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Karan Arjun is a 1995 Indian Hindi-language action film directed and produced by Rakesh Roshan, starring Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Mamta Kulkarni, Raakhee, and Johnny Lever in lead roles, with Amrish Puri portraying the antagonist and Arjun, Jack Gaud, Ranjeet, and Aasif Sheikh in supporting roles. 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
Mamta Kulkarni
Amrish Puri
Aashif Sheikh
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
Budget6 crore[1][2]
Box office79 crore

Karan Arjun was theatrically released in India on 13 January 1995. The film, receiving positive reviews from critics, grossed more than 75 crore (US$11 million) at the worldwide box office, 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 (Raakhee) 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 brother-in-laws 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 reborn, but into different families with no knowledge of their past lives – Durga is unaware of this miracle.

20 years pass. 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 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. 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 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 births 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. Meanwhile, Bindiya joins them. 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.

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, in which Saxena tells Sonia to run away with Vijay, but it's revealed to be a trap. 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. Later, Arjun marries Sonia and Karan marries Bindiya with the whole family 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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