|Directed by||E. V. V. Satyanarayana|
|Produced by||G. Adiseshagiri Rao|
|Music by||Anu Malik|
|Cinematography||S. Gopala Reddy|
|Edited by||Gautham Raju|
|Distributed by||Padmalaya Combines|
|21 May 1999|
|Box office||₹12.65 crore|
Sooryavansham (English: Lineage of the Sun god) is a 1999 Bollywood musical melodrama film starring Anupam Kher, Amitabh Bachchan in a dual role, Jayasudha, Soundarya, Rachana Banerjee, and Kader Khan. The film marked the Bollywood debut of Telugu director E. V. V. Satyanarayana and remained his first and only directorial in Hindi. It is also the only Hindi film that the late actress Soundarya acted in. It is the official Hindi remake of the Tamil film Suryavamsam (1997), starring Sarath Kumar and Devayani, directed by Vikraman.
Although the film was declared a flop at the box office, critics praised Amitabh Bachchan's performances in dual roles as both father and son.. In July 1999, about two months after the release of Sooryavansham, Amitabh Bachchan was accorded "The Greatest Star of Stage or Screen" distinction by BBC News online users. Since its release, it has attained a strong cult status and has been telecasted many times on the television channel - Set Max.
The movie shows a true to life story related to an Indian family, where the esteem of a family is held in high regard. The story is a portrayal of the job of a responsible father, obligations of a dutiful son, role of a virtuous wife and harmony in the family unified by psychological bonds.
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The story is set in the backdrop of rural India. Thakur Bhanupratap Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) is the head of the "Sooryavansh" kinfolk, an aristocratic family in the village of Bharatpur where he is also the distinguished Sarpanch of the local Gram panchayat. Thakur Bhanupratap has 3 sons and a strained relationship with the youngest one, Heera, (Amitabh Bachchan, in a dual role) since he is illiterate. However, Heera has intense respect for his father.
One day, Radha (Soundarya), whose brother is engaged to Heera's sister, visits the house. She notices that although Heera is son of Thakur Bhanupratap Singh, he is treated as a servant in the house. She gets to know from Dharmendra (Anupam Kher) that in his childhood, Heera was a dunce and always earned very poor marks in his school examinations, to face his strict father's wrath. Heera actually did not go to school for knowledge, his sole purpose of attending school was meeting his classmate Gauri – the girl adopted by Thakur Bhanupratap after the demise of her parents. Once a teacher severely punished Gauri, and Heera, in a fit of rage, struck the teacher and bolted away along with Gauri. Heera thus became a school dropout and never continued his studies, whereas Gauri proceeded with her studies while maintaining a well-disposed relationship with Heera.
Thakur Bhanupratap, being aware of the love affair of Heera and Gauri (Rachana Banerjee), arranged the marriage of the two. However, when Gauri came to know about this marriage arrangement, she attempted suicide, only to be rescued by Heera. In reality, Gauri's "love" for Heera was mendacious. She would never marry Heera, whom she considered worthless because of his illiteracy. In order to protect her righteousness in the eyes of Thakur Bhanupratap, she made Heera declare before Thakur Bhanupratap that the decision of their breakup and cancellation of their marriage was Heera's own. A docile Heera, for the sake of Gauri's happiness, did so and added to the displeasure of his father for him. Later, Heera, with tearful eyes, watched the marriage of Gauri with a well-off man and he developed antipathy for love because of the distress caused by all these happenings.
Listening to Heera's sad past from Dharmendra, a compassionate Radha acquires fascination for Heera and she exhibits indications of love for him many times, which Heera does not reciprocate to. However, a persistent Radha convinces Heera to overcome his past and they fall in love.
Later one day, Heera receives a letter from Radha in which she writes that her parents are arranging her marriage with Deshraj/Kevada Thakur's (Mukesh Rishi) son (Emraan Khan) against her will. Radha resolves either to unite with Heera or hang herself to death. Kevada Thakur is an arch-enemy of Thakur Bhanupratap and he has a plan of bringing the ruin of the Sooryavansh family by establishing familial relationship with Radha's family, and subsequently by obliging Radha's wealthy lawyer father (Shivaji Satam) to act in Kevada Thakur's favour. Radha's mother (Bindu) vehemently censures of her daughter's decision of marrying an illiterate man like Heera and pleads Thakur Bhanupratap to make Heera steer clear of Radha. Thakur Bhanupratap sends for Heera and says to him that if he abandons Radha, he will be received by Thakur Bhanupratap as his son. On the other hand, Dharmendra persuades Heera to accept Radha by saying that Radha's love for Heera is real and heartfelt; only a few fortunate men receive true love and that ire of Thakur Bhanupratap for Heera is short-lived which will eventually melt away. Heera heeds Dharmendra's advice and, on the day of Radha's wedding with Kevada Thakur's son, Heera gatecrashes into the ceremony and carries Radha away with him and marry in a temple. This act of Heera stirs up great anger in Thakur Bhanupratap who terminates his relationship with Heera and Radha.
Heera and Radha start living on the village outskirts. Both form an ideal husband-wife couple and eventually receive the acceptance of Radha's family. Heera starts eking out a living by working in a transport company, and later, with the financial assistance of Radha's uncle, Major Ranjit Singh (Kader Khan) and by dint of his diligence, launches a bus service under the name of his father, which soon flourishes into a booming transport company. Radha teaches Heera the three Rs while she pursues her I.A.S. studies. Soon the hardships caused by poverty and the disgrace of Heera being illiterate cease and in due course of time, Heera becomes a very affluent businessman, richer than his father, and Radha becomes the District collector and soon a son is born to them.
One day, Thakur Bhanupratap incidentally comes across Heera and Radha's son and is very much gladdened by the child's principles and behavior. Soon he learns that the boy is Heera and Radha's son – a progeny of Sooryavansh. Thakur Bhanupratap develops a friendly relationship with his grandson unbeknownst to Heera, Radha or any member of his family. Heera eventually learns to his surprise and delight that his son has been in communication with his father, Thakur Bhanupratap. One day, all of Heera's family secretly attend the opening of a charitable hospital for the poor which Heera has set up, which was his father's dream. During the speech Heera solely praises his father who listens on in shock, that despite all he has done, Heera still respects him so much and leaves although his wife sees him.
As a mark of affection for and devotion to his father, Heera gives his son some canned kheer to be offered to Thakur Bhanupratap upon his next meeting with his son. On the other hand, Heera's mother, Sharda (Jayasudha) too discovers Thakur Bhanupratap secretly meeting his grandson, and she urges Thakur Bhanupratap to accept Heera back into their family. She says to him that earlier Heera was known by his father Thakur Bhanupratap whereas nowadays Thakur Bhanupratap is known by his son Heera. She reminds that nowadays children drive their parents out of home, whereas Heera is the son who has been expelled by his father. These words of Sharda make Thakur Bhanupratap comprehend the virtue of Heera and he rings him up. Before Thakur Bhanupratap speaks a word to Heera over the phone, he throws up blood, apparently because of consuming the kheer offered by Heera. A critically ill Thakur Bhanupratap is hospitalized.
The hospital is swarmed by Thakur Bhanupratap's well-wishers. When Heera arrives at the hospital, Kevada Thakur proclaims before the crowd that it is Heera who has attempted to kill his father because of his elimination by Thakur Bhanupratap from his family, with the poisoned kheer being an evidence against Heera. When Kevada Thakur and his men proceed to kill Heera, Thakur Bhanupratap arrives for Heera's rescue. It is then when Thakur Bhanupratap testifies against Kevada Thakur in presence of the crowd how Kevada Thakur, with artifice, poisoned the kheer offered to him by Heera. An impassioned Thakur Bhanupratap gives up all the hatred for Heera, unifies with him and decides to pass his final verdict on this long-standing enmity with Kevada Thakur. Both Thakur Bhanupratap and Heera fight Kevada Thakur and his men until Kevada Thakur confesses his guilt and begs Thakur Bhanupratap for his forgiveness.
In the final scene of the movie, the kith and kin of Sooryvansh convene. Heera's son sings the song "Kore Kore Sapne Mere" when Thakur Bhanupratap arrives and continues with the following line of the song as he embraces Heera – "Waada Hai Waada, Chaahenge Tumko, Jeevan Se Zyaada", meaning, "It's a promise that I will love you more than my life".
- Amitabh Bachchan as Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh / Heera Singh
- Soundarya as Radha Singh
- Jayasudha as Sharda, Heera's mother (Voice-over by Rekha)
- Rachana Banerjee as Gauri
- Anupam Kher as Dharmendra (Mindra)
- Kader Khan as Major Ranjit Kumar Singh
- Shivaji Satam as Radha's father
- Bindu as Radha's mother
- Mukesh Rishi as Deshraj Thakur / Kevda Thakur
- Ahuti Prasad as Heera's elder brother
- Brahmanandam as Doctor
- Ananda Vardhan as Heera Singh's son
- Kallu Chidambaram as Bus service customer
- Balaram Palace Resort, Chitrasani village, Palanpur, Gujarat, India
- Kiri Vihara, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
- Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Kandy, Sri Lanka
- Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
- Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad, India etc.
Anu Malik composed the music for the songs of the movie. Songs were written by Sameer. All the songs have been sung with befitting lyrics and pleasant inflection. The voices are of Kumar Sanu, Sonu Nigam, Chithra, Jaspinder Narula, Amitabh Bachchan (in the song "Chori Se Chori Se"), and Anuradha Paudwal. The song "Dil Mere Tu Deewana Hai" is portrayed in different tones – once in happy note and twice with forlorn touch. All the songs aptly relate the story through various phases.
|Track serial no.||Title||Singer(s)||Picturised on|
|1||"Sooryavansham"||Sonu Nigam||Amitabh Bachchan|
|2||"Dil Mere Tu Deewana Hai"||Kumar Sanu||Amitabh Bachchan and Rachana Banerjee|
|3||"Dil Mere Tu Deewana Hai" – 2||Kumar Sanu||Amitabh Bachchan|
|4||"Dil Mere Tu Deewana Hai" – female||Chithra||Soundarya and Amitabh Bachchan|
|5||"Peepal Ke Patwa"||Sonu Nigam, Jaspinder Narula||Amitabh Bachchan and Soundarya|
|6||"Chori Se Chori Se"||Amitabh Bachchan, Sonu Nigam, Jaspinder Narula||Amitabh Bachchan and Soundarya|
|7||"Har Subah Bahut Yaad"||Kumar Sanu, Chithra||– —|
|8||"Kore Kore Sapne"||Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal||Amitabh Bachchan and Soundarya|
|9||"Sooryavansham"||Sonu Nigam||Amitabh Bachchan|
In India, the film had box office collections of ₹6.67 crore nett and ₹11.42 crore gross. Overseas, the film collected $285,000, including £53,000 in the United Kingdom. Worldwide, the film grossed ₹12.65 crore, equivalent to ₹102 crore (US$14 million) adjusted for inflation.
Amitabh Bachchan's comment on the film
Released in 1999 when Bollywood was under the 90s' influence, Sooryavansham is still liked and repeatedly watched by many Indian viewers because of its fabulous storyline and remarkably melodious songs. Amitabh Bachchan, the lead actor of the film, commented that Sooryavansham has personal connect with many. As a matter of fact, the story of the film which is based on father-son relationship in Indian social set-up shows a genuine and natural essence of the relationship in which a father wants his son to top academically, and keeps many other expectations from his son. It is the supreme duty of a son to live up to his father's expectations. The way in which the story is made and more materially, Amitabh Bachchan's realistic performance have made the film stir everyone. In his comment, Mr Amitabh has also spoken about the various exotic places where the film was shot. Anu Malik has lent sensational music to the film.
|Surya Vamsha (2000)|
|Sarath Kumar||Daggubati Venkatesh||Amitabh Bachchan||Vishnuvardhan|
|Devayani||Meena Durairaj||Soundarya||Isha Koppikar|
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