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Ram Jaane (lit. Ram Knows) is a 1995 Indian Hindi crime drama film directed by Rajiv Mehra about an unnamed kid (portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan) who grows up to become a gangster. He uses the name Ram Jaane after meeting with a priest who in response to the kid asking what his real name was, said Ram Jaane (God knows). It is the fourth time when Shah Rukh Khan played a negative role after Baazigar, Darr and Anjaam. The film clashed with Akele Hum Akele Tum starring Aamir Khan. Ram Jaane released to a positive reception from audiences and was a commercial success, receiving a Hit verdict. However, Akele Hum Akele Tum did not enjoy the same and became a Flop at the box office.[2][3][4] Shah Rukh Khan has bought the rights to this film under his banner, Red Chillies Entertainment.[5] It was inspired by the 1938 film, Angels with Dirty Faces.

Ram Jaane
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Directed by Rajiv Mehra
Produced by Parvesh C. Mehra
Written by Vinay Shukla
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Juhi Chawla
Vivek Mushran
Pankaj Kapur
Puneet Issar
Tinnu Anand
Deven Verma
Gulshan Grover
Music by Anu Malik
Cinematography S. Pappu
Edited by M.S. Shinde
Distributed by Eagle Films
Release date
30 November 1995 (India)
Running time
168 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 3.75 crore (US$520,000)[1]
Box office 15.19 crore (US$2.1 million)[1]

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SynopsisEdit

A nameless boy, who was abandoned at a very young age, faces taunts from the other children in his village. He asks the priest what his name is, to which the priest answers Ram Jaane (God knows), which the boy accepts as his name. Ram Jaane and his friend Murli are caught stealing from a train by a corrupt police officer, Inspector Chewte (Puneet Issar). Chewte beats Ram Jaane in jail, but he is released without charge. Years later, Ram Jaane (Shah Rukh Khan) is working under Sameer Sanvla (Tinnu Anand) – Sanvla is murdered by Chewte and when Ram Jaane attempts to kill Chewie, he is again put in prison. When released from prison, Ram Jaane is taken by Murli (Vivek Mushran) to "Apna Ghar", a home set up for the homeless – Murli believes that this is the best way to reform him, it is here where Ram Jaane is reunited with his childhood friend Bela (Juhi Chawla), whom he is in love with.

However, even in Apna Ghar, Ram Jaane still remains a criminal and even manages to influence the children in the house to follow in his footsteps. Apna Ghar is soon targeted by Baweja (G.P. Singh), who encourages his gang to attack Apna Ghar and all its residents, which Ram Jaane is able to stop. Ram Jaane is then seen shooting Baweja in the head. Chewte learns of Baweja's death and is determined to have his murderer put in prison – he approaches Apna Ghar and starts beating one of the children, which leads to Murli and the others attacking Chewte and his fellow officers. In the riot, one child gets killed. Murli blames Ram Jaane for this tragedy and Ram Jaane runs away, he attempts to make Bela run away with him (as he believes she loves him), but she refuses. Bela is, in fact, in love with Murli – Murli realized this all along and reciprocated her feelings, but did not show it as he realized that Ram Jaane also loved her. Murli begs Bela to attempt to reform Ram Jaane. However, whilst trying to reform him, Bela begins to dislike him for his criminal ways. Bhau (Gulshan Grover), Ram Jaane's rival and Technicolour (Pankaj Kapur), Ram Jaane's former partner in crime hatch a plot to kill Ram Jaane – when he hears of their plan, he kills them both and then rushes to Apna Ghar to stop their henchmen from killing anyone. Eventually, Chewte arrives but is shot by Ram Jaane.

Ram Jaane is taken to court where he confesses to all of his sins – the court decides that he must be sentenced to death. The boys of Apna Ghar are in awe of Ram Jaane, as he plans to "die with a smile." The boys think this is courageous and plan to follow in his criminal footsteps. Murli pleads with Ram Jaane not to die bravely, so the boys won't want to follow his path, but Ram Jaane refuses. On the day of his death, with Murli and the boys watching, Ram Jaane feigns fear, crying and pleading for his life. One by one, the boys remove their red headbands, the symbol of being members of Ram Jaane's gang. After his death, Bela and Murli read a letter from Ram Jaane to Bela, which states that he feels guilty for everything he had done and that he had planned intentionally for Bela to leave him and to go back to Murli.

CastEdit

SoundtrackEdit

The music is composed by Anu Malik and the songs are written by Anand Bakshi. The soundtrack is on PolyGram (now Universal Music India). Upon release, "Raam Jaane" and "Phenk Hawa Me" became popular.

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Ram Jaane" Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik 07:35
2 "Ram Jaane" (Sad) Udit Narayan 01:01
3 "Pump Up The Bhangra" Bali Brahmbhatt 06:16
4 "Phenk Hawa Mein Ek Chumma" Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Poornima 06:20
5 "Ala La La Long..." Udit Narayan 06:15
6 "Chori Chori O Gori" Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam 06:49
7 "Bum Chiki Chiki Bum" Abhijeet, Sadhana Sargam & Udit Narayan 05:52

Box officeEdit

Ram Jaane grossed 14.50 crore (US$2.0 million) in India and $200,000 (69.50 lakh) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 15.19 crore (US$2.1 million), against its 3.75 crore (US$520,000) budget. It had a worldwide opening weekend of 2.99 crore (US$420,000), and grossed 5.30 crore (US$740,000) in its first week.[2]

IndiaEdit

It opened on Thursday, November 30, 1995, across 175 screens, along with Akele Hum Akele Tum, starring Aamir Khan. It earned 62 lakh (US$86,000) nett on its opening day, and grossed 1.78 crore (US$250,000) nett in its opening weekend. It had a first week of 3.15 crore (US$440,000) nett, and grossed 1.97 crore (US$270,000) nett and 1.23 crore (US$170,000) nett in its second and third week respectively. The film earned a total of 8.60 crore (US$1.2 million) net. This is the only time when the films of Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan clashed at the box office. Ram Jaane was ahead from day one and remained there through the run, earning a "Hit" verdict by Box Office India, while Akele Hum Akele Tum was declared a "Flop".[2][3][4] It remains one the fan favourites of Shah Rukh Khan's films and his acting was appreciated in it.[6]

OverseasEdit

Ram Jaane also managed to fare better overseas, despite Akele Hum Akele Tum having the more overseas friendly genre. It earned a total of $200,000 (69.50 lakh) outside India.[2][4][7]

'Ram Jaane' worldwide collections breakdown
Territory Territory wise Collections break-up
India Nett Gross:
8.60 crore (US$1.2 million)
Distributor Share:
4.60 crore (US$640,000)
Total Gross:
14.50 crore (US$2.0 million)
International
(Outside India)
$200,000 (69.50 lakh)
Worldwide 15.19 crore (US$2.1 million)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b http://boxofficeindia.com/movie.php?movieid=2915
  2. ^ a b c d "Ram Jaane Box office". Box Office India. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Akele Hum Akele Tum Box office". Box Office India. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Rewind - Aamir Khan V Shahrukh Khan Only Box Office Clash". Box Office India. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Red Chillies Entertainments". www.redchillies.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  6. ^ "The Shah Rukh Khan fan who made a living out of playing duplicate" – via DailyYo.in.
  7. ^ "Top Overseas Gross 1995". Box Office India. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.

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