Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
|Pravin Ban Gaya Gentlemen|
राजू बन गया जेंटलमैन
|Directed by||Aziz Mirza|
|Produced by||G.P. Sippy|
Vivek Vaswani (co-producer)
|Written by||Manoj Lalwani|
|Edited by||Javed Sayyed|
|Distributed by||Sippy Films|
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (Hindi: राजू बन गया जेन्टलमैन, English: Raju Became a Gentleman) is a 1992 Indian Hindi romance comedy film directed by Aziz Mirza starring Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Nana Patekar and Amrita Singh. Khan plays Raj Mathur, a young engineering graduate from Darjeeling who comes to Bombay hoping to become a successful engineer.The rights to this film are owned by Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman was released in Japan in 1997. While Indian Parallel Cinema, including Satyajit Ray's Bengali films such as The Apu Trilogy, was known in Japan, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman introduced the commercial masala film style, which was well received by Japanese audiences, with the film becoming a commercial success in the country. This sparked a short-lived boom in Indian films released in Japan, for the next two years, paving the way for the Japanese success of Rajinikanth's Muthu (1995) in 1998.
Raj Mathur (Shahrukh Khan) is a young engineering graduate from Darjeeling who comes to Bombay with only one ambition — to become a big engineer. In Bombay, he arrives in a lower-middle-class locality in search of a distant relative, only to discover he has left years before. He spends the night at a temple, where he meets a philosophical streetside performer Jai (Nana Patekar), who becomes a close friend and gives him a place to stay.
With no connections and no experience, he finds it hard to get a job in the city until a beautiful girl Renu (Juhi Chawla), finds him a job as a trainee with the construction company where she works as a secretary to Chabbria (Navin Nischol). They eventually fall in love with each other.
As he becomes successful he gets the attention of Chhabria's daughter Sapna (Amrita Singh). They spend more and more time together and he soon gets caught up in the rich and glamorous lifestyle. Sapna has fallen in love with Raju, but when she finds out that he loves Renu, she is heartbroken.
In the meantime, Raju's enemies are conspiring against him and they collapse a bridge which was under Raju's supervision. He gets the blame and soon realizes that the glamorous world of the rich is not what he wants. In the end, Raju decides to leave. Most people were asking Jai when Raju would come back. Jai told them when he turns his head around and looks at Renu, he will have no choice but to come back. Just a second earlier, Jai says "Palat" (meaning turn) then Raju turns and looks at Renu. He and Renu finally get reunited again.
- Shahrukh Khan as Raju / Raj Mathur
- Juhi Chawla as Renu
- Nana Patekar as Jai
- Amrita Singh as Sapna L. Chhabria
- Naveen Nischol as Chhabria, Sapna's father
- Sameer Chitre as Deepak Malhotra
- Achyut Potdar as Mr. Joshi
- Neeraj Vora as Abdul
The entire composition and background score was composed by Jatin Lalit. Audio is available on Tips Music Films. The music of this album was a hit with songs like "Laveria Hua", "Dil Hai Mera Deewana" and "Seene Mein Dil Hai". Most of the songs are sung by Kumar Sanu, along with Alka Yagnik, Sudesh Bhonsle, Sadhana Sargam and Jolly Mukherjee.
|1||"Kya Hua" (Laveria Hua)||Kumar Sanu, Jolly Mukherjee, Alka Yagnik||Mahendra Dehlvi|
|2||"Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman"||Kumar Sanu, Jolly Mukherjee, Sudesh Bhonsle, Sadhana Sargam||Dev Kohli|
|3||"Dil Hai Mera Deewana"||Kumar Sanu||Dev Kohli|
|4||"Kehti Hai Dil Ki Lagi"||Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik||Vinod Mahendra|
|5||"Tu Mere Saath Saath"||Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik||Mahendra Dehlvi|
|6||"Tham Tham Tham"||Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik||Manoj Darpan|
|7||"Seene Mein Dil Hai"||Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik||Madan Pal|
|8||"Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman" (Sad)||Sadhana Sargam||Dev Kohli|
Awards and nominations
- Won, Filmfare Best Screenplay Award - Aziz Mirza and Manoj Lalwani
- Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor - Nana Patekar
- "ラジュー出世する". allcinema (in Japanese). Retrieved 27 January 2018.
- "Happy birthday, Shahrukh Khan: His 5 most iconic roles of all times". Hindustan Times. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- Matsuoka, Tamaki (2008). Asia to Watch, Asia to Present: The Promotion of Asian/Indian Cinema in Japan (PDF). Senri Ethnological Studies, Reitaku University. p. 246. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2011.