Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
|Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!|
|Directed by||Sooraj R. Barjatya|
|Produced by||Ajit Kumar Barjatya
Kamal Kumar Barjatya
|Written by||Sooraj R. Barjatya|
|Editing by||Mukhtar Ahmed|
|Distributed by||Eros International|
|Release dates||5 August 1994|
|Running time||206 minutes|
|Budget||42.5 million (US$650,000)|
|Box office||1.35 billion (US$21 million)|
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (English: Who am I to You..!), also known as HAHK, is a 1994 Indian musical romantic comedy family drama film directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya, and produced by Rajshri Productions. It is a remake of Rajshri's 1982 film Nadiya Ke Paar. The film tells the story of two Indian families and the relationships between them, celebrating Indian culture using modern production values. Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan played the lead roles. The film was dubbed into Telugu as Premalayam.
Earning over 1.35 billion (US$21 million) worldwide, the film became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time and held the record for 7 years until Gadar: Ek Prem Katha surpassed it in 2001. After adjusting for inflation, it is still one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever. It was the first Hindi film to gross over 1 billion. Box Office India described it as "the biggest blockbuster of the modern era."
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! won 5 Filmfare Awards as well as the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
Prem (Salman Khan) lost his parents at an early age. He lives with his elder brother Rajesh (Mohnish Bahl) and uncle Kailashnath (Alok Nath). Rajesh manages the family business and his family is on the look-out for a suitable bride for him. Professor Siddharth Chaudhary (Anupam Kher) and Mrs. Chaudhary (Reema Lagoo) have two daughters, Pooja (Renuka Shahane) and Nisha (Madhuri Dixit). The Chaudhary couple and Kailashnath are old friends who meet again after several years. They arrange a marriage between Rajesh and Pooja. From their first meeting, Nisha and Prem start arguing and fighting with each other, although in a lighthearted manner. The fun and mischief continues throughout Pooja and Rajesh's wedding.
Prem gets along well with his kind and affectionate sister-in-law. In time, Pooja and Rajesh discover that they are expecting a child. Professor and Mrs. Chaudhary are unable to come to Kailashnath's house for the ceremony marking the impending arrival of the baby. So they send Nisha instead; and she stays there until the baby's delivery. Meanwhile, Nisha and Prem fall in love with each other, but keep it a secret. Professor and Mrs. Chaudhary come over to Kailashnath's house to celebrate the birth of their grandchild. When it is time for them to leave, everybody is sad, especially Prem. He and Nisha promise to each other that they will soon get together for ever.
Then one day, Pooja gets invited to stay at her parents' house, and Prem takes her there. When they arrive, Pooja finds out that Prem and Nisha love each other. She promises to get them married and gives Nisha a necklace as a token. Shortly afterwards, Pooja goes to answer the phone, and she accidentally slips and falls down the stairs, and dies from a head injury. Everybody is shattered by the tragedy.
Nisha takes good care of her dead sister's son. Hence, her parents and Kailashnath feel that Nisha will be a great mother to the baby. They decide to get Nisha married to Rajesh. Nisha overhears her parents talking about her marrying into Kailashnath's family. She mistakenly thinks that they are discussing her marriage to Prem, so she agrees. Later, at a pre-nuptial ceremony, she finds out that she is actually supposed to get married to Rajesh.
Prem and Nisha agree to sacrifice their love for Rajesh and the baby. Moments before the wedding is to begin, Nisha sends Prem the necklace that Pooja had given her, along with a letter. The letter and necklace fall into the hands of Rajesh. When he realizes that Prem and Nisha love each other, he halts the wedding and confronts both of them. In the end, Nisha and Prem marry each other with the consent of their families.
- Madhuri Dixit as Nisha Choudhary
- Salman Khan as Prem
- Mohnish Bahl as Rajesh
- Renuka Shahane as Pooja Choudhary
- Anupam Kher as Prof. Siddharth Choudhary
- Reema Lagoo as Mrs. Choudhary
- Alok Nath as Kailash Nath
- Bindu as Bhagwanti a.k.a. Mami
- Ajit Vachani as Professor a.k.a. Mama
- Satish Shah as Doctor
- Himani Shivpuri as Razia (Doctor's wife)
- Sahila Chadha as Rita
- Dilip Joshi as Bhola Prasad
- Laxmikant Berde as Lalloo Prasad
- Priya Arun as Chameli
- Tuffy as the pet dog (Indian Spitz)
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! premiered at Liberty Cinema in southern Mumbai on 5 August 1994; it eventually ran there for over 100 weeks. The film initially saw a very limited release, also showing at the Regal and Eros theatres, with only 26 prints total. Eventually it started to appear in many more theatres.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! is one of the biggest grossers ever in the history of Hindi cinema, and is said to have changed film business forever in the country. Made on a budget of around 42.5 million (US$650,000), it went on to collect 1.23 billion (US$19 million) in India and 1.35 billion (US$21 million) worldwide. It was the first Hindi film to gross over 1 billion. Adjusted for inflation, the film has grossed over 3.1 billion (US$47 million) at the domestic box office, and is considered one of the greatest blockbusters ever in Hindi cinema, and Box Office India described it as "the biggest blockbuster of the modern era." A few months after the release, Sooraj Barjatya told India Abroad, "My attempt in this movie has been to reexpose the cinema-going public to the quintessential family life ... not to make people feel that they have come to see a movie, but make them feel as if they have come to visit a big joint family that is preparing for a wedding".
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! received generally positive reviews. Avinash Ramchandani of Planet Bollywood gave it 4 out of 4 stars and wrote, "No bloodshed, no violence, no gore, no lafra, no nada. Just a simple, well directed entertaining story with excellent songs by Raamlaxman." He also praised teh work of the the director and choreographer. Carla of Filmi Geek said that despite its length and typical Bollywood humour, the film was "wholesome, delightful, and fun". She observed that the film was "full of exaggerated characters, each more lovable than the last." Tuffy the dog was included in the "Best pets in Hindi films" list compiled by Daily News and Analysis, and Nowrunning.com selected him as one of Bollywood's best animal heroes.
- Filmfare Award for Best Film
- Filmfare Award for Best Director – Sooraj R. Barjatya
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress in a leading role – Madhuri Dixit
- Filmfare Special Award – Lata Mangeshkar, who sang more than 10 songs in the movie, had long retired from accepting awards, but the public demand for the song "Didi Tera Devar Deewana" was such that she received the Filmfare Special Award that year.
The film also won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
|Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!|
|Soundtrack album by Raamlaxman|
|Released||5 August 1994|
|Genre||Hindi film soundtrack|
|Label||Sa Re Ga Ma|
The film's soundtrack was composed by Raamlaxman, with lyrics penned by Ravinder Rawal and Dev Kohli, and featured veteran playback singers. It included an unusually large number of songs at 14. The film also uses another song, "Hasta Hua Noorani Chehra" from the film Parasmani when the characters play a game. The track "Didi Tera Devar Deewana" is said to be inspired by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's song "Saare Nabian". The song became one of the most popular film songs ever, and was on the charts for over a year. The soundtrack became very popular upon release, becoming the best selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year by a wide margin.
|1.||"Maye Ni Maye"||Dev Kohli||Lata Mangeshkar||4:21|
|2.||"Didi Tera Devar Deewana"||Dev Kohli||Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||8:01|
|3.||"Mausam Ka Jaadu"||Ravinder Rawal||Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:01|
|4.||"Chocolate Lime Juice"||Dev Kohli||Lata Mangeshkar||4:29|
|5.||"Joote Do, Paise Lo"||Ravinder Rawal||Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||4:35|
|6.||"Pehla Pehla Pyar"||Dev Kohli||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||4:25|
|7.||"Dhiktana (Part 1)"||Ravinder Rawal||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:19|
|8.||"Babul"||Ravinder Rawal||Sharda Sinha||3:44|
|9.||"Mujhse Juda Hokar"||Dev Kohli||Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||6:01|
|10.||"Samdhi Samdhan"||Ravinder Rawal||Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu||5:50|
|11.||"Hum Aapke Hain Koun"||Dev Kohli||Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||3:58|
|12.||"Wah Wah Ramji"||Ravinder Rawal||Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||4:14|
|13.||"Lo Chali Main"||Ravinder Rawal||Lata Mangeshkar||2:54|
|14.||"Dhiktana (Part 2)"||Ravinder Rawal||Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Udit Narayan, Shailender Singh||8:08|
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! is credited as being a defining moment in the box office history of Hindi cinema, and the beginning of a revolution in the film distribution system in India. It was originally released in only a small number of theatres that agreed to upgrade their facilities. Due to widespread demand for the film after release, many other theatres upgraded in order to get the film. As a result ticket prices were raised, and more people came back to theatres who had been lost to television. Box Office India said, "Not only did Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! smash all records but took business for films released afterwards to another level. To put into perspective how business changed ... before Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! an all India share of 10 crore for a big film was regarded as blockbuster business but after Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! the blockbuster business figure went to 20 crore."
Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! influenced many Hindi films that followed. Avinash Ramchandani observed that the film was released at a time when most Hindi films contained violent plots. He wrote, "This movie changed it all. Since then we have had movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Akele Hum Akele Tum which have continued the trend towards non-violent love stories. The film was also a trendsetter for glamorous family dramas and NRI-related films. In 1998 a theatre company in London, where the film had played for a year, staged a production based on the film.
Filmmaker Karan Johar named it as the one film that changed his life. He said, "After seeing Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! I realized Indian cinema is about values, tradition, subtlety, romance. There is so much soul in it. After watching this film I got the answers to all the questions I had in my mind. I decided to go ahead and be a filmmaker only after watching this film." According to Anees Bazmee, his film Ready, was influenced by Barjatya films like Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! and Hum Saath-Saath Hain. This film belongs to only a small collection of films, including Kismet (1943), Mother India (1957), Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Sholay (1975), which are repeatedly watched throughout India and are viewed as definitive Hindi films with cultural significance.
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