Maine Pyar Kiya

Maine Pyar Kiya (transl.I've Loved), also known by the initialism MPK, is a 1989 Indian Hindi-language romantic musical film directed by Sooraj Barjatya in his directorial debut, produced by Tarachand Barjatya, co-written by S. M. Ahale with Sooraj Barjatya and distributed by Rajshri Productions. The film had Salman Khan in the lead role with Bhagyashree making her acting debut, with Alok Nath, Mohnish Bahl, Reema Lagoo, Rajeev Verma, Ajit Vachani, and Laxmikant Berde in supporting roles. Maine Pyar Kiya tells the story of two individuals and relates their journey from friendship to how they fall in love but later have to fight family differences to be together.

Maine Pyar Kiya
Maine Pyar Kiya.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed bySooraj Barjatya
Written byS. M. Ahale
Sooraj Barjatya
Produced byTarachand Barjatya
StarringSalman Khan
Bhagyashree
CinematographyAravind Laad
Edited byMukhtar Ahmed
Music byRaamlaxman
Production
company
Distributed byRajshri Productions
Release date
  • 29 December 1989 (1989-12-29)
Running time
192 minutes[a][2]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budgetest. ₹2 crore[3]
Box officeest. 28 crore (equivalent to 254 crore or US$34 million in 2020)[4]

Principal photography took place in Mumbai and various locations in Ooty. The film features a score and soundtrack composed by Raamlaxman, while Asad Bhopali wrote the lyrics. Maine Pyar Kiya considered to be one of the most iconic and loved films of the Khan and became a cult favorite from its songs, dialogues, and chemistry of the Khan and Bhagyashree. The film also established the careers of the supporting cast including Mohnish Bahl and Laxmikant Berde.

The film was released on 29 December 1989. Made on a budget of ₹20 million, the film emerged as a commercial success, with a worldwide gross of ₹308.1 million, becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year and the highest-grossing Indian film of the 1980s. The production house Rajshri Productions which was on the verge of closing down was saved. The film garnered positive reviews from critics upon its release, with the direction, the story, and the performances earning the most praise. Out of twelve nominations, Maine Pyar Kiya won six Filmfare Awards: Best Film, Best Music Director, Best Lyricist, Best Male Playback Singer, Best Male Debut, and Best Female Debut. The film was also dubbed into in Spanish and released as Te Amo.

PlotEdit

Karan is a poor mechanic who lives in the countryside with his only daughter, Suman. He decides to try his luck in business and travel to Dubai so he can earn enough to get his daughter married. Thus, he decides to leave her with his old friend Kishan. Kishan, a wealthy businessman, allows Suman to stay at his house while her father is away as he cannot turn down his old friend's request. Suman is befriended by Kishan's young son Prem, who assures her that a boy and a girl can be platonic friends.

Prem takes Suman to a party organised by Seema, who is the only daughter of Kishan's business partner, Ranjeet. Jeevan, nephew of Ranjeet, is proud and arrogant and humiliates Suman and Prem, accusing them of falsely claiming to be "just friends". Suman leaves the party in tears and distances herself from Prem. At that point, Prem and Suman both realise that they have fallen in love with each other.

Prem's mother Kaushalya probes deeper into Prem and Suman's relationship and approves of Suman as her daughter-in-law. Kishan, however, is unhappy with the relationship and asks her to leave his house. He feels that she has taken advantage of his hospitality. Karan returns from abroad and is enraged at Kishan's behaviour and Kishan accuses him of plotting to set up Prem and Suman. Karan and Kishan quarrel, and eventually Karan and Suman return to their village, deeply humiliated.

Prem refuses to accept the separation, so he goes to Suman's village and begs to be allowed to marry her. Karan, angered by Kishan's accusations, says he will allow the marriage on one condition: Prem must prove that he can support his wife through his own effort and live separately. Prem begins to work as a truck driver and labourer in the nearby quarry. At the end of the month, Prem has earned the required money. On the way to Karan's house, he is ambushed by Jeevan and a group of ruffians who attempt to kill him. He survives, but his wages are ruined in the fight.

Karan harshly dismisses Prem's effort and cannot believe Prem's story about the ruffians' attack. Prem begs for another chance to prove himself. His sincere determination melts Karan's heart and he agrees to allow his daughter to marry Prem. Meanwhile, Ranjeet goes to Prem's father and tells him that Karan has killed his son. Unable to believe this, Kishan travels to Karan's village, only to find Prem alive.

When Prem confronts Jeevan, Ranjeet and his supporters beat up both Kishan and Karan, while Jeevan abducts Suman. In the end, Prem, Karan, and Kishan join hands to defeat a common enemy — Ranjeet, his nephew Jeevan and Ranjeet's supporters, and then save Suman. Karan and Kishan's estrangement comes to an end and Prem and Suman marry.

CastEdit

The cast is listed below:[5]

ProductionEdit

CastingEdit

The casting of the lead actor was complex.[6] Several newcomers were auditioned for the role of 'Prem', including Vindu Dara Singh, Deepak Tijori, and Faraaz Khan. While Faraaz Khan, son of the actor Yusuf Khan who played the villainous Zabisco in Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), was almost finalised for the role, but he was replaced at the last minute due to health issues.[7] Barjatya tested Shabina Dutt for the lead actress role. Dutt failed the screen test and Barjatya asked if she could suggest an actor for the lead.[6] She suggested Salman Khan, with whom she had done an ad film. Salman Khan was not particularly interested because of the soft nature of the film and Barjatya was not very happy with the Khan's first audition. Sooraj wasn't convinced with Salman's acting prowess and started looking for another actor to play the role. Khan too, started suggesting names for who could be Prem in the film, after he was told that he didn't fit the bill.[8] Barjatya eventually convinced him to do it, and Khan has since then expressed his gratitude to Barjatya for making him a star.[9] Barjatya loved Tom Cruise's Top Gun jacket so much that he designed a one on the similar lines for Khan in Maine Pyar Kiya. Like Tom Cruise’s jacket, which had patches of logos and emblems of the American Army, Navy and Air Force insignia, and other badges from the defence forces, Khan’s jacket too had similar insignias pasted on it.[10] Barjatya then cast Bhagyashree to star opposite Salman Khan.[6] Bhagyashree, who had a lead role in Amol Palekar's TV show Kachchi Dhoop, had refused to do the film as she wanted to pursue higher studies. Barjatya made several changes to the script; Bhagyashree eventually agreed to do the film.[11] Though Salman recommended Bahl for villain’s role,[12] veteran actress and Mohnish Bahl's mother Nutan was not happy with her son playing villain's role in the film. Nutan, who shared a good rapport with the Barjatyas, had reportedly also asked if Mohnish could fit in other roles.[8] Makers assured her that Bahl's character would be remembered for a long time to come.[7] Barjatya picked Perveen from the English stage to play the negative role.[6] The film also marked the debut of Laxmikant Berde.[13]

FilmingEdit

Prior to the film's production, Rajshri Productions was struggling financially, and was on the verge of closing down.[14][15] Director/writer Sooraj Barjatya's father Rajkumar Barjatya suggested the story of Maine Pyar Kiya. Barjatya spent ten months writing the screenplay for Maine Pyar Kiya. The film had a production budget of 2 crore (equivalent to 18 crore or US$2.4 million in 2020).[3] Bhagyashree got paid 100,000 (equivalent to 910,000 or US$12,000 in 2020) while Salman Khan was paid 31,000 (equivalent to 280,000 or US$3,700 in 2020) for the film.[16] In addition to the production budget, another 10 lakh (equivalent to 91 lakh or US$120,000 in 2020) was spent on the soundtrack's radio publicity.[17][6] The first sequence filmed was the office scene where Rajiv Verma tells Salman that he has to go.[6] Barjatya had large sets in Film City, Mumbai, where filming took place continuously over 5 to 6 months. The outdoor scenes were filmed in Ooty.[18] Additional production credits include dance choreographer — Jay Borade, art—Bijon Das Gupta, action—Shamim Azim and editor—Mukhtar Ahmed.[19]

MusicEdit

Maine Pyar Kiya
Soundtrack album by
Released1989
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length1:01:01
LanguageHindi
LabelSa Re Ga Ma
ProducerRaamlaxman

The soundtrack album and musical score were composed by Raamlaxman, while the lyrics were written by Dev Kohli and Asad Bhopali. It was produced under the Saregama label and featured singers such as Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, and Sharda Sinha. The soundtrack consists of 11 songs including the "Antakshri" (excerpts from different Bollywood songs), which was used when the characters play a game. The soundtrack was very successful upon release, becoming the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack of the decade.[20] The film's soundtrack album sold over 10 million units. and became the best-selling soundtrack of the year and the decade (an accolade that it shares with the soundtrack of the 1989 film Chandni).[17] It gave a thrust to the career of Raamlaxman, who, although existed since the 1970s and was composing for mainstream movies, was yet to find popularity.[21] Planet Bollywood ranked the album in the fifth poistion on their list of "100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks of Hindi cinema".[22]

Several songs of the film were heavily influenced by western hits.[23] "Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate" was a total note-by-note lift from Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You".[24] "Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka" features a guitar riff used as a prelude and interlude that is lifted from the millennial whoop (Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Ho portion) from the song "Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora from the album "Living in the Background".[25] Another song from the movie that was inspired from a western hit was "Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali".[26] The keyboard riff that plays at the initiation of the song (peculiarly picturised on a saxophone) is ripped from the keyboard riff of "The Final Countdown" by the Swedish band Europe. The first few lines of the song, "Mere Rang Mein" to the peak at "Mere Sawalon ka Jawab Do", were also partly inspired from the initial portions of Francis Lai’s "Theme from Love Story".[26]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate"Dev KohliLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam03:29
2."Kabootar Ja Ja Ja"Dev KohliLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chorus08:24
3."Aaja Shaam Hone Aayee"Dev KohliLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam05:14
4."Antakshari"(excerpts from different Bollywood songs)Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Usha Mangeshkar, Shailendra Singh, Chorus09:08
5."Dil Deewana" (Female)Asad BhopaliLata Mangeshkar, Chorus05:55
6."Mere Rang Mein Rangne Waali"Asad Bhopali, Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam06:46
7."Dil Deewana" (Male)Asad BhopaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam05:22
8."Maine Pyar Kiya"Dev KohliLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chorus06:55
9."Kahe Toh Se Sajna"Dev KohliSharda Sinha05:28
10."Dil Deewaana" (Duet)Asad BhopaliLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam01:03
11."Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka"Asad BhopaliLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Usha Mangeshkar, Shailendra Singh06:47
Total length:1:01:01

ReleaseEdit

Maine Pyar Kiya premiered on 29 December 1989 across India. The film initially saw a very limited release, with only 29 prints, before later going on to add a thousand more as the film picked up.[27] Maine Pyar Kiya was dubbed in English as When Love Calls.[28] A 125-minute version was the biggest hit in the Caribbean market in Guyana and also dominated the box-office collections in Trinidad and Tobago.[29][30] The Telugu version Prema Paavuraalu ran for more than 200 days; 25 weeks at Visakhapatnam and had 100 plus day run at six centres in Andhra Pradesh.[31] It was dubbed in Tamil-language as Kaadhal Oru Kavithai and in Malayalam as Ina Praavukal. Maine Pyar Kiya had also been dubbed in Spanish as Te Amo.[32][33]

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

The film was the biggest grosser of 1989 and one of India's highest-grossing films.[34] Made on a budget of around 2 crore,[3] it went on to earn a profit of over ₹200 million by 1990,[35] saving Rajshri from closing down.[15] Maine Pyar Kiya grossed 28 crore[4] ($17 million),[36] equivalent to ₹5 billion ($71 million) adjusted for inflation in 2017.[b] It became the highest-grossing Indian film of the 1980s.[38] In terms of ticket sales, the film is estimated to have sold at least 30 million tickets in India.[39] The film was a huge hit in the Caribbean and dominated the box-office that year in Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago. The film saw a 10-week run in Lima and Peru.[40] Box Office India described it as an "all-time blockbuster".[4] The film's success drew comparisons to Sholay, with Manmohan Desai even calling Maine Pyar Kiya "the biggest hit since Alam Ara" (1931).[35]

Critical responseEdit

Maine Pyar Kiya received favorable reviews. Trade Guide lists it as one of the eight greatest hits ever. India Today summarized, "Music is one of the key ingredients of its success. The songs have melody; the feelings come through – a throwback to the '60s. Moreover Sooraj uses the songs to take his story further. It is also that touch of innocence".[41] Sukanya Verma called, "Dil deewana appears first to celebrate Salman Khan and Bhagyashree’s happily-ever-after aspirations in Maine Pyar Kiya and once again when standard rich versus poor conflicts threaten its realisation."[42] The Times of News wrote, "Sooraj Barjatiya’s Maine Pyar Kiya is one such classic film of the 90s that made Salman Khan an overnight star".[43] Stardust said, "In the hands of a sincere director, the most hackneyed of commercial film plots can be made to look fresh and new. Unlike other young directors of his generation, Sooraj also knows the value of a good script and spends more time writing his script than in actual production."[44]

AccoladesEdit

Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
35th Filmfare Awards Best Film Rajshri Productions Won [45]
[46]
Best Music Director Raamlaxman Won
Best Lyricist Asad Bhopali for "Dil Deewana" Won
Best Male Playback Singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam for "Dil Deewana" Won
Sensational Debut-Male Salman Khan Won
Sensational Debut-Female Bhagyashree Won
Best Director Sooraj R. Barjatya Nominated
Best Actor Salman Khan Nominated
Best Actress Bhagyashree Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Reema Lagoo Nominated
Best Performance in a Comic Role Laxmikant Berde Nominated
Best Lyricist Dev Kholi for "Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate" Nominated

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ It could also be 125 or 173 minutes, depending on the version.[1]
  2. ^ 1993 inflation rate of 17.83 times: Darr's domestic net of ₹107,375,000 in 1993 equivalent to ₹1,914,360,020 in 2017.[37]

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