Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar

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Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar 1992 DVD cover.jpg
DVD Cover
Directed by Mansoor Khan
Produced by Nasir Hussain
Starring Aamir Khan
Ayesha Jhulka
Mamik Singh
Deepak Tijori
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Pooja Bedi
Music by Jatin-Lalit
Cinematography Najeeb Khan
Release dates
  • 22 May 1992 (1992-05-22)
Running time 176 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office INR728 million (US$12 million)
(domestic gross)[1]

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (translation: Only he who wins is king) is a 1992 Bollywood sports drama film directed by Mansoor Khan (who earlier directed Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak). The film stars Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Mamik Singh, Deepak Tijori & Kulbhushan Kharbanda in the lead roles, whilst Aamir's brother, Faisal Khan makes a special appearance. The music was by Jatin Lalit. It was remade in 2003 Bengali film Champion starring Bengali Superstar Jeet and inspired 1999 Telugu film Thammudu and 2001 Tamil film Badri. The film won the Filmfare award for best movie that year.[2]

Plot[edit]

The movie is set in Dehradun in north India. The movie opens with the description of the various colleges in the city. The Rajput college has students from affluent backgrounds with each student being an heir to a multimillion fortune. In contrast, the Model college has students from poor local households. Other colleges include Xaviers college and Queens college, the latter being an all-girls college with the guys from all three colleges trying to woo them.

The highlight of the town is the annual inter-college sports championship with a marathon cycle race as the prime event. In the beginning of the film, the race is contested between Ratan Lal Sharma of Model college and Shekhar Malhotra of Rajput college with the latter winning the race because Ratan had an inferior bike. After the race both are felicitated by their respective schools. Shekhar being rich and now the local champion is cocky and arrogant.

Sanju is Ratan's younger brother and is everything that Ratan is not. He's a carefree youngster who is full of himself and is always in trouble with his father Ramlal, who wants him to act more maturely and become responsible like Ratan. Sanju and his little gang, which includes Anjali (who has a crush on Sanju), bunk sports to smoke cigarettes and roam around town. Anjali and her dad run a vehicle repair shop and Anjali's father asks his daughter to stay away from Sanju.

Ramlal and his family run a small cafe which is the hangout spot for most of the college students. A number of scuffles occur between Sanju and Shekhar because of Shekhar's attempts to humiliate Ratan and his dad. Enter Devika (Pooja Bedi), who immediately catches the fancy of both Sanju and Shekhar. Initially she leans towards Shekhar but one day she misses her bus on the way to a picnic to meet Shekhar. Meanwhile Sanju asks Anjali for a car so that he can roam around town. While on his way he spots Devika and leaves his friends at the paan shop and gives Devika a lift. Devika upon reaching her destination finds Shekhar with another girl and goes along with Sanju who, although not rich, brags about his wealth.

Sanju's lie is ultimately revealed when Devika sees him dancing in the Model college group during a dance competition. After the show, Sanju and Devika break up that evening and in heated argument, Sanju fights with Shekhar and his friends. Sanju is almost overpowered when his brother intervenes and chases Shekhar and his friends away. Ramlal asks Sanju for the money he had given him to deposit in the bank (which he spent on Devika) which leads to a heated argument between Sanju and his dad.

Next morning, Ramlal leaves for town and Ratan is out cycling. A heated argument and fight ensue, which end in tragedy when Ratan accidentally falls off a cliff. While Ratan is in hospital, Sanju recollects his childhood with Ratan. When his father returns, he reconciles with him. With Ratan in the hospital, Sanju becomes more responsible and starts to care for his father and bed ridden brother. He decides that he will participate in the race with the help of Anjali and give it his best for Ratan. During his training, he realises his true feelings for Anjali and the two accept each other.

A day before the race, Sanju finds out about the real cause of the accident and confronts Ratan who tells him that he didn't say anything because Sanju had become responsible and closer to all of them. Ratan asks Sanju to give his best in the race if he wants to do something for him.

With his new cycle, Sanju participates in the race. The race begins evenly with both Sanju and Shekhar going head to head. Somewhere in the middle, the two fall and a scuffle ensues between Sanju and Shekhar and his friends. During this, other cyclists take the lead. Shekhar heads back on track with his friends holding Sanju back. Sanju breaks free and joins the race, catching up with Shekhar during the final laps of the race and finally beating him in the closing moments, giving Model college, his father & brother their long awaited victory.

The plot has certain similarities to the 1979 American movie Breaking Away.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
Studio album by Jatin-Lalit
Released
1992
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 35:01
Label
Saregama
Jatin-Lalit chronology
Yaara Dildara
(1991)
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
(1992)
Khiladi
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood 8/10 stars[4]

The music for the movie composed by Jatin Lalit and lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. It was nominated for Best Music at the Filmfare Awards 1993. The song "Yahaan Ke Hum Sikander" was inspired by The Who's Pinball Wizard. The soundtrack, their second collaboration, helped to launch their career. "Pehla Nasha" was the third film song in Indian cinema (the first one being "Baare Baare" from Naagarahaavu a 1972 film starring Vishnuvardhan & Aarthi and the second one being Kamal Hassan starrer Tamil movie Michael Madana Kama Rajan in 1990) to be shot in complete slow motion and the trend caught up subsequently with many films and music videos. Pehla Nasha was the most popular track of the album and has become a cult song. Other popular tracks were Humse Hai Sara Jahan, Rooth Ke Humse and Arre Yaaron Mere Pyaaron.

All lyrics written by Majrooh Sultanpuri, all music composed by Jatin Lalit.

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Yahaan Ke Hum Sikander"   Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam, Jatin-Lalit 5:29
2. "Pehla Nasha"   Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam 4:51
3. "Arre Yaaron Mere Pyaaron"   Udit Narayan, Vijayeta Pandit 5:16
4. "Humse Hai Sara Jahan"   Jatin-Lalit, Sadhana Sargam 4:13
5. "Naam Hai Mera Fonseca"   Amit Kumar, Alka Yagnik 4:41
6. "Rooth Ke Humse"   Jatin Pandit 5:15
7. "Shehar Ki Pariyon"   Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam 5:16

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1993 Jatin-Lalit Filmfare Award for Best Music Director Nominated

Box office[edit]

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar grossed INR0.73 billion (US$12 million) in India.[1][5] Film opened to packed houses and took the nation by storm.The film was a big hit at the box office.[6]

Locations[edit]

Though it is clearly mentioned in the introductory voice over that the movie is based in Dehradun (in fact, the 1st word spoken in the movie is "Dehradun"), it is mentioned twice in the movie (both times by the commentator during the cycle race) that it takes place in Kodaikanal. The movie has been shot predominantly in various locations[7] in the south of India, primarily Kodaikanal.[8]

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