Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost

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Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost
Directed byApoorva Lakhia
Written byApoorva Lakhia
Produced byVishal Nihalani
StarringAbhishek Bachchan
Lara Dutta
Chunky Pandey
Narrated byAmitabh Bachchan
CinematographyGururaj R. Jois
Edited bySteven H. Bernard
Music byAnu Malik
Ranjit Barot
Distributed byRubberband Films
Release date
  • 22 August 2003 (2003-08-22)
Running time
147 mins

Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost (lit.'My friend from Mumbai has arrived') is a 2003 Indian Hindi-language drama film starring Abhishek Bachchan, Lara Dutta and Chunky Pandey. The film is directed by Apoorva Lakhia in his directorial debut. The film touched on the subject of the influence of television on village life.[1]


Dinanath Singh is honored by the Indian Government, which is televised live. While receiving the honors, Dinanath informs the Government that his village is still without electricity, and he is promised that electricity will be provided in his village immediately. And electricity is provided in the village. Dinanath's grandson, Karan "Kanji", who is in Mumbai, hears of this and returns to the village along with a C-Band ten foot satellite dish and a super flat stereo television. When the satellite is set up, the villagers are thrilled by the TV shows. This helps create a running gag of copying TV culture into the rural lives. The changes lead to the village priest complaining to Chotey Thakur Rudra Pratap Singh that the villagers are turning away from his temple and worship. Rudra is not concerned as he himself has a TV set in his home. But when the priest informs Rudra that his sister, Kesar Pratap Singh aka Kesi and Kanji are in love, Rudra makes a threat to destroy Kanji and all of the village in the presence of a TV crew filming the whole drama and telecasting it live worldwide. The plot comes to a culmination when, angered by Kanji's antics, Rudra arrives to destroy the village. The villagers stand up to the exploitation and fight Rudra and his goons.


  • Abhishek Bachchan as Karan "Kanji" Singh
  • Lara Dutta as Kesar "Kesi" Pratap Singh
  • Chunky Pandey as Sanjay "Sanju" Singh
  • Aditya Lakhia as Surya
  • Yashpal Sharma as Chotey Thakur Rudra Pratap Singh
  • Rajendra Gupta as Sameer Goswami
  • Daya Shankar Pandey as Hari Malhotra
  • Akhilendra Mishra as Priest
  • Amitabh Bachchan as Narrator
  • Raageshwari as Reporter Priya
  • Snehal Lakhia as Grandfather
  • Ajay Khamosh as Guru
  • Shubro Bhattacharaya as Abdul
  • Aahi Khan as Binti
  • Bhagwati Singh as Gulaboo
  • Akbar Naqvi as Bhima
  • Narender Kumar as Gora
  • Sonal Choksi as Salma
  • Divya Sharma as Priest's wife
  • Ritu Vij as Thakur's wife
  • Tan Singh as Postman
  • Deepash Nihalani as Cameraman
  • Shawn Aranha as Boomman
  • Nihal as Adi
  • Vishal Nihalani as Vicky
  • Amul Mhatre as Police Inspector
  • Kapil Sharma as Kanji's Father
  • Shruti Gupta as Kesi's friend
  • Ritu Singh as Kesi's friend
  • Mr. Malhotra as Minister
  • Mrs. Meera Lakhia as Minister's Aide
  • Laxmi Singh as Gypsy woman
  • Eashak Khan as Lalu
  • Latif Khan as Salim
  • Nihal Khan as Karim
  • Santosh Bhopa as Rasili
  • Jaana as Parwati
  • Sua Satan as Manju
  • Mr. Vyas as Police
  • Kiran Shinde as Massage man
  • Alam Khan as Thakur's cousin
  • Razak Khan as Thakur's cousin
  • Babloo Ramesh as Thakur's cousin
  • Imran Khan as Thakur's cousin
  • Nabab Ali Nababuddin as Thakur's cousin
  • Eashan as Thakur's cousin
  • Ramjan Khan as Thakur's cousin


The music was created by Anu Malik.

# Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Koi Bheega Hai Rang Se" (Holi Re) Zubeen Garg, Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik 06:26
2 "Shaher Ka Jadoo Re" Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik 06:20
3 "Jeetenge Baazi Hum" Sonu Nigam, Mahalakshmi Iyer 05:20
4 "Saiiyan" Sunidhi Chauhan 05:25
5 "Mujhe Tune Jo Dekha" Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik 06:24
6 "The Journey" (Instrumental) 02:20


Taran Adarsh of IndiaFM gave the film 1.5 out of 5, writing, "On the whole, MUMBAI SE AAYA MERA DOST has its moments of glory, but they're far to less to generate a lasting impact. Ordinary."[2] R Verma of gave a negative review, criticising the film's "costumes, storyline, logic and characterisation."[3] Also writing for, Sudipta Chakravarti wrote, "Instead of focussing on the power struggle, Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost runs into several other tracks that look completely out of place and derail the film" and called it "an ordinary movie that fails to create a lasting impact."[4]


  1. ^ Someshwar, Savera R (21 August 2003). "Sneak preview: Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost". Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  2. ^ Adarsh, Taran (22 August 2003). "Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost Movie Review". IndiaFM. Archived from the original on 4 April 2024. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  3. ^ Verma, R (26 August 2003). "Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost: utterly avoidable". Archived from the original on 4 April 2024. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  4. ^ Chakravarti, Sudipta (23 August 2003). "Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost is ordinary fare". Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2024.

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