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Karan Arjun is a 1995 Indian action drama film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Kajol, Rakhee, Mamta Kulkarni, Amrish Puri, Aashif Sheikh, Ranjeet and Johnny Lever. The film was directed by Rakesh Roshan and written by Sachin Bhowmick, Ravi Kapoor and Anwar Khan. Karan Arjun is a mix of an upbeat Bollywood musical, and an action movie, with religious overtones. It was the second-highest-grossing Indian film of 1995, after Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which also starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.

Karan Arjun
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Directed byRakesh Roshan
Produced byRakesh Roshan
Written bySachin Bhowmick
Ravi Kapoor
Anwar Khan
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Salman Khan
Mamta Kulkarni
Amrish Puri
Aashif Sheikh
Johnny Lever
Music byRajesh Roshan
CinematographyKaka Thakur
Edited bySanjay Verma
Film Kraft
Distributed byDigital Entertainment (DEI)
Eros Entertainment
Rapid Eye Movies
Release date
  • 13 January 1995 (1995-01-13)
Running time
169 minutes
Budgetcrore[1] ($1.85 million)[2]
Box office53.58 crore (US$16.54 million)



Durga Singh (Raakhee) is a poor woman raising her two beloved sons Karan Singh (Salman Khan), the elder and Arjun Singh (Shah Rukh Khan), the younger. Arjun and Karan run home from where they work, they get some bangles for their mother who says she will give them to her daughters-in-law. When Munim of Thakur Sangram Singh, an aging Thakur (Ashok Saraf) comes to talk to Durga, Karan and Arjun learn that their father is dead. Durga reveals that their father was the Thakur's son, who had married her against his father's wishes. Durjan Singh (Amrish Puri), a relative of Thakur, killed Durga's husband to prevent him, Durga, or their sons from inheriting the Thakur's estate. Karan and Arjun learn from her that the dying Thakur wants to give his estate to his grandchildren before dying as it is their birthright.

Durjan kills Thakur, revealing to him that he had killed his son all those years ago, and when he learns of his plans to sign over the estate to Karan and Arjun. He then brutally murders both Karan and Arjun by ambushing them with the help of his brother-in-laws Nahar (Arjun) and Shamsher (Jack Gaud) in front of Durga. Durga cannot accept that her sons have died and pray to Goddess Kali to bring them back. Miraculously, Durga's prayers are heard and her sons are reborn, but into different families with no knowledge of their past lives – Durga is unaware of this miracle. For 20 years, she keeps persuading the people of her village that Karan and Arjun will come back. Durjan and his family mockingly give her garlands to put on the picture of Karan and Arjun. Durga vows to place the garlands over their dead bodies.

Arjun is reincarnated as Vijay. He falls in love with the wealthy Sonia (Kajol), but neither knows that Sonia is to marry Durjan Singh's son, Suraj (Aashif Sheikh). Karan is reincarnated as Ajay. He soon works for Saxena (Ranjeet), Sonia's father and Durjan's partner in his illegal arms trading business. Karan and Arjun still have nightmares about their deaths in previous lives. On learning about Vijay, Suraj attempts to kill him but ends up burning the farm of Vijay's Uncle. At Sonia and Suraj's engagement party, Vijay arrives and attacks Suraj. Ajay is sent to kill Vijay and the two start fighting.

Durga is given a sign of this when the photo of her sons falls. She rushes to the temple and prays to Goddess Kali. Vijay and Ajay suddenly stop fighting after a bolt of lightning strikes them. Saxena tries to shoot Vijay, but Ajay stops him whilst shouting for Arjun to run. This is something that Ajay had said to Vijay in their previous births when he was being attacked by Nahar. Ajay is sent to prison while Vijay escapes. Vijay is confused about the incident, mostly because he had dreamt of somebody saying those exact words to him. Sonia is forcibly taken to Durjan's house to marry Suraj. She writes to Vijay begging him to come and rescue her.

Vijay and his friend Linghaiyya (Johnny Lever) travel to save Sonia. Everybody who sees him is stunned and calls him Arjun. He finally remembers his past life and reunites with Durga, where he gets to know about his brother Karan, who is now Ajay. Vijay saves Ajay and explains the whole situation. Ajay refuses to believe, but when Durjan's brothers-in-law attack Durga, he remembers his previous life. Durjan hears about Karan and Arjun's return but refuses to believe it, so his brother-in-law's attempt to bring them before him. In the process, they are killed by Ajay and Vijay in a similar way as they killed Karan and Arjun, and Durga places the garlands over their dead bodies.

At the village temple of Goddess Kali, rituals are held for Sonia and Suraj's wedding. Karan and Arjun frighten Durjan by convincing him that they are back. Soon, Saxena and Durjan have a falling out, after which a fearful Saxena tells Sonia to run away with Vijay. Sonia meets Vijay, but just as everybody is helping them, Durjan and Saxena arrive, making them realize that it was a ruse. Ajay succeeds in creating a diversion, letting Vijay and Sonia escape. Vijay kills Suraj, upon which Durjan kills Saxena in a fit of rage.

After all his henchmen are killed, Durjan attempts to kill Karan and Arjun. They overpower him. He runs to Durga and begs her for forgiveness. However, she orders her sons to kill him for revenge. They do so and Durga places the garland over his dead body, fulfilling the promises she made to him. Later, at Goddess Kali's temple, Arjun marries Sonia and Karan marries his love Bindiya (Mamta Kulkarni), after which Durga places the bangles her sons gave her on her daughter-in-laws' wrists, as she promised Karan and Arjun 20 years ago, and the family is finally reunited.



The casting of the film brought together Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, two prominent actors of that time. Hrithik Roshan became an assistant director, assisting his father Rakesh Roshan in his first major contribution to Bollywood.[3]

The whole film was shot in Rajasthan. More specifically, the village which is portrayed in film is one of villages of Alwar District of Rajasthan, named Bhangarh.[3]

The Durga temple where Karan Arjun pray in the song is located at Pushkar near Ajmer.[3]

Sariska Palace was used as Thakur Durjan Singh's house.[4]

Ajay Devgn was originally offered the role of Karan, but he turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Sunny Deol was considered with Ajay Devgan for Karan and Arjun's role.[5]

Aamir Khan was also offered a role in the film, but he declined the offer.[6]

Juhi Chawla and Raveena Tandon were offered Kajol and Mamta Kulkarni's roles respectively.

Box officeEdit

Karan Arjun was the second-highest-grossing Indian film of 1995, after Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which also starred Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Amrish Puri.[7] Domestically in India, Karan Arjun grossed 52 crore[7] (US$16.04 million) in 1995,[2] equivalent to 516 crore (US$75 million) in 2017.[b] Overseas, the film grossed 1.58 crore (US$500,000).[9] Worldwide, the film grossed 53.58 crore (US$16.54 million) in 1995, equivalent to 532 crore (US$77 million) in 2017.[c]


Filmfare Awards
Screen Awards


The music and background score were composed by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics for all the songs were penned by Indeevar. The music rights were originally bought by Time Magnetics (now Tips Music).

Title Singer(s) Picturized on... Length
"Yeh Bandhan Toh" Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik Rakhi Gulzar, Salman Khan & Shahrukh Khan 05:40
"Yeh Bandhan Toh" (2) Udit Narayan Rakhi Gulzar, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan & Mamta Kulkarni 01:38
"Bhangra Paale" Mohammed Aziz, Sudesh Bhosle & Sadhana Sargam Rakhi Gulzar, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan & Mamta Kulkarni 07:07
"Ek Munda" Lata Mangeshkar Salman Khan & Mamta Kulkarni 07:38
"Jai Maa Kaali" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik & Amrish Puri Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Mamta Kulkarni & Kajol 07:07
"Gup Chup Gup Chup" Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun Mamta Kulkarni & Sheela R. 06:02
"Jaati Hoon Main" Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik Shahrukh Khan & Kajol 06:24

Additionally, the themes from The Terminator 2 and The Last of the Mohicans were featured throughout the film, especially during fight & jail scenes.


  1. ^ a b Inflation rate of 9.93 times: 29 crore domestic nett,[7] equivalent to 288 crore (US$42 million) in 2017.[8]
  2. ^ Karan Arjun domestic gross: 52 crore,[7] equivalent to 516 crore (US$75 million) in 2017.[a]
  3. ^ Karan Arjun worldwide gross: 53.58 crore, equivalent to 532 crore (US$77 million) in 2017.[a]


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  2. ^ a b 32.418074 INR per USD in 1995
  3. ^ a b c "Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan & Hrithik Roshan on the sets of Karan Arjun in 1995". One Shot One Place. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Bollywood Movie Karan Arjun Shooting Location". Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  5. ^ Sen, Sushmita. "From 'Karan Arjun' to 'Bajirao Mastani': Films Rejected by Ajay Devgn [PHOTOS]". Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  6. ^ Banerjee, Urmimala. "Shocking! Aamir Khan reveals how he was thrown out of Darr and why he REFUSED Salman - Shah Rukh's Karan Arjun". Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d "Box Office 1995". Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Highest Grossers In January Since 94: Real Value". Box Office India. 19 April 2017.
  9. ^ "TOP OVERSEAS GROSSERS 1995". Box Office India. Retrieved 2 November 2017.

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