Saathiya (film)

Saathiya (English: Companion) is a 2002 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Mani Ratnam and Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film stars Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi in lead roles, with Shah Rukh Khan and Tabu appearing in extended special appearances. The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman and the lyrics are penned by Gulzar. It is a remake of the Tamil film Alaipayuthey whose climax was reported to be inspired by the 1998 film Sliding Doors[2] and which was also directed by Mani Ratnam with music composed by Rahman as well. Box Office India declared the film a Hit.[3] Additionally, the film won 6 Filmfare Awards.

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Directed byShaad Ali
Written byGulzar
Screenplay byMani Ratnam
Story byMani Ratnam
Based onAlaipayuthey
by Mani Ratnam
Produced byYash Chopra
Aditya Chopra
Mani Ratnam
Bobby Bedi
StarringRani Mukerji
Vivek Oberoi
Shah Rukh Khan
Kunal Kumar
CinematographyAnil Mehta
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Music byA. R. Rahman
Distributed byYash Raj Films
Madras Talkies
Kaleidoscope Entertainment
Release date
  • 20 December 2002 (2002-12-20)
Running time
139 minutes
Budget75 million (US$980,000)[1]
Box office291 million (US$3.8 million)[1]


Aditya Sehgal (Vivek Oberoi) and his friends are searching for Aditya's wife Suhani Sehgal (Rani Mukerji). She has been missing for hours, a few days after having a fight with Aditya about their failing marriage. But Aditya now realizes that he loves her more than anything and is devastated that he can't find her.

The film goes into a flashback, where it is seen that Aditya and Dr. Suhani meet each other at a wedding. Aditya immediately falls in love with her and pursues her. Suhani at first believes that he is simply flirting with her but later, both realize that they love each other. However, Aditya's rich lifestyle and Suhani's middle-class lifestyle creates a rift between their parents where Aditya's father Om Sehgal insults Suhani's father. Aditya and Suhani elope and get married in a small ceremony. At first, they live in their respective homes and keep their marriage a secret. However, when a proposal comes for Suhani's elder sister, the truth comes out. Aditya and Suhani then cut ties with their parents and move to a dilapidated house and start their married life together.

Soon, marital problems threaten to drive them apart. A misunderstanding causes Suhani to think Aditya is having an affair and they get into a major argument. Suhani then gets involved in a car accident. As she is crossing the street, a car hits her, almost fatally injuring her. Aditya has no idea of this and waits for her to return home, happily thinking that they will patch up.

Later Aditya realizes that Suhani is missing and starts looking for her. It is revealed that Savitri (Tabu) is the one who hit Suhani with her car. Scared to own up, Savitri calls her husband, who is an IAS officer. Her husband, Yeshwant Rao (Shah Rukh Khan), arrives at the hospital and tells the doctor that Suhani is his wife and he wants her operated. Aditya finds out about the incident and reaches the hospital. Suhani falls into a coma. Yeshwant explains to Aditya, and takes the blame and tells him that he had caused the accident. Aditya threatens Yeshwant and leaves. Savitri meets Aditya and tells him that it was she who caused the accident and she is feeling guilty.

The two shed tears together until Yeshwant comes and picks her up. Soon, Suhani regains consciousness. Aditya runs in and expresses the pain and suffering he went through in the hours of separation. Suhani also expresses her own love and feelings for him. The film ends as Aditya and Suhani finally makeup and they hug each other on the hospital bed.



Soundtrack album by
Released18 October 2002 (Digital Release)
20 December 2002 (Film Release)
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
GenreFeature Film soundtrack, Ambient
LabelYRF Music
ProducerA.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Kadhal Virus

There are 9 songs composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics by Gulzar. A. R. Rahman re-used all of his compositions from the soundtrack of the Tamil film Alaipayuthey, with the exception of two songs, "Mere Yaar Mila De" and "Naina Milaike" which replaced their Tamil counterparts "Evano Oruvan" and "Alaipayuthey". The soundtrack turned out to be one of the strong points of the film. Saathiya won most of the music awards, despite facing tough competition from Devdas (2002).[4] A. R. Rahman and Sonu Nigam won Best Music Director and Best Male Playback for "Saathiya", respectively. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 20,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's second highest-selling, behind Devdas.[5]

For the soundtrack, the songs, "Alaipayuthey" and "Evano Oruvan" were not re-composed from the Tamil version. Instead, Rahman composed a Sufi track "Mere Yaar Mila De" and "Naina Milaike", a classical number. Lyricist Gulzar, who wrote all the Hindi version songs, stated, "In Saathiya I wrote 'Mere Yaar Mila De', which isn't a typical romantic number though it's essentially a love song."[6] Unlike previous soundtracks recorded by Rahman for Ratnam, the former composed majority of the songs by fusing the classical carnatic music genres into moderns rhythms.[citation needed]

On penning review for Bollywood Hungama, critic Taran Adarsh stated, "A.R. Rahman's music is melodious and easy on the ears. The title track is the pick of the lot, but the item song can easily be deleted, for it serves as a speed breaker in the goings-on. Perhaps, even this song was added to add spice."[7] Critic based at Australian Cine Urban praised the music, "A superb digital sound mix drives the all important soundtrack, fantasy music video clips on the cable music channels in that they are multi-costume and multi-location showpieces, taking us from waterfalls to snowy mountain fields to idyllic shorelines. Duets and full scale wedding routines follow each other as the first half zips along with its charter to set the musical mood."[8] Vijay Ramanan of Planet Bollywood, "A. R. Rahman's music and score, while simply re-created from the original except for two songs is as usual – fantastic.[9] Mr. Brown reviewed the music of the film, "The songs-chiefly are the lilting title number; the percussive wedding song "Chhalka Chhalka Re" ("It Spilled"); and the seductive ballads "Chupke Se" ("Quietly") and "Aye Udi Udi Udi" ("Flew Away") a highlight.[10] Glamsham pointed, "All in all, all praises to the music composition by A R Rahman; the music is unique and upbeat. A R Rahman has been successful in creating a different genre of music for his ever increasing list of fans. The lyrics is definitely getting subdued by the exciting music. A must buy for people who love new music".[11]

All tracks are written by Gulzar.

1."Saathiya"Sonu Nigam, Clinton Cerejo05:57
2."Chhalka, Chhalka Re"Mahalaxmi Iyer, Vaishali Samant, Richa Sharma, Shoma05:45
3."Aye Udi Udi"Adnan Sami04:36
4."O Humdum Soniyo Re"K K, Kunal Ganjawala, Shaan03:57
5."Chupke Se"Sadhana Sargam, Murtuza Khan, Qadir Khan06:04
6."Mere Yaar Mila De"A. R. Rahman05:43
7."Naina Milaike"Sadhana Sargam, Madhushree05:14
8."Maangalyam"Srinvas, K. K., Kunal Ganjawala, Shaan01:43
9."Chori Pe Chori" (Rap lyrics and vocals: Blaazé)Asha Bhosle, Karthik05:01
Total length:44:03


48th Filmfare Awards:



Zee Cine Awards
MTV Immies
Bollywood Music Awards[13]
Bollywood Movie Awards[13]
Sansui Awards


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  2. ^ Kumar, S. Shiva (5 October 2018). "Mani is the matter: On Chekka Chivantha Vaanam". The Hindu.
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  4. ^ "Devdas bags laurels at IIFA 2003 Awards". The Times of India. 17 May 2003. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.
  6. ^ "'Lyrics Today Aren't Poetry, Just Bad Prose' | Saibal Chatterjee | 26 June 2006". Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Saathiya Review – Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Urban Cinefile SAATHIYA". Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Saathiya – movie review by Vijay Ramanan – Planet Bollywood". Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  10. ^ "The Movie Report Archive: January 2003". Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Saathiya : music". Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Saathiya (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes (India). 18 October 2002. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Bollywood Awards". Retrieved 25 July 2008.

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