Mela (2000 film)

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Mela
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Directed by Dharmesh Darshan
Produced by Umed Jain
Written by Dharmesh Darshan
Screenplay by Neeraj Vora
Sanjeev Duggal
Robin Bhatt
Story by Suneel Darshan
Starring Aamir Khan
Twinkle Khanna
Faisal Khan
Johnny Lever
Music by Songs:
Anu Malik
Rajesh Roshan
Lesle Lewis
Background Score:
Surinder Sodhi
Cinematography Rajan Kinagi
Edited by Bharat
Production
company
Venus Records & Tapes
Release date
  • 7 January 2000 (2000-01-07)
Running time
172 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget est.180 million[1]
Box office est.291 million[1]

Mela (Hindi: मेला; meaning: Fair) is a 2000 Indian action masala film directed by Dharmesh Darshan. It stars Aamir Khan, his real-life brother Faisal Khan,[2] and Twinkle Khanna. It was one of the biggest box-office failures of the year 2000.[3]

Plot[edit]

The only soldier brother (Ayub Khan) of a young woman, Roopa (Twinkle Khanna), returns to Chandanpur village to arrange her marriage. A festival is arranged in the happiness of Roopa's marriage, however Chandanpur's happiness is short-lived, as the village is raided by a group of terrorists. The leader of the terrorists, Gujjar, (Tinu Verma), murders a politician, and to make matters worse, Roopa's beauty catches the eye of Gujjar. However, as Gujjar attempts to escape with the terrified Roopa, her brother comes to her rescue, only to be slain, much to the horror of the village, especially Roopa. Also, her best friend, Gopal (Master Om Kapoor), is killed too, much to the dismay of Gopal's mother (Tanvi Azmi) who tried to prevent her son from rescuing Roopa (Due to his young age) which is what led Gujjar to kill him. Roopa, enraged by the fact that her brother and Gopal are no more, vows vengeance.

Gujjar threatens Roopa that she will only be his mistress and will never be able to have a brother nor lover. Enraged, Roopa attempts to commit suicide by jumping into a waterfall as she finds it better to kill herself rather than be a mistress. Destiny has other plans as Roopa survives and she steals the clothes of Kishan (Aamir Khan), a theatre actor. Kishan works with his best friend, truck driver, Shankar (Faisal Khan). When Kishan meets Roopa for the first time, he is smitten by her beauty and falls in love with her. Kishan decides to make Roopa the heroine of their dance show, however, Shankar warns him that Roopa will bring them in trouble. With no option, Roopa travels with them, and she tries to escape, but returns when chased by the gang and a drunk who tries to rape her. However, Roopa is saved by Shankar and Kishan. Roopa feigns love for Kishan, who wants to marry her, and the two men agree to help her return to Chandanpur. When Kishan is going to marry Roopa, who feels guilty over her betrayal, led, she tells them her story.

Shankar becomes her brother, while Kishan, heartbroken, leaves in disgust. Roopa and Shankar return to Chandanpur, where Shankar mobilises the village, attempting to set a trap for Gujjar who has learnt of Roopa's survival and terrorizes the village to find out her whereabouts. The trap backfires horribly until Kishan returns with a suspended cop Pakkad Singh (Johny Lever). The trap is re-set with another carnival and the villains' attack as planned. Roopa is kidnapped and Kishan and Shankar give chase and are captured and taken to Gujjar's hideout where they are forced to fight him and his men. Eventually with the arrival of Chandanpur's villagers, good prevails and the terrorists meet a gory end. Roopa is united with her brother Shankar and her lover Kishan. At the end Kishan and Roopa get married and while driving their truck, Shankar happens to meet Champakali (Aishwarya Rai) and Kishan and Roopa watch them.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Karishma Kapoor, who had earlier collaborated with Dharmesh Darshan in the 1996 film Raja Hindustani, was first offered the female lead role but due to date issues, she declined the offer.[4] The role ultimately went to Twinkle Khanna.[4] Aditya Pancholi was signed for villain's role but opted out as he did not want to be bare chested throughout the film.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

Aamir Khan, approached and persuaded A. R. Rahman to do compose music for the film, but due to time constraints, Rahman declined the offer.[6] The music was then composed by 4 composers, with Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan, and Lesle Lewis composing the songs and Surinder Sodhi composing the film score.

The music was composed by four composers, with Anu Malik, Rajesh Roshan, and Lesle Lewis composing the songs and Surinder Sodhi composing the film score.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dev Kohli, Dharmesh Darshan, Sameer.

No. Title Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Mela Dilon Ka" Anu Malik Alka Yagnik 03:36
2. "Dekho 2000 Zamana Aa Gaya" Lesle Lewis Lesle Lewis, Hariharan, Aamir Khan 04:54
3. "Dhadkan Mein Tum" Anu Malik Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu 06:23
4. "Durga Hai Meri Maa" Anu Malik Kavita Krishnamurthy 05:03
5. "Kamariya Lachke Re" Rajesh Roshan Anuradha Paudwal, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya 06:02
6. "Chori Chori Gori Se" Rajesh Roshan Udit Narayan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya 06:26
7. "Mela Dilon Ka" (Celebration) Anu Malik Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod, Shankar Mahadevan, Jaspinder Narula, Nitin Mukesh & Anmol 07:28
8. "Mela Dilon Ka" (Theme) Anu Malik Udit Narayan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Hema Sardesai, Mansoor 10:37
9. "Tujhe Rab Ne Banaya" Anu Malik Udit Narayan, Anuradha Paudwal 04:47

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mela - Movie - Box Office India". boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  2. ^ Iyer, Meena (23 September 2015). "Faissal Khan goes mental". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Birthday Special: 10 films of Aamir Khan you may not know". Mid Day. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  4. ^ a b Verma, Sukanya (6 January 2000). "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: Mela trivia". rediff.com. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Rediff On The NeT, Movies: What's on in Bollywood". rediff.com. 13 January 2000. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  6. ^ http://www.pvv.ntnu.no/~kailasan/interviews/rider%20on%20the%20storm.htm

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