Hum (film)

Hum (English: We) is a 1991 Indian Hindi-language action crime film directed by Mukul S. Anand. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, Govinda, Kimi Katkar, Deepa Sahi, Shilpa Shirodkar, Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher and Kader Khan. This was the most successful film for the famous super star Bachchan in the early '90s before he announced his temporary retirement (for five years) immediately after its release. He also won the Filmfare Best Actor Award for it in 1992. The film was second highest-grossing Indian film of 1991 at the box office and was a blockbuster Super hit.[1]

Hum
Hum poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mukul S. Anand
Produced by Romesh Sharma
Screenplay by Ravi Kapoor
Mohan Kaul
Story by Ravi Kapoor
Mohan Kaul
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Rajinikanth
Govinda
Kimi Katkar
Deepa Sahi
Shilpa Shirodkar
Danny Denzongpa
Anupam Kher
Kader Khan
Music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Cinematography W. B. Rao
Edited by Kuldeep Mehan
K. Ravi Kumar
Distributed by Dharma Productions
Release date
  • 1 February 1991
Running time
171 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 16.75 crore[1]

Plot

Bhaktawar (Danny Denzongpa) rules over the docks in Mumbai, treating his workers as slaves. Despite his general dissatisfaction with this regime, Tiger (Amitabh Bachchan) extorts money from the dock workers for his father Pratap (Deepak Shirke), who in turn works as an enforcer for Bhaktawar.

Tiger is in love with his best friend Gonsalves (Romesh Sharma)'s sister Jumma (Kimi Katkar). Gonsalves is against Bhaktawar's policies and is killed by Bhaktawar and in the subsequent fall-out Tiger’s father and step-mother also die, leaving two young step-brothers Kumar and Vijay with Tiger.

Tiger immediately sets out to kill Bhaktawar, but is stopped by Inspector Girdhar (Anupam Kher). Girdhar reminds Tiger to fulfil his dying step-mother's wish and take care of his brothers, while leaving the police to deal with Bhaktawar. Girdhar and his faithful sidekick Havaldar Arjun Singh (Annu Kapoor) steal money from Bhaktawar's safe and set fire to Bhaktawar's house to destroy any evidence, killing Bhaktawar's wife and his daughter. Police later arrests Bhaktawar for killing Tiger's family and sends him to jail. Tiger escapes in a train and Jumma refuses to stay with Tiger, since he has to take care of his step brothers. Jumma and Tiger promise to reunite in the future. Girdhar bombs the train carrying Tiger and his brothers to eliminate any possible witnesses of his crime, but Tiger escapes.

Tiger renames himself as Shekhar and is a respectable farmer and timber merchant in Ooty. Kumar (Rajnikanth) is a police officer who is married to Aarti (Deepa Sahi), with a young daughter Jyoti (Sanjana). The youngest brother Vijay (Govinda) is a college student. Vijay is in love with Anita (Shilpa Shirodkar), daughter of General Rana Pratap Singh (Kader Khan),who wants his daughter to get married to a military officer. Shekhar and his brothers lead a happy family life. Neither of the two step brothers seem to have any memory of their time in Mumbai and both regard Shekhar as their elder brother. Jumma is now a successful actress, while Girdhar and Havaldar are leading a luxurious life due to the stolen money of Bhaktawar.

Bhaktawar is released from jail and is misguided by Giridhar in believing that Tiger killed Bhaktawar's family. To seek revenge, Bhaktawar tracks down Tiger in Ooty. He kidnaps Aarti and Jyothi and tells them the truth about Shekhar. Meanwhile, Kumar also finds the true identity of Shekhar and is upset since it was due to his brother Sekhar, his family was kidnapped. However all the misunderstandings are cleared by Jumma when she explains Vijay and Kumar about their past and the sacrifices done by Sekhar to make them lead a respectable life.

Later Tiger along with Kumar and Vijay rescue Aarti and Jyoti and explain to Bhaktawar that it was Giridhar who has killed his family. Bhaktawar then ties himself along with Giridhar to a bomb and they both die due to the explosion. The film ends with the family happily united.

Cast

Production

Hum was shot in various locations including Mumbai,[2] Ooty,[3] and Mauritius.[4] Mukul S. Anand had considered and discussed a potential scene for this film with Rajinikanth, where Amitabh Bachchan's character would help Govinda get a seat in the Police Academy. Anand discarded the scene, because he did not find it suitable. But Rajinikanth felt the scene had the potential to develop into a script for a possible feature film, which resulted into the 1995 Tamil film Baashha.[5]

Music

Hum
Soundtrack album by Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Released 1 February 1991
Recorded 1990
Genre Film soundtrack, Bollywood music
Length 34:41
Language Hindi
Label Saregama

The film has notable songs such as "Jumma Chumma De De." The film's soundtrack album sold 1.5 million units.[6]

All music composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum"Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Mohammad Aziz, Sudesh Bhosle & Sonali Vajpayee 
2."General Sahab Karo Tayari"Alka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhonsle & Vinay Mandke 
3."Is Pyaar Ki Hum Pehchan Denge"Alka Yagnik, Mohammad Aziz, Sudesh Bhonsle & Vinay Mandke 
4."Jumma Chumma De De"Kavita Krishnamurthy & Sudesh Bhonsle 
5."Kagaz Kalam Davaat"Mohammad Aziz & Shobha Joshi 
6."Le Le Chumma Le Le"Kavita Krishnamurthy 
7."Sanam Mere Sanam"Alka Yagnik & Amit Kumar 
Total length:34:41

Box office

The film grossed 16.75 crore (equivalent to 103 crore or US$15 million in 2017) in India, including a net income of 9.25 crore. It was the year's second highest-grossing film at the Indian box office, after Saajan.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Box Office 1991". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  2. ^ "When I first met Amitabh Bachchan: 5 young Bollywood actors recall how they reacted". Hindustan Times. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ "With usual locales like Kashmir closed for film makers, Ooty becomes the ideal alternative". India Today. 30 November 1991. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Mauritius pulls out all stops for Jumma Chumma megastar Amitabh Bachchan". India Today. 15 September 1990. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  5. ^ Krissna, Suresh; Rangarajan, Malathi (2012). My Days with Baasha. Westland Ltd. p. 132. ISBN 978-93-8162-629-0.
  6. ^ "Music Hits 1990–1999 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. 2 January 2010.

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