Saaya (2003 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAnurag Basu
Screenplay byAmol Shetge
Produced byMahesh Bhatt
StarringJohn Abraham
Tara Sharma
Mahima Chaudhry
CinematographyFuwad Khan
Music byAnu Malik
M. M. Keeravani
Raju Rao (background score)
Distributed byVishesh Films
Release date
  • 4 July 2003 (2003-07-04)
Running time
122 min

Saaya (translation: Shadow) is a 2003 Indian Hindi supernatural fantasy romantic thriller film directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Mahesh Bhatt. It is an adaptation of the 2002 Hollywood film Dragonfly.[1]


Akash "Akki" and his wife Maya are doctors. When malaria strikes India on the Burmese border, pregnant Maya rushes over to help, despite Akki's disapproval. Akash soon receives the news of her death caused by a bus crash. The bus crashed into water at heavy rains.

Akash believes that on looking at the face of the corpse, one would be able to trace out the mentality of that person at the time of death; and so he desperately searches for the corpse of Maya. However he could not succeed. Akash cannot accept Maya's passing away and believes strongly that she did not die. Akash himself has paranormal experiences where he feels that Maya's soul is trying to communicate with him. He tries to communicate with her through the hospital patients who have faced a near-death experience. Every patient draws a strange symbol, and one corpse starts talking to Akash when he is alone. Tanya, a close friend of Maya, tries to console Akash, because when her lover died in an accident it was Akash who treated her. Now, she believes it is her turn, and she believes he is hallucinating.

With the help of a nun called Sister Martha and clues, Akash decides to go back to where it all began – the border. There, with the help of a guide, he tries to find out about Maya but is not very successful, following which Akash jumps off a waterfall near the crash site and finds the sunken bus. He sees Maya's spirit beckoning him, and she shows him her accident and the incidents that followed. He goes to the nearby village tribe and asks if they saved Maya. They say she died, but they saved her soul. They take Akash inside and show him a surprise – though Maya died, she gave birth to their daughter. Akash thus realises that Maya was teaching him to trust, because their baby survived among the tribe without any medical attention despite being premature. He also realises that Maya's spirit was trying to reach him so that he could meet their daughter. He takes their child home and lives happily ever after.



Soundtrack album by
Released23 May 2003 (2003-May-23)[2]
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The music has been composed by Anu Malik and M. M. Keeravani(Guest Composer). The lyrics have been written by Sayeed Quadri. The soundtrack mostly consists of soulful tunes composed by Anu Malik and M. M. Keeravani(Guest Composer). The ghazal "Kabhi Khushboo", composed by Anu Malik, was a hit. The soundtrack is remembered for its decent numbers. Not only does Shreya Ghoshal sing the song "Har Taraf", she also makes a cameo appearance in the film as a school girl singing the song on screen. Also, K.K. was credited in "Har Taraf" in the original CD's, the male vocals of which are originally provided by Kunal Ganjawala. The song "O Saathiya", sung by Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan, was originally recorded for the 1998 film Zakhm and song is written by Anand Bakshi, but was included in this album since it couldn't be used there. The same music was applied in the tracks "Aai Jo Teri Yaad", sung by Ghoshal, and its separate male version sung by Sonu Nigam.

1."O Sathiya"Anand BakshiM.M. KreemAlka Yagnik, Udit Narayan04:59
2."Aai Jo Teri Yaad"Praveen BhardwajAnu MalikSonu Nigam05:32
3."Aye Meri Zindagi"Saeed QuadriAnu MalikUdit Narayan06:28
4."Seena Pada"Saeed QuadriAnu MalikShreya Ghoshal07:08
5."Har Taraf"Saeed QuadriAnu MalikShreya Ghoshal, K.K., Kunal Ganjawala06:18
6."Kabhi Khushboo"Saeed QuadriAnu MalikK. K.08:40
7."Aye Meri Zindagi"Saeed QuadriAnu MalikShreya Ghoshal06:29
8."Seena Pada"Saeed QuadriAnu MalikUdit Narayan07:08
9."Aai To Teri Yaad" (Female version)Praveen BhardwajAnu MalikShreya Ghoshal05:31
10."Aye Meri Zindagi" (Sad version)Sayeed QuadriAnu MalikUdit Narayan02:23
Total length:61:40


  1. ^ India Today. Thomson Living Media India Limited. July 2003. p. 19.
  2. ^ "Saaya (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes.

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