Mela (2000 film)

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Directed by Dharmesh Darshan
Produced by Ashok Kadam
Umed Jain
Written by Dharmesh Darshan,
Neeraj Vora
Screenplay by Neeraj Vora
Sanjeev Duggal
Robin Bhatt
Story by Dharmesh Darshan
Starring Aamir Khan
Twinkle Khanna
Faisal Khan
Johnny Lever
Music by Anu Malik
Rajesh Roshan
Lesle Lewis
Cinematography Rajan Kinagi
Harish Joshi
Edited by Shakeel Khan
Sandeep Patel
Release dates
  • 7 January 1999 (1999-01-07)
Running time
172 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR20 crore (US$3.2 million)
Box office INR22.75 crore (US$3.6 million)

Mela (Hindi: मेला; meaning: Fair) is a 1999 Bollywood action masala film directed by Dharmesh Darshan. It starrs Aamir Khan, his real-life brother Faisal Khan, and Twinkle Khanna.


The only brother (Ayub Khan) of a young woman, Roopa (Twinkle Khanna), returns to Chandanpur to arrange her marriage. A festival is arranged in the happiness of Roopa's marriage, however Chandanpur's happiness is short-lived, as the village is raided by a group of terrorists. The leader of the terrorists, Gujjar, (Tinu Verma), murders the politician, and to make matters worse,Roopa's beauty catches the eye of Gujjar. However, as Gujjar attempts to escape with the terrified Roopa, her brother comes to her rescue, only to be slain, much to the horror of the village, especially Roopa. Also, her best friend, Gopal (Master Om Kapoor), is killed too, much to the dismay of Gopal's mother (Tanvi Azmi). Roopa, enraged by the fact that her brother and Gopal are no more, vows avenge. Gujjar threatens Roopa that she will only be his mistress and will never be able to have a brother nor lover. Enraged, Roopa attempts to commit suicide by jumping into a waterfall as she finds it better to kill herself rather than be a mistress. Destiny has other plans as Roopa survives and she steals the clothes of Kishan (Aamir Khan), a theatre actor. Kishan works with his best friend, truck driver, Shankar (Faisal Khan). When Kishan meets Roopa for the first time, he is smitten by her beauty and falls in love with her. Kishan decides to make Roopa the heroine of their dance show, however, Shankar warns him that Roopa will bring them in trouble. With no option, Roopa travels with them, and she tries to escape, but returns when chased by the gang and a drunk who tries to rape her. However, Roopa is saved by Shankar and Kishan. Roopa feigns love for Kishan, who wants to marry her, and the two men agree to help her return to Chandanpur. When Kishan is going to marry Roopa, who feels guilty over her betrayal, led, she tells them her story. Shankar becomes her brother, while Kishan, heartbroken, leaves in disgust. Roopa and Shankar return to Chandanpur, where Shankar mobilises the village. Another carnival is arranged. The villains' attack as planned. Kishan returns but Roopa is kidnapped. The friends give chase and are captured. Eventually good prevails and the outlaws meet a glory end. Roopa is united with her brother Shankar and her lover Kishan. At the end Kishan and Roopa get married and while driving the truck Shankar happens to meet Champakali (Aishwarya Rai) and Kishan and Roopa watch them.


Casting Of Character Roopa[edit]

Actress Karishma Kapoor was first offered the female lead but due to date issues, she declined the offer. Director Dharmesh Darshan was left disheartened that his first and favorite choice was no longer part of his project, considering that Kapoor and Darshan's first collaboration was a huge success back in 1996 with Raja Hindustani. Darshan looked for a replacement and roped in three actresses: Raveena Tandon, Sonali Bendre and Twinkle Khanna. The role ultimately went to Twinkle Khanna. In order to display resemblance between Kapoor and Khanna, the director had the same clothes and the same wig that Karishma had worn in Raja Hindustani for Twinkle.


Track listing[edit]

Aamir Khan, approached and persuaded A. R. Rahman to do compose music for the film, but due to time constraints, Rahman declined the offer. The music was then composed by 3 composers, Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan, and Lesle Lewis.

All lyrics written by Dev Kohli, Dharmesh Darshan, Sameer

No. Title Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Mela Dilon Ka"   Anu Malik Alka Yagnik 03:36
2. "Dekho 2000 Zamana Aa Gaya"   Lesle Lewis Lesle Lewis, Hariharan, Aamir Khan 04:54
3. "Dhadkan Mein Tum"   Anu Malik Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu 06:23
4. "Durga Hai Meri Maa"   Anu Malik Kavita Krishnamurthy 05:03
5. "Kamariya Lachke Re"   Rajesh Roshan Anuradha Paudwal, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya 06:02
6. "Chori Chori Gori Se"   Rajesh Roshan Udit Narayan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya 06:26
7. "Mela Dilon Ka" (Celebration) Anu Malik Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod, Shankar Mahadevan, Jaspinder Narula, Nitin Mukesh & Anmol 07:28
8. "Mela Dilon Ka" (Theme) Anu Malik Alka Yagnik, Abhijeet, Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan, Hema Sardesai, Sonu Nigam, Mansoor 10:37
9. "Tujhe Rab Ne Banaya"   Anu Malik Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal 04:47



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