Main Hoon Na

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Main Hoon Na
Poster mainhoonna.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Farah Khan
Produced by Shahrukh Khan
Gauri Khan
Screenplay by Farah Khan
Abbas Tyrewala
Story by Anvita Dutt Guptan
Starring Shah Rukh Khan
Sushmita Sen
Sunil Shetty
Zayed Khan
Amrita Rao
Music by Anu Malik
Cinematography V. Manikandan
Editing by Shirish Kunder
Distributed by Red Chillies Entertainment
Eros International
Release dates 30 April 2004
Running time 175 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR250 million (US$4.2 million)[1]
Box office INR678.2 million (US$11 million)[2]

Main Hoon Na (translation: I Am Here Now) is a Bollywood action comedy film co-written and directed by Farah Khan. The screenplay was written by Farah Khan and Abbas Tyrewala based on the story Anvita Dutt Guptan. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Sunil Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan and Amrita Rao in the main cast.

The film is the story of Indian army Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan) who becomes embroiled in the events to ensure that "Project Milap" - the releasing of civilian captives on either side of the borders of India and Pakistan - can take place as a sign of trust and peace between the two nations.[3] Main Hoon Na is one of the most successful Indian films discussing the Indo-Pakistani conflict from a neutral point of view.

It is the first film of Shah Rukh Khan's production company Red Chillies Entertainment and choreographer Farah Khan's directorial debut film. It was released on 30 April 2004 and was declared a hit in India by Box Office India.

Plot[edit]

The Indian government is working on Project Milap – a civilian prisoner exchange scheme designed to reduce the tensions between Pakistan and India. General Amar Singh Bakshi (Kabir Bedi) and Brigadier Shekhar Sharma (Naseeruddin Shah), of the Indian army, wish to see Project Milap turn into a reality. However, dreaded terrorist Raghavan Dutta (Sunil Shetty), an ex-Indian army officer who was dismissed for killing innocent Pakistani civilians, and his followers will do anything to stop this project. Dutta has a grudge against Pakistan ever since his son was murdered in Kashmir.

When Dutta and his men try to assassinate General Bakshi, the brainchild behind Milap scheme, they are stopped by Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan), the son of Brigadier Sharma. Sharma is shot while saving the General. On his deathbed, he tells Ram Prasad Sharma that he has another son named Lakshman (Zayed Khan), Ram's half-brother, and a wife Madhu Sharma (Kirron Kher), both of whom left him when he committed adultery 20 years ago, the result of which was Ram. Brigadier Sharma's last wish is for Ram to unite the family and bury his ashes with Lakshman and Madhu Sharma.

Dutta is trying to kill General Bakshi's daughter Sanjana Bakshi (Amrita Rao), so the General sends Major Ram to her college in Darjeeling, West Bengal to protect her, having him pose as a student who is returning to complete his unfinished education. Ram agrees, especially when he learns that Madhu Sharma and Lakshman Prasad Sharma live in Darjeeling and that Lakshman is also a student at the college. At the college, Lakshman is better known as "Lucky", the most popular student; he is best friends with the tomboyish Sanjana, who is in love with him. At first, Ram does not realise that Lucky is in fact, his brother. After Ram learns who Lucky is and saves his life, he earns both Lucky and Sanjana's friendship. Ram also falls in love with the new chemistry teacher, Chandini (Sushmita Sen), who eventually returns his feelings. When Dutta sends one of his men Khan, to kill Sanjana's friend (mistaking him for Major Ram), Ram stops Khan and arrests him to interrogate him.

Ram begins living at Lucky's house as a paying guest and soon forms a special bond with Lucky and Madhu Sharma while hiding his true identity. When Sanjana changes her tomboy image, Lucky realises he is in love with her.

Dutta joins the college, masquerading as a teacher to get close to Ram and Sanjana. Madhu Sharma and Lucky learn about Ram's true identity and throw him out of the house – just as he leaves, he tells them about Brigadier Sharma's death. When Ram hears that Dutta has taken the college students hostage, he confronts Dutta. Khan realises that Ram was right all along and stands on his side. Ram manages to save everyone, while Dutta kills Khan when he learns of his betrayal. Ram and Dutta engage in a lengthy fight, during which Project Milap successfully takes place. Ram reveals that he has taken the pin out of one of Dutta's grenades. As Ram escapes with Lucky's help, Dutta dies in the explosion. Ram reconciles with Lucky and Madhu Sharma, and the two brothers grant their late father's final wish. Also, Lucky finally graduates and the end credits take place during the graduation carnival.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Jamie Russell wrote in his review in the BBC, "A bonkers 'masala' movie, Main Hoon Na could be the mutant offspring of Grease and The Matrix. Part thriller, part high school comedy and all Bollywood musical, it's the directorial debut of Farah Khan."[4]

Box office[edit]

Main Hoon Na was the second highest grossing Indian movie of 2004 behind Veer-Zaara (also a Shahrukh Khan starrer).[5] It made INR480 million (US$8.0 million) in India and an additional INR198 million (US$3.3 million) in the overseas market. Box Office India declared it a hit in India and a blockbuster overseas.[2]

Music[edit]

Main Hoon Na
Soundtrack album by Anu Malik
Recorded YRF Studios (Mumbai)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 40:25
Language Hindi
English
Label T-Series
Producer Anu Malik
Anu Malik chronology
Murder
(2004)
Main Hoon Na
(2004)
Fida
(2004)

The music was composed by Anu Malik and for this, he won his second Best Music Director Award at the Filmfare Awards. The lyrics were provided by Javed Akhtar.

Song Singer(s) Duration Notes
"Main Hoon Na" Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal 06:03 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Zayed Khan & Amrita Rao;
Sonu Nigam received several award nominations and an MTV Immies Best Male Singer Award
"Tumse Milke" Sonu Nigam, Aftab Sabri & Hasim Sabri 06:02 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan & Amrita Rao;
Sonu Nigam received several award nominations
"Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha" Abhijeet Bhattacharya & Shreya Ghoshal 05:44 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan & Sushmita Sen
"Gori Gori" KK, Anu Malik, Sunidhi Chauhan & Shreya Ghoshal 04:31 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao, Sunil Shetty, Boman Irani & Bindu
"Chale Jaise Hawayein" KK & Vasundhara Das 05:26 Pictured on Zayed Khan & Amrita Rao
"Main Hoon Na (Sad Version)" Abhijeet Bhattacharya 04:18 Pictured on whole cast without Zayed Khan & Kirron Kher
"Yeh Fizayein" KK & Alka Yagnik 05:19 Pictured on whole cast and crew during end credits
"Main Hoon Na" (Remix) Ranjit Barot 02:31 Not in film

Awards[edit]

Main Hoon Na received many awards and nominations. The awards it won are highlighted in bold:[6]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Zee Cine Award[edit]

Star Screen Award[edit]

  • Star Screen Award for Best Music – Anu Malik.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Sonu Nigam.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Zayed Khan.
  • Star Screen Award for Best ActionAllan Amin.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Background MusicRanjit Barot.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Choreography – Farah Khan.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Lyrics – Javed Akhtar.
  • Star Screen Award for Publicity Design – Rahul Nanda & Himanshu Nanda.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Sound Recording – Shirish Kunder & Rakesh Ranjan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Main Hoon Na". IBOS Network. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Top Lifetime Grossers Worldwide". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Rajinder Dudrah, Rajinder Kumar Dudrah Bollywood Travels: Culture, Diaspora and Border Crossings in Popular Hindi Cinema Routledge (2012) p. 18
  4. ^ Jamie Russell Main Hoon Na (2004) 28 April 2004 BBC Movies
  5. ^ "Box Office 2004". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Awards for MHN 2004". BollywoodHungama.com. Retrieved 2005. 

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