Karan Arjun

Karan Arjun is a 1995 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed and produced by Rakesh Roshan, starring Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Mamta Kulkarni, Kajol, Rakhee Gulzar, and Johnny Lever in lead roles, with Amrish Puri portraying the antagonist and Arjun, Jack Gaud, Ranjeet in supporting roles and Aasif Sheikh as main antagonist . It tells the story of the titular two brothers who seek revenge from their greedy uncle for murdering their father, but are killed by him and are reincarnated to complete the revenge.

Karan Arjun
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Directed byRakesh Roshan
Produced byRakesh Roshan
Written bySachin Bhowmick
Ravi Kapoor
Anwar Khan
StarringSalman Khan
Shah Rukh Khan
Rakhee Gulzar
Mamta Kulkarni
Amrish Puri
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
Budget60 million[1]
Box officeest. ₹640 million[2]

Karan Arjun was theatrically released in India on 13 January 1995. The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed 640 million[2] ($20 million),[3] emerging as a "blockbuster" and the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1995, behind Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which also featured Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Amrish Puri.


In a village in Rajasthan, Durga Singh (Rakhee Gulzar) is a poor woman raising her two beloved sons Karan (Salman Khan) and Arjun (Shah Rukh Khan). When Munshiji (Ashok Saraf) of Thakur Sangram Singh, comes to talk to Durga, 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 or his family from inheriting the Thakur's estate.

Durjan kills Thakur and when he learns of his plans to sign over the estate to Karan and Arjun, he brutally murders both with the help of his brothers-in-law, Nahar (Arjun) and Shamsher (Jack Gaud). Durga prays to Goddess Kali to bring her sons back. Miraculously, her prayers are heard and her sons are still alive, but are separated and grown into different families with no knowledge of their past lives – Durga is unaware of this miracle.

20 years pass. Arjun is grown up as Vijay. He falls in love with the wealthy Sonia (Kajol), but doesn't know that Sonia will be married with Durjan Singh's son, Suraj (Aashif Sheikh). Meanwhile, Karan is grown up as Ajay. He is chased upon by tomboy Bindiya (Mamta Kulkarni) who loves him. He soon works for Saxena (Ranjeet), Sonia's father and Durjan's partner in his illegal arms trading business. Knowing that Sonia loves 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 to fight, which is suddenly interrupted after a bolt of lightning strikes in between 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 life when he was being attacked. Ajay is sent to prison while Vijay escapes. Sonia is forcibly taken to Durjan's house to marry Suraj.

Vijay and his friend Linghaiyya (Johnny Lever) travel to save Sonia. Everybody in the village 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 that they were brothers named Karan and Arjun. Meanwhile, Bindiya joins them. Durjan hears about Karan and Arjun's return but refuses to believe it, so his brothers-in-law attempted to bring them before him but instead they were killed by Karan and Arjun in a similar way as they killed the two brothers.

At the village temple of Goddess Kali, rituals are held for Sonia and Suraj's wedding. Karan/Ajay and Arjun/Vijay frighten Durjan by convincing him that they are back. Soon, Saxena and Durjan have a falling out, in which Saxena tells Sonia to run away with Arjun, but it's revealed to be a trap. Karan succeeds in creating chaos, letting Arjun and Sonia escape from the trap. Vijay managed to kill Suraj in a closed-range shot, upon which Durjan kills Saxena in a fit of rage.

After all his henchmen were killed, Durjan attempted to kill Karan and Arjun but instead they overpowered him. He runs to Durga and begs her for forgiveness. However, she declines it and orders her sons to fulfill their revenge by killing him. Later, Arjun marries Sonia and Karan marries Bindiya with the whole family reunited.




Rakesh Roshan originally wanted to make the film with Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn as the titular characters. However, both wanted to play different roles to the ones offered to them; Khan wanted to play Karan, while Devgn wanted to play Arjun. Roshan did not agree, and, as a result, both backed out of the film. Roshan's next choices for the leads were Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. While Salman agreed to do the film, Aamir could not do it. Shah Rukh then told Roshan that he wanted to do the film.[4] Thus, the casting of the film brought together Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan for the first time onscreen, two prominent actors of that time.

Hrithik Roshan assisted his father during this film, having assisted him in his previous movies .[5]


The whole film was shot in Rajasthan. More specifically, the village which is portrayed in the film is one of the villages of Alwar District of Rajasthan, named Bhangarh.[6] The Durga temple where Karan Arjun pray in the song is located at Pushkar near Ajmer.[6] Sariska Palace was used as Thakur Durjan Singh's house.[7]

Box officeEdit

Karan Arjun was the second-highest-grossing Indian film of 1995, before Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which also starred Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Amrish Puri.[2] Domestically in India, Karan Arjun grossed ₹640 million[2] ($20 million).[3] Overseas, the film grossed $500,000 (₹15.8 million).[8]


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). Song "Bhangra Paale" remake 2020's movie Bhangra Paa Le

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


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  4. ^ Seta, Fenil. "25 Years Of Karan Arjun EXCLUSIVE: "Shah Rukh came back to me when he found out that Salman and Aamir Khan have shown interest" – Rakesh Roshan". Republic World. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ a b "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.
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