China Gate (1998 film)
|Directed by||Rajkumar Santoshi|
|Produced by||Rajkumar Santoshi|
|Music by||Vanraj Bhatia
|Edited by||V.N. Mayekar|
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.
- Samir Soni .... Udit "Uditanshu" Tandon
- Om Puri .... Col. Krishnakanth Puri
- Amrish Puri .... Col. Keval Krishan Puri
- Naseeruddin Shah .... Major Sarfaraz Khan
- Danny Denzongpa .... Major Ranjir Singh Gurung
- Kulbhushan Kharbanda .... Major Kulbhushan Gupta
- Tinu Anand .... Major B'John
- Viju Khote .... Ghanshyam
- Jagdeep .... Subedar Ramaiyah
- Mamta Kulkarni ....Sandhya Rajan
- Mukesh Tiwari .... Jageera
- Paresh Rawal .... Inspector Barot
- Ila Arun .... Gopinath's wife
- Shivaji Satam .... Gopinath (Village Sarpanch)
- Anjan Srivastav .... Pandey/DK
- Razak Khan .... Sadhuram (Villager)
- Anupam Kher .... Senior Army Official / Governor (Special Appearance)
- Urmila Matondkar .... Special Appearance in song "Chamma Chamma"
- Girish Karnad .... Rajan (Sandhya's Dad)
- Rahul Singh
|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|
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.