Saawariya (transl. My love) is a 2007 Indian Hindi-language romance film produced and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1848 short story "White Nights". Co-produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment and released on 9 November 2007 it is the first Bollywood film to receive a North American release by a Hollywood studio, Additionally, it is one of the first Bollywood films to be released on Blu-ray Disc. This film would also mark the last film appearance of Zohra Sehgal before her death on 10 July 2014.
|Directed by||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Written by||Prakash Kapadia|
|Based on||White Nights|
by Fyodor Dostoyevski
|Produced by||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Narrated by||Rani Mukerji|
|Cinematography||Ravi K. Chandran|
|Edited by||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Music by||Monty Sharma|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Releasing|
|Box office||est. ₹139 crore|
Saawariya was released during Diwali festival alongside clash competition with Om Shanti Om.
The story is narrated by Gulab (Rani Mukherjee), a prostitute who frequents RK Bar, the town's most luxurious club. The bar's lead singer, Raj (Ranbir Kapoor), whom she affectionately calls "Saawariya" ("beloved"), is a free-spirited and kindhearted man. Despite knowing what Gulab does, Raj is friendly to her, and unlike other men, is kind to the other prostitutes, trying to brighten their sad lives. When he tells Gulab that he needs a job and somewhere to stay, she tells him that there is only one woman who'll give him a place to stay: Lillian (Zohra Sehgal) – but she allows only those she likes.
Raj meets Lillian and they have an emotional conversation, during which Lillian reveals she had a son who left her many years ago to join the army and never returned. She lets Raj stay with her because he reminds her of her long-lost son. That night, Raj meets a mysterious girl. He tries to talk to her, but under the wrong impression, she shouts at him to go away. Raj tells her that he will, on the condition that he'd escort her to safety, lest someone with bad intentions trouble her. As predicted by Raj, a drunkard begins following her and Raj saves her from him. After that, she allows him to escort her home. Raj discovers her name is Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) and falls in love with her.
Raj decides to confess his feelings to Sakina. He resigns from his job to meet her and calls her but she ignores him. He gets angry with her but the pair reconcile. He takes her to his favourite place, on the top of the clock tower. There, Sakina reveals that she is in love with a man named Imaan (Salman Khan). Imaan had left but promised to return for Sakina on Eid. It has been a while but she is still waiting for him faithfully. Hearing this, Raj becomes heartbroken and doesn't confess. However, he refuses to believe that there is an Imaan. He asks Gulab for advice, who advises him to tell Sakina how he feels. With the entire neighbourhood cheering him on, Raj decides to propose to Sakina on the night of Eid.
He takes Sakina to RK Bar and sings his favourite song for her: "Saawariya". Sakina remembers that it's time to meet Imaan and leaves. Following her, Raj tells her that he has discovered that there is no Imaan. Sakina tells him to let her go. Hurt, Raj goes to Gulab, saying he wants to sleep with her. Gulab, who loves Raj, is deeply hurt and gets Raj thrown out onto the street, where he is beaten up by a few of Gulab's henchmen. He returns to where Sakina is waiting. Imaan has still not arrived. Sakina, heartbroken, becomes sure that Imaan will not come back so she decides to be with Raj. Raj tries to make Sakina happy and succeeds. When they are returning home, they pass the bridge where they first met and see Imaan waiting for Sakina. Sakina hesitates as she steps toward Raj. Raj, however, tells her to go and Sakina reunites with Imaan.
Not many know that this film was made earlier as "Chhalia" with Ranbir's grandfather Raj Kapoor in lead with Nutan and Rehman. This will explain the reason for casting Sonam who quite resembles Nutan in features or Salman given the get up of Rehman. Chhalia was directed by Manmohan Desai.
Elaborate sets for the film’s imaginary city, complete with lakes, streets, shops, signages and a clock tower, were designed by production designer Omung Kumar, who had previously worked with Bhansali on Black (2005).
This film was released on 9 November 2007.
|Soundtrack album by|
19 September 2007 (India)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Monty Sharma chronology|
The soundtrack for the film was released to mixed reviews on 19 September 2007. Indiafm gave the music three out of five stars, stating that, "The title song would be remembered for months to come, if not years, the others do not really go that extra distance". According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 10,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fourteenth highest-selling.
|"Saawariya"||Shail Hada||02:45||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor and Rani Mukerji|
|"Jab Se Tere Naina"||Shaan||04:44||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor|
|"Masha-Allah"||Kunal Ganjawala and Shreya Ghoshal||05:28||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor|
|"Thode Badmaash"||Shreya Ghoshal||03:19||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor|
|"Yun Shabnami"||Parthiv Gohil||05:15||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor|
|"Daras Bina Nahin Chain"||Richa Sharma, Shail Hada and Parthiv Gohil||04:45|
|"Sawar Gayi"||Shreya Ghoshal||03:42|
|"Jaan-E-Jaan"||Kunal Ganjawala & Shreya Ghoshal||05:59||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor|
|"Pari"||Kunal Ganjawala||05:19||Picturised on Rani Mukerji and Ranbir Kapoor|
|"Chhabeela"||Alka Yagnik||05:23||Picturised on Rani Mukerji and Ranbir Kapoor|
|"Saawariya" (Reprise)||Shail Hada||03:06||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor|
Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express criticised the screenplay of the movie calling it “static”, adding that “ Saawariya is an act of supreme self-indulgence.” Jaspreet Pandohar of BBC rated the movie 2 out of 5 writing that “ it's a clear case of self indulgence and theatrical style over substance; with the director paying little attention to fleshing out the skeletal screenplay, preferring instead to focus on coaxing 'good looking' performances from his young muses.”
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