Maine Pyar Kiya: Bollywood's original 'pyar dosti hai' film
Sooraj Barjatya's 'Maine Pyar Kiya' is the story of two friends who fall in love and how they convince their families to their relationship.
By Letty Mariam Abraham
The film introduced two star performers and brilliant actors to Bollywood. Salman Khan and Bhagyshree made their debut with this film.
The film went on to become the biggest hit of 1989 in India and was termed as one of the most successful Bollywood movies of the 1980s.
The friendship cap became an ongoing trend with the release of the film.
When the casting was underway, Laxmikant Berde was the only known star in the film. Coming from the Marathi film background, it was Laxmikant's face on the posters that actually got people in the theatres.
Salman was called Prem in the film which stuck on in many more films done by him. 'Prem' was synonymous to Salman Khan.
The popular line, 'Dosti ka ek usool hai, No Sorry, No Thank You' was first introduced in this film.
The chemistry between Salman and Bhagyashree was so cracking that till date the film is counted as one of the most romantic films in Bollywood.
Post 'Maine Pyar Kiya' Salman continued to work with the Barjatyas like 'Hum Aapke Hai Kaun' and 'Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United'.
Incidentally, this is also Sooraj Bharjatya's first film. Encouraged by his grandfather, Tarachand Barjatya, Sooraj made this film at the age of 24.
The music of 'Maine Pyar Kiya' was equally powerful as the film. The music of the film was composed by Ram Lakshman. Among the original compositions there were a few songs that were inspired by other western songs.
Just a year back in 1988, Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla were introduced with 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak'. Till date Juhi claims that Bhagyashree came like a storm and no one realised what hit them.
All the actors in the film like Alok Nath, Reema Lagoo, Monish Behl have worked with the Barjatyas for decades now.
During the 80's most shooting took place in India itself. 'Maine Pyar Kiya' was mainly shot in Ooty.
The film won the Filmfare Award in almost every category, best film, debut actors, music, singers and lyrics.