Raja Hindustani

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Raja Hindustani
Film poster
Directed by Dharmesh Darshan
Produced by Ali Morani
Karim Morani
Bunty Soorma
Screenplay by Robin Bhatt
Story by Dharmesh Darshan
Starring Aamir Khan
Karisma Kapoor
Music by Songs:
Background Score:
Surinder Sodhi
Cinematography W.B. Rao
Edited by Bharat
Release dates
15 November 1996
Running time
174 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 5.7 crore (equivalent to 22 crore or US$3.2 million in 2016)[1]
Box office 48.3 crore (equivalent to 185 crore or US$27 million in 2016)
(worldwide gross adjusted inflation)[2][3]

Raja Hindustani (translation: Indian King) is a 1996 Indian Hindi drama romance film directed by Dharmesh Darshan. It tells the tale of a cab driver hailing from a small town, who falls in love with a rich girl. Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor play the lead roles. The film was one of the most commercially successful films of the 1990s. Juhi Chawla was first offered the lead role but she refused the film. The film's music became popular and was successful especially in central and eastern states of India. Karisma Kapoor was hugely complimented for her looks and outstanding performance as Aarti, a rich beautiful sensitive young girl full of dreams and desires. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for this film. This film is a remake of Hindi film Pyar Jhukta Nahin starring Mithun Chakraborty and Padmini Kohlapure and which was inspired by the Hindi film Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973 film). Its remade in Kannada as Naanu Naane in 2002 starring Upendra and Sakshi Shivanand in lead roles.


The title character, Raja Hindustani (Aamir Khan), is a taxi-driver / tourist guide. He lives by his own simple code and is prone to violence when that code is violated. Aarti Sehgal (Karisma Kapoor) is a wealthy debutante who is seeking to connect with her past. Standing in the way of their love are a disapproving father and a stepmother bent on obtaining total control of the family assets.

Wealthy Mr Sehgal (Suresh Oberoi) lives with his daughter, Aarti, and her stepmother Shalini (Archana Puran Singh) in a palatial home. Aarti decides to go for a vacation to a small hill station named Palankhet to discover the memories of her dead mother. Upon arrival, she finds out she has no transportation from the airport to Palankhet (few location in Ranikhet also). As a result, she hires the services of the only available driver, Raja Hindustani. During her stay in Palankhet, Aarti and Raja fall in love. One day, to Aarti's surprise, her father arrives in Palankhet and intends to take her home with him. Her father will accept the marriage on the condition that Raja come to Mumbai and learn to become a respectable member of society. Raja refuses and forces Aarti to make a decision. Aarti chooses Raja, but begs for her father's blessings. Her father refuses to offer his blessings and leaves for Mumbai.

After some time, Mr Sehgal forgives his daughter, and visits her in Palankhet. While there, he gifts his daughter and son-in-law a new house. Raja refuses to live in the house because he does not see the house as a gift, but rather as alms, since he is poor and Mr. Sehgal is rich. Shalini, her brother, Swaraj (Pramod Moutho), and her nephew Jai (Mohnish Behl) seek to exploit this conflict to gain total control of Mr. Sehgal's assets. Under the pretext of a birthday party, they bring Raja and Aarti to Mumbai and set in motion events that will change all their lives forever. As a result, Aarti and Raja separate. Aarti was pregnant but due to her health problems the doctor forbids her to go to Palankhet and instead her stepmother is asked to go to Palankhet to inform Raja about his baby and to request him to come to Mumbai. However, instead Aarti's stepmother chooses to tell Raja that Aarti wants to divorce him but Raja refuses, and back in Mumbai even Aarti refuses to give Raja divorce. After sometime Raja comes to know that Aarti has a baby so he goes to Aarti's house and steals the baby. But Aarti cannot live without her baby so she comes to Raja's house begging for her baby where they all learn the truth that Aarti's stepmother is the culprit. When Raja returns home with the baby he sees Aarti and starts to run away but in the road there is a fight between Aarti's step-uncle and Raja for the capture of the baby as Aarti 's step-uncle wants to kill the baby but Aarti 's step-uncle loses at last; Aarti and Raja reunite.



Raja Hindustani
Studio album by Nadeem Shravan
Released 1996
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 51:20
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Producer Nadeem Shravan
Nadeem Shravan chronology
Raja Hindustani
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood 9.5/10 stars[4]

The soundtrack was composed by Nadeem-Shravan. Plannet Bollywood ranks the movie soundtracks at 56 in its all-time top 100 Greatest Bollywood soundtracks.[5] It consisted of tracks like "Kitna Pyara Tujhe Rab Ne" (which is translated from the Punjabi song "Kinna Sohna Tenu Rab Ne Banaya" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), "Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein" which had become an immensely popular wedding song and Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik's "Pardesi Pardesi" which was a major chartbuster at the time and which also led to the film's success. The album became the best selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year by a wide margin.[6]

The soundtrack album has sold 1 crore (10 million) copies, and it is one of the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums of all time. The soundtrack album tied with Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, which also has sold 1 crore copies overall.[7]

Track # Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Poocho Zara Poocho" Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu 06:12
2 "Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein (Male)" Udit Narayan 06:02
3 "Aaye Ho Meri Zindagi Mein (Female)" Alka Yagnik 06:02
4 "Kitna Pyaara Tujhe Rab Ne" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan 06:20
5 "Pardesi Pardesi (I)" Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sapna Awasthi 07:31
6 "Pardesi Pardesi (II)" Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu 08:19
7 "Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge" Kumar Sanu, Alisha Chinai, Sapna Mukherjee 08:14
8 "Pardesi Pardesi (Sad)" Suresh Wadkar, Bela Sulakhe & Udit Narayan 02:40

Box office[edit]

Although Raja Hindustani earned 1,600.5 million (US$24 million) worldwide,[2] after adjusting inflation its worldwide gross reaches 2,111.5 million (US$31 million) with domestic adjusted gross at 2,078.8 million (US$31 million) making it the sixth highest grossing Hindi films of the 90s decade. Box Office India declared it an "All time blockbuster".[8][9][10]


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