Sooraj Barjatya

Sooraj R. Barjatya (born 22 February 1965) is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and distributor, predominantly working in Hindi cinema. He is the current chairman of the Indian media conglomerate Rajshri Productions. His films are produced under the Rajshri Productions banner, which was founded in 1947 by his late grandfather Tarachand Barjatya. Barjatya has directed and produced some of the highest-grossing Bollywood films and has produced three other films that have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of more than 2 billion (US$27 million).

Sooraj R. Barjatya
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Born (1965-02-22) 22 February 1965 (age 56)
OccupationAssistant Director
Producer
Director
Director of Rajshri Productions
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Vineeta Barjatya (1986–present)
Children3
RelativesTarachand Barjatya (grandfather)
Rajkumar Barjatya (father)
Kavita K. Barjatya (cousin)

Barjatya began his career as an assistant director to Mahesh Bhatt. He made his directorial debut with the 1989 film Maine Pyar Kiya, a romantic musical film about friendship. He followed it with the film Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, which became one of the most commercially successful Bollywood films worldwide at the time. This was produced by his father Rajkumar Barjatya for Rajshri Productions. In 1999, Barjatya directed the commercially and critically successful film Hum Saath-Saath Hain. In 2006, Barjatya directed and produced Vivah, which established Shahid Kapoor as a leading actor in Bollywood. In 2015, the film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, again written and directed by him, was one of the highest-grossing films of the year.

Early lifeEdit

Sooraj Barjatya was born in a Marwari Jain family[1] in Mumbai. He attended St. Mary's School, Mumbai and The Scindia School in Gwalior. Encouraged by his paternal grandfather, Tarachand Barjatya, he directed his first film Maine Pyar Kiya for Rajshri at the young age of 24. He married Vineeta Barjatya in 1986 and the couple have three children.

CareerEdit

He made his directorial debut with Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) starring Salman Khan which was financially successful and launched both his and Salman's careers. The film also won him the Most Sensational Debut of the Year award.[2] He teamed up with Salman again for Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) which became one of the highest-grossing films of all time and Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (1999) which was successful as well.[3]

His fourth film was Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon starring Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan which was his first critical and commercial failure and his last film was Vivah (2006) starring Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao, which has proved to be one of the most successful films in his career. He has named the lead actor of all his movies 'Prem'.[4] He had said in an interview that "Ours was a joint Marwari family and I grew up witnessing grand functions and wedding ceremonies in the family. The opulence shown in my films is based on my impressions as a child".[1]

Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Sooraj Barjatya's two consecutive films, are still placed among the top ten most successful films of the last 80 years. Vivah proved to be one of the biggest grossers of 2006, having celebrated a silver jubilee run at 25 centers across the country. The film was nominated for more than 15 awards.[citation needed]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Director Writer Notes
1989 Maine Pyar Kiya Yes Yes Nominated Filmfare Award for Best Director
1994 Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! Yes Yes Won Filmfare Award for Best Director
Won Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay
1999 Hum Saath-Saath Hain Yes Yes
2003 Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon Yes Yes
2006 Vivah Yes Yes
2008 Ek Vivaah... Aisa Bhi No Yes
2015 Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Yes Yes
2022 Uunchai   Yes Yes Filming[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Divya Vasisht (29 June 2003). "Sooraj Barjatya: The big picture". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Did Salman Khan Won The Best Debute[sic] Filmfare Award 1989". YouTube. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  3. ^ Top Lifetime Grossers 1995-1999 (Figures in Ind Rs). Box Office India.
  4. ^ Taran Adarsh (1 October 2012). "Box Office Top 5". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Parineeti Chopra plays the role of a tourist guide in Nepal in Sooraj Barjatya's Uunchai; film shot at world's most DANGEROUS airport". Bollywood Hungama. 9 October 2021. Retrieved 9 October 2021.

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