Main Khiladi Tu Anari

Main Khiladi Tu Anari (English: Me, the Player, You, the Novice) is a 1994 Indian action comedy film directed by Sameer Malkan. The screenplay is written by Sachin Bhowmick. Starring Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Shilpa Shetty in pivotal roles, the film went on to become one of the top 5 highest-grossing movies of the year and was declared a box office success at the end of its theatrical run.[2] It was the second installment in the Khiladi franchise.

The massive success of this film catapulted Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan to the top rung of Bollywood's leading men and cemented their status as bankable stars, and as a successful pair following Yeh Dillagi. Kumar in particular, who also had 1994 hits like Mohra, Suhaag, and Elaan, gained a considerable fan following, especially among the youth. He became renowned for his thrilling action scenes featuring martial arts and hand-to-hand combat; his daring stunts; his athletic dance moves and his rugged, macho good looks.[3][4][5]

Main Khiladi Tu Anari
Main Khiladi Tu Anari
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySameer Malkan
Produced byChampak Jain
Screenplay bySachin Bhowmick
Story bySachin Bhowmick
StarringAkshay Kumar
Saif Ali Khan
Shilpa Shetty
Raageshwari
Shakti Kapoor
Kader Khan
Music byAnu Malik
CinematographyAkram Khan
Edited bySuresh Chaturvedi
Distributed byUnited Seven Creations
Release date
  • 23 September 1994
Running time
184 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget₹32.5 million ($1 million)[1]
Box office₹138.42 million ($4.4 million)[1]

Plot

One of the most respected inspectors, Arjun Joglekar (Mukesh Khanna) is killed by drug dealer and gangster, Goli (Shakti Kapoor). Mona (Shilpa Shetty), a cabaret singer and Goli's mistress, agrees to testify against Goli and is placed into witness protection by Inspector Karan (Akshay Kumar), Arjun's younger brother, who aims to fight any injustice and avenge his brother's murder. When Goli finds out about Mona's forthcoming testimonial which would expose his real identity, he tracks her down and kills her.

Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan), who is the most romantic actor around, is frustrated with his roles and for being type-cast as a romantic hero. He would like to do something different and bring some change and excitement to his dull and boring existence. To change his monotonous life, he gets drunk and drives around. He is arrested by the police, and brought to his rowdy producer. This is where he meets Karan and is very impressed with his assertiveness, courage, and honesty; Deepak would like to study his behaviour so that he can use this as a background for his next movie.

Karan meets Basanti, who looks identical to Mona. He tells Deepak to hang around him if Deepak can get Basanti to act as Mona. Deepak trains Basanti and presents the new "Mona" to Karan. Karan places Basanti at the Moonlight Hotel as an amnesiac Mona, where she can report on Goli's criminal activities. That's how they uncover Goli eventually. While Karan and Basanti fall in love with each other, Deepak falls in love with Karan's sister, Shivangi, which makes Karan mad and he tries to get rid of Deepak Kumar, for which Deepak Kumar reminds Karan that he wanted to hang around with him because he wanted to learn what it is like be a cop, and apologises for loving his sister Shivangi, which makes Karan guilty and tries to win back Deepak Kumar for his sister and Mother-in-Law.

At the end, Karan avenges the death of his brother by killing Goli.

Cast

Soundtrack

The music of the film was scored by Anu Malik. Singers Asha Bhosle, Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan, Pankaj Udhas, Alka Yagnik, Anu Malik and Alisha Chinai rendered their voices in this album. The lyrics were penned by Rani Malik, Rahat Indori, Hasrat Jaipuri, Maya Govind, Zameer Kazmi and Anwar Sagar. "Churake Dil Mera" and "Zara Zara" were the most popular songs from the soundtrack. "Zuban Khamosh Hoti Hai" was picturised, but not included in the final version of the film.

It became one of the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums of 1994, selling between 3.2 million and 3.5 million units.[6]

# Song Singer(s) Lyricist Notes
1 "Chura Ke Dil Mera" Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik Rani Malik Picturised on Akshay Kumar & Shilpa Shetty
2 "Zara Zara" Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik Hasrat Jaipuri Picturised on Saif Ali Khan & Rageshwari
3 "Zuban Khamosh" Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik Rani Malik Picturised on Akshay Kumar & Shilpa Shetty (deleted from film)
4 "Lakhon Haseen" Asha Bhosle, Kumar Sanu Anwar Sagar Not included in film
5 "Hoton Pe Tera Naam" Pankaj Udhas Rahat Indori Not included in film
6 "Dil Ka Darwaza" Alka Yagnik Rani Malik Picturised on Shilpa Shetty
7 "My Adorable Darling" Anu Malik & Alisha Chinai Zameer Kazmi Picturised on Saif Ali Khan & Raveena Tandon
8 "Main Khiladi Tu Anari" Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan & Anu Malik Maya Govind Picturised on Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan & Johnny Lever

Reception

It was the first Bollywood action film to be reviewed by martial arts film critic Albert Valentin on the now defunct Kung Fu Cinema site. He rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars. He notes that, while the plot is largely borrowed from The Hard Way, Main Khiladi Tu Anari "kicks it up a notch due to the presence of one of India’s biggest action stars, martial artist Akshay Kumar", comparing his martial arts skills to Jean-Claude Van Damme and praising his stuntwork, and concluding that it "is a fun action-comedy" film.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Main Khiladi Tu Anari - Movie". Box Office India. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Box Office 1994". BoxOfficeIndia.Com. Archived from the original on 4 April 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  3. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Main-Khiladi-Tu-Anari-1994/photostory/50455253.cms
  4. ^ https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/bollywood/toilet-ek-prem-katha-marks-akshay-kumars-transformation-from-casanova-to-common-man-3910241.html
  5. ^ https://madaboutmoviez.com/2015/01/29/akshay-kumar-90s-chest-hair/
  6. ^ "Bollywood hinges on Hindi film music industry, fans soak up wacky new sounds". India Today. 15 November 1994. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  7. ^ "REVIEW: Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994)". Kung Fu Cinema. Retrieved 28 March 2013.

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