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When a village belle's brother is killed by a bandit, she vows revenge and enlists the help of two truckers-cum-theatre artists in her mission.

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Dharmesh Darshan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aamir Khan ... Kishan Pyare
Twinkle Khanna ... Roopa Singh
Faisal Khan ... Shankar Shane
Johnny Lever ... Insp. Pakkad Singh (as Johny Lever)
Navneet Nishan ... Bulbul, the post woman
Veeru Krishnan Veeru Krishnan ... Ghungroo, the dance master
Asrani ... Banwari Baniya aka 'Kaka'
Tiku Talsania ... Murari, Sarpanch
Archana Puran Singh ... Vidyavati, the village flirt
Tanvi Azmi ... Roopa's mom
Ayub Khan ... Ram Singh, Roopa's brother (special appearance)
Omkar Kapoor ... Gopal
Parmeet Sethi ... Guest Appearance
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Mantri (Minister)
Tinnu Verma Tinnu Verma ... Gujjar Singh
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Roopa, a beautiful young village belle is much loved by the villagers of Chandanpur. Chandanpur celebrates a huge Mela every year and this year, they invite a Minister to inaugurate it. In an assassination attempt that follows, a massacre takes place. Chandanpur is devastated and Roopa's family gets wiped out. She vows revenge. Into her life enter two men, the gregarious Kishan and the volatile Shankar, causing much upheaval in their relationship. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Official Sites:

Venus Movies

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

7 January 2000 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Fair See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangalore, Karnataka, India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$138,261, 9 January 2000

Gross USA:

$220,524

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$220,524
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Venus Records & Tapes See more »
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Karisma Kapoor was the other choice for the role of Roopa. Dharmesh Darshan chose Twinkle Khanna because he thought she fit the role better. Ironically, critics and audiences panned Twinkle endlessly in this movie. See more »

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Referenced in Senario lagi (2000) See more »

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Dhadkan Mein Tum
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Not Worth a Mela!
24 August 2001 | by rajivgillSee all my reviews

You'd think that with hits like Raja Hindustani and Lootere in his bag, Dharmesh Dharshan would have a good entertainer in Mela. Not! Mela is really Sholay revisited. Sad to say, it doesn't even come close to Sholay.

So we have Twinkle Khanna, the village belle. Her brother (Ayub Khan) and best friend (Omkar Kapoor) are killed by the evil Gujjar (Tinnu Verma). She swears revenge against the latter. A series of events land her together with Kishen (Aamir Khan) and Shankar (Faisal Khan), whose help she enlists in her fight against Gujjar.

Twinkle truly brings to life the phrase damsel in distress to life! If she's not getting raped, she's plunging down waterfalls and being chased around by Gujjar's men. How she manages to find time to sing God-awful songs is beyond me. She's a truly drastic change from Darshan's usual heroines of substance. And having someone dub over her lines is the worst idea ever. Instead od sounding authentic, it sounds TERRIBLE, like she's overacting! Faisal Khan is a good looker, but it's hard to tell if he can act well. His role is pretty much like his previous one in Madhosh - the silent, stoic type. Aamir, as usual, is in his element as the playful Kishen. If not for him, this film would be lousier than it already is.

None of the songs are worth mentioning. The only one's that pseudo-decent is Dhadkan Mein Tum and that too, is a rip-off the background music of Ramesh Sippy's Andaz. Is Anu Malik THAT desperate?? Twinkle's outfits are awful, by the way! I may be a diehard fan of Aamir Khan, but there's no denying that Mela isn't worth celebrating.


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