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Mera Gaon Mera Desh

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Mera Gaon Mera Desh
Directed byRaj Khosla
Written byAkhtar Romani
Screenplay byG. R. Kamat
Story byKhosla Enterprises Story Department
Produced byLekhraj Khosla
Bolu Khosla
Asha Parekh
Vinod Khanna
CinematographyPratap Sinha
Edited byWaman Bhonsle
Music byLaxmikant–Pyarelal
Anand Bakshi (lyrics)
Khosla Enterprises
Distributed byKhosla Enterprises
Release date
  • 13 August 1971 (1971-08-13)

Mera Gaon Mera Desh (transl. My village, my country) is a 1971 Indian action drama film, directed by Raj Khosla, written by Akhtar Romani, and starring Dharmendra, Asha Parekh in lead roles and Vinod Khanna as the villain. It was a box office success.[1] The film contains many hit songs including: "Apni Prem Kahaniyan", "Aaya Aaya Atariya Pe Koi Chor", "Sona Lai Ja Re", "Kuch Kehta Hai Yeh Saawan" and "Maar Diya Jaye Ke Chhod Diya Jaye". The film was remade in Telugu as Manchi Babayi.



Havaldar Major Jaswant Singh (Jayant) makes a citizen's arrest of petty thief Ajit (Dharmendra) and hands him over to the police, and after due process of law he is sentenced to six months in jail. After completing his sentence, the jailer asks him to approach Jaswant Singh for employment, and so he does. Jaswant asks him to help him with his farming work. Ajit meets Anju (Asha Parekh - lead female) and both fall in love. Ajit hears of Jabbar Singh (Vinod Khanna) a dacoit who is terrorizing the surrounding community, and Ajit decides to take on Jabbar. In retaliation, Jabbar abducts Anju, and instructs Ajit to come unarmed. Ajit decides to follow these instructions, however, as soon as he reaches Jabbar's hideout, he too is captured, and at the mercy of Jabbar and Munni (Laxmi Chhaya), who has been scorned by Ajit, and it is now up to her to decide Ajit's fate.


Name of actor Role portrayed
Dharmendra Ajit
Asha Parekh Anju
Vinod Khanna Jabbar Singh
Laxmi Chhaya Munnibai
Jayant Hawaldaar-Major Jaswant Singh
Asit Sen Motumal (Drunk)
Sudhir Police Inspector
Bhagwan Chotumal (Drunk)
Uma Dutt Judge
Mohan Choti Uncredited
Birbal Nai
Manmohan Uncredited
Dulari Mrs. Ramdin Patel (Anju's mother)


# Title Singer(s)
1 "Aaya Aaya Atariya Pe Koi Chor" Lata Mangeshkar
2 "Apni Prem Kahaniyaan" Lata Mangeshkar
3 "Kuchh Kehta Hai Ye Saawan" Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi
4 "Sona Lai Ja Re" Lata Mangeshkar
5 "Maar Diya Jaye" Lata Mangeshkar

Awards and nominations


Dharmendra received a Filmfare nomination for Best Actor, the only one for the film.[2]


  1. ^ "Worth Their Weight in Gold! (70′s) | Box Office India : India's premier film trade magazine". Archived from the original on 18 November 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  2. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953