One of the few movies and soundtracks from the late 1980’s that I actually enjoy. The movie Mr India was directed by Shekhar Kapur, who also directed Bandit Queen (1994), Elizabeth (1998) and Four Feathers (2002). It stars the 80’s and 90’s heart-throb Anil Kapoor in the title role, with Sri Devi playing his love interest. It showcased Amrish Puri in one of the best villain roles in Bollywood cinema, as the international crime lord and terrorist, Mogambo.
The movie and songs were a hit in 1987 and remains a cult classic till this day with the line “Mugambo khush hua” (Mugambo is pleased) being one of the most frequently used quote from a Hindi movie. The music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and lyrics by Javed Akhtar was also a hit in that year. The album is still appreciated and remembered by the masses especially the song “Hava Havaii”, made famous by Sri Devi’s lip sync and kooky behaviour in that song and movie.
My favourites from the movie are “Kate Nahin” (another song that I memorised growing up) and “Hava Havaii” (see the YouTube clip below - Hilarious!).
My rating: 4 stars.
Mr India 1987: The Original Soundtrack
1. Zindagi Ki Yehi Reet Hai (Happy) – Kishore Kumar and Chorus
2. Karte Hai Hum Pyar Mr India Se – Kishore Kumar and Kavita Krishnamurthy
3. Na Mange Sona Chandi…Footbal Wapas De – Shabir Kumar, Anuradha Paudwal and Chorus
4. Zindagi Ki Yehi Reet Hai (Sad) – Kishore Kumar and Chorus
1. Hava Havaii – Kavita Krishnamurthy and Chorus
2. Zindagi Ki Yehi Reet Hai – Kavita Krishnamurthy and Chorus
3. Karte Hai Hum Pyar Mr India Se – Kishore Kumar and Kavita Krishnamurthy
4. Kate Nahin Kat-te….I Love You…I Love You – Kishore Kumar and Alisha Chinoy
PS: The record cover and record itself (on Side One Song 3) lists a fourth version of the song “Zindagi Ki Yehi Reet Hai”, sung by Mohd. Aziz and Chorus. Unfortunately, it is not on the record. Not sure why. Weird.
1. The name Mugambo was the name of the horse in the movie “Karan Arjun”. Ironically, Amrish Puri also played the villan (Thakur Durjan Singh) in the movie.
2. A sequel is currently being made – Mr India 2 which will see Sri Devi returning to the big screen since she gave up acting in 1997. Anil Kapoor (Sri Devi’s B-I-L) will also reprise the role of Mr India with Salman Khan playing the character Mugambo; his first ever negative role in his acting career. The movie is scheduled for release next year.