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The tale of a young couple in love who elope and marry, but soon find that that marriage is not the bed of roses it is made out to be.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeevan (as Virendra Saxena)
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Suhani Sharma (Rani), a pediatric student in Mumbai medical college, was unlike many girls of her age. A bookworm who spent most of her time studying pediatrics and doing night shifts practicing surgery, Suhani never thought she could fall in love. But one day, a chance meeting with a stranger Aditya (Vivek) on a morning train to Marine Lines changes it all. It is a case of love at first sight. The two get married. Suhani gladly accepts whatever Aditya has to offer # a dingy room with unplastered walls, rickety furniture and a makeshift kitchen. Financial insecurities and ego hassles begin to drive a wedge between the happily married couple and the duo part ways eventually. However, deep inside both of them there still lingers their platonic love. Both know they cannot live 'with or without' each other. Written by Finy M <>

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An A.R. Rahman musical


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Release Date:

20 December 2002 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Saathiya - Sehnsucht nach dir  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£41,951 (UK) (20 December 2002)


$71,400 (USA) (20 December 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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At the beginning of the film, when Vivek Oberoi is seen driving his bike and grooving to the music on his headphones, he is simply acting as he performed the scene without any music whatsoever. See more »


Chandraprakash Sharma: Boy, if you hadn't come in the marriage party I would have kneaded you like dough.
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References Madhumati (1958) See more »


O Humdum Soniyo Re
Written by Gulzar (as Sampooran Singh Gulzar)
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Kay Kay, Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala and Pravin Mani
Courtesy of Saregama HMV
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Wonderful depiction of life before and after marriage.
22 April 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Shaad Ali's Saathiya is one of the best films of 2002. Everything about it -- from the story line, the cinematography, locations, emotions, performances to A.R. Rahman's beautiful soundtrack -- makes it a worthy film. The film marks the directorial debut of Shaad Ali, and it shows he has not gone far from his father (the great Muzaffar Ali) in terms of talent and imagination. He extracts good performances from his actors, he has a sense and understanding of emotion and clearly has a knack for capturing the complexity of marriage and relationships, which are infused with impressive lifelike sensibility in this film. Basically the story's success boils down to the fact that Ali portrays it with authenticity. This is a fantastic directorial debut (although he would ruin that image in his future projects BAB and JBJ). Rani Mukherjee is the main highlight of the show, the soul of the entire film. This is her career-best performance. She is simply flawless in every single scene - beautiful, vibrant, natural and convincing. Vivek Oberoi is a talented actor and acts very well, though he is not as good as his female costar. He does have to work on the more emotional expressions, but otherwise gives a complete performance. Gulzar and A.R. Rahman give life to the film with a superb list of songs, each of which is a gem. My favourite songs include "Saathiya", "Aye Udi Udi", "Chhalka Chhalka Re", "Chupke Se" and "O Humdum Soniyo Re". To sum it up, Saathiya is a very impressive, entertaining and realistic picture on relationships and marriage. I highly recommend you to see it.

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