Main Hoon Na

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Main Hoon Na
Poster mainhoonna.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Farah Khan
Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment
Written by Abbas Tyrewala
(dialogue)
Screenplay by Farah Khan
Abbas Tyrewala
Rajesh Saathi
Story by Farah Khan
Starring Shahrukh Khan
Sunil Shetty
Sushmita Sen
Zayed Khan
Amrita Rao
Naseeruddin Shah
Kabir Bedi
Murali Sharma
Boman Irani
Satish Shah
Bindu
Kirron Kher
Rakhi Sawant
Music by Anu Malik
Cinematography V. Manikandan
Edited by Shirish Kunder
Distributed by Red Chillies Entertainment
Eros International
Venus Records & tapes Pvt Ltd
Release dates
  • 30 April 2004 (2004-04-30)
Running time
179 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 25 crore (equivalent to 62 crore or US$9.2 million in 2016)[1]
Box office 68 crore (equivalent to 169 crore or US$25 million in 2016)[2]

Main Hoon Na (English : Trust me, I am here) is a 2004 Indian action drama film co-written and directed by Farah Khan in her directorial debut. The screenplay was written by Farah Khan and Abbas Tyrewala based on the story by Anvita Dutt Guptan. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Sunil Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan and Amrita Rao in the main cast. It was remade into Tamil as Aegan starring Ajith Kumar, Nayantara, Pia Bajpai.

The film is the story of Indian army Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan) who becomes embroiled in the events to ensure that "Project Milap" - the releasing of civilian captives on either side of the borders of India and Pakistan - can take place as a sign of trust and peace between the two nations.[3] Main Hoon Na is one of the most successful Indian films discussing the Indo-Pakistani conflict from a neutral point of view. The film was shot at St. Paul's School, Darjeeling.

It is the first film of Shah Rukh Khan's production company Red Chillies Entertainment and choreographer Farah Khan's directorial debut film. It was released on 30 April 2004.

Plot[edit]

The movie is about the relationship between India and Pakistan. The governments of India and Pakistan have launched, "Project Milaap", where both the governments will release the POWs from the previous wars. Major Raghavan (Sunil Shetty), a rogue ex-para commando-turned-militant does not want the peaceful operation to turn to reality and makes an attempt on Gen. Amarjeet Bakshi (Kabir Bedi)'s life. While trying to rescue Gen. Bakshi, Brigadier Shekhar Sharma (Naseeruddin Shah) falls prey to a stray bullet. While on his deathbed, Shekhar confesses to his son Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shahrukh Khan) that Ram is his illegitimate child, and his wife and son had left him many years ago due to this infidelity. He tells Ram that his last wish is to see his family reunited under one roof, and dies. Gen. Bakshi tells Ram that his teenage daughter Sanjana's (Amrita Rao) life is in danger, and asks him to go undercover and pose as a student in Sanjana's class, to ensure her safety. Ram is reluctant but then learns that his younger brother Laxman "Lucky" (Zayed Khan) is studying at the same college. Ram agrees to the mission and starts off on his dual mission: personal and national. While at the college he falls in love with the new chemistry teacher (Sushmita Sen) but, is not able to impress her at the start. Ram meets Sanju, who is a friend of Luckys and has a crush on him. Lucky is portrayed as a popular student who is not interested in studies and has been at the college for some time now, unable to pass his final year. Sanju is constantly irritated by Ram because of his attempts at friendship, and she eventually complains to Lucky about him. Lucky and Raj then end up in a competition, which involves getting to the roof of the school. Lucky slips off the roof, but is caught just in time by Ram, and this causes the two to become friends. Soon thereafter, Ms. Sharma (Kirron Kher), Lucky's mother, advertises for a paying guest in their house in order to make ends meet and Ram takes this opportunity to live in their house. Ram succeeds in wooing Ms. Chandini (Sushmita Sen), and Lucky and Sanju begin a relationship. Ms.Sharma find out that Ram is actually Shekar's son and kicks him out of their house Ram then explains why he entered their lives, revealing his fathers ashes and his last wish. This causes Mrs. Sharma to jave a change of heart and start realize her mistake of not reuniting with Brig. Sharma when he was alive. Raghavan, who has also been operating undercoverat the school, kidnaps Sanjana and holds a large number of students and staff members hostage. In return for their saftey, he wants Ram to call of the prisoner exchange program. Raghavan and Ram engage in a dangerous battle and Ram emerges as the victor. The film ends on a postive note, showing the success of Project Milaap.

Cast[edit]

  • Shah Rukh Khan as Major Ram Prasad Sharma, A Para Commando who's objective is to protect Sanjana and reconcile with his half-brother and step-mother
  • Suniel Shetty as Ex-Captain Raghavan Dutta, A rogue ex-para commando who was court marshaled when he started killing innocent Pakistani citizens and stating that they were spies.
  • Sushmita Sen as Chandni, Chemistry Teacher and Ram's love interest
  • Zayed Khan as Laxman "Lucky" Prasad Sharma, Ram's brother and Sanju's love interest.
  • Amrita Rao as Sanjana Bakshi/Sanju. Lucky's love interest.
  • Kirron Kher as Mrs. Madhu Sharma, Ram's step-mother
  • Kabir Bedi as General Amarjeeth Bakshi,Sanjana's father and Major Ram'superior officer
  • Naseeruddin Shah as Brigadier Shekhar Sharma, Ram's father (Special Appearance)
  • Murli Sharma as Captain Khan, Raghavan's second in command
  • Bindu as Mrs. Kakkad
  • Boman Irani as the Principal
  • Satish Shah as Professor Rasai
  • Rakhi Sawant as Mini
  • Praveen Sirohi as Vivek
  • Rajeev Punjabi as Percy
  • Tabu as The girl who was watching Ram dancing (Special Appearance)

Release[edit]

Film analyst Taran Adarsh praised the film for being funny, emotional and full of action, describing it as "a wholesome entertainer that has something for everyone."[4]

Jamie Russell wrote in his review in the BBC, "A bonkers 'masala' movie, Main Hoon Na could be the mutant offspring of Grease and The Matrix. Part thriller, part high school comedy and all Bollywood musical, it's the directorial debut of Farah Khan."[5]

Box office[edit]

Main Hoon Na was the second highest grossing Indian movie of 2004 behind Veer-Zaara (also a Shahrukh Khan starrer).[6] It made 480 million (US$7.1 million) in India and an additional 19 million (US$280,000) in the overseas market.

Character map of remakes[edit]

Aegan (2008 film) Tamil Main Hoon Naa (2004 film) Hindi
Ajith Kumar Shah Rukh Khan
Nayantara Sushmita Sen
Suman Sunil Shetty

Music[edit]

Main Hoon Na
Soundtrack album by Anu Malik
Recorded YRF Studios (Mumbai)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 40:25
Language Hindi
English
Label T-Series
Producer Anu Malik
Anu Malik chronology
Krishna Cottage
(2004)
Main Hoon Na
(2004)
'’Fida
(2004)

The music was composed by Anu Malik. The lyrics were provided by Javed Akhtar. Anu Malik won his third Filmfare Award for Best Music Director

Song Singer(s) Duration Notes
"Main Hoon Na" Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal 06:03 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao;
Sonu Nigam received several award nominations and an MTV Immies Best Male Singer Award
"Tumse Milke" Sonu Nigam, Aftab Sabri, Alisha Chinai 06:02 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao;
Sonu Nigam received several award nominations
"Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha" Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Shreya Ghoshal 05:44 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen
"Gori Gori" KK, Anu Malik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal 04:31 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao, Sunil Shetty, Boman Irani, Bindu
"Chale Jaise Hawayein" KK, Vasundhara Das 05:26 Pictured on Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao
"Main Hoon Na (Sad Version)" Abhijeet Bhattacharya 04:18 Pictured on whole cast without Zayed Khan, Kirron Kher
"Yeh Fizayein" KK, Alka Yagnik 05:19 Pictured on Shahrukh Khan, Amrita Rao, Zayed Khan, Sushmita Sen, Kirron Kher, Boman Irani, Bindu, Satish Shah, Karan Johar, Farah Khan, Manish Malhotra, V. Manikandan, Anu Malik, Sabu Cyril, Javed Akhtar
"Main Hoon Na" (Remix) Ranjit Barot 02:31 Not in film

Awards[edit]

Main Hoon Na received many awards and nominations. The awards it won are highlighted in bold:[7]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Won
Nominated

Zee Cine Award[edit]

Star Screen Award[edit]

  • 'Star Screen Award for Best Music ’ –Anu Malik.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Sonu Nigam.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Zayed Khan.
  • Star Screen Award for Best ActionAllan Amin.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Background MusicRanjit Barot.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Choreography – Farah Khan.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Lyrics – Javed Akhtar.
  • Star Screen Award for Publicity Design – Rahul Nanda & Himanshu Nanda.
  • Star Screen Award for Best Sound Recording – Shirish Kunder & Rakesh Ranjan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Main Hoon Na". IBOS Network. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Top Lifetime Grossers Worldwide". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Rajinder Dudrah, Rajinder Kumar Dudrah Bollywood Travels: Culture, Diaspora and Border Crossings in Popular Hindi Cinema Routledge (2012) p. 18
  4. ^ "Taran Adarsh - Bollywood Hungama". 
  5. ^ Jamie Russell Main Hoon Na (2004) 28 April 2004 BBC Movies
  6. ^ "Box Office 2004". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Awards for MHN 2004". BollywoodHungama.com. Retrieved 2005.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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