Maine Pyar Kiya

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Maine Pyar Kiya
Maine Pyar Kiya.jpg
Promotional Poster
Directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya
Produced by Tarachand Barjatya
Written by SM Ahale (story)
Sooraj R. Barjatya (dialogue)
Starring Salman Khan
Bhagyashree Patwardhan
Laxmikant Berde
Alok Nath
Reema Lagoo
Mohnish Behl
Music by Raamlaxman
Cinematography Aravind Laad
Edited by Mukhtar Ahmed
Distributed by Rajshri Productions
Release date(s) 29 December 1989
Running time 193 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR8 million (US$130,000)
Box office INR156 million (US$2.6 million) (nett gross, 1989)
INR300 million (US$5.0 million) (inflation adjusted gross)[1]

Maine Pyar Kiya (English: I have Loved) is a 1989 romantic musical film, written and directed Sooraj R. Barjatya, and produced by Rajshri Productions. Starring Salman Khan and Bhagyashree, the film tells the story of the life of two friends who gradually fall in love with each other. The film is the debut of Salman Khan in a leading role after he has appeared in Biwi Ho To Aisi in a supporting role.

The film received mixed reviews upon its release in December 1989. Earning over INR156 million (US$2.6 million), the film counted among the top 10 successful films of India.[2] It became the instant blockbuster of the decade and launched several careers. IBOS Network portal gave the rating as A111 underlining the film has done the business equal to 20 Golden Jubilee's.[3] The film came at a time when people were really looking for a break from regular Bollywood movies. It made a lasting impact on friendship celebrations in India, which often include songs and dialogues from the film.

At the 35th Filmfare Awards held in 1990, it received seven Filmfare Awards from thirteen nominations, including wins for Best Film, Best Music Director, Best Male Debut, Best Female Debut, Best Music Director, Best Male Playback Singer and Best Lyricist. It set records for the total number of wins and nominations at the time. The film was immensely popular, becoming the highest-earning film made up to that point, and retained the record for over a quarter of a century. It conceived to be a film of global significance and a trendsetter in Indian cinema.


Karan (Alok Nath) is a poor mechanic who lives in a humble house in the countryside with his only daughter, Suman (Bhagyashree). He decides to travel overseas in Dubai so that he can accumulate enough wealth to get his daughter married. He decides to leave his daughter with his family like friend Kishan (Rajeev Verma). Kishan lets Karan's daughter Suman stay at his house as he cannot turn down his old friend's request and Suman comes to live with his family. Suman is befriended by Kishan's son Prem (Salman Khan), who assures that a boy and a girl can be platonic friends.

Prem takes Suman to a party organised by Seema (Pervin Dastur) who is the only daughter of Kishen's business partner, Ranjeet (Ajit Vachani). Jeevan (Mohnish Behl) son of Ranjeet, humiliate Suman and Prem and accuse both for their false claim of being friends. Suman leaves in tears and distances herself from Prem. At that point, Prem and Suman both realises that they have fallen in love with each other. Kaushalya (Reema Lagoo) finds out about Prem and Suman's relationship and approve of Suman as her daughter-in-law, but Kishen is quite unhappy with the relationship asks her to get out of his house and life, as he feels that she has taken advantage of his hospitality. Karan returns from abroad and is enraged at Kishan's behaviour. Kishan accuses him of plotting to set up Prem and Suman. Karan and Kishan quarrel, and Karan and Suman return to their village humiliated.

Prem refuses to accept the separation. He defies his father and is disinherited. He goes to Suman's village and begs to be allowed to marry her. Karan, angered by Kishan's accusations, says that he will allow the marriage on one condition: Prem must prove that he can support his wife by his own efforts. Prem then works as a truck driver and laborer in the nearby quarry. At the end of the month, when Prem is ready with the required money and comes to win over his lady's father, he is ambushed by his enemies. They nearly succeed in killing him, but he survives. Karan harshly dismisses Prem's efforts, but Prem's stoic determination melts his heart, and he agrees to let Suman marry Prem. When Kishan arrives at Karan's village, Prem confronts Jeevan. Prem, Karan, and Kishan kill all of Prem's enemies, thus saving Suman. By the end, the estrangement between Karan and Kishan has ended, too.


Additional minor parts were portrayed by: Harish Patel as Rahim chacha, Huma Khan as Gulabiya and Deep Dhillon as fluffy truck driver.


Director/writer Sooraj Barjatya's father Rajkumar Barjatya suggested the story of Maine Pyar Kiya. Barjatya devoted ten months to write Maine Pyar Kiya screenplay. He took six months to write the first half and four months to write the second half.[4]

Rajshri tested Shabina Dutt for the heroine's role. Dutt failed the screen test but Barjatya asked her if she could suggest any actor for the lead. She told, she had done an ad film with a new comer and that he was Salim Khan's son. Salman Khan who initially was not really interested because of the soft nature of the film. Barjatya eventually convinced him to do it, and Khan has since then expressed his gratitude to Barjatya for making him a star. Barjatya then cast Bhagyashree to star opposite Salman Khan.[4] The casting of lead actress roles became a complex.[4] In an interview with CNN-IBN Barjatya said, "We were stuck on the heroine. But the credit goes to my father my father who had gone to Allahabad at that time to hunt for talent. From one of the stations, mid-way, he called me up in the middle of night saying, Wait for a day. I have a magazine in front of me where there's a photograph of the girl who has acted in 'Kachchi Dhoop'. Her name is Bhagyashree, and we know her family. I think she'll suit." Barjatya picked Perveen from English stage to play the negative role.[4]

The first sequence filmed was of the office scene where Rajiv Verma tells Salman that you have to go.[4] Rajshri had huge sets in film city, Mumbai where filming took place continuously over 5-6 months. Outdoor session of the film was done in Ooty. Additional production credits include: Jay Borade – dance choreographer, Art - Bijon Das Gupta, Action - Shamim Azim and Editor - Mukhtar Ahmed.[5]


Maine Pyar Kiya was the biggest box office film of 1989, and one of India's highest grossing films.[6][7] The Telugu version Prema Paavuraalu ran for 25 weeks at Visakhapatnam and had 100 plus day run at six centres in Andhra Pradesh. It was dubbed in Tamil as Kaadhal Oru Kavithai and in Malayalam as Ina Praavukal.

Later the film was dubbed in English as a 125-minute version. Maine Pyar Kiya had also been dubbed in Spanish as Te Amo. It also ran in Lima, capital of Peru.


The film's soundtrack was composed by Raamlaxman, with lyrics penned by Dev Kohli and Assad Bhopali. It was produced under the Sa Re Ga Ma label. The soundtrack consists of 11 songs and features vocals by Lata Mangeshkar and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. Suman's role was sung by playback singer Lata Mangeshkar while S. P. Balasubrahmanyam sang for Prem. Folk singer Sharda Sinha has also sung in the film on "Kahe Toh Se Sajna". Initial music of "Mere rang main" is from a English song called The Final Countdown.

Maine Pyar Kiya track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Aate Jaate"   S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar 03:29
2. "Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka"   S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Shailendra Singh 06:47
3. "Kabootar Ja Ja Ja"   S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar 08:24
4. "Aaja Shaam Hone Aayi"   S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar 05:14
5. "Antakshri"   S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar 09:08
6. "Dil Deewana (Female)"   Lata Mangeshkar 05:55
7. "Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali"   S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 06:46
8. "Dil Deewana (Male)"   S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 05:22
9. "Maine Pyar Kiya"   S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar 06:55
10. "Kahe Toh Se Sajna"   Sharda Sinha 05:28
11. "Dil Deewana"   S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar 01:03
Total length:


Maine Pyar Kiya set the record at its time for the most Filmfare awards won by a single film with seven, from thirteen nominations. It was also the first film to win the three major awards in music category (Best Music Director, Male Playback Singer, Best Lyricist).[8]

Filmfare Awards


  1. ^ Top Earners 1980–1989 (Figures in Ind Rs). Box Office India.
  2. ^ Tejaswini Ganti (5 March 2013). Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema. Routledge. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-136-84929-9. 
  3. ^ "Maine Pyar Kiya". ibosnetwork. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "'Maine Pyaar Kiya': 22 years and counting". CNN-IBN (CNN). Network18. May 16, 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Birthday Special: The Rise AND Rise Of Salman Khan". Sukanya Verma. Rediff. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Biggest Blockbusters Ever in Hindi Cinema". Box Office India. Retrieved 25 September 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Filmfare awards, 1990". Awards winners and nominations news portal. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Did Salman Khan Won The Best Debute Filmfare Award 1989". youtube. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  10. ^ "It's SRK vs Salman at Filmfare". Times of India. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 

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