Rani Mukerji is an Indian film actress. One of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the 2000s, she has received several awards, including seven Filmfare Awards, her roles have been cited in the media as a significant departure from previous screen portrayals of Indian women. Although Mukerji was born into the Mukherjee-Samarth family, in which her parents and relatives were members of the Indian film industry, she did not aspire to pursue a career in film. However, while still a teenager she dabbled with acting by playing a supporting role in her father's Bengali language film Biyer Phool and accepted a leading role in the 1996 social drama Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat on the insistence of her mother, she began a full-time career in films and the 1998 action drama Ghulam was her first commercial success. She gained wider recognition for a supporting role in the romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai; the year 2002 marked a turning point for Mukerji when she was cast by Yash Raj Films as the star of the drama Saathiya.
By 2004, Mukerji had established herself as a leading actress of Bollywood with roles in the romantic comedy Hum Tum and the dramas Yuva and Veer-Zaara. She achieved further success for portraying a deaf and mute woman in the acclaimed drama Black, a con woman in Bunty Aur Babli and an unhappily married woman in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Mukerji collaborated with Yash Raj Films on several unsuccessful films which led critics to bemoan her choice of roles; the semi-biographical thriller No One Killed Jessica, in which she played a headstrong journalist, proved to be her first box office hit in four years. She followed it by starring in the successful thrillers Talaash: The Answer Lies Within and Mardaani, the comedy-drama Hichki; the latter emerged as her highest-grossing release. In addition to acting in films, Mukerji is involved with several humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children, she has participated in concert tours and stage shows, featured as a talent judge for the 2009 reality show Dance Premier League.
Reticent to discuss her personal life in public, Mukerji is married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra, with whom she has a daughter. Rani Mukerji was born in Mumbai on 21 March 1978, her father, Ram Mukherjee, is one of the founders of Filmalaya Studios. Her mother, Krishna Mukherjee, is a former playback singer, her elder brother, Raja Mukherjee, is director. Her maternal aunt, Debashree Roy, is a Bengali film actress and her paternal cousin, Kajol, is a Hindi film actress and her contemporary. Another paternal cousin, Ayan Mukerji, is a film director. Despite her parents and most of her relatives being members of the Indian film industry, Mukerji was uninterested in pursuing a career in film, she said, "There were too many actresses at home and I wanted to be someone different". Mukerji received her education at Maneckji Cooper High School in Juhu and graduated with a degree in Home Science from SNDT Women's University, she began learning the dance form while in the tenth grade. As part of an annual tradition, the Mukherjee family celebrates the festival of Durga Puja in the suburban neighbourhood of Santacruz every year.
Mukerji, a practising Hindu, takes part in the festivities with her entire family. In 1994, director Salim Khan approached Mukerji to play the lead female role in his directorial, Aa Gale Lag Jaa, her father disapproved of a full-time career in film at such a young age, so she rejected the offer. At the age of eighteen, Mukerji experimented with acting by portraying a supporting role in her father's Bengali language film Biyer Phool; the film narrates the story of two sisters. Soon after, Khan approached her with another film offer to play the protagonist of the social drama Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, Mukerji accepted the role due to her mother's insistence that she continue to pursue acting on an experimental basis. Before she began work on the film, Mukerji trained at Roshan Taneja's acting institute. Mukerji portrayed a rape victim, forced to marry her rapist in Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, which released in 1996. Although the film was a commercial failure, Mukerji's performance was praised, she won a special recognition trophy at the annual Screen Awards ceremony.
Following the film's poor showing at the box office, Mukerji returned to college to complete her education. However, inspired by her cousin Kajol's success in Bollywood, she decided to pursue a full-time career in films. In 1998, Mukerji starred opposite Aamir Khan in her first commercial success. Though her role in the film was small, the song "Aati Kya Khandala" earned her widespread recognition. Due to Mukerji's broken voice texture, Bhatt hired a dubbing artist with a much higher pitched voice to dub for her lines; when asked if the director's decision to not use her voice in the film affected her, she said that her voice was dubbed as it "did not suit the character". That year, Karan Johar cast Mukerji opposite Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in his directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai; the role was written for Twinkle Khanna, but when she rejected it, Johar signed Mukerji on the insistence of Khan and Aditya Chopra. Johar had intended that a dubbing artist dub Mukerji's lines in the film, but she improved her diction and dubbed for her own lines.
She portrayed Tina Malhotra, a college student, in a relationship with Khan's character. Writing for India Today, film critic Nandita Chowdhury considered Mu
In the music industry, a single is a type of release a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song, released separately from an album, although it also appears on an album; these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released. Despite being referred to as a single, singles can include up to as many as three tracks; the biggest digital music distributor, iTunes Store, accepts as many as three tracks less than ten minutes each as a single, as does popular music player Spotify. Any more than three tracks on a musical release or thirty minutes in total running time is either an extended play or, if over six tracks long, an album; when mainstream music was purchased via vinyl records, singles would be released double-sided.
That is to say, they were released with an A-side and B-side, on which two singles would be released, one on each side. Moreover, only the most popular songs from a released album would be released as a single. In more contemporary forms of music consumption, artists release most, if not all, of the tracks on an album as singles; the basic specifications of the music single were set in the late 19th century, when the gramophone record began to supersede phonograph cylinders in commercially produced musical recordings. Gramophone discs were manufactured in several sizes. By about 1910, the 10-inch, 78 rpm shellac disc had become the most used format; the inherent technical limitations of the gramophone disc defined the standard format for commercial recordings in the early 20th century. The crude disc-cutting techniques of the time and the thickness of the needles used on record players limited the number of grooves per inch that could be inscribed on the disc surface, a high rotation speed was necessary to achieve acceptable recording and playback fidelity.
78 rpm was chosen as the standard because of the introduction of the electrically powered, synchronous turntable motor in 1925, which ran at 3600 rpm with a 46:1 gear ratio, resulting in a rotation speed of 78.26 rpm. With these factors applied to the 10-inch format and performers tailored their output to fit the new medium; the 3-minute single remained the standard into the 1960s, when the availability of microgroove recording and improved mastering techniques enabled recording artists to increase the duration of their recorded songs. The breakthrough came with Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". Although CBS tried to make the record more "radio friendly" by cutting the performance into halves, separating them between the two sides of the vinyl disc, both Dylan and his fans demanded that the full six-minute take be placed on one side, that radio stations play the song in its entirety; as digital downloading and audio streaming have become more prevalent, it has become possible for every track on an album to be available separately.
The concept of a single for an album has been retained as an identification of a more promoted or more popular song within an album collection. The demand for music downloads skyrocketed after the launch of Apple's iTunes Store in January 2001 and the creation of portable music and digital audio players such as the iPod. In September 1997, with the release of Duran Duran's "Electric Barbarella" for paid downloads, Capitol Records became the first major label to sell a digital single from a well-known artist. Geffen Records released Aerosmith's "Head First" digitally for free. In 2004, Recording Industry Association of America introduced digital single certification due to significant sales of digital formats, with Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" becoming RIAA's first platinum digital single. In 2013, RIAA incorporated on-demand streams into the digital single certification. Single sales in the United Kingdom reached an all-time low in January 2005, as the popularity of the compact disc was overtaken by the then-unofficial medium of the music download.
Recognizing this, On 17 April 2005, Official UK Singles Chart added the download format to the existing format of physical CD singles. Gnarls Barkley was the first act to reach No.1 on this chart through downloads alone in April 2006, for their debut single "Crazy", released physically the following week. On 1 January 2007 digital downloads became eligible from the point of release, without the need for an accompanying physical. Sales improved in the following years, reaching a record high in 2008 that still proceeded to be overtaken in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Singles have been issued in various formats, including 7-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch vinyl discs. Other, less common, formats include singles on Digital Compact Cassette, DVD, LD, as well as many non-standard sizes of vinyl disc; the most common form of the vinyl single is the 45 or 7-inch. The names are derived from its play speed, 45 rpm, the standard diameter, 7 inches; the 7-inch 45 rpm record was released 31 March 1949 by RCA Victor as a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 78 rpm shellac discs.
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Zee Cine Awards
The Zee Cine Award is an awards ceremony for the Hindi film industry. They were instituted in November 1997 to award "Excellence in cinema - the democratic way", they were first held in Mumbai until 2004, when the ZCA went international and had their ceremony in Dubai, in following years in London, Mauritius and London again in 2008. It was not held in 2009 and 2010, but resumed in 2011, being held in Singapore in 2012 it was held at the CotaiArena in Macao; the 2018 edition was held at Mumbai. Viewer's choice Jury's choice Technical Awards Zee Cine Awards on Facebook Bollywood Cinema of India
Dilwale (2015 film)
Dilwale is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language romantic action film, directed by Rohit Shetty, written by Yunus Sajawal and Sajid-Farhad, produced by Gauri Khan and Rohit Shetty, under the banners of Red Chillies Entertainment and Rohit Shetty Productions, respectively. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, with Johnny Lever and Varun Sharma in supporting roles. Dilwale has grossed ₹408.15 crore worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing film starring Shah Rukh Khan after Chennai Express directed by Shetty. Dilwale is the highest-grossing film starring Shah Rukh Khan in overseas markets; the song "Gerua" performed well in the charts. While the film's domestic box office performance in India was below expectations, it was an overseas success, the sixth-highest-grossing Indian film overseas. One day in Goa, a boy named Veer Bakshi befriends a passer-by Ishita by helping her injuring his car in the process. For penance, his older brother, Raj Bakshi, makes him fix it during which Veer sleeps and awakes to find that the car’s sound system has been stolen.
The men of a local gang leader, try to sell drugs at a crab shack. Veer beats them up, they come back to exact revenge on Veer, but Raj breaks up the fight. Raj learns King's hideout, he goes there, incapacitates the gang members, burns their drug stash. Raj tells King's men; the next day, King stops by Raj’s shop to present a deal where Raj will fix all of King’s cars in exchange for protection. In Bulgaria 2000, Raj accidentally runs over a woman named Meera Malik while a car chase; when he gets out to help her, the rival gang catches up with him, he has to leave. Next day, Raj reveals that he and Veer are the sons of Randhir Bakshi; the next day, after a car crash, Raj is confronted by Meera, the daughter of the rival gang’s leader, Dev Malik. Meera reveals. Raj saves Meera from dying, promising to kill if he sees her again, she declares her love. They make plans to tell their parents about their relationship; the film flashes back to Goa, where Veer discovers that his friend, poisoned his coffee and stole the sound system.
Veer is upset. They agree to help each other secure girlfriends; as a consequence, Veer reveals his feelings to Ishita. Upon finding out about their relationship, Raj wants to meet Ishita’s family; when Raj visits there, he discovers that Ishita is Malik's younger daughter and Meera's younger sister. After talks, Malik agrees to meet Randhir; the meeting breaks into a shootout, during which Randhir shoot each other. Meera finds Raj with the gun. Both Meera and Raj decide to start a new life. Now in Goa and Ishita come up with several plots to bring Meera and Raj together. Mani brings it to the shop, where Veer discovers drugs and burns them. King comes to Meera's house one night. King asks Meera about Kaali. Meera issues an ultimatum, it is not Veer's older brother. Raghav, Malik's right hand, tells Meera that Raj did not kill Malik, but that Randhir had shot Malik in return to his. Upon learning this, Meera allows Veer that he can take Ishita his home. At Sidhu and Jenny's wedding, King shows up to his stolen car.
King starts to cause a disturbance. King tries to shoot Raj, but accidentally shoots Meera who tried to save Raj. Meera survives and King gets beaten to death. In the end and Meera reunite in hospital. Shah Rukh Khan as Raj Bakshi/Kaali, Randhir's adopted son, Meera's love, Veer's brother Kajol as Meera Malik, Dev's daughter, Raj's love, Ishita's sister Varun Dhawan as Veer Bakshi, Raj's brother, Ishita's love, Randhir's son Kriti Sanon as Ishita Malik, Meera's sister, Veer's love, Dev's daughter Boman Irani as King Johnny Lever as Mani Bhai Sanjay Mishra as Oscar Bhai Varun Sharma as Sidhu, Veer's buddy Chetna Pande as Jenny, Sidhu's girlfriend. Shetty stated that he would start filming in March 2015. Shetty paired actress Kajol with Khan, making it the seventh time they were cast opposite each other, he signed actor Varun Dhawan, playing Khan's brother while actress Kriti Sanon was signed opposite him. Principal photography began on 20 March 2015 with Dhawan in Goa. Khan and Kajol first joined the crew for filming in Bulgaria from June 2015.
That month, the first song from the film was shot on Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, in Bulgaria. The schedule there was wrapped up by late July. In August 2015, a romantic song featuring the lead pair was shot in Iceland; the entire team left for Hyderabad in early September to shoot what was touted to be the final sched
Happy New Year (2014 film)
Happy New Year is a 2014 Indian musical heist action drama film directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment. The film has an ensemble cast, which includes Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Himesh Reshammiya, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff; the film was distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films. The film marked a third collaboration of Khan with the director; the film was released on Diwali, 24 October 2014 in three different languages: Hindi and Telugu in around 4200 screens in Hindi and 800 screens in Tamil and Telugu, the biggest release for a Hindi film in India at that time. The film was a commercial success, it ranks among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences features the film's script in their library.'Chandramohan "Charlie" Manohar Sharma is a street fighter, yearning for revenge from renowned businessman Charan Grover for eight years.
Grover labeled Charlie's father, Manohar Sharma as a thief because Charan had conned him into stealing his own diamonds worth $15 million. Charlie finds out that diamonds worth $300 crore will reach the Atlantis Hotel, Dubai on Christmas Eve, he wants to frame Grover. To accomplish this, he assembles a dynamic team consisting of Jagmohan "Jag" Prakash, Tehamton "Tammy" Irani, Rohan Singh and a lookalike of Charan's son Vicky Grover named Nandu Bhide. Tammy is the only one; the team finds out that room 9C, connected to the vault through a duct system, is booked for teams participating in the World Dance Championship. The group refuses; the film moves to a flashback— Manohar met Charan Grover and was given a contract to build an impenetrable vault. After the vault was completed, Charan drugged Manohar and conned him into stealing the diamonds by using his fingerprints; the film returns to the presence, where desperate to win the national-level competition, they employ many dance teachers, but to no avail.
In desperation, Nandu introduces Charlie to Mohini Joshi, a Marathi bar dancer. Mohini is impressed by fluent English used by Charlie from the beginning and agrees to help them learn dancing, unaware of their intentions. Charlie and Mohini grow close, they manage to qualify in the first round by bribing the judges and win the competition to represent Team India in the WDC by gaining votes through hacking. Many viewers despise them for their lack of skill, but Charlie and his team are all only concerned with the heist. In Dubai, Team Korea is hostile towards Team India, including Grover, their sponsor. At the semifinal, Charlie saves a Korean member from severe injury or death gaining respect and admiration from the audience. India advances to finals after judges are moved by Charlie's action. Team India becomes loved by all. After going over the plan, everything is ready; the team learns that the diamonds will arrive on New Year's Eve instead of Christmas, which impedes the heist. Mohini ends up hearing about the heist, angrily confronting Charlie and his false motivations of the competition.
Charlie reveals that Manohar is dead. The next day, Manohar committed suicide by slitting his wrists. Charlie kept this a secret to avoid demoralisation. However, the team makes their determination to avenge Manohar stronger. Mohini helps them for the heist; the night of the final round, the heist is set in motion. Mohini lures Vicky into an elevator, they open the crack but Charlie and Tammy find another glass safe which houses the diamonds. Tammy realizes. Charlie opens the safe after deep thinking, realising that the password to open the safe was his own name. After stealing the diamonds, the team boards a boat, but Mohini refuses to come as she feels dedicated to protecting India's honor with the competition. Rohan joins her as well; when Team India is found missing, Grover claims. As he watches Mohini perform, other members join her. Soon after, Charlie makes an appearance and helps the team win the competition. With any and all suspicions removed from Team India and Vicky Grover are arrested. Charlie completes the revenge.
Team India manage to bypass security. Charlie camouflages the diamonds in his soft-drink. During the flight, Charlie reveals that he switched the fake diamonds on the trophy with the real ones; the team reaches India. In the post-credits scene, Mohini opens her own "Dance School" and Charlie proposes to her with a ring made from one of the diamonds. Everyone laughs at Nandu, thrown out of the bank for showing a winners' cheque. Shah Rukh Khan as Chandramohan "Charlie" Sharma Deepika Padukone as Mohini Joshi Abhishek Bachchan as Nandu Bhide/Vicky Grover Jackie Shroff as Charan Grover Sonu Sood as Captain Jagmohan "Jag" Prakash Boman Irani as Temhton "Tammy" Irani Vivaan Shah as Rohan Singh, Jag's Nephew Mohan Kapur as Assistant of Charan Grover Varun Pruthi as Charan Grover's Assist
Company is a 2002 Indian Hindi-language crime film, directed by Ram Gopal Varma and written by Jaideep Sahni. The film stars Mohanlal, Ajay Devgn, debutant Vivek Oberoi, Manisha Koirala, Antara Mali in the lead roles, it is the second film in the Indian Gangster trilogy, a sequel to Satya. Company follows Chandu, a henchman of a gangster called Malik, with whom he forms a rapport that falls apart after tension arises between them. Varma conceived the idea of the film after a meeting with a man named Haneef, in prison for five years after the 1993 Bombay bombings and was a close aid of the mobster and terrorist Dawood Ibrahim. Haneef told Varma about the fallout between Chhota Rajan. Varma had a lot of information which he used in the film about police procedures he could not use in Satya since it was too much for one film; the film was made in several locations of Mumbai, Nairobi, Hong Kong and Switzerland. Hemant Chaturvedi served as the director of photography. Company was released on 12 April 2002 to positive response.
It was a commercial success, grossing ₹25.02 crore, tripling its production budget of ₹7 crore. It was screened at Austin Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival and the Fribourg International Film Festival; the film won six awards at the 48th Filmfare Awards, including the Best Supporting Actor and Best Male Debut for Oberoi, Critics Award for Best Actor for Devgn. Chandrakant'Chandu' Nagre joins the Mumbai underworld. Malik and Chandu kill his brother Anis in the rear seat of a car. Malik goes on a bloody rampage, his rival gang leader and colleague under Aslam's umbrella Sharma, in a meeting with police inspector Rathod, is killed. Inspector Rathod, who once tortured and abused Chandu in jail, is killed with Malik's permission. Malik and Chandu argue during the execution of a contract killing; the contract was taken out by a politician who tries to use Malik's gang to eliminate a popular candidate for the Home Minister's post. The assassination, a staged vehicle collision, takes place in spite of Chandu's objection after Malik, not relying on Chandu anymore, gives direct orders.
The rift between Chandu and Malik widens. The Police Commissioner of Mumbai, Veerappalli Sreenivasan, uses the rift to bring the mafia under control. Chandu and Malik become bitter enemies. After Chandu's retaliation for the assassination of Warsi, a lieutenant and Chandu's lifelong friend, two factions of Mumbai's once-powerful gang Company begin a full-scale war. Malik and Chandu kill as many members of their opponents' gangs as possible. Sreenivasan, as the police chief of murders due to the war, is much-criticized but he and his men know this war is shortening the tasks of his department. Many gang members are being killed; the war results in an intense chase in Kenya, during which Malik hires hitmen to kill Chandu, injured but survives. Sreenivasan persuades Chandu to come back to Mumbai and fight his war with Malik by helping the police bring the mafia under control. In the climax, Chandu kills the politician. Chandu and Malik come to a truce but Chandu never withdraws his order to Koda Singh, one of his aids, to kill Malik.
At the same time, Koda kills Malik at point-blank range in Hong Kong. After the assassination, Sreenivasan notifies Chandu, shocked at this news. Koda is arrested by Hong Kong police the same day. Chandu spends the rest of his life in prison after being persuaded by the Police Commissioner to surrender. At a producer's house, director Ram Gopal Varma met a man named Haneef, in prison for five years after the 1993 Bombay bombings, he was a close aid of gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Varma started talking to Haneef out of curiosity and his "obsession with the criminal psyche", who told him how the underworld operated. During that time, the media was circulating stories about the conflict between Ibrahim and Chhota Rajan, who had a fallout and wanted to kill each other. Haneef told Varna. Varma said. During his research for Satya, Varma found out several things he could not incorporate into one film the police procedures, because there was too much information. Varma said he drew inspiration for the supporting characters and scenes from the staff of his own production company.
He said Haneef's version of the underworld war gave him a story while his research gave him the "atmosphere". He found a strong resemblance between the rivalries between criminals and those between politicians because he felt "human nature is same everywhere". Haneef was shot dead a few months. Varma was inspired by the September 2000 attack on Rajan in Bangkok, perceived as the intelligence agencies pitting one gang against another, he met several crime reporters, police officers and associates of gangsters. The film's screenplay was written by Jaideep Sahni. Company was Malayalam actor Mohanlal's debut role in a Hindi film, he played IPS Veerapalli Srinivasan, a character based on the former Police Commissioner of Mumbai, Dhanushkodi Sivanandhan. Varma described the character as someone who looks "more like a professor and treats crime as a disease and criminals as patients"; the role of Malik was first offered to Manoj Bajpayee. The role went to Ajay Devgn. Varma wanted to keep the mafia boss character calm and composed
Lagaan, released internationally as Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, is a 2001 Indian historical epic sports drama film, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, produced by Aamir Khan and written by Gowariker. Aamir Khan stars along with debutant Gracy Singh, with British actors Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne playing supporting roles. Made on a then-unprecedented budget of ₹250 million, the film was shot in an ancient village near Bhuj, India; the film script has a minor resemblance to the World War movie Victory The film is set in the Victorian period of India's colonial British Raj. The story revolves around a small village whose inhabitants, burdened by high taxes, find themselves in an extraordinary situation as an arrogant officer challenges them to a game of cricket as a wager to avoid the taxes; the narrative spins around this situation as the villagers face the arduous task of learning the alien game and playing for a result that will change their village's destiny. Lagaan received critical acclaim and awards at international film festivals, as well as many Indian film awards.
It became the third Indian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film after Mother India and Salaam Bombay!. In the small town of Champaner during the height of the British Raj in 1893, Captain Andrew Russell, the commanding officer of the Champaner cantonment, has imposed high taxes on people from the local villages, they are unable to pay due to losses caused by a prolonged drought. Led by Bhuvan, the villagers pay a visit to Raja Puran Singh to seek his help. Near the palace, they witness a cricket match. Bhuvan gets into an argument with one of the British officers who insults them. Taking an instant dislike to Bhuvan, Russell offers to cancel the taxes of the whole province for three years if the villagers can defeat his men in a game of cricket. If the villagers lose, they will have to pay three times their current taxes. Bhuvan accepts this wager on behalf of the villagers in the province, despite their dissent. Bhuvan begins to prepare the villagers for the match.
He finds only five people willing to join the team. He is aided in his efforts by Russell's sister Elizabeth, who feels that her brother mistreated the villagers; as she teaches them the rules of the game, she falls in love with Bhuvan, much to the anguish of Gauri, in love with him. After Bhuvan reciprocates Gauri's feelings, the woodcutter Lakha, in love with Gauri, grows jealous of Bhuvan and becomes a spy for Russell, he orders Lakha to join the villagers' team but not contribute in any way. The villagers realise that winning equals freedom and one by one, they join the team. Short one player, Bhuvan invites an untouchable, who can bowl spin; the villagers, conditioned by long-term prejudice against Dalits, refuse to play if Kachra joins the team. Bhuvan convinces them to accept Kachra. On the first day, Russell wins the toss and elects to bat, giving the British officers a strong start. Bhuvan brings Kachra to bowl only to find that Kachra has somehow lost his ability to spin the ball — new cricket balls do not spin as well as worn-down ones.
In addition, as part of his agreement with Russell, Lakha deliberately drops many catches. That evening, Elizabeth notices Lakha meeting with Russell and informs Bhuvan of Lakha's deception. Rather than allow the villagers to kill him, Bhuvan offers Lakha the chance to redeem himself; the next day Lakha redeems himself by taking a diving one-handed catch. However, the British score 295 runs. Kachra is brought back to bowl with a now-worn ball, takes a hat-trick, which sparks the collapse of the British batting side; the villagers soon start their innings. Bhuvan and Deva, a Sikh who has played cricket earlier when he was a British sepoy, give their team a solid start. Deva misses out on his half-century when a straight-drive from Bhuvan ricochets off the bowler's hand onto the stumps at the non-striker's end, where Deva is backing up too far; when Lakha comes on to bat, he falls onto his stumps. Other batsmen get out rashly trying to score a boundary off each delivery. Ismail retires hurt; the villagers' team ends the day with four batsmen out of action with a third of the required runs on board.
In desperation, the villagers pray for success. On the third and final day, Bhuvan passes his century, while most of the wickets fall. Ismail returns to bat with the help of a runner and passes his half-century, reducing the target to 30 runs of 18 balls; the game comes down to the last over with Kachra on strike. With one ball remaining and the team down five runs, Kachra knocks the ball a short distance, managing a single. However, the umpire signals no-ball. Bhuvan hits the ball high in the air towards the boundary. Russell runs backwards and catches it, believing that his team has won, until he realises that he has caught the ball beyond the boundary, giving six runs, therefore victory, to Bhuvan's team; as they celebrate the victory, the drought ends as a rainstorm erupts. Bhuvan's defeat of the British team leads to the disbanding of the cantonment. In addition, Russell is forced to pay the taxes for the whole province and is transferred to Central Africa. After realizing that Bhuvan loves Gauri, Elizabeth returns to London.
Heartbroken, she remains unmarried for the rest of her life. It is revealed, during the epilogue, that Gauri get married, but despite the his