#44 #Scriptors100BestFilms #MainePyarKiya

“Everyone falls in love with someone…somehow…” if you are a die-hard fan of Maine Pyar Kiya, you must remember these lines which appear on the screen when the movie starts. The epitome of romance, Maine Pyar Kiya delivers you the love story of Prem, played by #SalmanKhan and Suman, played by #Bhagyashree, and their love story tickles your heart every time they romance on the screen. During 80s and 90s Bollywood has given a lot of love stories but Maine Pyar Kiya holds a special place, both commercially and critically.

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) or commonly abbreviated as MPK by all its fans is a romantic musical directed by Sooraj Barjatya. In 80’s and 90s when most of the movies’ stories and concepts used to be a commonplace, MPK was an icebreaker. The first half of the movie shows how Prem met Suman when she was staying with his family while her father was travelling abroad to earn some money for her wedding. The romance blossoms between the two love birds. But Prem’s father refused their marriage because his status is much higher than Suman’s father status, who is also his childhood friend. Dejected Prem left his father’s lavish house to go back to his love. At Suman’s place her father refused their marriage because now Prem status is not as high as his, since Prem has no worth without his father’s name. To prove himself and his love Prem accepted the challenge to work hard and to make as much money as her father makes. At the end love conquers all.

MPK was a turning point in the history of romantic movies in Bollywood. Before MPK the directors used to show on screen romance in a very pure but unreal form. If someone remembers movies from 70s or early 80s, touching, kissing or making love before marriage was not considered OK. And now we have 21st century Bollywood movies where you mostly see the actors romancing in the bedroom, MPK brought romance in its most real form. There are many scenes in the movie which depicts it. When Prem and Suman met first time they liked each other but there was an inhibition. In a song when they met an accident, Prem offered to rub Iodex on her sprained leg, but with his eyes closed! Later, when celebrating Prem’s birthday on the terrace, he wanted to see her in the most revealing dress, for which she agrees. When two people are in love sexual desires are inevitable, it’s human nature. Most of the new age directors show that either with very long shots of lip lock or the couple half naked rolling under the bed-sheets. But if you watch the song “Mere rang mein,” Sooraj Barjatya portrays that in a very subtle way. Overall, if someone really wants to see how in reality friendship between a boy and a girl can evolve into love and romance, watch MPK.

Another strong pillar of the movie was its supporting cast. The movie established a lot of actors in the B-town. Starting from Alok nath, it was the first time he played ‘babuji,’ Suman father’s role, and now popularly known with the same name in the film industry. Laxmikant Berde who was a famous comedian in marathi cinema, made his debut with MPK and then became a famous comedian in hindi cinema. Others who will give credits to MPK to make them popular in hindi film industry are Rajeev verma, Pervin Dastur, Ajit Vachani, Huma khan, Dilip joshi. Last but not the least, the most charming villain in a hindi movie played by Mohnish Bahl. The actor is the son of famous actress Nutan and very few know about this fact that she was not interested to let him play the role of a bad guy. She agreed only when Sooraj Barjatya assured her that his character is very well written and will be remembered for long time. It turned out that Sooraj was absolutely right about that.

Maine pyar kiya holds special place in the hearts of many who grew up in 80s and 90s. The movie redefined romance in the cinema and served as an embodiment of it for many many years later. The movie bagged 15 crores and was declared as all time blockbuster. It was nominated for 11 Filmfare awards and won 5 of them including Best film, Best Female debut, Best music director, Best lyricist and Best male playback singer.

The movie has very melodious 11 songs, written by Dev Kohli and composed by Vijay Patil (popularly known as RamLaxman in the film industry). All the songs in the movie were not like a patch work in the script, the movie flows and the romance grows with the songs. One can see the same in another Sooraj Barjatya’s blockbuster Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Unfortunately, these are the only two Barjatya’s directed movies where songs and background score keeps you connected with the film and make you feel the romance and chemistry between the actor and actress. Interestingly, again these are the only two Barjatya’s movies where one can see very cute and charming Prem (Salmaan Khan) with an innocent look and smile on his face. One should not be surprised now why the magic of Sooraj Barjatya- Prem combo was never created the third time.

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