Mela (2000 film)
|Directed by||Dharmesh Darshan|
|Written by||Dharmesh Darshan|
|Story by||Suneel Darshan|
|Produced by||Ganesh Jain|
|Budget||est.₹18 crore (US$2.4 million)|
|Box office||est.₹15 crore (US$2.0 million)|
The only soldier brother (Ayub Khan) of a young woman, Roopa (Twinkle Khanna), returns to Chandanpur village to arrange her marriage. A festival is arranged in the happiness of Roopa's marriage, however Chandanpur's happiness is short-lived, as the village is raided by a group of terrorists. The leader of the terrorists, Gujjar, (Tinu Verma), murders a visiting politician, and to make matters worse, Roopa's beauty catches the eye of Gujjar. However, as Gujjar attempts to escape with the terrified Roopa, her brother comes to her rescue, only to be slain, much to the horror of the village, especially Roopa. Also, her best friend, Gopal (Master Om Kapoor), is killed too, much to the dismay of Gopal's mother (Tanvi Azmi) who tried to prevent her son from rescuing Roopa (due to his young age) which is what led Gujjar to kill him. Roopa, enraged by the fact that her brother and Gopal are no more, vows vengeance.
Gujjar threatens Roopa that she will only be his mistress and will never be able to have a brother nor lover. Enraged, Roopa attempts to commit suicide by jumping into a waterfall as she finds it better to kill herself rather than be a mistress. Destiny has other plans as Roopa survives and she steals the clothes of Kishan (Aamir Khan), a theatre actor. Kishan works with his best friend, truck driver, Shankar (Faisal Khan). When Kishan meets Roopa for the first time, he is smitten by her beauty and falls in love with her. Kishan decides to make Roopa the heroine of their dance show, however, Shankar warns him that Roopa will bring them in trouble. With no option, Roopa travels with them, and she tries to escape, but returns when chased by the gang and a drunk who tries to rape her. However, Roopa is saved by Shankar and Kishan. Roopa feigns love for Kishan, who wants to marry her, and the two men agree to help her return to Chandanpur. When Kishan is going to marry Roopa, who feels guilty over her betrayal, led, she tells them her story.
Shankar becomes her brother, while Kishan, heartbroken, leaves in disgust. Roopa and Shankar return to Chandanpur, where Shankar mobilises the village, attempting to set a trap for Gujjar who has learnt of Roopa's survival and terrorizes the village to find out her whereabouts. The trap backfires horribly until Kishan returns with a suspended cop Pakkad Singh (Johny Lever). The trap is re-set with another carnival and the villains' attack as planned. Roopa is kidnapped and Kishan and Shankar give chase and are captured and taken to Gujjar's hideout where they are forced to fight him and his men. Eventually with the arrival of Chandanpur's villagers, good prevails and the terrorists meet a gory end. Roopa is united with her brother Shankar and her lover Kishan.
At the end Kishan and Roopa get married and while driving their truck, Shankar happens to meet Champakali (Aishwarya Rai) and Kishan and Roopa watch them.
- Aamir Khan as Kishan Pyare
- Twinkle Khanna as Roopa Singh (Radha)
- Faisal Khan as Shankar Shane
- Tinu Verma as Gujjar Singh
- Johny Lever as Inspector Pakkad Singh/Inspector Pakoda Singh
- Navneet Nishan as Bulbul, the Post Woman
- Asrani as Banwari Baniya
- Tiku Talsania as Murari aka Mukhiya, Sarpanch
- Kavi Kumar Azad as A Warning Watchman
- Archana Puran Singh as Vidyavati, the Village Flirt
- Tanvi Azmi as Gopal's mom
- Ayub Khan as Ram Singh, Roopa's brother (Special appearance)
- Parmeet Sethi as Surendra Pratap Singh (Special appearance)
- Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Mantri (Minister) (Special appearance)
- Aishwarya Rai as Champakali (Special appearance)
- Viju Khote as Patil Rao Singh
- Harish Patel as Seth Chandulal Popadlal
- Anirudh Agarwal as Kaali the bandit
- Veeru Krishnan as Ghungroo, the Dance Master
- Omkar Kapoor as Gopal, Roopa's Best friend (Special appearance)
Karishma Kapoor, who had earlier collaborated with Dharmesh Darshan in the 1996 film Raja Hindustani, was first offered the female lead role but due to date issues, she declined the offer. Also, main role was offered to Sonali Bendre and Raveena Tandon. However, due to lack of dates, both actresses couldn't be a part of the movie. The role ultimately went to Twinkle Khanna. Darshan told in an interview that the 1971 film Caravan was an inspiration for Mela.
Aamir Khan, approached and persuaded A. R. Rahman to do compose music for the film, but due to time constraints, Rahman declined the offer. The music was then composed by 4 composers, with Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan, and Lesle Lewis composing the songs and Surinder Sodhi composing the film score.
The song placements in this movie were heavily criticised, particularly the excessive usage of the title track ‘Mela Dilon Ka’. The lyrics were also perceived to be inappropriate as they were paradoxical and contradictory in nature.
|1.||"Mela Dilon Ka" (Theme)||Dharmesh Darshan||Anu Malik||Alka Yagnik, Aamir Khan||03:36|
|2.||"Dekho 2000 Zamana Aa Gaya"||Dharmesh Darshan||Lesle Lewis||Lesle Lewis, Hariharan, Aamir Khan||04:54|
|3.||"Dhadkan Mein Tum"||Sameer||Anu Malik||Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu||06:23|
|4.||"Durga Hai Meri Maa"||Traditional||Anu Malik||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Aziz||05:03|
|5.||"Kamariya Lachke Re"||Sameer||Rajesh Roshan||Anuradha Paudwal, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya||06:02|
|6.||"Chori Chori Gori Se"||Sameer||Rajesh Roshan||Jai Rathod, Abhijeet Bhattacharya& UditNarayan||06:26|
|7.||"Mela Dilon Ka" (Celebration)||Dev Kohli||Anu Malik||Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Roop Kumar Rathod, Shankar Mahadevan, Nitin Mukesh, Hema Sardesai, Jaspinder Narula and Anmol||10:37|
|8.||"Mela Dilon Ka"||Dev Kohli, Dharmesh Darshan||Anu Malik||Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Shankar Mahadevan, Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Poonam||07:28|
|9.||"Tujhe Rab Ne Banaya"||Sameer||Anu Malik||Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal||04:47|
In her review for Rediff.com, Sharmila Taliculam called Aamir Khan the "saving grace" of the film and the "only one who does complete justice to his role". She found the film a mix of The Seven Samurai, Caravan and Sholay and praised Tinu Verma's acting labeling his portrayal of the villain, "convincingly menancing". She noted that dubbing Khanna's voice was a "gamble that ... misfired" and "[added] unnecessary drama and aggression to her role". I its 3-star review, Sify praised Aamir Khan's and Tinu Verma's performances and noted that Khanna "[tried] very hard to emote while shedding tears".
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