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Maine Pyar Kiya (English: I fell in Love), also known as MPK,[5] is a 1989 Indian musical romance film, directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya and written by Barjatya with S. M. Ahale.[1] Starring Salman Khan and Bhagyashree in the lead roles, it was produced by Rajshri Productions. It was Barjatya's directorial debut, Khan's first leading role (after a supporting role in the previous year's Biwi Ho To Aisi), and Bhagyashree's film debut. Maine Pyar Kiya tells the story of Prem and Suman, who become friends and then gradually fall in love.

Maine Pyar Kiya
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Directed bySooraj R. Barjatya
Produced byTarachand Barjatya
Written byS. M. Ahale[1]
Sooraj R. Barjatya
StarringSalman Khan
Bhagyashree Patwardhan
Laxmikant Berde
Alok Nath
Reema Lagoo
Mohnish Bahl
Music byRaamlaxman (composer)
Asad Bhopali (lyrics)
Dev Kohli (lyrics)
CinematographyAravind Laad
Edited byMukhtar Ahmed
Distributed byRajshri Productions
Release date
  • 29 December 1989 (1989-12-29)
Running time
192 minutes[a]
Budget2 crore[3]
Box office28 crore[4]

It was the top-grossing Bollywood film of the year, and the highest-grossing Indian film of the 1980s.[6] The film is counted among the top 10 successful films of Indian cinema.[7] The film's soundtrack album sold over 10 million units,[8] making it the best-selling Bollywood music album of the 1980s.[9] At the 35th Filmfare Awards, the film won six awards, including Best Film.



Karan (Alok Nath) is a poor mechanic who lives in the countryside with his one and only daughter, Suman (Bhagyashree). He decides to venture out and try his luck in business - travel overseas in Dubai so that he can accumulate enough wealth to get his daughter married. Thus, he decides to leave his daughter with his family friend Kishan (Rajeev Verma). Kishan, a wealthy businessman, lets Karan's daughter Suman stay at his house temporarily while the father is away as he cannot turn down his old friend's request, and Suman comes to live with his family. Suman is befriended by Kishan's son Prem (Salman Khan), who assures that a boy and a girl can be platonic friends.

Prem takes Suman to a party organised by Seema (Pervin Dastur), who is the only daughter of Kishan's business-partner, Ranjeet (Ajit Vachani).

Jeevan (Mohnish Behl), son of Ranjeet, is proud and arrogant and humiliates Suman and Prem (accusing them of falsely claiming to be "just friends"). This is the turning point in the story. Suman leaves the party sadly in tears and distances herself from Prem. At that point, Prem and Suman both realise that they have fallen in love with each other, which is by now quite apparent.

Kaushalya (Reema Lagoo) probes deeper into Prem and Suman's relationship and approves of Suman as her daughter-in-law, but Kishan is quite unhappy with the relationship and asks her to get out of his house and his life. He feels that she has taken advantage of his hospitality and kindness. 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 and confused at the turn of events.

Prem refuses to accept the separation, goes to Suman's village and begs to be allowed to marry her. Karan, angered by Kishan's accusations, says that he will allow the marriage on one condition: Prem must prove that he can support his wife by his own effort and live separately. Prem then works as a truck driver and laborer 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 at the head of a group of ruffians who attempt to kill him. He survives, but his wages are ruined in the fight while the ruffians get lost somewhere in the jungle, unable to find their way back.

Karan harshly dismisses Prem's effort and can not believe Prem's story about the ruffians attack, but Prem begs for another chance to prove himself. This stoic determination melts Karan's heart and he agrees to allow his daughter Suman marry Prem. Both are overjoyed, start making merry and prepare for the wedding.

Meanwhile, Ranjeet goes to Kishan (Prem's father) and tells him that Karan has killed his son. Unable to believe this, Kishan goes himself to the village to verify and arrives at Karan's village, surprised to find Prem alive, well, happy and rejoicing.

When Prem confronts Jeevan, Ranjeet and his supporters bash up both Kishan and Karan, while Jeevan (now free) abducts Suman. At the end, Prem, Karan and Kishan join hands to defeat a common enemy – Ranjeet, his son Jeevan and Ranjeet's supporters, and then they save Suman. The estrangement and misunderstanding between Karan and Kishan comes to an end - Prem and Suman marry and live happily ever after[citation needed].



Director/writer Sooraj Barjatya's father Rajkumar Barjatya suggested the story of Maine Pyar Kiya. Barjatya devoted ten months to write Maine Pyar Kiya screenplay. He took six months to write the first half and four months to write the second half.[10]

The casting of the lead actor became complex.[10] Barjatya tested Shabina Dutt for the lead actress role. Dutt failed the screen test and Barjatya asked her if she could suggest any actor for the lead.[10] She suggested Salman Khan, with whom she had done an ad film. Salman Khan was not really interested because of the soft nature of the film. Barjatya eventually convinced him to do it, and Khan has since then expressed his gratitude to Barjatya for making him a star.[11] Barjatya then cast Bhagyashree to star opposite Salman Khan.[10] Barjatya picked Perveen from English stage to play the negative role.[10]

The first sequence filmed was of the office scene where Rajiv Verma tells Salman that he has to go.[10] Barjatya had huge sets in film city, Mumbai where filming took place continuously over 5–6 months. Outdoor session of the film was done in Ooty.[12] Additional production credits include: Jay Borade – dance choreographer, Art – Bijon Das Gupta, Action – Shamim Azim and Editor – Mukhtar Ahmed.[13]

The film had a production budget of 2 crore (equivalent to 15 crore or US$2.1 million in 2017).[3] Salman Khan was paid 31,000 (equivalent to 240,000 or US$3,300 in 2017) for the film.[14] In addition to the production budget, another 10 lakh (equivalent to 76 lakh or US$110,000 in 2017) was spent on the soundtrack's radio publicity.[8]


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.[15]

Maine Pyar Kiya was dubbed in English as When Love Calls.[16] A 125-minute version was the biggest hit in the Caribbean market at Guyana and also dominated the box-office collections at Trinidad and Tobago.[17] The Telugu version Prema Paavuraalu ran for 25 weeks at Visakhapatnam and had 100 plus day run at six centres in Andhra Pradesh.[18] 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. The film also proved its universal appeal with a glorious 10-week premiere run at Lima.[17]

Box officeEdit

The film was the biggest grosser of 1989 and one of India's highest-grossing films.[19] Made on a budget of around 2 crore,[3] it went on to gross 28 crore,[4] equivalent to 481 crore (US$67 million) in 2016.[b] It became the highest-grossing Indian films of the 1980s.[6] The film was immensely popular, becoming one of the highest-earning films made up to that point and is considered to be a film of global significance and a trendsetter and one of the most successful film of Indian cinema. Box Office India described it as an "all time blockbuster".


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 Sa Re Ga Ma label and featured eminent 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), that was used when the characters play a game. The soundtrack was very successful upon release, becoming the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack of the decade.[21] It was listed by Planet Bollywood as number 5 on their list of 100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks.[22] The song "Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali" is based on "The Final Countdown" by the Swedish band Europe.[23] Priyankee Saikia of described some songs as "heavily influenced by western hits". Saikia noted that "Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate" was derivative of Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and "Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka" was similar to "Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora.[24]

The film's soundtrack album sold over 10 million units,[8] making it the best-selling Bollywood music album of the 1980s.[9]

Maine Pyar Kiya track listing
1."Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate"Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar03:29
2."Kabootar Ja Ja Ja"Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar, Chorus08:24
3."Aaja Shaam Hone Aayee"Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar05:14
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"Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam06:46
7."Dil Deewana (Male)"Asad BhopaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam05:22
8."Maine Pyar Kiya"Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar, Chorus06:55
9."Kahe Toh Se Sajna"Dev KohliSharda Sinha05:28
10."Dil Deewaana (Duet)"Asad BhopaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar01:03
11."Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka"Asad BhopaliS.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Shailendra Singh06:47
Total length:1:01:01

Telugu soundtrack (Dubbed)Edit

The film was dubbed into Telugu with the title Prema Paavuraalu which ran successfully. The soundtrack was also released in Telugu, which received positive reviews. The track list featured eminent singers of Telugu Film Industry like S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra and Mano. The music was composed by Raamlaxman. The Track list featured 09 songs from the original and 2 songs were cut off. All the lyrics were penned by Rajashri.

Prema Paavuraalu track listing
1."Naalo Nenu Rayee Pagalu"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K.S.Chitra03:29
2."Pavurama He He"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K.S.Chitra, Chorus08:24
3."Saayam Sandhya Veela"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K.S.Chitra04:42
4."Premincha Premincha"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K.S.Chitra06:00
5."Nee Jataleka (Female)"RajashriK.S.Chitra05:30
6."Mallika Rangavalliva"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam06:41
7."Nee Jataleka (Duet)"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K.S.Chitra04:55
8."Sneha Bandham"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K.S.Chitra, Mano06:55
9."Nuvve Naaku Lokam"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K.S.Chitra06:47
Total length:51:23

Tamil soundtrack (Dubbed)Edit

The film was dubbed into Tamil with the title Kadhal Oru Kavithai, which ran successfully. The soundtrack was also released in Tamil. The track list featured eminent singers of Tamil Film Industry like S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra and Mano. The music was composed by Raamlaxman. The Track list featured 9 songs from the original and 2 songs were cut off. All the lyrics were penned by Vaali.

Kadhal Oru Kavithai track listing
1."Kaalam Thorum Kadhal Seiga"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra03:29
2."En Thoothu Sel Sel"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra, Chorus08:24
3."Kanne Kaaman"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra04:42
4."Ezhunthada Naaththu"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra05:56
5."Kaadal Piththu Pidithathu"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra04:55
6."Manjal Thangame"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra06:45
7."Poonkili Neeyo"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra06:41
Total length:39:32

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ It could also be 125 or 173 minutes, depending on the version.[2]
  2. ^ 1993 inflation rate of 17.18 times: Darr's domestic net of 10.73 crore in 1993 equivalent to 184.37 crore in 2016.[20]


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