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Mera Gaon Mera Desh (Hindi: मेरा गाँव मेरा देश; English: My Village my country) is a 1971 Indian film, directed by Raj Khosla, written by Akhtar Romani, and starring Dharmendra in the lead role and Vinod Khanna as the villain. It was a box office success.[1] The film contains many hit songs including: "Apni Prem Kahaniyan", "Aaya Aaya Atariya Pe Koi Chor", "Sona Le Jar Re", "Kuch Kehta Hai Yeh Saawan" and "Maar Diya Jaye Dil Chhod Diya Jaye". The film was remade in Telugu as Manchi Babayi.

Mera Gaon Mera desh
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Directed by Raj Khosla
Produced by Lekhraj Khosla
Bolu Khosla
Written by Akhtar Romani
Screenplay by G. R. Kamat
Story by Khosla Enterprises Story Department
Starring Dharmendra
Vinod Khanna
Asha Parekh
Laxmi Chhaya
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Anand Bakshi (lyrics)
Cinematography Pratap Sinha
Edited by Waman Bhonsle
Khosla Enterprises
Distributed by Khosla Enterprises
Release date
  • 1971 (1971)
Country India
Language Hindi



Havaldar Major Jaswant Singh (Jayant) makes a citizen's arrest of petty thief Ajit (Dharmendra) and hands him over to the police, and after due process of law he is sentenced to six months in jail. After completing his sentence, the jailer asks him to approach Jaswant Singh for employment, and so he does. Jaswant asks him to help him with his farming work. Ajit meets Anju (Asha Parekh - lead female) and both fall in love. Ajit comes to know of Jabbar Singh (Vinod Khanna) a dacoit who is terrorizing the surrounding community, and Ajit decides to take on Jabbar. In retaliation, Jabbar abducts Anju, and instructs Ajit to come unarmed. Ajit decides to follow these instructions, however, as soon as he reaches Jabbar's hideout, he too is captured, and at the mercy of Jabbar and Munni (Laxmi Chhaya), who has been scorned by Ajit, and it is now up to her to decide Ajit's fate.


Name of actor Role portrayed
Dharmendra Ajit
Asha Parekh Anju
Vinod Khanna Jabbar Singh
Laxmi Chhaya Munni (Dancer)
Jayant Hawaldaar-Major Jaswant Singh
Asit Sen Motumal (Drunk)
Sudhir Police Inspector
Bhagwan Chotumal (Drunk)
Uma Dutt Judge
Mohan Choti Uncredited
Birbal Nai
Manmohan Uncredited
Dulari Mrs. Ramdin Patel (Anju's mother)


# Title Singer(s)
1 "Aaya Aaya Atariya Pe Koi Chor" Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Apni Prem Kahaniyaan" Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Kuchh Kehta Hai Ye Saawan" Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
4 "Sona Lai Ja Re" Lata Mangeshkar
5 "Maar Diya Jaye" Lata Mangeshkar

Awards and nominationsEdit

Dharmendra received a Filmfare nomination for Best Actor, the only one for the film.[2]


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