Mumbai Meri Jaan

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Mumba Meri Jaan
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Directed by Nishikanth Kamath
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala
Written by Yogesh Vinayak Joshi
Upendra Sidhaye
Starring R. Madhavan
Soha Ali Khan
Kay Kay Menon
Paresh Rawal
Irfan Khan
Cinematography Sanjay Jadhav
Edited by Amit Pawar
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release date(s) 22 August 2008
Running time 119 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Urdu

Mumbai Meri Jaan (Hindi: मुम्बई मेरी जान, translation: Mumbai My Life) is a 2008 Hindi film directed by Nishikanth Kamath and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. It stars R. Madhavan, Soha Ali Khan, Irrfan Khan, Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon. It deals with the aftermath of the 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, where 209 people lost their lives and over 700 were injured.[1] It won multiple Filmfare Awards.

Plot[edit]

Mumbai Meri Jaan tells the story of five people whose lives are affected by the 2006 Mumbai train bombings.

Rupali Joshi (Soha Ali Khan) is a successful reporter who is getting married in two months. Nikhil Agrawal (R. Madhavan) is an environmentally conscious executive who rides the train to work every day and is expecting his first child. Suresh (Kay Kay Menon) is a struggling computer tech who spends his time loafing at a local cafe and criticizing Muslims. Meanwhile, Sunil Kadam (Vijay Maurya) struggles with the corruption and inefficiency of the Mumbai police force and his boss, Tukaram Patil (Paresh Rawal), who is nearing retirement.

On 11 July Nikhil and Suresh are in the second class compartment of a train when a bomb goes off in the first class compartment. The two survive, but Nikhil is too afraid to take the train again and is diagnosed with acute stress disorder. Suresh becomes obsessed with punishing the city's Muslims and is only stopped from antagonising them by Kadam and Patil on patrol. Kadam and Patil abuse a street vendor named Thomas (Irfan Khan) who begins calling in fake bomb scares at malls to relieve his feelings. After an elderly man suffers a heart attack while the police are evacuating one mall, Thomas feels guilty and decides to stop.

Rupali, who rushed to the scene of the bombings to cover the story, is devastated when she discovers that her fiancé died in the blasts. Her grief is augmented when the news channel she works for tries to exploit her story for ratings. Meanwhile, Suresh pursues a Muslim that he suspects of being a terrorist. However, after Patil stops him and lectures him on communal harmony, Suresh befriends the man.

After Nikhil's wife goes into labour, he is forced to take the train to get to the hospital. Mumbai stops for two minutes while the city observes a moment of silence for those killed in the bombings. Patil finally retires from the police force and Kadam forgives him for his corrupt actions. Nikhil overcomes his fear of trains and Thomas gives a rose to the elderly man whose heart attack he caused.

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Awards[edit]

Music[edit]

The end titles are accompanied by the song "Aye Dil Hain Mushkil" (also known as "Bombay Meri Jaan") from the 1956 film C.I.D., performed by Mohammed Rafi and Geeta Dutt.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Terror inspires Bollywood again". The Indian Express. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Naseeruddin Shah, Anurag Kashyap Nominated for APSA". Outlook. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 

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