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Directed by Lawrence D'Souza
Produced by Sudhakar Bokade
Written by Reema Rakeshnath
Starring Salman Khan
Sanjay Dutt
Madhuri Dixit
Kader Khan
Laxmikant Berde
Reema Lagoo
Music by Nadeem-Shravan
Sameer (lyrics)
Cinematography Lawrence D'Souza
Edited by A. R. Rajendran
Distributed by Eros Entertainment
Release date
  • 30 August 1991 (1991-08-30) (India)
Running time
182 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office est. 180 million[1]

Saajan (lit. Beloved) is a 1991 Indian romantic drama film directed by Lawrence D'Souza and starring Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit. It was released on 30 August 1991.



During childhood, Aman (Sanjay Dutt) is an impoverished and lame orphan who is luckily befriended and adopted by a very wealthy family headed by Mr. Varma. Mr. Varma has one son called Akash (Salman Khan).

As Akash and Aman grow up as brothers, they bond very closely. Akash's personality is more care-free, flexible, gregarious and he turns into a Roadside Romeo, and a womaniser, while Aman grows up to be more of a serious-type person, and has a fond hobby of writing marvellous poems which are successfully published and turn into best-sellers, all under the pen name Sagar.

Gradually, Aman becomes popular and well-known all around town and has millions of fans. One of his fans is a pretty young woman by the name of Pooja Saxena (Madhuri Dixit), who frequently writes letters to correspond with her idol - Sagar. In her letters, she writes of how much she admires him, is in love with him and his poetic abilities and even wishes to meet him one day if possible... which she does, but does not recognise him, but he recognises her.

One day, as a twist of fate, none other than Akash meets Pooja (and being the vivacious womaniser) falls head over heels in love with her.

When Akash meets Aman in private, he explains to his brother Aman that this time he is REALLY in love - and discloses a photo of Pooja. Aman is shocked and shaken at this, as he also was head over heels in love with Pooja, but now in order to help his brother, to reciprocate his feelings in an attempt to help Aman, suggests to Akash to pose as Sagar.

At this point, Akash does not know that his brother Aman writes poems under name of Sagar.

When Akash does this, Pooja is fooled and overjoyed that she has met her idol finally. Little does she know that the one posing as Sagar is Akash (Aman's younger brother). She is not aware that Aman is sacrificing his love for his younger brother.

An insecure and heartbroken Aman looks on, as he knows that many fans (including women) like his poetry, but they will never come out openly and love him when they see his handicap.

Gradually, Akash gets really tired of posing as a poet, he messes up the lines many times! Also, Akash discovers that Aman truly loves Pooja and that his brother, is actually Sagar – through a string of events triggered by a Pankaj Udhas show.

Finally, Akash musters up enough courage and comes to his senses about what is going on... he confronts Aman (and brings Pooja with him secretly) with all the above and then Aman admits that he loves Pooja.

Pooja witnesses this encounter (behind a curtain) and then after Aman confesses that he loves Pooja (his fan) very much, Pooja comes out of hiding and becomes upset with both Akash and Aman and leaves their house in an emotional frenzy, confused about this whole fiasco.

Later, after about a month or so, she meets up with Aman and tells him that she still can't forget him, and that she would have loved him if he had revealed the truth that he is Sagar and cries a lot on his shoulder. Eventually, Aman and Pooja become friends, then become true lovers and then they decide to marry, while Akash finds another woman to flirt and enjoy life with.


Actor Role Other Notes
Sanjay Dutt Aman Verma/Sagar An orphan adopted by Rajiv Verma A Poet
Madhuri Dixit Pooja Saxena Girl who loves Sagar A Stage Performer
Salman Khan Akash Varma Rajiv Verma's Son A Playboy
Kader Khan Rajiv Verma Akash's Father A Businessman
Reema Lagoo Kamla Verma Akash's Mother
Laxmikant Berde Laxmi Verma's Servant at Ooty
Ekta Sohini Menaka Akash's Girlfriend The girl who insults Aman
Anjana Mumtaz Mrs. Saxena Pooja's Mother
Dinesh Hingoo Mr. Laalchand Verma's Business Partner
Yunus Parvez Anees Saheb Press Editor
Raju Shrestha Pooja's Brother Cameo
Tej Sapru Veera Local Goon The goon in "Tu Shayaar Hai" song
Vikas Anand Inspectors
Pankaj Udhas Pankaj Udhas In Song "Jiyen to Jiyen Kaise" Guest Role
Lawrence D'Souza Special Appearance In "Dekha Hai Pehli Baar" Song Guest Role


The film was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1991[1] After two decades, the director has also planned to make a sequel for the film.[2]


The music was composed by Nadeem-Shravan, with lyrics by Sameer. Most of the songs are sung by SP Balasubramanyam for Salman Khan. Kumar Sanu, who sang for Sanjay Dutt's character won his second Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai". Pankaj Udhas, Anuradha Paudwal and Alka Yagnik also rendered their voice for the album. All the singers were nominated for Filmfare Awards.

Soundtrack album by Nadeem Shravan
Released 1991
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 48:20
Label Venus Records & Tapes
Producer Nadeem Shravan
Nadeem Shravan chronology
Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin
(1991)Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Planet Bollywood          [3]
Track # Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Dekha Hai Pehli Baar" SP Balasubramanyam, Alka Yagnik 05:46
2 "Tum Se Milne Ki Tamanna Hain" SP Balasubramanyam 04:35
3 "Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Paagal Hai" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik 05:25
4 "Bahut Pyar Karte Hain" (Female) Anuradha Paudwal 04:25
5 "Jiye To Jiye Kaise" Kumar Sanu, SP Balasubramanyam, Pankaj Udhas & Anuradha Paudwal 03:31
6 "Tu Shayar Hain" Alka Yagnik 06:26
7 "Pehli Baar Mile Hain" SP Balasubramanyam 06:16
8 "Bahut Pyar Karte Hain" (Male) SP Balasubramanyam 03:02
9 "Jiye To Jiye Kaise" (Part 2) Anuradha Paudwal 03:31
10 "Jiye To Jiye Kaise" (Part 3) Pankaj Udhas 03:30





Saajan 2 was announced by director Lawrence D'Souza.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Box Office 1991". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lawrence Dsouza to remake Saajan?". Times of India. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Saajan Music Review". Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "'Saajan' sequel to feature young cast, to go on floors in 2014". IBNLive. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 

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