#51 #Scriptors100BestFilms #HumAapkeHaiKaun

Remember going out to watch a movie in a theater with your parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts and their kids, all together. You guessed it right, it was Hum aapke hain koun..! One wedding and a funeral with fourteen songs, made this movie the first hindi film to gross over ₹ 100 crores in 1994. The movie was written and directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya who previously in 1989 gave another blockbuster, Maine pyaar kiya. It won’t be wrong to say that there’s nothing to talk about it’s story. Actually the story itself was based on another film, Nadiya ke paar, from the same home production company of Barjatya’s, #RajShri Productions. But #SoorajBarjatya did a phenomenal job by turning a not so interesting story into a wonderful screenplay. Early 90s when all the movies must have an action packed climax, barjatya was an ice breaker and brought to the hindi cinema a super sweet and charming family saga in which the only action scene was a slap!

Everyone who has seen Hum aapke hain koun..! knows there was a very cute romantic love story of #Prem, played by #SalmaanKhan and #Nisha, played by very beautiful and my personal favorite #MadhuriDixit. But this movie actually has multiple interwoven love stories. Bond of love between two brothers, Prem and Rajesh (#MohnishBehl). The love of an uncle, #AlokNath, for his two nephews and for them he decided to never have his own family. Nisha’s love for her sister Pooja, played by #RenukaShahane, and to save Pooja’s family she was ready to sacrifice her love. Love overflooded!

Definitely the two strong pillars of this movie that hold all the love stories together were Salmaan Khan and Madhuri dixit. The on screen romance between the two looked so pure and natural that you feel like in love yourself. One of the Madhuri’s finest performances. So far no other barjatya’s actresses managed to deliver the perfect balance of ada (style) and elegance that Madhuri did. This movie was the last one (second after Maine pyaar kiya) where we saw utterly cute and irresistible Prem. We wish that we could see more of that Prem in Salmaan’s other movies, and not a beefed up Prem who managed to look still young but lost his uniqueness and charisma and performs with almost the same expressions on his face in every scene.

Other than two strong lead actors, all the supporting actors delivered one of their best performances of their lives. Would that be adorable pair of Renuka and Mohnish, or naughty but cute relation of samdhi-samdhan; every character holds its own place in the script and though they seem super sweet to be even real, they manage to win your heart. One of the best crew assembled by the casting director. When you watch them it seem like every single character was written with the actor who played that role in the mind.

Again, the very well written screenplay managed to capture the audience attention for 3 hours 26 minutes that also includes soundtracks for 1 hour 11 minutes. Barjatya did a wonderful work in keep the narrative of the story flowing along with the songs. This provides the finest example where the songs were written along with the screenplay and were not added in the script like a patchwork which you wish can fast forward.

This extremely well written screenplay with all the characters having detailed characterisation, plus a fabulous cast and very melodious 14 soundtracks made this movie one of the biggest blockbusters of all time and deservedly bagged two national film awards including best choreography and best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment; five filmfare awards for best film, best director, best actress, best screenplay and special award to lata mangeshkar to give her soulful voice to the songs; and six screen awards for best film, best director, best actress, best screenplay, best editing and best playback singer female.

Hum aapke hain koun..! was a classic entertainer. With more than 3 hours run time, 14 soundtracks of more than an hour, unrealistic but very sweet characters, this movie successfully managed to win box office and hearts of millions. It was truly a masterpiece because the magic of Hum aapke hain koun..! was never created again, not even by Barjatya with his Prem (love) for making family movies.

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