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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Triangular fun.

8/10
Author: ChiBron from Aurora, IL
24 November 2004

Saajan today is mostly seen as an inspiration for practically all post-1990 triangular love stories in Bollywood. This is a great masala movie featuring a little bit of everything - comedy, tragedy, love, romance, betrayal, sacrifice and a FINE MUSICAL SCORE.

Salman, Madhuri and Sanjay Dutt(in that order) are the stars here. If u just wanna have fun and see some of Bollywood's biggest stars in one of their finest performances....Saajan is ideal for you. I just loved D'Souza's mature direction and the chemistry shared among the 3 stars. Madhuri looks awesome with either male leads and the awesome songs only get better with the picturization.

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Saajan is an evergreen classic romantic movie

10/10
Author: sumanbarthakursmailbox from India
26 March 2009

If you want to see the best triangular love story of all time in Hindi cinema then please do watch Saajan.This is a must watch movie for every person who enjoys watching meaningful romantic movies .I have watched countless triangular love stories like Raj Kapoor's Sangam,Subhash Ghai's Taal,Ramgopal Varma's Rangeela,Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil de chuke Sanam and so on but Saajan is easily the best among all these romantic films.Saajan is meaningful Bollywood romantic cinema at it's best.The songs are very melodious.The performances by Sanjay Dutt,Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan are excellent.The story is hundred per cent original unlike other Bollywood movies of today.The background music of this movie is simply superb.Madhuri Dixit is looking stunning here.Saajan is a movie where you will fall in love with each of the characters played by Salman,Sanjay and Madhuri.You do not have to watch any other bollywood love story after you see Saajan.You are missing something as a movie fan if you have not seen Saajan from beginning till the very end scene.

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Classic

10/10
Author: Dream_Woman from United Kingdom
7 January 2008

This has to be one of my personal favourite film from the 90's era. I loved the music, just everything was great, and my mum loves the film too.

Madhuri Dixit, god i rememberer watching her when i was like 7 years old, and when i saw her i was like, she is so beautiful i wish i could be like her when grew up, anyway back to reality she looked amazing in this film, acted really well and danced beautifully.

Sanjay Dutt is a great actor, there can never be no one like him in bollywood and their never will be, he truly is one of a kind and i love him so much as an actor, he can show true emotion like he did in Shabd, wow he amazes me in every film, Salman Khan was also brilliant in the film, all 3 of these great actor were so cute back then and look hot as ever now, overall this is a classic. please do watch it.

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A Wonderful Love Triangle..!!

9/10
Author: wasiimjunggee from Mauritius
22 September 2011

Saajan-the superhit movie till date. Saajan brought us the romantic love triangle.. It was extremely a terrific performance by the leading stars though Salman Khan was in a supporting role he gave his best. Story,Screenplays & dialogues was critically acclaiming. Music,Lyrics & Choreography was a hit. Salman-Sanjay & Madhuri pairing was really amazing. Kader Khan brought us his comedic dialogue style again. Background Scores,Views & locations were well selected.Direction by Lawrence D'souza proved a successful one.Sanjay Dutt handicapped anonymous emotional character was excellent.. Hats Off to Sanjay Dutt. Great Performance by the three stars.... Overall its a mixed romantic drama script covered the Saajan theory completely. The Climax sequence was totally fresh & cool.Despite the film over length it was characterized perfectly. I personally rate this film 8.6/10 citing the above statement with an excellent credited casting....!!

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A marvel of emotions, music and cinematography

9/10
Author: jmathur_swayamprabha from India
17 September 2010

A major chunk of the Indian movies are love stories and the idea of love triangle has also been hackneyed so much that now-a-days hardly any filmmaker must be pondering over it for his next venture. However if I have to make a list of love-triangles made in bollywood, Saajan will be my numero uno in that list.

I don't know whether the story idea was original or borrowed from somewhere else, however it worked excellently and built the premise of a sentimental love story in which the element of sacrifice became prominent between the two male protagonists who, by default, became the reluctant rivals of a girl's love. Kader Khan and his wife, Reema adopt the handicapped orphan friend Aman (Sanjay Dutt) of their son Aakash (Salmaan Khan) and foster him like their own son, showering love upon him even more than their own son. Besides, Aakash also keep Aman's friendship above everything else in his life. However Aman finds himself burdened by their obligations within his heart. He is a Shaayar (Urdu poet) and gets published under the pen name of Saagar. A middle class girl Pooja (Madhuri Dixit) who runs a book shop to make a living for herself and her mother Anjana Mumtaz in Ooty, becomes his fan and maintains contact with him through letters. Aakash, on the other hand, becomes a womanizer, not giving a damn for the real love. To take care of their new project of constructing a hotel in Ooty, Aman reaches there and comes across Pooja. Pooja befriends him when he tells her that he knows Saagar personally and he promises her to manage her meeting with him. He sees that Pooja loves Saagar. Gradually he also falls in love with her but without expressing his feelings to her.

The story takes a twist when Aakash reaches Ooty and falls for Pooja upon the very first encounter. When Aman comes to know of his love for Pooja, he decides to sacrifice his love to pay the obligations of his fostering family and he introduces Aakash to Pooja as Saagar. Pooja starts loving Aakash but under the false impression of himself being her Saagar. With the passage of time, Aakash comes to know that Aman himself is Saagar and he loves Pooja too within his heart. He immediately understands that Aman is trying to repay the obligations of himself and his parents through this sacrifice. Now it's his turn to sacrifice for his friend and he gets the lovers united.

Saajan is the first directorial venture of the cinematographer-turned-director Lawrence D Souza and his uses his cinematographic excellence to the hilt while directing this emotional drama. The different camera angles catching all the three main protagonists in a single frame. depicting their mutual relationships, their inner feelings and the peculiar equations between them is simply marvellous. Besides, the picturization of songs like Bahut Pyar Karte Hain Tumko Sanam and Jiyen To Jiyen Kaise is nothing short of outstanding. This movie is definitely a marvel of cinematographic technique and those movie buffs who have seen it on the big screen are definitely fortunate.

Another very big highlight of Saajan is the exceedingly marvellous music composition of Nadeem Shravan who were in top form those days and the lyricists Faiz Anwar and Sameer have given them excellent support. Only for one song, Bahut Pyar Karte Hain, I know that it's a copy of a non-filmi Nazm - Bahut Khoobsoorat Hai Mera Sanam. For the rest, I give full marks to this music team which includes Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, S.P. Balasubrahmanium, Kumar Sanu and of course, the legendary Ghazal singer - Pankaj Ud-haas (Jiyen To Jiyen Kaise Bin Aapke) also. The music album of Saajan is an all time hit and even today, listening to these songs renders a soothing feeling to the listener's heart.

The movie should have been trimmed by at least 20-25 minutes. Otherwise the direction is marvellous, production value is high, the beauty of Ooty has been captured in superb way (especially in the song - Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Paagal Hai Jo Pyar To Tumse Karta Hai) and the narrative flows smoothly, carrying the audience effortlessly with it.

Performances are highly admirable. For Madhuri's dance number - Tu Shaayar Hai Main Teri Shaayari, both the choreographer and Madhuri deserve huge clappings. One of the great dancing queens of the Indian silver screen, Madhuri has acted well too. However the movie mainly belongs to the male leads. Sanjay Dutt has delivered the performance of his life-time in this movie and I am sorry to see that he did not win any award for his intense role, marvellously performed. Salmaan Khan has performed brilliantly in his Casanova role as well in the role of first a true (but irresponsible) lover and thereafter a sincere, sacrificing friend. The climax belongs to Salmaan only and he provides a memorably touching end to the story. The ending scene is able to move the sensitive audience. Among the supporting cast, Ekta as the arrogant society girl who genuinely loves Salmaan, Kader Khan as the boys' father, Reema as their mother, Anjana Mumtaz as Madhuri's mother are perfect. Laxmikant Berde and Dinesh Hingoo have done good comedy. I also appreciate Raja Duggal for his cameo as Babulal, the owner of the tea shop in Ooty.

Saajan is a treat for the romantic people who like emotion-filled mature romance. It was a blockbuster and I bet it may again prove to be a blockbuster if re-released. It has immense repeat value and can be watched any number of times for the visual as well as audio satisfaction provided by it to the viewers to their hearts' content.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Awesome treat

7/10
Author: gurdeepmann59 from England
30 June 2012

Saajan is a great film with love, sacrifice, friendship, tragedy and above all a fine musical score

The film is all about Sanjay Dutt who loves Madhuri but hides it because he is handicapped

The film has several good scenes like Sanjay Dutt's outburst at the church The film has a fine climax and a nice ending

Sanjay Dutt impresses his role as a lame and lonely orphan Salman Khan is good in a supporting role Madhuri Dixit impressed in a stunning role and amazing dance techniques Kader Khan repeats his comedy-dialogue delivery

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Superb love triangle

7/10
Author: silvan-desouza from India
17 August 2012

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Love triangles have been done to death ever since time immemorial. films like SANGAM and many more have shown love triangles and many have worked too. SAAJAN released in 1991 was one of those but here there was a difference. In this film one of the character is a crippled poet. The film starts like a typical Hindi film where a small boy who is crippled is tortured by some bullies and then saved by child artist who of course become friends. The guy who saves is a rich guy son of Kader Khan and Reema Lagoo who have a hotel business. The son at tender age is shown peeping under the chair at legs of a women, Reema also catches her hubby and child under the table. The film then shifts many years ahead, the crippled poet has become Sanjay Dutt and the other guy is predictably Salman Khan. In a funny scene it is shown that Sanju gets a trophy in college while Salman says he got a plate.(Woh cup laya main plate) Sanju is also a poet who writes poetry and has a name Sagar and hides it from the world. One of his admirers is Pooja(Madhuri) who falls for him through his poetry. Another funny scene in the movie is when Salman fakes that he is blind and gets bashed by many girls while on the other side Kader Khan is raving about his sons to Dinesh Hingoo. Sanju is sent to Ooty, where he meets Madhuri and then falls in love with her. Things go on well. Sanju and Madhuri scenes are fabulous in between some funny scenes like the hotel whose owner says his hotel doesn't sell first class tea but all teas are in the name of lord ram. Madhuri realizes that Sanju is Sagar's friend and hence becomes friends with him.There is a brilliant scene in the church where Sanju breaks down after he gets bashed up when Tej Sapru and his goons attack Madz and a inspector reprimands him that he cant take care of himself only Laxmikant Berde too has funny scenes where he plays a south Indian guy who takes care of the house in Ooty. Salman too follows Sanju and reaches Ooty and predictably meets Madhuri. The rest of the story follows as usual wherein at interval point Sanju realizes that Salman too loves Madhuri and then he decides to sacrifice for him. Salman then becomes Sagar and then falls for Madhuri and towards the end realizes Sanju's plan and then the climax. Drawbacks of the movie: Length(19 reels 3 hours) is too long but those days films were long, Also too many songs and some scenes are overtly dramatic Direction by Lawrence Dsouza is fabulous, he handles the love triangle very well. Sadly he couldn't leave up to the success and gave more bombs later like AARZOO(4-5 years in making). Music by Nadeem Shravan is a big plus. Almost every song became famous and all are shot fantastically. The first song Bahot Pyaar Karte Hai(picturised on Madz) is brilliantly picturised. Mera Dil Bhi became a big hit and is still remembered. Rendered by their fav Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik. Tu Shayar Hai by Alka too is one of the most remembered songs of Madz. Tumse Milne by S.P.Balasubramanyam(voice of Sallu in early 90s), Bahot Pyaar karte hai(male), Pehle baar mile hai and the title song are fabulous. both versions of Jeeye to Jeeye Kaise are fabulous, one on all 3 of them and one on Pankaj Uddas. Dialogues are fab, especially the shayri Sanjay Dutt in early 90s had an image of an action hero but in this film he plays a subdued crippled poet and acts very well. He conveys emotions, dejection, pathos all convincingly. Though he has come a long way now. Madhuri looks beautiful and acts well in her role Salman Khan plays his by now famous playboy role well. this was his 4th or 5th film, he renders an effective charm and like his early 90 days though he is uncomfortable in dramatic and emotional scenes like in those days yet he is full of life and exhuberant. amongst rest Kader Khan provides some funny moments and a good supporting act Reema Lagoo though few years older then Sallu and one year to Sanju acts well Laxmikant Berde is superb as usual rest are all typecast Ekta(Mohinish's real wife) is good in a small role

Trivia: the film according to buzz was completed in 37 days which is a record for any film.

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Great film

9/10
Author: kokovyas from United States
13 April 2016

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Saajan-the superhit movie till date. Saajan brought us the romantic love triangle.. It was extremely a terrific performance by the leading stars though Salman Khan was in a supporting role he gave his best. Story,Screenplays & dialogues was critically acclaiming. Music,Lyrics & Choreography was a hit. Salman-Sanjay & Madhuri pairing was really amazing. Kader Khan brought us his comedic dialogue style again. Background Scores,Views & locations were well selected.Direction by Lawrence D'souza proved a successful one.Sanjay Dutt handicapped anonymous emotional character was excellent.. Hats Off to Sanjay Dutt. Great Performance by the three stars.... Overall its a mixed romantic drama script covered the Saajan theory completely. The Climax sequence was totally fresh & cool.Despite the film over length it was characterized perfectly. I personally rate this film 8.6/10 citing the above statement with an excellent credited casting....!!

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