Raja (1995 film)
|Directed by||Indra Kumar|
|Produced by||Indra Kumar|
|Written by||Tanveer Khan (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Rajeev. Kaul|
|Story by||Naushir Khatau (story advisor)|
|Edited by||Hussain A. Burmawala|
|Box office||est.₹383.2 million|
Raja is a 1995 Indian Hindi-language action romantic drama film directed and co-produced by Indra Kumar and starring Sanjay Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Paresh Rawal, Mukesh Khanna, Dalip Tahil, Rita Bhaduri and Himani Shivpuri appear in supporting roles. The film was released on 23 June 1995. Made on a budget of ₹4.85 crore, it was a blockbuster at the box office, grossing ₹38.32 crore worldwide and becoming the third highest grosser of the year, behind Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Karan Arjun.
The success of the film was attributed to Dixit for her performance, earning her the Screen Award for Best Actress. The film received eleven nominations at the 41st Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director (Kumar), Best Actress (Dixit), Best Supporting Actor (Rawal) and Best Supporting Actress (Bhaduri).
Rana Mahendra Pratap Garewal (Mukesh Khanna) is a businessman and Vishwa (Dalip Tahil) is his brother. They are good friends with Brijnath (Birju) (Paresh Rawal), who is initially very rich, but loses all his wealth in a fire in his factory. The Garewal brothers had initially proposed the marriage of Rana's younger sister Madhu (Madhuri Dixit) and Brijnath's younger brother Raja (Sanjay Kapoor) (both are young; their brothers are adults). They break the marriage off. Shocked and saddened at the rejection by his best friends, Birju goes mad and gets electrocuted by accident. Raja then stays in the city outskirts with his brother taking care of him by doing petty jobs.
After many years, Madhu and mistakenly kisses Raja and falls in love. After Raja reveals that he is the same Raja of their childhood, their love deepens. Rana and Vishwa soon find out and are determined to keep Madhu away from Raja. They continually humiliate and insult Raja, beating him up and forcing him to walk on broken glass to prove his love. One day, Madhu runs away with Raja. Eventually, Rana pretends to give in and accept Raja into the family. When Raja leaves the city for a few days, Rana invites Birju to stay at the Garewal mansion. While he is there, they have one of their assistants dress up like Birju and break into Madhu's room at night and pretend to attempt to rape her. Madhu duly screams that Birju is trying to rape her. The assistant quickly escapes; the room is only dimly lit before Madhu can see his face. Rana and Vishwa call a mental hospital and force Birju into it. Raja is now forced to choose between believing Madhu's and Birju's words. He chooses to believe his brother's protestations of innocence and breaks up with Madhu. However, he still deeply loves her, and it is now up to him to dig for the truth and figure out what happened to Madhu on that fateful night.
In the end, Raja gets hold of the assistant who dressed up as Birju and extracts a confession from him. In the process, he has an accident and is critically injured. Birju goes to Madhu asking her to save him, but she insults him. Rana's wife (Rita Bhaduri) tells the truth to Madhu. Madhu is so shocked to hear that her own brothers set up her rape that she leaves them and is on the verge of going to Raja's house. Rana realises his mistake and begs forgiveness, but Vishwa doesn't accept and starts beating Madhu and Rana. Raja comes and saves everyone. He marries Madhu in front of everybody. In the final scene, Rana and Vishwa come to Raja's house and beg the trio for forgiveness. They forgive the brothers on the condition that they bless the marriage of Raja and Madhu.
- Sanjay Kapoor as Raja Patangwala
- Madhuri Dixit as Madhu Garewal Patangwala, Raja's wife
- Paresh Rawal as Brijnath "Birju" Patangwala, Raja's elder brother
- Mukesh Khanna as Rana Mahendra Pratap Garewal, Madhu's brother
- Dalip Tahil as Vishwa Garewal, Madhu's brother
- Rita Bhaduri as Sumitra Garewal, Madhu's sister in law
- Tiku Talsania as Neta
- Himani Shivpuri as Kaki
- Dinesh Hingoo as Rongala
- Veeru Krishnan as neighbour
- Mushtaq Khan as Banwarilal Sanyal
- Adi Irani
Awards and nominations
- Nominated – Best Film - Indra Kumar
- Nominated – Best Director - Indra Kumar
- Nominated – Best Actress - Madhuri Dixit
- Nominated – Best Supporting Actor - Paresh Rawal
- Nominated – Best Supporting Actress - Rita Bhaduri
- Nominated – Best Music Director - Nadeem-Shravan
- Nominated – Best Female Playback Singer - Alka Yagnik - "Akhiyaan Milaun Kabhi"
The songs were composed by Nadeem-Shravan, while the lyrics were penned by Sameer. The album went on to become the second most sold Bollywood album of 1995. Nadeem-Shravan, for this album also received the Special Award London (UK). The song "Nazrein Mili Dil Dhadka" was inspired from Sealed with a kiss Brian Hyland version copied from the soundtrack of the 1961 Rock Hudson movie, Come September.
|1||"Phool Mangoo Naa Bahaar"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||05:21|
|2||"Akhiyaan Milaoon Kabhi"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||06:16|
|3||"Kisi Din Banoongi Main Raja"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||07:20|
|4||"Nazrein Mili Dil Dhadka"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||05:32|
|5||"Ja Sajna Tujhko Bhula"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||06:15|
|6||"Tumne Agar Pyar Se Dekha"||Alka Yagnik||05:43|
|7||"Tumne Agar Pyar Se Dekha"||Udit Narayan||05:43|
|8||"Aankh Teri Chhalke To"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||07:10|
|9||"Aankh Milate Darr Lagta"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||07:20|
|10||"Wada Jo Kiya"||Roop Kumar Rathod||02:10|
|11||"Chot Lage Tujhko"||Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik||05:00|
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