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Saajan (1991)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 30 August 1991 (India)
A poet (Sanjay Dutt) and his best friend (Salman Khan) fall in love with the same woman (Madhuri Dixit).

Director:

Lawrence D'Souza

Writers:

Reema Rakesh Nath (dialogue), Reema Rakesh Nath (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjay Dutt ... Aman Verma a. k. a. Sagar
Madhuri Dixit ... Pooja Saxena
Salman Khan ... Akash Verma
Ekta Sohini Ekta Sohini ... Menka (as Ektaa)
Laxmikant Berde ... Laxmi
Kader Khan ... Rajiv Verma
Reema Lagoo ... Mrs. Kamla Verma
Anjana Mumtaz ... Mrs. Saxena (Pooja's mom) (as Anjana Mumtaj)
Dinesh Hingoo ... Mr. Lalchand
Yunus Parvez ... Anees Saab
Dipinti Dipinti
Raja Duggal ... Babulal
Shalaka Karnik Shalaka Karnik
Raju Shrestha ... Pooja's brother (cameo, during engagement) (as Raju Srestha)
Poonam Shetty Poonam Shetty ... Renu
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Storyline

Aman (Sanjay Dutt) is a poor, handicapped orphan who is befriended by wealthy Akash Verma (Salman Khan) during his childhood. Akash's parents adopt him and give him their family name, and Akash and Aman grow up as brothers. While Akash is a womanizer, Aman takes to writing poems under the pen name Sagar. The poems get published, and Aman becomes very popular. One of his fans is a young woman by the name of Pooja Saxena (Madhuri Dixit), who corresponds with Sagar. Akash meets Pooja and falls head over heels in love with her. When Aman comes to know this, he asks Akash to pose as Sagar, which he does, and Pooja and Akash fall in love with each other. A heartbroken Aman looks on, as he knows that although women may like his poetry, they will never come out openly and love him when they see his handicap. At the end, Akash discovers that Aman is actually Sagar and loves Pooja, so he decides to sacrifice his love for Aman. Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

30 August 1991 (India) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Aamir Khan was the initial choice of Aman/Sagar, and while he liked the script and thought the movie would go on to be a blockbuster, he did not connect with the role to his satisfaction. See more »

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Tu Shayar Hai
Written by Sameer
Composed by Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod
Performed by Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of Venus Records and Tapes Ltd.
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A marvel of emotions, music and cinematography
17 September 2010 | by jmathur_swayamprabhaSee all my reviews

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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