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1992 film by Mansoor Khan

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar ((Translated: Who Wins, Is King) is an Indian-Hindi-speaking coming-of-age sports film from 1992, directed and co-written by Mansoor Khan.[2] and produced and co-written by Nasir Hussain. The movie stars Aamir Khan,[3]Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bedi, Mamik Singh and Kulbhushan Kharbanda, while Aamir's brother Faisal Khan makes a special appearance. The music was by Jatin Lalit. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar won two Filmfare Awards including Best Picture.[4] The film was shot in Kodaikanal. It is based on the 1979 American film Break away.

Ramlal has two sons - the ideal older son Ratan and the disciplined younger Sanjay. Ratan battles for the highest award at the inter-college sporting event. In the end, he loses the penultimate bike race at the finish line against his arch-rival Shekhar by less than a cycle length.

Over the course of the next year, Ratan and Shekhar keep bumping into each other during training, usually ending up with Shekhar, who is from the elite Rajput college, mocking Ratan at his humble background. Meanwhile, Sanjay is busy chasing girls in cars he “borrows” from his childhood friend's garage, Anjali. He lies to Devika, a rich girl who is studying at Queen’s College. Believing Sanjay to be the son of a millionaire, he goes to college with elite boy Xavier. Sanjay is actually from the local modeling college, like his father before him and his brother, but falls in love with Devika despite Anjali's warnings. When Devika learns the truth, she immediately drops him for Shekhar.

Sanjay, regularly insulted by Shekhar and his friends for his apparent poverty (compared to them), ends up fighting with them after being dumped by Devika. Ratan steps in and saves the day, but as a result, banishes Ramlal Sanjay from the house. To make matters worse, Ratan pays the price the next morning when Shekhar's friends approach him on his training route. During the following fight, Shekhar accidentally knocks Ratan off the cliff. Ratan survived the fall, but is seriously injured and will not compete in the next bike race.

This causes a guilty Sanjay to band together - he starts training hard and prepares to compete in the race. He is supported by Ratan and Anjali, who always had a crush on him and whom he later falls in love with. At the annual bike race, Shekhar and Sanjay take the lead, but collide and fall off the course. They start arguing with Ratan about the incident, only to rejoin the race once the rest of the field has overtaken them on the track. Both manage to chase the rest of the field and emerge in a row, with Shekhar in the lead. At the finish line on the final lap of the race, Sanjay overtakes Shekhar to win the race for his college. This is the first time since his father that Model College has won the Sports Cup.

Production [edit]

The film was directed by Mansoor Khan and written and produced by Nasir Hussain.[6]Akshay Kumar had auditioned[7] and Milind Soman was signed for Shekhar Malhotra's role,[8] before Deepak Tijori played the role. Aditya Pancholi was selected to play the role of Ratan, but the role went to Mamik Singh, as confirmed by DNA.

The plot is similar to the 1979 American film Break away. Mansoor Khan stated, however, that he was only aware of this Break away after being made aware of the picture, some time after the publication of Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. Both films share various similarities, including friendship, class barriers, bike racing, and parental relationship, but otherwise have different narratives, characters, motivations, treatment and racing rules.[9]

The music for the film was composed by Jatin Lalit and the lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The soundtrack, the second collaboration between Jatin and Lalit, helped kick off their careers. It was nominated for Best Music at the 1993 Filmfare Awards. “Pehla Nasha” was the fourth film song in Indian cinema (the first was “Jogi O Jogi” by Lakhon My Ek (1971), followed by “Baare Baare” Naagarahaavu (1972) and “Sundari Neeyum” by Michael Madana Kama Rajan (1990)) filmed in slow motion. The technique was later used in many films and music videos. Pehla Nasha was the album's most popular track and has become a cult song. Other popular tracks were “Humse Hai Sara Jahan”, “Rooth Ke Humse” and “Arre Yaaron Mere Pyaaron”. The song “Arre Yaaron Mere Pyaaron” was sung by Udit Narayan together with Vijeta Pandit.[11]

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar was the third best Bollywood soundtrack album by 1992 after selling 2.5 million units in India.[12]

All texts are written by Majrooh Sultanpuri; All music is composed by Jatin-Lalit.

1."Yahaan Ke Hum Sikander"Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam, Jatin-Lalit5:29
2.“Naam Hai Mera Fonseca”Amit Kumar, Alka Yagnik4:41
3.“Arre Yaaron Nur Pyaaron”Udit Narayan, Vijeta Pandit5:16
4."Humse Hai Sara Jahan"Jatin Pandit, Sadhana Sargam4:13
5."Pehla Nasha"Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam4:51
6."Rooth Ke Humse"Jatin Pandit5:15
7."Shehar Ki Pariyon"Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam5:16

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Box office [edit]

In India, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar Net 40 million pounds[13][14] and grossed £ 52 million ($ 2.01 million),[1] equivalent to £ 927 million adjusted for inflation ($ 13 million).[15] The film was opened to good reactions and declared a hit at the box office.[16] The film became a trendsetter and inspired the Telugu film Thammudu (1999) which was made new in Tamil Badri (2001), in Kannada as Yuvaraja (2001) and in Bengali as champion (2003). Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander was also broadcast on Disney Channel India.

critical reception

In a review dated May 29, 1992, The Indian Express praised Najeeb Khan's photography, the sets and performances by Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka and Pooja Bedi, but criticized Jatin Lalit's music.[17]

Locations [edit]

Although the opening voice clearly mentions that the film is based on Dehradun (in fact, the first word spoken in the film is “Dehradun”), it is mentioned twice in the film (both times by the commentator during the race) that it takes place in Kodaikanal. The film was shot mostly in different locations[18] in the south of India mainly Kodaikanal.[19]

  • Farah Khan once revealed on a reality TV show that the actress Pooja Bedi was a very poor dancer, so she couldn't take a step right in the song ‘Pehla Nasha’. Farah had no choice but to devise a unique plan to put a fan under Pooja's red dress so she could pull off the scene convincingly.
  • Ayesha Julkha, the main actress of the film, had problems filming the last sections of the race, when she expressed a headache. Mansoor Khan, the director, decided to cover her entire head with a red cap during the finale. Nobody noticed or bothered that she intentionally wore the hat during this scene.
  • Film Student of the Year 2 and Rok Sako To Rok Lo have been taken over from the plot by Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander with a few minor changes.
  • Akshay Kumar was auditioned for the role of Deepak Tijori, but he was turned down.

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