Maine Pyar Kiya

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Maine Pyar Kiya
Maine Pyar Kiya.jpg
Promotional Poster
Directed bySooraj R. Barjatya
Produced byTarachand Barjatya
Written byS. M. Ahale[1]
Sooraj R. Barjatya
StarringSalman Khan
Bhagyashree Patwardhan
Laxmikant Berde
Alok Nath
Reema Lagoo
Mohnish Bahl
Music byRaamlaxman (composer)
Asad Bhopali (lyrics)
Dev Kohli (lyrics)
CinematographyAravind Laad
Edited byMukhtar Ahmed
Distributed byRajshri Productions
Release date
  • 29 December 1989 (1989-12-29)
Running time
192 minutes[a]
Budgetest. ₹20 million[3]
Box officeest. ₹280 million[4]

Maine Pyar Kiya (transl.I fell in love) is an Indian 1989 Hindi-language musical romance film directed by Sooraj Barjatya who made his directorial debut and also co-wrote the film starring Salman Khan in his first leading role and Bhagyashree in her debut. It also features Alok Nath, Mohnish Bahl, Reema Lagoo, Rajeev Verma, Ajit Vachani, and Laxmikant Berde in pivotal roles. The story revolves around Prem and Suman. Suman is the daughter of a poor mechanic Karan who leaves her with his rich friend Kishan before going abroad. Suman is befriended by Kishan's son Prem and they fall in love.

The film released on 29 December 1989. Produced by Rajshri Productions on a budget of ₹20 million, Maine Pyar Kiya emerged as a major critical and commercial success, with a lifetime worldwide gross of ₹308.1 million at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year and the highest-grossing Indian film of the 1980s. It was declared an All Time Blockbuster by Box Office India catapulating the leads to fame. The film garnered positive reviews from critics upon its release, with Barjatya's direction, the story, and the performances earning critical praise. It is still counted among the top 10 most successful Bollywood films.[citation needed]

Maine Pyar Kiya received a leading 12 nominations at the 35th Filmfare Awards ceremony including Best Director for Barjatya, Best Actress for Bhagyashree, Best Actor for Khan, Best Supporting Actress for Lagoo and Best Comic Actor for Berde. It won in six categories including Best Film for the banner, Best Male Debut for Khan and Lux New Face of the Year for Bhagyashree.

The film is said to be the inspiration of 2005 Telugu blockbuster Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana directed by Prabhu Deva. Later that film led to remakes in seven other languages including Tamil, Hindi and Kannada. And another Salman Khan's film Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya was partially inspired from this movie.


Karan (Alok Nath) is a poor mechanic who lives in the countryside with his one and only daughter, the beautiful Suman (Bhagyashree). He decides to venture out and try his luck in business and travel to Dubai so that he can accumulate enough wealth to get his daughter married. Thus, he decides to leave his daughter with his family friend Kishan (Rajeev Verma). Kishan, a wealthy businessman, lets Suman stay at his house while her father is away as he cannot turn down his old friend's request. Suman is befriended by Kishan's son Prem (Salman Khan), who assures her 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 Kishan's business partner, Ranjeet (Ajit Vachani).

Jeevan (Mohnish Behl), nephew of Ranjeet, is proud and arrogant and humiliates Suman and Prem (accusing them of falsely claiming to be "just friends"). This is the turning point in the story. Suman leaves the party in tears and distances herself from Prem. At that point, Prem and Suman both realise that they have fallen in love with each other.

Prem's mother Kaushalya (Reema Lagoo) probes deeper into Prem and Suman's relationship and approves of Suman as her daughter-in-law, but Kishan is unhappy with the relationship and asks her to leave his house. He feels that she has taken advantage of his hospitality. Karan returns from abroad and is enraged at Kishan's behaviour and Kishan accuses him of plotting to set up Prem and Suman. Karan and Kishan quarrel, and eventually Karan and Suman return to their village, deeply humiliated.

Prem refuses to accept the separation, 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 effort and live separately. Prem begins to work as a truck driver and laborer in the nearby quarry. At the end of the month, Prem has earned the required money. On the way to Karan's house, he is ambushed by Jeevan and a group of ruffians who attempt to kill him. He survives, but his wages are ruined in the fight.

Karan harshly dismisses Prem's effort and cannot believe Prem's story about the ruffians' attack, Prem begs for another chance to prove himself. His sincere determination melts Karan's heart and he agrees to allow his daughter Suman marry Prem. Meanwhile, Ranjeet goes to Kishan (Prem's father) and tells him that Karan has killed his son. Unable to believe this, Kishan goes to Karan's to verify and arrives at Karan's village, only to find Prem alive.

When Prem confronts Jeevan, Ranjeet and his supporters bash up both Kishan and Karan, while Jeevan abducts Suman. In the end, Prem, Karan, and Kishan join hands to defeat a common enemy—Ranjeet, his nephew Jeevan and Ranjeet's supporters, and then save Suman. The estrangement between Karan and Kishan come to an end and Prem and Suman marry.



Prior to the film's production, Rajshri Productions was struggling financially, and was on the verge of closing down.[5] 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.[6]

The casting of the lead actor became complex.[6] Barjatya tested Shabina Dutt for the lead actress role. Dutt failed the screen test and Barjatya asked her if she could suggest any actor for the lead.[6] She suggested Salman Khan, with whom she had done an ad film. Salman Khan 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.[7] Barjatya then cast Bhagyashree to star opposite Salman Khan.[6] Barjatya picked Perveen from the English stage to play the negative role.[6]

The first sequence filmed was of the office scene where Rajiv Verma tells Salman that he has to go.[6] Barjatya had huge sets in film city, Mumbai where filming took place continuously over 5 to 6 months. Outdoor session of the film was done in Ooty.[8] Additional production credits include: Jay Borade—dance choreographer, Art—Bijon Das Gupta, Action—Shamim Azim and Editor—Mukhtar Ahmed.[9]

The film had a production budget of 2 crore (equivalent to 17 crore or US$2.4 million in 2019).[3] Salman Khan was paid 31,000 (equivalent to 270,000 or US$3,700 in 2019) for the film.[10] In addition to the production budget, another 10 lakh (equivalent to 86 lakh or US$120,000 in 2019) was spent on the soundtrack's radio publicity.[11]


Maine Pyar Kiya premiered on 29 December 1989 across India. The film initially saw a very limited release, with only 29 prints, before later going on to add a thousand more as the film picked up.[12]

Maine Pyar Kiya was dubbed in English as When Love Calls.[13] A 125-minute version was the biggest hit in the Caribbean market at Guyana and also dominated the box-office collections at Trinidad and Tobago.[14] The Telugu version Prema Paavuraalu ran for 25 weeks at Visakhapatnam and had 100 plus day run at six centres in Andhra Pradesh.[15] It was dubbed in Tamil language as Kaadhal Oru Kavithai and in Malayalam as Ina Praavukal. Maine Pyar Kiya had also been dubbed in Spanish as Te Amo. The film also proved its universal appeal with a glorious 10-week premiere run at Lima.[14]

Box office[edit]

The film was the biggest grosser of 1989 and one of India's highest-grossing films.[16] Made on a budget of around 2 crore,[3] it went on to earn a profit of over ₹20 crore by 1990,[17] saving Rajshri from closing down.[5]

Maine Pyar Kiya grossed 28 crore[4] ($17 million),[18] equivalent to ₹500 crore ($73 million) adjusted for inflation in 2017.[b] It became the highest-grossing Indian film of the 1980s.[20] In terms of footfalls, the film is estimated to have sold at least 30 million tickets in India.[21]

Box Office India described it as an "all-time blockbuster".[4] The film's success drew comparisons to Sholay, with Manmohan Desai even calling Maine Pyar Kiya "the biggest hit since Alam Ara" (1931).[17] Maine Pyar Kiya was immensely popular, becoming one of the highest-earning films made up to that point and is considered to be a film of global significance and a trendsetter and one of the most successful film of Indian cinema.


The soundtrack album and musical score were composed by Raamlaxman, while the lyrics were written by Dev Kohli and Asad Bhopali. It was produced under the Sa Re Ga Ma label and featured eminent singers such as Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and Sharda Sinha. The soundtrack consists of 11 songs including the "Antakshri" (excerpts from different Bollywood songs), that was used when the characters play a game. The soundtrack was very successful upon release, becoming the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack of the decade.[22] The film's soundtrack album sold over 10 million units.[11] It was listed by Planet Bollywood as number 5 on their list of 100 Greatest Bollywood Soundtracks.[23]

Priyankee Saikia of described several songs as "heavily influenced by western hits", noting that "Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate" was derivative of Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and "Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka" featured parts similar to "Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora,[24] specifically the latter's millennial whoop.[25] The song "Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali" is based on "The Final Countdown" by the Swedish band Europe and "Theme from Love Story".[26]

Maine Pyar Kiya track listing
1."Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate"Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar03:29
2."Kabootar Ja Ja Ja"Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar, Chorus08:24
3."Aaja Shaam Hone Aayee"Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar05:14
4."Antakshari"(excerpts from different Bollywood songs)Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Usha Mangeshkar, Shailendra Singh, Chorus09:08
5."Dil Deewana" (female)Asad BhopaliLata Mangeshkar, Chorus05:55
6."Mere Rang Mein Rangne Waali"Asad Bhopali, Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam06:46
7."Dil Deewana" (male)Asad BhopaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam05:22
8."Maine Pyar Kiya"Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar, Chorus06:55
9."Kahe Toh Se Sajna"Dev KohliSharda Sinha05:28
10."Dil Deewaana" (duet)Asad BhopaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar01:03
11."Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka"Asad BhopaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Shailendra Singh06:47
Total length:1:01:01

Telugu soundtrack (dubbed)[edit]

The film was dubbed into Telugu with the title Prema Paavuraalu which ran successfully. The soundtrack was also released in Telugu, which received positive reviews. The track list featured eminent singers of the Telugu film industry like S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra and Mano. The music was composed by Raamlaxman. The track list featured nine songs from the original; two songs were cut off. All the lyrics were penned by Rajashri.

Prema Paavuraalu track listing
1."Naalo Nenu Rayee Pagalu"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra03:29
2."Pavurama He He"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra, Chorus08:24
3."Saayam Sandhya Veela"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra04:42
4."Premincha Premincha"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra06:00
5."Nee Jataleka (Female)"RajashriK. S. Chitra05:30
6."Mallika Rangavalliva"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam06:41
7."Nee Jataleka (Duet)"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra04:55
8."Sneha Bandham"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra, Mano06:55
9."Nuvve Naaku Lokam"RajashriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra06:47
Total length:51:23

Tamil soundtrack (dubbed)[edit]

The film was dubbed into Tamil with the title Kadhal Oru Kavithai, which ran successfully. The soundtrack was also released in Tamil. The track list, like that of the Telugu soundtrack, featured singers S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra and Mano. The music was composed by Raamlaxman. The track list featured 9 songs from the original; 2 songs were cut off. All the lyrics were penned by Vaali.

Kadhal Oru Kavithai track listing
1."Kaalam Thorum Kadhal Seiga"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra03:29
2."En Thoothu Sel Sel"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra, Chorus08:24
3."Kanne Kaaman"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra04:42
4."Ezhunthada Naaththu"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra05:56
5."Kaadal Piththu Pidithathu"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra04:55
6."Manjal Thangame"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra06:45
7."Poonkili Neeyo"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra06:41
Total length:39:32

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
35th Filmfare Awards Best Film Rajshri Productions Won
Best Music Director Raamlaxman Won
Best Lyricist Asad Bhopali for "Dil Deewana" Won
Best Male Playback Singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam for "Dil Deewana" Won
Best Male Debut Salman Khan Won
Best Female Debut Bhagyashree Won
Best Director Sooraj R. Barjatya Nominated
Best Actor Salman Khan Nominated
Best Actress Bhagyashree Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Reema Lagoo Nominated
Best Performance in a Comic Role Laxmikant Berde Nominated
Best Lyricist Dev Kholi for "Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate" Nominated


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  2. ^ 1993 inflation rate of 17.83 times: Darr's domestic net of ₹107,375,000 in 1993 equivalent to ₹1,914,360,020 in 2017.[19]


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