Mera Gaon Mera Desh is a 1971 Indian film made by Raj Khosla, starring Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna as the villain.As a bandit, Vinod Khanna’s role gave him visibility and made him a star.The film is particularly noted for a rural setting, and it became a super hit, taking second place at the box office for 1971.It is also said to have many elements that inspired one of the box office champs of all time, Sholay(1975).
Cast: Asha Parekh, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna
Havaldar Major Jaswant Singh (Jayant) makes a citizen’s arrest of petty thief Ajit (Dharmendra) and hands him over to the police, and after due process of law he is sentenced to six months in jail. After completing his sentence, the jailer asks him to approach Jaswant Singh for employment, and he does so. Jaswant asks him to help him with his farming work. Ajit meets Anju (Asha Parekh) and both fall in love.
Ajit comes to know of Jabbar Singh (Vinod Khanna) a dacait who is terrozing the surrounding community, and Ajit decides to take on Jabbar. In retaliation, Jabbar abducts Anju, and instructs Ajit to come unarmed. Ajit decides to follow these instructions, however, as soon as he reaches Jabbar’s hideout, he too is captured, and at the mercy of Jabbar and his woman (Laxmi Chhaya), who has been scorned by Ajit, and it is now up to her to decide Ajit’s fate.
Overall this film has a good tight script, performances are also nice.The climax shot where hero Dharmendra stands in the heart of the village and challenges Jabbar Singh is scintillating.Camera work there is wonderful.Director Raj Khosla deserved to be among the very best of Bombay filmmakers of his era, it’s a pity that he wasn’t given his due. He has left an impressive body of work, though last few films of his career failed, yet his mark was there.This film is among his very best.