Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost

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Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost
Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost.jpg
Directed byApoorva Lakhia
Produced byVishal Nihalani
Written byApoorva Lakhia
StarringAbhishek Bachchan
Lara Dutta
Chunky Pandey
Narrated byAmitabh Bachchan
Music byAnu Malik
Ranjit Barot
CinematographyR. J. Gururaj
Edited bySteven Bernard
Distributed byRubberband Films
Release date
  • 22 August 2003 (2003-08-22)
Running time
147 mins
Budget8 crore (US$1.1 million)
Box office14 crore (US$2.0 million)

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. The film touched on the subject of the influence of television on village life.


Dinanath Singh (Snehal Lakhia) 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 (Abhishek Bachchan), 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 (Akhilendra Mishra) complaining to Chotey Thakur Rudra Pratap Singh (Yashpal Sharma) 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 (Lara Dutta) and Karan (Kanji) are in love, Rudra makes a threat to destroy Karan 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 Karan's antics, Rudra arrives to destroy the village. The villagers stand up to the exploitation and fight Rudra and his goons.



The music was created by Anu Malik. The music response for this movie was very good and some of the songs like "Shaher Ka Jadoo Re" topped some of the Bollywood music charts.

# 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

Audience response[edit]

Though not a very successful film at the box office, the performance of Abhishek Bachchan was appreciated.[citation needed] Through this film, he adopted the rough guy look which he has continued to appear with in most of his films. It was Apoorva Lakhia's directorial début who went on to become one of the closest friends of Abhishek Bachchan.

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