Rangeela (1995)

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A poor young woman, who dreams of Bollywood fame, is caught in a love triangle between her childhood friend and a famous actor.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raj Kamal
Urmila Matondkar ...
Mili Joshi (as Urmila Mathondkar)
Steven Kapoor
Avtar Gill ...
Achyut Potdar ...
Mr. Joshi (Mili's father)
Reema Lagoo ...
Mrs. Joshi (Mili's mother)
Ram Mohan ...
Make-Up Dada
Shammi ...
Gulbadan's mom
Shefali Shetty ...
Heroine Gulbadan
Rajesh Joshi ...
Suman ...
Tarun ...
Tough Guy at Shooting
Rajeev Mehta ...
Steward in Restaurant
Ramdas ...
(as Ramdoss)


Mili is a very poor Indian, and like many would like to be rich and famous one day. She wants to be an Indian actress. She is friendly with another poor man named Munna, who she knows from her childhood. One day while she is singing and dancing on the beach, she is approached by a rich and famous movie actor, Raj, who wants her to act in his next movie. Raj has actually fallen in love with Mili and wants to get married to her. Mili finds her dreams coming true when she gets very famous. Will Mili marry Raj and live a life full of wealth and fame forever? Written by Sumitra (corrected by Sonia)

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Release Date:

8 September 1995 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Bollywood Dreams  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening song "Rangeela Re",now famous choreographer and director Remo D'Souza appear as a background dancer. See more »


When Mili comes to Munna's room to read over her lines, a poster for Commando is hanging on the wall over a bedside table, while a calendar is on the wall above the bed. Later in the scene, the calendar disappears and the poster has shifted to the left to take its spot. See more »


Munna: You don't know me, i am world famous in this area.
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Crazy Credits

Since the film's plot revolves around an aspiring actor, the credits had images of famous yesteryear actors and actresses like Savithri, Madhubala, Hemamalini, Dev Anand, Rekha, Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi etc. See more »


Spun-off from Seetamalakshmi (1978) See more »


Hai Rama Yeh Kya Hua
Written by Mehboob
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Hariharan and Swarnalatha
Courtesy of Time Audio
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The Movie that Established 4 Film Personalities
30 January 2008 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Rangeela was the movie that started a new era in Hindi movies - one where the heroines started wearing skimpy outfits without looking vulgar. Prior to this I remember shuddering at Karishma Kapoor's crass numbers in Raja Babu and Khuddar.

This was a movie that was the turning point for 4 major film personalities:

1. Ram Gopal Verma: He was a pretty good director with movies like Shiva in his repertoire, but Rangeela was the movie that really made people sit up and take notice. Subsequently RGV delivered several movies of style and substance, though he did generate some stinkers.

2. A. R. Rehman: OK, this is an unfair statement. Rehman entered the major league with his very first score in Roja. But Rangeela was his first score for a Hindi movie. And what a success it was! It had several foot-tapping numbers, a lot of which are popular even today.

3. Aamir Khan: I became a big fan of Aamir when I watched Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. I later watched some of his earlier movies and really loved his performances. But his performance in Rangeela was mind-blowing. The ease with which he slipped into the "Munna" persona was really praiseworthy and marked a turning point in his career. Hereon he started picking up roles with more nuances and challenges and became a veritable hit as an actor and the industry started referring to him as a "perfectionist".

4. Urmilla: Oh Urmilla! I remember watching the trailers of this movie and thinking, "This movie will survive on the lack of Urmilla's clothes". It probably did, but while watching the movie not once was I thinking about what she was wearing. Prior to Rangeela it was customary for Hindi film heroines to dress up in a manner that did not offend Indian sensibilities. Actresses like Karishma Kapoor and Mamta Kulkarni were frowned upon and in general considered B-grade actresses. Urmilla blew the theory out of the water with this film and overnight established herself as a sensation after quite an indifferent start to her career (I am discounting Masoom, which she did as a child actress). Several of her scenes are referred to even today in reverent terms, albeit in a comical manner: Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Khan referred to the "Banian on a beach" while MC'ing for the Filmfare Awards in 2004, nearly 10 years after the movie. Urmilla in subsequent movies has proved that she can do a lot more than look sexy.

Does the movie have flaws? I would be surprised if it didn't. It stretched the limits of believability a bit thin and some songs didn't need to be present. But I am not complaining. For a ticket price of Rs. 15 those days, it was great value for money. And thanks for boosting four personalities who have, since, been a source for high-value and high-class entertainment!

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