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Directed by Lawrence D'Souza
Produced by Sudhakar Bokade
Written by Reema Rakeshnath
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Madhuri Dixit
Salman Khan
Kader Khan
Laxmikant Berde
Reema Lagoo
Music by Nadeem-Shravan
Sameer (lyrics)
Cinematography Lawrence D'Souza
Edited by A. R. Rajendran
Distributed by Eros Entertainment
Release dates
August 30, 1991 (india)
Running time
182 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 180 million (US$2.7 million)[1]

Saajan (English: Beloved) is a 1991 Indian romantic drama film directed by Lawrence D'Souza and starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan. It was released on 30 August 1991.


Aman (Sanjay Dutt) is an impoverished, lame orphan who is befriended by wealthy Akash Verma (Salman Khan) during his childhood. Akash's parents adopt Aman and give him their family name, so Akash and Aman grow up as brothers. While Akash is a womaniser, Aman takes to writing poems under the pen name Sagar. The poems get published, and Aman becomes very popular. One of his fans is a young woman by the name of Pooja Saxena (Madhuri Dixit), who corresponds with Sagar. Akash meets Pooja and falls head over heels in love with her. When Aman comes to know of this, he asks Akash to pose as Sagar, which he does, then Pooja and Akash fall in love with each other. A heartbroken Aman looks on, as he knows that although women may like his poetry, they will never come out openly and love him when they see his handicap. Akash discovers that Aman loves Pooja and that he is actually Sagar, through a string of events triggered by a Pankaj Udhas show. Akash confronts Aman with this and Aman admits that he loves Pooja. Pooja witnesses this encounter and becomes upset with both Akash and Aman. Later she tells Aman that she would have loved him if he had revealed the truth that he is Sagar and cries on his shoulder. Eventually Aman and Pooja unites and the film ends.


Actor Role Other Notes
Sanjay Dutt Aman Verma/Sagar An orphan adopted by Rajiv Verma A Poet
Salman Khan Akash Verma Rajiv Verma's Son A Playboy
Madhuri Dixit Pooja Saxena Girl who loves Sagar A Stage Performer
Kader Khan Rajiv Verma Akash's Father A Businessman
Reema Lagoo Kamla Verma Akash's Mother
Laxmikant Berde Laxmi Verma's Servant at Ooty
Ekta Sohini Menaka Akash's Girlfriend The girl who insults Aman
Anjana Mumtaz Mrs. Saxena Pooja's Mother
Dinesh Hingoo Mr. Laalchand Verma's Business Partner
Yunus Parvez Anees Saheb Press Editor
Raju Shrestha Pooja's Brother Cameo
Tej Sapru Veera Local Goon The goon in "Tu Shayaar Hai" song
Vikas Anand Inspector
Pankaj Udhas Pankaj Udhas In Song "Jiyen to Jiyen Kaise" Guest Role
Lawrence D'Souza Special Appearance In "Dekha Hai Pehli Baar" Song Guest Role


The film was a blockbuster at the box office emerging as the highest grossing Bollywood film of 1991 and the fifth highest grossing Hindi film of the 90s decade.[2] It has gone on to grow a strong cult following, particularly due to its cast and the music. After two decades the director has also planned to remake the film.[3] Salman Khan was first time paired up with Madhuri Dixit.


The music of the film was a blockbuster with many popular songs such as "Dekha Hai Pehli Baar", "Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai", "Jiye toh Jiye Kaise" and "Bahut Pyar Karte Hai". The music is composed by Nadeem-Shravan and lyrics by Sameer. Most of the songs are sung by SP Balasubramanyam for Salman Khan. Kumar Sanu who voiced for Sanjay Dutt's character bagged his second Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai". Pankaj Udhas, Anuradha Paudwal and Alka Yagnik also rendered their voice for the album. All the singers were nominated for Filmfare Awards.

Soundtrack album by Nadeem Shravan
Released 1991
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 48:20
Label Venus Records & Tapes
Producer Nadeem Shravan
Nadeem Shravan chronology
Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Planet Bollywood 8/10 stars[4]
Track # Title Singer(s) Length
1 "Dekha Hai Pehli Baar" SP Balasubramanyam, Alka Yagnik 05:46
2 "Tum Se Milne Ki Tamanna Hain" SP Balasubramanyam 04:35
3 "Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Paagal Hai" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik 05:25
4 "Bahut Pyar Karte Hain" (Female) Anuradha Paudwal 04:25
5 "Jiye To Jiye Kaise" Kumar Sanu, Pankaj Udhas, SP Balasubramanyam, Anuradha Paudwal 03:31
6 "Tu Shayar Hain" Alka Yagnik 06:26
7 "Pehli Baar Mile Hain" SP Balasubramanyam 06:16
8 "Bahut Pyar Karte Hain" (Male) SP Balasubramanyam 03:02
9 "Jiye To Jiye Kaise" (Part 2) Pankaj Udhas 03:30





Saajan 2 was announced by director Lawrence D'Souza.[5]


  1. ^ "Box Office 1991". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Box Office 1991". Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lawrence Dsouza to remake Saajan?". Times of India. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Saajan Music Review". Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "'Saajan' sequel to feature young cast, to go on floors in 2014". IBNLive. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 

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