Movie poster for Saawariya
|Directed by||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Produced by||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Written by||Prakash Kapadia
|Based on||White Nights
by Fyodor Dostoyevski
|Narrated by||Rani Mukerji|
|Music by||Monty Sharma|
|Cinematography||Ravi K. Chandran|
|Edited by||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures
|Box office||₹360 million (US$5.7 million)
Saawariya (Hindi: सावरिया, translation: My Love) is a 2007 Indian Hindi romance film produced and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film is based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story "White Nights".
Co-produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment and released on 9 November 2007, it is the first Bollywood movie to receive a North American release by a Hollywood studio, shortly preceding Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature Roadside Romeo (2008), and Warner Bros.' Chandni Chowk to China. Additionally, it is one of the first Bollywood films to be released on Blu-ray Disc.
The film marks the debut of both the lead actors; Ranbir Kapoor (son of actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh) and Sonam Kapoor (daughter of Anil Kapoor). It also stars Rani Mukerji and Salman Khan in cameos and Zohra Sehgal in a supporting role. Ranbir Kapoor's role in the film is very similar to that of his grandfather, Raj Kapoor's in the 1970 film Mera Naam Joker where the hero loses his love and even the name, Ranbir Raj is common among the characters.
The story is narrated by Gulabji (Rani Mukerji), a prostitute who frequents RK Bar, the town's most luxurious club. The bar's lead singer, Ranbir Raj (Ranbir Kapoor), whom she affectionately calls "Saawariya" ("blue lover"), is a free-spirited and kindhearted guy. Despite knowing what Gulabji does, Raj is friendly to her, and unlike other men, is kind to the other prostitutes, trying to brighten their sad lives. When he tells Gulabji that he needs a job and somewhere to stay, she tells him that there is only one woman who'll give him a place to stay: Lilian (Zohra Sehgal) – but she allows only those she likes.
Raj meets Lilian and they have an emotional conversation, during which Lillian reveals she had a son who left her many years ago and never returned. She lets Raj stay with her because he reminds her of her long-lost son. That night, Raj meets a mysterious girl. He tries to talk to her, but under the wrong impression, she shouts at him to go away. Raj tells her that he will, on the condition that he'd escort her to safety, lest someone with bad intentions trouble her. As predicted by Raj, a drunkard begins following her and Raj saves her from him. After that, she allows him to escort her home. Raj discovers her name is Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) and falls in love with her.
Raj decides to confess his feelings to Sakina. He resigns from his job to see her and calls her but she ignores him. He gets angry with her but the pair reconcile. He takes her to his favorite place, on the top of the clock tower. There, Sakina reveals that she is in love with a man named Imaan (Salman Khan). Imaan had left but promised to return for Sakina on Eid. It has been a while but she is still waiting for him faithfully. Hearing this, Raj becomes heartbroken and doesn't confess. However, he refuses to believe that there is an Imaan. He asks Gulabji for advice, who advises him to tell Sakina how he feels. With the entire neighborhood cheering him on, Raj decides to propose to Sakina on the night of Eid.
He takes Sakina to RK Bar and sings his favorite song for her. Sakina remembers that it’s time to meet Imaan and leaves. Following her, Raj tells her that he has discovered that there is no Imaan. Sakina tells him to let her go. Hurt, Raj goes to Gulabji, saying he wants to sleep with her. Gulabji, who loves Raj, is deeply hurt and gets Raj thrown out onto the street, where he is beaten up by a few of Gulabji's henchmen. He returns to where Sakina is waiting. Imaan has still not arrived. Sakina, heartbroken, becomes sure that Imaan will not come back so she decides to be with Raj. Raj tries to make Sakina happy and succeeds. When they are returning home, they pass the bridge where they first met and see Imaan waiting for Sakina. Sakina hesitates as she steps toward Imaan. Raj, however, tells her to go and Sakina reunites with Imaan.
- Ranbir Kapoor as Ranbir Raj (referred to as "Saawariya" by Gulabji)
- Sonam Kapoor as Sakina
- Rani Mukerji as Gulabji
- Salman Khan as Imaan (Cameo)
- Zohra Sehgal as Lilian aka Lilipop
- Begum Para as Nabila / Badi Ammi (Sakina's Grandmother)
- Vibha Chibber as Naseeban
- Atheya Chaudhri as Jhumri Aapa
- Kenny Desai as Mr. D'costa (Owner of RK Bar)
- Sanaya Irani as background dancer
Elaborate sets for the imaginary city where the film is set, complete with lakes, streets, shops, signages and a clock tower, were designed by production designer Omung Kumar, who had previously worked with Bhansali on Black (2005).
After the release of the film, it became embroiled in controversy. There were charges that the plot was lifted from the Tamil movie Iyarkai, without the permission of the film's National Award winning director S. P. Jananathan. But, the story of Iyarkai itself is loosely based on "White Nights", a Russian short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky, just as Saawariya claims to be.
The soundtrack for the film was released to mixed reviews on 19 September 2007. Indiafm gave the music three out of five stars, stating that, "The title song would be remembered for months to come, if not years, the others do not really go that extra distance".
|Studio album by Monty Sharma|
19 September 2007 (India)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Monty Sharma chronology|
|"Saawariya"||Shail Hada||02:45||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Rani Mukerji|
|"Jab Se Tere Naina"||Shaan||04:44||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor|
|"Masha-Allah"||Kunal Ganjawala & Shreya Ghoshal||05:28||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor|
|"Thode Badmaash"||Shreya Ghoshal||03:19||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor
Composer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
|"Yun Shabnami"||Parthiv Gohil||05:15||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor|
|"Daras Bina Nahin Chain"||Richa Sharma, Shail Hada & Parthiv Gohil||04:45||Present as the background music in the film|
|"Sawar Gayi"||Shreya Ghoshal||03:42||Not in movie|
|"Jaan-E-Jaan"||Kunal Ganjawala & Shreya Ghoshal||05:59||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor|
|"Pari"||Kunal Ganjawala||05:19||Picturised on Rani Mukerji & Ranbir Kapoor|
|"Chhabeela"||Alka Yagnik||05:23||Picturised on Rani Mukerji & Ranbir Kapoor|
|"Saawariya (Reprise)"||Shail Hada||03:06||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor|
Despite high expectations for the film, Saawariya did not live up to its expectations throughout the Indian audience. On the other hand, Saawariya got mixed reviews in other countries. It maintains a 39% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 5/10 and a 44% Mixed or average rating on MetaCritic. Newcomers Ranbir and Sonam's performances were praised, and Ranbir Kapoor won Best Male Debut at the Filmfare Awards. The film was commercially a flop.
- Best Male Playback – Shaan, Jab Se Tere Naina
- Best Male Debut – Ranbir Kapoor
- RD Burman Award – Monty Sharma 
- Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut - Sonam Kapoor - Nominated
- Most Promising Newcomer – Male – Ranbir Kapoor
- Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Female – Sonam Kapoor
- Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Male, Ranbir Kapoor
- Standout performance by a Music Director – Monty Sharma
- Standout performance by a Lyricst – Sandeep Nath, Yoon Shabnami
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