Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Shaad Ali|
|Produced by||Bobby Bedi
|Written by||Mani Ratnam|
|Screenplay by||Mani Ratnam|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
Yash Raj Films
|Distributed by||Kaleidoscope Entertainment
Yash Raj Films
|Release date(s)||December 20, 2002|
|Running time||139 minutes|
|Box office||18 crore (India)|
Saathiya (Hindi: साथिया, English: Companion) is a 2002 Hindi romance film directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Mani Ratnam and Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film stars Rani Mukerji opposite Vivek Oberoi in lead roles, whilst Shahrukh Khan and Tabu appear in cameo roles. The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman. It is a remake of the Tamil film, Alaipayuthey directed by Mani Ratnam which also had its music by A. R. Rahman.
Aditya (Vivek Oberoi) and his friends are searching for Aditya's wife Suhani (Rani Mukherji). She has been missing for hours, a few days after having a fight with Aditya, due to their failing marriage. But Aditya now realizes that he loves her more than anything and is devastated that he can't find her.
The film goes into a flashback, where it is seen that Aditya and Suhani meet each other at a wedding. Aditya immediately falls in love with her and pursues her. Suhani at first believes that he is simply flirting with her but later, both realize that they love each other. However Aditya's rich lifestyle and Suhani's middle-class lifestyle creates a rift between their parents. Aditya and Suhani elope and get married in a small ceremony. At first, they live in their respective homes and keep their marriage a secret. However when a proposal comes for Suhani's elder sister, the truth comes out. Aditya and Suhani then move to a dilapidated house and start their married life together.
Soon, marital problems threaten to drive them apart. A misunderstanding causes Suhani to think Aditya is having an affair and they get into a major argument. Suhani then gets involved in a car accident. As she is crossing the street, a car hits her, almost fatally injuring her. Aditya has no idea of this and waits for her to return home, happily thinking that they will patch up. Meanwhile, Suhani is in the hospital, on the verge of death.
The film returns to the present, where Aditya has realized that Suhani is missing and is frantically looking for her. It is revealed that Savitri (Tabu) is the one who hit Suhani with her car. Scared to own up, Savitri calls her husband, who is an IAS officer. Her husband, Yeshwant Rao (Shah Rukh Khan), arrives at the hospital and tells the doctor that Suhani is his wife and he wants her operated. Aditya finds out about the incident and reaches the hospital. Suhani falls into an coma. Yeshwant explains to Aditya, and takes the blame and tells him that he had caused the accident. Aditya threatens Yeshwant and leaves. Savitri meets Aditya and tells him that it was she who caused the accident and she is feeling guilty.
The two shed tears together, until Yeshwant comes and picks her up. Soon, Suhani regains consciousness. Aditya runs in and expresses the pain and suffering he went through in the hours of separation. Suhani also expresses her own love and feelings for him. The film ends as Aditya and Suhani finally make up and hug each other on the hospital bed.
- Rani Mukerji as Suhani Sharma
- Vivek Oberoi as Aditya
- Tanuja as Shabana Sharma
- Satish Shah as Om Sehgal
- Sharat Saxena as Chandraprakash Sharma
- Swaroop Sampat as Shanti
- Sandhya Mridul as Dina Sharma
- Anju Mahendru as Prema
- Shahrukh Khan as Yeshwant Rao (extended appearance)
- Tabu as Savitri Rao (extended appearance)
- Aditya Srivastava as IAS Officer
- Shamita Shetty in a special appearance in song 'Chori Pe Chori'
|Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman|
|Released||29 October 2002|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
|Genre||Feature Film soundtrack, Ambient|
|Label||Sa Re Ga Ma|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
There are 9 songs composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics by Gulzar. A. R. Rahman re-used most of his compositions from the Tamil soundtrack of Alaipayuthey, with the exception of two songs, "Mere Yaar Mila De" and "Naina Milaike" which replaced their Tamil counterparts "Evano Oruvan" and "Alaipayuthey". The soundtrack turned out to be one of the strong points of the film. The soundtrack of Saathiya was considered for the Best Music Direction nomination 50th National Film Awards. Rahman's critically acclaimed The Legend of Bhagat Singh was also considered for the Best Background Score, which also falls under the Best Music Direction category. However, it lost to Kannathil Muthamittal in the same year, which was also composed by Rahman himself. However, Saathiya bagged most of the music awards, though having tough competition. A. R. Rahman and Sonu Nigam received awards for Best Music Director and Best Male Playback for "Saathiya", respectively. In the same year, the Best Background Score awards were dominated by The Legend of Bhagat Singh, also composed by Rahman.
|"Saathiya"||Sonu Nigam, Dominique Cerejo, Clinton Cerejo, Benny Dayal|
|"Chalka Chalka Re"||Richa Sharma, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Vaishali Samant, Shoma Banerjee|
|"Aye Udi Udi Udi"||Adnan Sami|
|"Chupke Se"||Sadhana Sargam, Murtaza Khan, Qadir Khan, A. R. Rahman|
|"O Humdum Soniyo Re"||Kunal Ganjawala, A. R. Rahman, KK, Shaan, Pravin Mani|
|"Mere Yaar Mila De"||A. R. Rahman|
|"Naina Milaike"||Sadhana Sargam, Madhushree|
|"Mangalyam"||Shaan, A. R. Rahman, Kunal Ganjawala, Srinivas|
|"Chori Pe Chori"||Asha Bhosle, Karthik, Blaaze|
- Filmfare Awards
Saathiya won six awards at the Filmfare Awards.
- Critics Award Best Actress - Rani Mukerji
- Best Music Director - A.R. Rahman
- Best Lyrics - Gulzar
- Best Male Playback - Sonu Nigam for "Saathiya"
- Best Dialogue - Gulzar
- Best Screenplay - Mani Ratnam
- Zee Cine Awards
- Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director - A.R. Rahman
- Zee Cine Award for Best Lyricist - Gulzar
- Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male - Sonu Nigam
- Best Sound - Robert Taylor
- MTV Immies
- Bollywood Music Awards
- Best Male Singer - Sonu Nigam
- Bollywood Movie Awards