Release date30 April 2004 WriterFarah Khan (story), Abbas Tyrewala (screenplay), Farah Khan (screenplay), Rajesh Saathi (screenplay), Abbas Tyrewala (dialogue) ProducersShah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan, Vishal Punjabi SongsMain Hoon Na CastShahrukh Khan (Major Ram Prasad Sharma), Amrita Rao (Sanjana Bakshi a.k.a Sanju), Zayed Khan (Lakshman Prasad Sharma a.k.a Lucky), Sushmita Sen (Miss Chandni), Sunil Shetty (Raghavan / Major Raghav Dutta), Naseeruddin Shah (Brigadier Shekhar Sharma)
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Main Hoon Na(English : Trust me, I am here) is a 2004 Indian film co-written and directed by Farah Khan in her directorial debut. The screenplay was written by Farah Khan and Abbas Tyrewala based on the story by Anvita Dutt Guptan. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Sunil Shetty, Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan and Amrita Rao in the main cast. It was remade into Tamil as Aegan starring Ajith Kumar, Nayantara, Pia Bajpai.
The film is the story of Indian army Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shah Rukh Khan) who becomes embroiled in the events to ensure that "Project Milap" - the releasing of civilian captives on either side of the borders of India and Pakistan - can take place as a sign of trust and peace between the two nations. Main Hoon Na is one of the most successful Indian films discussing the Indo-Pakistani conflict from a neutral point of view. The film was shot at St. Paul's School, Darjeeling.
It is the first film of Shah Rukh Khan's production company Red Chillies Entertainment and choreographer Farah Khan's directorial debut film. It was released on 30 April 2004 and was declared a Blockbuster at the box office.
The movie takes place against the background of the political relationship between India and Pakistan. The governments of the two countries have launched, "Project Milap", where both the governments will release the POWs from the previous wars. Major Raghavan (Sunil Shetty), a rogue ex-para commando-turned-militant does not want the peaceful operation to turn to reality, and makes an attempt on Gen. Amarjeet Bakshi (Kabir Bedi)'s life. While trying to rescue Gen. Bakshi, Brigadier Shekhar Sharma (Naseeruddin Shah) falls prey to a stray bullet. On his deathbed, Shekhar confesses to his son, Major Ram Prasad Sharma (Shahrukh Khan), that Ram is his illegitimate child, and his wife and son had left him many years ago due to this infidelity. He tells Ram that his last wish is to see his family reunited under one roof, and dies. Gen. Bakshi tells Ram that his teenage daughter Sanjana's (Amrita Rao) life is in danger, and asks him to go undercover and pose as a student in Sanjana's class, to ensure her safety. Ram is reluctant at first but then learns that his younger brother Laxman "Lucky" (Zayed Khan) is studying at the same college. Ram agrees, and starts off on his dual mission: personal and national. At first, Ram is not able to fit into college life due to his age and military background. Ram meets Sanjana, who is Lucky's friend and is secretly in love with him. Lucky is portrayed as a popular student who is not interested in studies and has been at the college for some time now, unable and unwilling to pass his final year. Sanjana is constantly irritated by Ram because of his attempts at friendship, and tells him to stay away from her. Lucky and another student, Vivek, then end up in a competition, which involves getting to the roof of the school. Lucky slips off the roof, but is caught just in time by Ram, and this causes the two to become friends. Soon thereafter, Ms. Sharma (Kirron Kher), Lucky's mother, advertises for a paying guest in their house in order to make ends meet, and Ram takes this opportunity to live in their house. Ram finally starts assimilating to college life, building a good relationship amongst the other students and himself. He succeeds in wooing his lecturer, Ms. Chandini (Sushmita Sen), and Lucky and Sanjana engage in a romantic relaionship. At the same time, Major Raghavan arrives at the college, also posing undercover as a member of staff. Ms. Sharma finds out that Ram is actually Shekar's son, and kicks him out of their house. Ram then explains why he entered their lives, revealing his fathers ashes and his last wish. This causes Mrs. Sharma to have a change of heart and realize her mistake of not reuniting with Brig. Sharma when he was alive. Major Raghavan kidnaps Sanjana and holds a large number of students and staff members hostage. In return for their safety, he wants Ram to call off the prisoner exchange program. Raghavan and Ram engage in a dangerous battle and Ram emerges as the victor. The film ends on a positive note, showing the success of Project Milap.
Shah Rukh Khan as Major Ram Prasad Sharma, A Para Commando whose objective is to protect Sanjana and reconcile with his half-brother and step-mother
Sunil Shetty as Ex-Major Raghavan Dutta, A rogue ex-para commando who was court martialed when he started killing innocent Pakistani citizens and stating that they were spies.
Sushmita Sen as Chandni, Chemistry Teacher and Ram's love interest
Zayed Khan as Laxman "Lucky" Prasad Sharma, Ram's half-brother and Sanju's love interest.
Amrita Rao as Sanjana Bakshi/Sanju. Lucky's love interest.
Kirron Kher as Mrs. Madhu Sharma, Ram's step-mother
Kabir Bedi as General Amarjeet Bakshi, Sanjana's father and Major Ram's superior officer
Naseeruddin Shah as Brigadier Shekhar Sharma, Ram's father (Special Appearance)
Murli Sharma as Captain Khan, Raghavan's second in command
Bindu as Mrs. Kakkad
Boman Irani as the Principal
Satish Shah as Professor Rasai
Rakhi Sawant as Mini
Praveen Sirohi as Vivek
Rajeev Punjabi as Percy
Tabu as The girl who was watching Ram dancing (Special Appearance)
Film analyst Taran Adarsh praised the film for being funny, emotional and full of action, describing it as "a wholesome entertainer that has something for everyone."
Jamie Russell wrote in his review in the BBC, "A bonkers 'masala' movie, Main Hoon Na could be the mutant offspring of Grease and The Matrix. Part thriller, part high school comedy and all Bollywood musical, it's the directorial debut of Farah Khan."
Main Hoon Na was the second highest grossing Indian movie of 2004 behind Veer-Zaara (also a Shahrukh Khan starrer). It made ₹480 million (US$7.5 million) in India and an additional ₹19 million (US$300,000) in the overseas market.
The music was composed by Anu Malik. The lyrics were provided by Javed Akhtar. Anu Malik won his third Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 21,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fifth highest-selling.
Main Hoon Na received many awards and nominations. The awards it won are highlighted in bold:
Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Anu Malik.
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Main Hoon Naa.
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Farah Khan.
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Shah Rukh Khan.
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Zayed Khan.
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Amrita Rao.
Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role – Suniel Shetty.
Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role – Boman Irani.
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Sonu Nigam.
Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist – Javed Akhtar.
Filmfare Award for Best Action.
Zee Cine Award
Zee Cine Award for Best Debuting Director - Farah Khan
Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director – Anu Malik
Zee Cine Award for Best Director – Farah Khan
Zee Cine Award for Best Actor – Male – Shahrukh Khan
Zee Cine Award for Best Film
Zee Cine Award for Best Song of the Year - "Tumse Milke" Red Chillies
Zee Cine Award for Best Playback Singer Male — Sonu Nigam "Main Hoon Na"
Zee Cine Award for Best Art Direction — Sabu Cyril
Zee Cine Award for Best Costume Design — Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra
Zee Cine Award for Best Background Score — Ranjit Barot
Star Screen Award
'Star Screen Award for Best Music ’ –Anu Malik.
Star Screen Award for Best Male Playback Singer – Sonu Nigam.
Star Screen Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Zayed Khan.
Star Screen Award for Best Action – Allan Amin.
Star Screen Award for Best Background Music – Ranjit Barot.
Star Screen Award for Best Choreography – Farah Khan.
Star Screen Award for Best Lyrics – Javed Akhtar.
Star Screen Award for Publicity Design – Rahul Nanda & Himanshu Nanda.
Star Screen Award for Best Sound Recording – Shirish Kunder & Rakesh Ranjan.