Holi (1984 film)

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Directed by Ketan Mehta
Produced by Pradeep Uppoor
Written by Mahesh Elkunchwar (Play & screenplay)
Ketan Mehta
Starring Aamir Khan
Om Puri
Naseeruddin Shah
Ashutosh Gowariker
Raj Zutshi
Music by Rajat Dholakia
Cinematography Jehangir Choudhary
Edited by Subhash Sehgal
Release date
  • 15 August 1984 (1984-08-15)
Running time
120 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Holi is a 1984 Indian coming of age drama film directed by Ketan Mehta, whose socially conscious work has been compared to American director Spike Lee.[1] It is based on eponymous play by Marathi writer, Mahesh Elkunchwar.[2] The film starred Aamir Khan, Ashutosh Gowariker, Om Puri, Shreeram Lagoo, Deepti Naval and Naseeruddin Shah.


In a typical college in a typical Indian city, the hostel boys Madan Sharma (Aamir Khan) and his friends including Ranjeet Prakash (Ashutosh Gowariker) are a rowdy and troublesome lot. But on one day, when Madan and his friends find out there will not be a holiday for them on the day of Holi, the festival of colors, the boys decide not to attend classes.

The hostel superintendent Professor Singh (Naseeruddin Shah), the only lecturer with some links with the students, watches with apprehension their growing restlessness. A notice announcing a further postponement of examinations adds to the bitterness. A fight erupts out of nowhere between principal Phande's (Om Puri) nephew and another student; the principal's nephew is hurt and the other boy is promptly rusticated. This is seen as a drastic punishment, and the news spreads like wildfire to all the students of the college. Resistance is organized in the library, in the laboratory, in the classrooms and the college grounds as the students rebel against the principal.


  1. "Na Koi Kaam" - Aamir Khan
  2. "Yeh Kaisa Safar Hai" - Aamir Khan

Production information[edit]

Holi was shot mainly on the campus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and Fergusson College, Pune. The iconic Fergusson College banyan tree had just fallen and Ketan Mehta, who had studied at Fergusson College, improvised and picturised a song with the main characters on the tree singing about the falling of a symbolic 'system'. This film was a part of student project.




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