|Directed by||Rakesh Roshan|
|Produced by||Rakesh Roshan|
|Written by||Sachin Bhowmick|
Shah Rukh Khan
|Music by||Rajesh Roshan|
|Edited by||Sanjay Verma|
|Distributed by||Digital Entertainment (DEI)|
Rapid Eye Movies
|Box office||₹79 crore|
Karan Arjun is a 1995 Indian Hindi-language action film directed and produced by Rakesh Roshan, starring Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Mamta Kulkarni, Raakhee, and Johnny Lever in lead roles, with Amrish Puri portraying the antagonist and Arjun, Jack Gaud, Ranjeet, and Aasif Sheikh in supporting roles. It tells the story of the titular two 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, receiving positive reviews from critics, grossed more than ₹75 crore (US$11 million) at the worldwide box office, 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 (Raakhee) is a poor woman raising her two beloved sons Karan (Salman Khan) and Arjun (Shah Rukh Khan). When Munshiji (Ashok Saraf) of Thakur Sangram Singh, comes to talk to Durga, Durga reveals that their father was the Thakur's son, who had married her against his father's wishes. Durjan Singh (Amrish Puri), 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 the help of his brother-in-laws Nahar (Arjun) and Shamsher (Jack Gaud). Durga prays to Goddess Kali to bring her sons back. Miraculously, her prayers are heard and her sons are reborn, but into different families with no knowledge of their past lives – Durga is unaware of this miracle.
20 years pass. Arjun is reincarnated as Vijay. He falls in love with the wealthy Sonia (Kajol), but neither knows that Sonia is to marry Durjan Singh's son, Suraj (Aashif Sheikh). Karan is reincarnated as Ajay. He is chased upon by tomboy Bindiya (Mamta Kulkarni) who loves him. He soon works for Saxena (Ranjeet), Sonia's father and Durjan's partner in his illegal arms trading business. On learning about Vijay, Suraj attempts to kill him but ends up burning the farm of Vijay's Uncle. At Sonia and Suraj's engagement party, Vijay arrives and attacks Suraj. Ajay is sent to kill Vijay and the two start to fight, which is suddenly interrupted after a bolt of lightning strikes in between them. Saxena tries to shoot Vijay, but Ajay stops him whilst shouting for Arjun to run. This is something that Ajay had said to Vijay in their previous births when he was being attacked. Ajay is sent to prison while Vijay escapes. Sonia is forcibly taken to Durjan's house to marry Suraj.
Vijay and his friend Linghaiyya (Johnny Lever) travel to save Sonia. Everybody in the village who sees him 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. Meanwhile, Bindiya joins them. Durjan hears about Karan and Arjun's return but refuses to believe it, so his brother-in-law's attempt to bring them before him. In the process, they are killed by Ajay and Vijay in a similar way as they killed Karan and Arjun.
At the village temple of Goddess Kali, rituals are held for Sonia and Suraj's wedding. Karan and Arjun frighten Durjan by convincing him that they are back. Soon, Saxena and Durjan have a falling out, in which Saxena tells Sonia to run away with Vijay, but it's revealed to be a trap. Ajay succeeds in creating a diversion, letting Vijay and Sonia escape. Vijay kills Suraj, upon which Durjan kills Saxena in a fit of rage.
After all his henchmen are killed, Durjan attempts to kill Karan and Arjun. They overpower him. He runs to Durga and begs her for forgiveness. However, she orders her sons to kill him for revenge. Later, Arjun marries Sonia and Karan marries Bindiya with the whole family reunited.
- Salman Khan as Karan Singh / Ajay Singh
- Shah Rukh Khan as Arjun Singh / Vijay Singh
- Kajol as Sonia Vijay Singh (née Saxena)
- Mamta Kulkarni as Bindiya Ajay Singh (née Bakshi)
- Raakhee Gulzar as Mrs. Durga Devi Singh
- Amrish Puri as Thakur Durjan Singh
- Ranjeet as Mr. Rajesh Saxena
- Johnny Lever as Linghaiyya Singh
- Aasif Sheikh as Suraj Singh
- Ashok Saraf as Munshiji
- Jack Gaud as Shamsher Singh
- Arjun as Nahar Singh
- Gavin Packard as the fighter with red pants
- Ila Arun as Rajasthani Dancer (segment Gup Chup)
- Kishore Bhanushali as Raghav
- Suresh Chatwal as Girdhari
- Salim Khan Ding-Dong as Fight Organiser
- John Gabriel as Peter
- Dinesh Hingoo as Pestonji
- Raj Kishore as Jugal
- Anil Nagrath as Fight Organiser
- Ghanshyam Rohera as Ashuveer Bakshi
- Babbanlal Yadav as Raghav's father
The casting of the film brought together Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, two prominent actors of that time. Hrithik Roshan became an assistant director, assisting his father Rakesh Roshan in his first major contribution to Bollywood.
Sariska Palace was used as Thakur Durjan Singh's house.
Karan Arjun was the second-highest-grossing Indian film of 1995, after Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which also starred Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Amrish Puri. Domestically in India, Karan Arjun grossed ₹52 crore (US$16.04 million) in 1995, equivalent to ₹516 crore (US$75 million) in 2017.[b]Overseas, the film grossed ₹1.58 crore (US$500,000). Worldwide, the film grossed ₹53.58 crore (US$16.54 million) in 1995, equivalent to ₹532 crore (US$77 million) in 2017.[c]
- Best Action – Bhiku Varma
- Best Editing – Sanjay Varma
- Nominated—Best Movie - Rakesh Roshan
- Nominated—Best Director – Rakesh Roshan
- Nominated—Best Actor – Salman Khan
- Nominated—Best Music Director – Rajesh Roshan
- Nominated—Best Performance in a Comic Role – Johnny Lever
- Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role – Ashok Saraf
- Nominated—Best Supporting Actress – Raakhee
- Nominated—Best Performance in a Negative Role – Amrish Puri
|"Yeh Bandhan Toh"||Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik||Rakhi Gulzar, Salman Khan & Shahrukh Khan||05:40|
|"Yeh Bandhan Toh" (2)||Udit Narayan||Rakhi Gulzar, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan & Mamta Kulkarni||01:38|
|"Bhangra Paale"||Mohammed Aziz, Sudesh Bhosle & Sadhana Sargam||Rakhi Gulzar, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan & Mamta Kulkarni||07:07|
|"Ek Munda"||Lata Mangeshkar||Salman Khan & Mamta Kulkarni||07:38|
|"Jai Maa Kaali"||Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik & Amrish Puri||Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Mamta Kulkarni & Kajol||07:07|
|"Gup Chup Gup Chup"||Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun||Mamta Kulkarni & Sheela R.||06:02|
|"Jaati Hoon Main"||Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik||Shahrukh Khan & Kajol||06:24|
- Inflation rate of 9.93 times: ₹29 crore domestic nett, equivalent to ₹288 crore (US$42 million) in 2017.
- Karan Arjun domestic gross: ₹52 crore, equivalent to ₹516 crore (US$75 million) in 2017.[a]
- Karan Arjun worldwide gross: ₹53.58 crore, equivalent to ₹532 crore (US$77 million) in 2017.[a]
- 32.418074 INR per USD in 1995
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