China Gate (1998 film)

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China Gate
China Gate.jpg
Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi
Produced by Rajkumar Santoshi
Starring Om Puri
Amrish Puri
Naseeruddin Shah
Mukesh Tiwari
Danny Denzongpa
Mamta Kulkarni
Samir Soni
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Paresh Rawal
Tinu Anand
Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Anu Malik
Cinematography Piyush Shah
Edited by V.N. Mayekar
Release date
  • 18 September 1998 (1998-09-18)
Running time
175 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

China Gate is a 1998 Indian Hindi action film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. It is a "humble tribute to the late Akira Kurosawa", crediting Seven Samurai (1954) as its inspiration and starred Samir Soni in his film debut.

The film is famous for the song "Chamma Chamma", sung by Alka Yagnik, composed by Anu Malik, and featuring Urmila Matondkar dancing to it. The song was subsequently used in Baz Luhrmann's Hollywood musical film, Moulin Rouge! (2001). The role played by Mukesh Tiwari as cruel Jageera was well appreciated.


The story begins with Col. Krishnakant Puri and his ten men who were sacked from the Indian Army as they failed in the China Gate mission. Krishnakant lived an alienated life after the Court-martial. Became frustrated one day he was about to commit suicide but that point of time a young lady named Sandhya knocked his door. Witnessing the brutal slaying of her Forest Officer father, Sunder Rajan, at the hands of dreaded dacoit Jageera, Sandhya goes to Col. and asks for his assistance in bringing an end to Jageera's rule in the Devdurg region. Krishnakant agrees to assist her and summons ten of his fellow officers and subordinates to assist him in this mission. They assemble at Devdurg with the necessary ammunitions and arms to combat Jageera, not realizing that Jageera has influence over the local police detachment, who will prevent Krishnakant and his men to possess any guns and weapons. This does not deter the men, and they continue to stay on in Devdurg. Those persons gain the confidence of the villagers also. What the villagers do not know that Krishnakant and his men had all been dishonorably discharged from the army for cowardice and retreating when attacked by the enemy. At the time of first encounter with the gang of Jageera, the team of Krishnakant realised that they have lost reflex, fighting abilities due to age. With the permission of Col. Krishnakant, Major Gurung started to train them again. One day Jagira captured them with the help of corrupt police officer Barot but they have escaped finally and recapture Jageera. Col Krishan Puri and few officers intend to kill him but leader Col. Puri handed over him to the police inspector Barot. As a result Jagira again became freed and kill Maj. Sarfaraj. Now the full team of Krishnakant alongwith the villagers chase Jageera to take final revenge.



no Song Singer
1 "Hum Ko To Rahna Hai Ek Duje Ke Sath" Sonu Nigam, Hariharan, Vinod Rathod
2 "Chhama Chhama (2)" Anu Malik,Sapna Awasthi
3 "Chhama Chhama Re Chhama" Vinod Rathod, Shankar Mahadevan, Alka Yagnik
4 "Is Mitti Ka Karz Tha Mujhpe Maine Apna Karz Chukaya" Sonu Nigam

Box office[edit]

The film was received moderately by critics and people. In terms of collections, China Gate was declared an average grosser at the box office. However, it did a good business in Rajasthan.


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