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Hum (film)

Hum
Hum poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mukul S. Anand
Produced by Romesh Sharma
Screenplay by Ravi Kapoor

Mohan Kaul
Story by Ravi Kapoor

Mohan Kaul

Kader Khan (Dialogue)
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 (1991-02-01)
Running time
171 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 16.75 crore[1]

Hum (English: We) is a 1991 Indian Hindi-language action crime film directed by Mukul S. Anand. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, 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.[1] The core plotline of the movie was used in the 1995 Tamil movie Baashha starring Rajinikanth in the lead which went on to be remade in Kannada in 2001 as Kotigobba , in Bengali in 2003 as Guru and in Bangladeshi in 2001 as Sultan starring Mannna. Dilwale(2015) also was inspired from this film.

Plot [ edit ]

Bhaktawar (Danny Denzongpa) rules over the docks in Mumbai, treating his workers like 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 stepmother also die, leaving two young half-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 fullfil his dying stepmother'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, murdering Bhaktawar's wife and his daughter. Police later arrest Bhaktawar for killing Tiger's family and sends him to jail. Tiger escapes in a train and Jumma refuses to leave with Tiger, as his brothers should be his priority. 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 they escape.

Years later, Tiger has renamed himself Shekhar and is a respectable farmer and timber merchant in Ooty. Kumar (Rajnikanth) is a police officer married to Aarti (Deepa Sahi), and they have 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 marry a military officer. Shekhar and his brothers lead a happy family life. Neither of the two youngest brothers seems 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 off the money they stole from Bhaktawar.

Bhaktawar is released from jail and is manipulated by Giridhar into 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 learns Shekhar's true identity and blames him for his wife and child's kidnapping. However, all misunderstandings are cleared by Jumma when she explains Vijay and Kumar about their past and the sacrifices made by Shekhar for them to lead a respectable life.

Later Tiger, along with Kumar and Vijay, rescue Aarti and Jyoti and explain to Bhaktawar that it was Giridhar who had murdered 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 [ edit ]

Production [ edit ]

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 [ edit ]

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

The soundtrack was composed by Laxmikant–Pyarelal. Two songs were inspired by Guinean singer Mory Kanté's 1987 album Akwaba Beach, with "Jumma Chumma De De" being based on Kante's "Tama", while "Ek Doosre Se" was based on Kanté's "Inch Allah".[6]

The film's soundtrack album sold 3 million units.[7] However, the music rights were sold for only ₹30 lakh[7] ($132,000).[8]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Mohammad Aziz, Sudesh Bhosle & Sonali Vajpayee 04:43
2. "General Sahab Karo Tayari" Alka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhonsle & Vinay Mandke 03:03
3. "Is Pyaar Ki Hum Pehchan Denge" Alka Yagnik, Mohammad Aziz, Sudesh Bhonsle & Vinay Mandke 02:17
4. "Jumma Chumma De De" Kavita Krishnamurthy & Sudesh Bhonsle 08:25
5. "Kagaz Kalam Davaat" Mohammad Aziz & Shobha Joshi 05:59
6. "Le Le Chumma Le Le" Kavita Krishnamurthy 03:37
7. "Sanam Mere Sanam" Alka Yagnik & Amit Kumar 06:36
Total length: 34:40

Box office [ edit ]

The film grossed 16.75 crore (equivalent to 108 crore or US$16 million in 2018) in India, including a net income of 9.25 crore. It was the year's second highest-grossing film at the Indian box office.[1]

Accolades [ edit ]

Award Category Recipients and Nominees Results
Filmfare Awards Best Actor Amitabh Bachchan Won
Best Art Director R. Verman Shetty
Best Choreographer Chinni Prakash
Best Supporting Actress Deepa Sahi Nominated
Best Comedian Kader Khan
Best Villain Danny Denzongpa
Best Male Playback Singer Sudesh Bhosle for "Jumma Chumma De De"

References [ edit ]

  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. ^ Srinivasan, Karthik (16 October 2018). "How Guinean Singer Mory Kanté's Music Was Lifted To Create 'Tamma Tamma Loge' and 'Jumma Chumma De De'". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 16 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  7. ^ a b Rahman, M. (21 May 1992). "Hindi films: There's now big bucks in audio rights". India Today. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average)". World Bank. 1990. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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