Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain

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Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain
Directed byMahesh Manjrekar
Written byMahesh Manjrekar
Based onEkta Jeev Sadashiv
by Govind Kulkarni
Produced byJackie Shroff
Ayesha Shroff
Sonali Bendre
Rinke Khanna
Edited byV. N. Mayekar
Music byAnand Raj Anand
Distributed byUniversal Music
Release date
  • 13 October 2000 (2000-10-13)
Running time
149 minutes

Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai (transl. The Country Where Ganga Lives) is 2000 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and starring Govinda and Sonali Bendre as leads. It is a remake of the 1972 Marathi film Ekta Jeev Sadashiv,[1] and the 1974 Kannada film Bangaarada Panjara.[2] It was later remade in Bengali as Mayer Anchal (2003).


Gangaram, alias Ganga, lives the simple life in a rural village with his mother, his father, and his lover and childhood friend, Saawni.

When the time comes for Ganga to marry, his parents inform him that his biological parents live in the city; they want him to settle there. Ganga bids a tearful farewell to his fellow villagers and travels to the city where his birth parents live. There he meets his elder brother, who is married to Supriya, his younger siblings, as well as his wealthy birth parents, Avinash and Radha. Ganga struggles to cope-up with the modern city life. His sister-in-law dislikes him more with each passing day.

Soon word spreads that Ganga is an eligible bachelor. His parents want him to marry a socialite, Tina. Ganga agrees to all his newfound family wants him to do, but things start to go bad for Ganga and he flees his biological parents' home. He discovers his older brother is being blackmailed by a woman and two goons. Ganga saves his brother, but one of the goons stabs his best friend, and Ganga is accused of the stabbing. Ganga refuses to speak the truth about the incident in court because he doesn't want to ruin his family's reputation. However, his sister-in-law, who has learned the truth from her husband, is able to prove Ganga's innocence in court.

After the verdict, Ganga and his best friend return to their village. There, Ganga reunites with Saawni, and his parents consent to let them get married.



Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelUniversal Music India

The soundtrack is on Universal Music, the music is composed by Anand Raaj Anand, while the songs are written by Dev Kohli and Praveen Bhardwaj.

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Chal Jhoothi" Udit Narayan, Shrradha Pandit
2 "O Piya O Piya Sun" Sukhwinder Singh, Sadhana Sargam
3 "Prem Jaal Mein" Sukhwinder Singh, Anuradha Sriram
4 "Jis Desh Mein Ganga" Abhijeet
5 "Matari Kohtari Tumbo" Atul Kale
6 "Shadi Karvado" Udit Narayan, Sapna Awasthi
7 "Kem Chhe" Bali Brahmbhatt, Sunidhi Chauhan


Sharmila Taliculam of Rediff.com wrote, "Mahesh Manjrekar's comedy bid, though a good attempt, makes you wish he had chosen a more original subject."[3] Taran Adarsh of IndiaFM gave the film 2 out of 5, writing, "On the whole, JIS DESH MEIN GANGA REHTA HAI pales when compared to Mahesh Manjrekar's previous attempts. At best, it will entertain to the select few in Maharashtra because of the Maharashtrian flavour in the film."[4]


  1. ^ Nahta, Komal (5 October 2000). "Dada No 2". Rediff.com. Archived from the original on 30 April 2023. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ Kishore, Vikrant; Sarwal, Amit; Patra, Parichay, eds. (2016). Salaam Bollywood: Representations and interpretations. Routledge. p. 225. ISBN 978-1-138-64962-0.
  3. ^ "rediff.com, Movies: The Rediff Review: Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai". www.rediff.com. Archived from the original on 6 March 2005. Retrieved 6 April 2024.
  4. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (13 October 2000). "Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai Review 2/5 | Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai Movie Review | Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai 2000 Public Review | Film Review".

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