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Yaraana is a 1995 Bollywood film directed by David Dhawan and starring Rishi Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Raj Babbar, Kader Khan and Shakti Kapoor.[1] It is a remake of the American film Sleeping with the Enemy, starring Julia Roberts.[2] The film is known for the hit song "Mera Piya Ghar Aaya", which was copied from Pakistani Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.[3]

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Directed byDavid Dhawan
Produced byYusuf Bhatt
Reema Rakeshnath
Written byReema Rakeshnath
StarringRishi Kapoor
Madhuri Dixit
Raj Babbar
Kader Khan
Music byAnu Malik
CinematographyRajan Kinagi
Edited byA. Muthu
Distributed bySamna Films
Release date
  • 20 October 1995 (1995-10-20)
Running time
126 mins



The story centers on Lalita (Madhuri Dixit), a beautiful performer who catches the eye of JB (Raj Babbar). JB is a borderline psychopath who uses his wealth to get Lalita's uncles to consent to their marriage. When Lalita refuses, JB kidnaps her and imprisons her in his house till the wedding. However, she manages to escape by feigning unconsciousness on the day of the wedding.

Lalita runs into Banke (Shakti Kapoor), who is a theater master and starts working with him. Banke's friend Raj (Rishi Kapoor) needs a girl to act as his fake would-be-wife to soothe his grandfather Rai Saheb (Kader Khan), who insists that he settle down soon. Banke sends Lalita to Raj's house where she tells everyone that her name is Shikha. Over time, Raj and Lalita fall in love.

Unfortunately, JB is still looking for Lalita. He finds her blind aunt at a nursing home and kills her when she refuses to reveal Lalita's whereabouts. A chance encounter reveals that Lalita is working with Banke. JB kills Banke and proceeds to Raj's house with Lalita's father. He tells Raj and his grandfather that he is Lalita's husband and that she ran away from him on the day of their wedding. JB and her uncle drag Lalita away. Back at JB's house, Lalita, frustrated and angry at JB, stabs him. Meanwhile, Raj discovers Banke's dead body and realizes that something is amiss. He goes to JB's house just in time to stop a dying JB from killing Lalita. In the ensuing fight, JB is killed. Finally, Raj and Lalita get married.


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Govinda was first approached as the lead opposite Madhuri Dixit, but things didn't work out. After Govinda rejected Jackie Shroff was approached, but his dates were blocked by other projects. This resulted in Rishi Kapoor being part of the movie.

Kamal Hassan was offered Raj Babbar's role, but declined it because he did not want to play a villain.


The song "Mera Piya Ghar Aaya" was copied from Pakistani Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.[3] The film's soundtrack album sold 2 million units, making it the year's 11th best-selling Bollywood soundtrack album.[4]

Song Singer Picturised on Lyricist
"Jaadu Jaadu" Udit Narayan & Sapna Mukherjee Rishi Kapoor & Madhuri Dixit Rani Malik
"Mera Piya Ghar Aaya" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shankar Mahadevan Madhuri Dixit Maya Govind
"Rabbi Re Ralli" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan Rishi Kapoor & Madhuri Dixit Rahat Indori
"Loye Loye" Kavita Krishnamurthy Madhuri Dixit Rahat Indori
"Noorani Chehrewale" Kavita Krishnamurthy Rishi Kapoor & Madhuri Dixit Anwar Sagar
"Mohabbat Ki Nazrein Karam" Kavita Krishnamurthy, Vinod Rathod Rishi Kapoor & Madhuri Dixit Rani Malik
"Jaane Woh Kaisa Chor Tha" Kavita Krishnamurthy Madhuri Dixit & Raj Babbar Anwar Sagar


  1. ^ "Yaraana (1995)". Yahoo movies.
  2. ^ Bose, Sushmita (10 September 2010). "Hollywood Bollywood". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Five Songs That Bollywood Blatantly Copied From Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan". News18. 13 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Music Hits 1990-1999 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Retrieved 1 January 2010.

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