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Karan Arjun
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Film Poster
Directed byRakesh Roshan
Written bySachin Bhowmick
Ravi Kapoor
Anwar Khan
Produced byRakesh Roshan
StarringRakhee Gulzar
Salman Khan
Shah Rukh Khan
Mamta Kulkarni
Amrish Puri
CinematographyKaka Thakur
Edited bySanjay Verma
Music byRajesh Roshan
Film Kraft
Distributed byDigital Entertainment (DEI)
Eros Entertainment
Rapid Eye Movies
Release date
  • 13 January 1995 (1995-01-13)
Running time
175 minutes
Budget₹5.50 crores[1]
Box officeest. ₹45 crores[2]

Karan Arjun is a 1995 Indian Hindi-language fantasy action film directed and produced by Rakesh Roshan, starring Rakhee Gulzar, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Mamta Kulkarni in lead roles. Amrish Puri portrays the main antagonist, while Johnny Lever, Arjun, Jack Gaud, Ranjeet and Aasif Sheikh appear in supporting roles. The film revolves around the story of the two titular brothers who seek revenge from their greedy uncle for murdering their father, but are killed by him and are reincarnated to complete the revenge.

Karan Arjun was theatrically released in India on 13 January 1995. The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed 450 million[2] ($20 million),[3] emerging as a "blockbuster" and the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1995, behind Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which also featured Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Amrish Puri.


In a village in Rajasthan, Durga Singh is a poor woman raising her two beloved sons Karan and Arjun. When Munshiji of Thakur Sangram Singh, comes to talk to Durga, she tells her husband was the Thakur's son who married her against his father's wishes. Durjan Singh, a relative of Thakur killed Durga's husband to prevent him or his family from inheriting the Thakur's estate.

Durjan kills Thakur and when he learns of his plans to sign over the estate to Karan and Arjun, he brutally murders both with his brothers-in-law Nahar and Shamsher. Durga worships Goddess Kali to bring her sons back. Miraculously, her prayers are heard and the two are reincarnated, but are separated and grown into different families unaware of their past lives – Durga is unaware of this miracle.

20 years later

Arjun is reincarnated as Vijay and falls in love with the wealthy Sonia Saxena; she also loves him but her wedding is fixed to Durjan's son Suraj. Meanwhile, Karan is reborn as Ajay. He is chased upon by tomboy Bindiya who loves him, and soon works for Govind—Sonia's father and Durjan's partner in his illegal arms trading business. Knowing that Sonia loves Vijay, Suraj attempts to kill him.

Vijay attacks him. Ajay is sent to kill Vijay; they start to fight, that is suddenly interrupted after a bolt of lightning strikes in between them. Govind tries to shoot Vijay; Ajay stops him whilst shouting for Vijay to run. This is something that Ajay said to Vijay in their past when he was attacked. Ajay is prisoned; Vijay escapes. Sonia is forcibly taken to Durjan's house to marry Suraj.

Vijay and his friend Linghaiyya travel to save Sonia. Everybody is stunned and calls him Arjun. He finally remembers his past life and reunites with Durga, where he gets to know about his brother Karan who is now Ajay. Vijay saves Ajay and explains the whole situation that they were brothers named Karan and Arjun. Meanwhile, Bindiya joins them.

Durjan hears about Karan and Arjun's return but refuses to believe it. Nahar and Shamsher attempt to bring them before him but instead get killed by Ajay and Vijay in a similar way as they killed the two brothers. Karan (Ajay) and Arjun (Vijay) frighten Durjan by convincing that they're back. Govind and Durjan have a falling out, in which Govind tells Sonia to run away with Vijay, but it's actually a trap.

Ajay succeeds in creating chaos, letting Vijay and Sonia escape from the trap. Vijay shoots Suraj to death, and Durjan kills Govind in a fit of rage. He attempts to shoot Ajay and Vijay but instead they beat him up. He begs forgiveness from Durga but Ajay and Vijay take their revenge by killing him on her order. Later, Vijay marries Sonia, Ajay marries Bindiya and the whole family is united.




Rakesh Roshan originally wanted to make the film with Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn as the titular characters. However, both wanted to play different roles to the ones offered to them; Khan wanted to play Karan, while Devgn wanted to play Arjun. Roshan did not agree, and, as a result, both backed out of the film. Roshan's next choices for the leads were Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. While Salman agreed to do the film, Aamir could not do it. Shah Rukh then told Roshan that he wanted to do the film.[4] Thus, the casting of the film brought together Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan for the first time onscreen, two prominent actors of that time.

Hrithik Roshan assisted his father during this film, having assisted him in his previous movies .[5][unreliable source?]


The whole film was shot in Rajasthan. More specifically, the village which is portrayed in the film is one of the villages of Alwar District of Rajasthan, named Bhangarh.[5] The Durga temple where Karan Arjun pray in the song is located at Pushkar near Ajmer.[5] Sariska Palace was used as Thakur Durjan Singh's house.[6]

Box office

Karan Arjun was the second-highest-grossing Indian film of 1995, only surpassed by Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which also starred Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Amrish Puri.[2] Worldwide, Karan Arjun grossed ₹450 million.[2][3] Overseas, the film grossed $500,000 (₹15.8 million).[7]

Home Media

The film has also been released on VHD, VCD and DVD formats for home media. It has not seen a release on Blu-ray Disc or subsequent media formats, apart from YouTube.


Filmfare Awards

Category Nominee Results
Best Editing Sanjay Varma Won
Best Action Bhiku Varma
Best Film Rakesh Roshan Nominated
Best Director Rakesh Roshan
Best Actor Salman Khan
Best Supporting Actress Raakhee
Best Music Director Rajesh Roshan
Best Comedian Johnny Lever
Ashok Saraf
Best Villain Amrish Puri

Screen Awards

Category Recipient's and Winners Results
Best Actor Salman Khan Won
Best Music Director Rajesh Roshan


The music and background score were composed by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics for all the songs were penned by Indeevar. The music rights were originally bought by Time Magnetics (now Tips Music). Song "Bhangra Paale" remake 2020's movie Bhangra Paa Le.

Title Singer(s) Featuring Length
"Yeh Bandhan Toh" Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik Rakhee Gulzar, Salman Khan & Shah Rukh Khan 05:40
"Yeh Bandhan Toh" (2) Udit Narayan Rakhee Gulzar, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan & Mamta Kulkarni 01:38
"Bhangra Paale" Sadhana Sargam, Mohammed Aziz & Sudesh Bhosle Rakhee Gulzar, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Mamta Kulkarni & Johnny Lever 07:07
"Ek Munda" Lata Mangeshkar Salman Khan & Mamta Kulkarni 07:38
"Jai Maa Kaali" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik & Amrish Puri Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Mamta Kulkarni, Kajol & Amrish Puri 07:07
"Gup Chup Gup Chup" For Mink Singh Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun Mamta Kulkarni & Sheela R. 06:02
"Jaati Hoon Main" Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik Shah Rukh Khan & Kajol 06:24

Additionally, the themes from The Terminator 2 and The Last of the Mohicans were featured throughout the film, especially during fight & jail scenes.


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  2. ^ a b c d "Box Office 1995". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "32.418074 INR per USD in 1995". Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ Seta, Fenil. "25 Years Of Karan Arjun EXCLUSIVE: "Shah Rukh came back to me when he found out that Salman and Aamir Khan have shown interest" – Rakesh Roshan". Republic World. Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan & Hrithik Roshan on the sets of Karan Arjun in 1995". One Shot One Place. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Bollywood Movie Karan Arjun Shooting Location". Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. ^ "TOP OVERSEAS GROSSERS 1995". Box Office India. Retrieved 2 November 2017.

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