Release date22 August 2003 Music directorAnu Malik, Ranjit Barot, Amar Mohile SongsShaher Ka Jadoo Re CastLara Dutta (Kesar), Abhishek Bachchan (Kanji), Amitabh Bachchan, Chunky Pandey (Sanjay), Aditya Lakhia (Surya)
Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost is a 2003 Bollywood movie starring Abhishek Bachchan, Lara Dutta and Chunky Pandey. The film is directed by Apoorva Lakhia. The film touched on the subject of influence of television on village life.
Dinanath Singh (Snehal Lakhia) is honored by the Indian Government, which is televised live. While receiving the honors, Dinanath informs the Government that his village is still without electricity, and he is promised that electricity will be provided in his village immediately. And electricity is provided in the village. Dina Nath's grandson, Karan (Abhishek Bachchan), who is in Mumbai, hears of this and returns to the village along with a C-Band ten foot satellite dish and a super flat stereo television.When the satellite is set up, the villagers are thrilled by the TV shows. This helps create a running gag of copying TV culture into the rural lives. The changes lead to the village priest (Akhilendra Mishra) complaining to Chotey Thakur Rudra Pratap Singh (Yashpal Sharma) that the villagers are turning away from his temple and worship. Rudra is not concerned as he himself has a TV set in his home. But when the priest informs Rudra that his sister, Kesar (Lara Dutta) and Karan(kanji) are in love, Rudra makes a threat to destroy Karan(kanji) and all of the village in the presence of a TV crew filming the whole drama and telecasting it live worldwide. The plot comes to a culmination when, angered by Karan's(kanji) antics, Rudra arrives to destroy the village. The villagers stand up to the exploitation and fight Rudra and his goons.
Abhishek Bachchan as Karan Singh
Lara Dutta as Kesar
Chunky Pandey as Ajay Singh
Aditya Lakhia as Surya
Yashpal Sharma as Rudra Pratap Singh
Daya Shankar Pandey as Hari
Akhilendra Mishra as Priest
Amitabh Bachchan as Narrator
The music was created by Anu Malik. The music response for this movie was very good and some of the songs like "Shaher Ka Jadoo Re" topped some of the Bollywood music charts.
Though not a very successful film at the box office, the performance of Abhishek Bachchan was appreciated. Through this film, he adopted the rough guy look which he has continued to appear with in most of his films. It was Apoorva Lakhia's directorial début who went on to become one of the closest friends of Abhishek Bachchan.