Teacher and Ram's love interest
  • Amrita Rao as Sanjana Bakshi/Sanju, General Bakshi's daughter and Lucky's love interest.
  • Zayed Khan as Laxman "Lucky" Prasad Sharma, Ram's half-brother and Sanju's love interest.
  • Kirron Kher as Mrs. Madhu Sharma, Ram's step-mother
  • Kabir Bedi as General Amarjeet Bakshi, Sanjana's father and Major Ram's superior officer
  • Naseeruddin Shah as Brigadier Shekhar Sharma, Ram's father (Special Appearance)
  • Murli Sharma as Captain Khan, Raghavan's second in command
  • Kunal Kumar as student who helps Ram hack into university's students list to search for Laxman Prasad Sharma
  • Bindu as Mrs. Kakkad
  • Boman Irani as the Principal
  • Satish Shah as Professor Rasai
  • Rakhi Sawant as Mini
  • Praveen Sirohi as Vivek
  • Rajeev Punjabi as Percy
  • Tabu as The girl who was watching Ram dancing (Special Appearance)

ReleaseEdit

Film analyst Taran Adarsh praised the film for being funny, emotional and full of action, describing it as "a wholesome entertainer that has something for everyone."[5]

Jamie Russell wrote in his review in the BBC, "A bonkers 'masala' movie, Main Hoon Na could be the mutant offspring of Grease and The Matrix. Part thriller, part high school comedy and all Bollywood musical, it's the directorial debut of Farah Khan."[6]

Box officeEdit

Main Hoon Na was the second highest grossing Indian movie of 2004 behind Veer-Zaara (also a Shahrukh Khan starrer set against India-Pakistan backdrop).[7] It made 480 million (US$7.4 million) in India and an additional 19 million (US$290,000) in the overseas market.

Character map of remakesEdit

MusicEdit

Main Hoon Na
Soundtrack album by Anu Malik
Released 2004
Recorded YRF Studios (Mumbai)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 40:25
Language Hindi
English
Label T-Series
Producer Anu Malik
Anu Malik chronology
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The music was composed by Anu Malik. The lyrics were provided by Javed Akhtar. Anu Malik won his third Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 21,00,000 units sold, the film's soundtrack album was the 5th highest selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year.[8]

Song Singer(s) Duration Notes
"Main Hoon Na" Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal 06:03 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao;
Sonu Nigam received several award nominations and an MTV Immies Best Male Singer Award
"Tumse Milke" Sonu Nigam, Aftab Sabri, Alisha Chinai 06:02 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao;
Sonu Nigam received several award nominations
"Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha" Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Shreya Ghoshal 05:44 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen
"Gori Gori" KK, Anu Malik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal 04:31 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao, Sunil Shetty, Boman Irani, Bindu
"Chale Jaise Hawayein" KK, Vasundhara Das 05:26 Pictured on Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao
"Main Hoon Na (Sad Version)" Abhijeet Bhattacharya 04:18 Pictured on whole cast without Zayed Khan, Kirron Kher
"Yeh Fizayein" KK, Alka Yagnik 05:19 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Amrita Rao, Zayed Khan, Sushmita Sen, Kirron Kher, Boman Irani, Bindu, Satish Shah, Karan Johar, Farah Khan, Manish Malhotra, V. Manikandan, Anu Malik, Sabu Cyril, Javed Akhtar
"Main Hoon Na" (Remix) Ranjit Barot 02:31 Not in film

AwardsEdit

Main Hoon Na received many awards and nominations. The awards it won are highlighted in bold:[9]

Filmfare AwardsEdit

Won
Nominated

Zee Cine AwardEdit

Star Screen AwardEdit

  • 'Star Screen Award for Best Music ’ –Anu Malik.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Sonu Nigam.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Zayed Khan.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Action  – Allan Amin.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Background Music  – Ranjit Barot.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Choreography  – Farah Khan.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Lyrics – Javed Akhtar.
  • Star Screen Award for Publicity Design – Rahul Nanda & Himanshu Nanda.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Sound Recording  – Shirish Kunder & Rakesh Ranjan.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Main Hoon Na". IBOS Network. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Top Lifetime Grossers Worldwide". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "The 100 best Bollywood movies". Time Out. Retrieved 12 April 2018. 
  4. ^ Rajinder Dudrah, Rajinder Kumar Dudrah Bollywood Travels: Culture, Diaspora and Border Crossings in Popular Hindi Cinema Routledge (2012) p. 18
  5. ^ "Taran Adarsh — Bollywood Hungama". 
  6. ^ Jamie Russell Main Hoon Na (2004) 28 April 2004 BBC Movies
  7. ^ "Box Office 2004". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. 
  9. ^ "Awards for MHN 2004". BollywoodHungama.com. Archived from the original on 21 September 2011. Retrieved 2005.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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