Shola Aur Shabnam (transl. Fire and Dew drops) is a 1992 Indian Hindi-language action romantic comedy film directed by David Dhawan, produced by Pahlaj Nihalani and written by Anees Bazmee, Rajeev Kaul and Praful Parekh. It stars Govinda in his second of seventeen films with David Dhawan to date, with Divya Bharti, Gulshan Grover, Alok Nath, Mohnish Behl, Bindu and Anupam Kher. The film revolves around the travails of a NCC student Karan (Govinda).
|Shola aur Shabnam|
|Directed by||David Dhawan|
|Written by||Anees Bazmee|
|Produced by||Pahlaj Nihalani|
|Edited by||David Dhawan|
|Music by||Bappi Lahiri|
|Distributed by||Chirangdeep International|
|23 January 1992|
|Box office||₹10.7 crore (equivalent to ₹70 crore or US$8.8 million in 2020)|
Initially titled Khiladi, the film was meant to be the debut film of Divya Bharti. But it was delayed owing to censorship problems. Siba Mishra handled the cinematography, while David Dhawan directed as well as edited the film. Anees Bazmee, Praful Parekh and Rajiv Kaul penned the screenplay. Bappi Lahiri composed the music. It was distributed by Nihalani's banner, Chiragdeep International.
The film received favourable reviews upon release, and was a success, with critical praise drawn towards the performance of Govinda. Eventually becoming the fourth highest-grossing Indian film of 1992, it grossed about ₹10.7 crore (US$9.3 million) and provided breakthrough to its cast members. Anupam Kher received acclaim for his portrayal of Major I. M. Lathi, and was nominated for Best Comic Actor at the 38th Filmfare Awards.
The spoiled and arrogant brother, Bali (Mohnish Behl), of notorious gangster, Kali Baba (Gulshan Grover), enlists in the National Cadet Corp, and wants to have his way with his fellow-students and trainer, Inder Mohan Lathi (Anupam Kher), with comical results. When he meets Divya Thapa (Divya Bharti) for the first time, he is smitten by her, and wants to be with her by hook or by crook. But Divya is in love with Karan (Govinda), and both plan to be with each other. Circumstances act against them, and they flee together, with Kali Baba's men, and Divya's Police Commissioner dad, Yashpal Thapa (Alok Nath), in hot pursuit, to an unknown destination, surrounded by a web of lies, deception, and no known resource to assist them.
- Govinda Ahuja as Karan
- Divya Bharti as Divya Thapa
- Gulshan Grover as Kali Shankar
- Mohnish Behl as Baali, Kali's brother
- Anupam Kher as Major Inder Mohan Lathi / I.M. Lathi
- Raja Bundela as Raja
- Satyajeet as Satya (credited as Satyajit)
- Girish Malik as Girish (credited as Girish Mallic)
- Bindu as Girl's hostel principal
- Alok Nath as Police commissioner Yashpal Thapa
- Anil Dhawan as Assistant to police commissioner Thapa
- Mahavir Shah as Police inspector Mahadev
- Govind Namdeo as Police inspector Tiwari
- Sudha Chandran as Rama, Karan's sister
- Harish Patel as Velji, Kali's brother-in-law
- Guddi Maruti as Guddi, Divya's friend
- Reema Lagoo as Sharda Thapa
- Madhu Kambikar as Karan's mother
- Shakti Kapoor as Boxer Deva (special appearance)
- Archana Puran Singh as Boxer Deva's wife
- Mac Mohan as Jaichand
- Sudhir as Brij, Jaichand's partner
|1.||"Bole Bole Dil Mera Bole"||Anjaan||Abhijeet Bhattacharya & Chorus||6:49|
|2.||"Gori Gori O Baanki Chhori"||Govinda||Govinda||7:12|
|3.||"Jane De Jane De Mujhe Jane De"||Anjaan||Amit Kumar & Kavita Krishnamurthy||5:36|
|4.||"Tere Mere Pyar Mein"||Anjaan||Alka Yagnik, Debashish Dasgupta & Shailendra Singh||7:08|
|5.||"Tu Pagal Premi Awara"||Anjaan||Shabbir Kumar & Kavita Krishnamurthy||8:31|
Shola Aur Shabnam released on 31 January 1992. It was a blockbuster, eventually becoming one of the highest-grossers in the career of Govinda. It grossed ₹10.7 crore (US$9.3 million) against a minimal budget of ₹3 crore. Adjusted for inflation, its box office gross is equal to ₹70 crore as of 2020.
The film received mixed reviews upon release. Sukanya Verma from Rediff.com praised the performances of Govinda, Bharti and Kher, but was critical to its story which she addressed to be a "comic-romantic-potboiler" and that in the film "logic is entirely tossed out of the window". Rachit Gupta from Filmfare was appreciative of Divya, stating that she "seemed at ease switching between comedy and romance as she matched Govinda step to step". He also deemed the scenes of conflict between NCC cadet boys headed by Govinda and girl guides headed by Divya as "particularly memorable".
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