Rangeela (transl. ’Colourful’) is a 1995 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy film written, directed and produced by Ram Gopal Varma. It stars Aamir Khan, Jackie Shroff and Urmila Matondkar. The film was A. R. Rahman’s debut Hindi film with an original score and soundtrack, as his previous Hindi releases were dubbed versions of his Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films.
A street-toughened orphan by the name of Munna (Aamir Khan) is befriended by some kind folks, whose effervescent daughter Mili (Urmila Matondkar) soon grows to be his best buddy. Both gravitate toward the Mumbai movie industry. While Mili finds occupation as a movie extra, Munna earns his livelihood selling movie tickets in the black market.
Mili has ambitions of becoming an actress. Fortune glances her way when she dances her way into a movie star’s attention. This actor, Raj Kamal (Jackie Shroff), arranges for her to be auditioned for the heroine’s role in his upcoming movie called Rangeela. Mili’s shortcomings amount to distractions, but thanks in no small way to Munna and Raj, she lands the role.
Raj and Munna both fall for Mili, but Mili is too busy making the movie to notice any of this. She starts spending a lot of time with Raj during the filming. Munna tries many times to tell Mili that he loves her, but he is unable to, or Raj gets in the way. Eventually, feeling inferior, Munna decides to leave Mili to Raj, who can give her a better life than he can. The matter is not resolved though, as Mili hears of this on the film’s opening night. She asks Raj to help her find Munna, which he does after realizing that Mili seems to love Munna and not him.
Mili stops Munna midway, misunderstandings get cleared up and the lovers unite.
Aamir Khan as Munna
Jackie Shroff as Raj Kamal
Urmila Matondkar as Mili Joshi
Gulshan Grover as Steven Kapoor
Avtar Gill as P.C.
Reema Lagoo as Mrs. Joshi (Mili’s mother)
Achyut Potdar as Mr. Joshi (Mili’s father)
Rajesh Joshi as Pakya
Neeraj Vora as Drunk party guest (bluffer)
Rajeev Mehta as Restaurant Steward
Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Ram Mohan as Make-Up Dada
Shammi as Gulbadan’s mother
Tarun as Tough guy at the shooting
Suman as Motilal
Aditya Narayan as himself (singing in the song “Rangeela Re”)
Saroj Khan as herself (choreographer)
Remo D’Souza as a background dancer in title song
Shefali Chhaya as Gulbadan (special appearance)
Madhur Bhandarkar in a special appearance