Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!

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Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!

DVD cover
Directed bySooraj R. Barjatya
Produced byAjit Kumar Barjatya
Kamal Kumar Barjatya
Rajkumar Barjatya
Written bySooraj R. Barjatya
StarringSalman Khan
Madhuri Dixit
Mohnish Bahl
Renuka Shahane
Laxmikant Berde
Anupam Kher
Music byRaamlaxman
CinematographyRajan Kinagi
Editing byMukhtar Ahmed
StudioRajshri Productions
Distributed byEros International
Release date(s)5 August 1994
Running time206 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Box officeINR135 crore (US$24.57 million)[1]
 
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Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!

DVD cover
Directed bySooraj R. Barjatya
Produced byAjit Kumar Barjatya
Kamal Kumar Barjatya
Rajkumar Barjatya
Written bySooraj R. Barjatya
StarringSalman Khan
Madhuri Dixit
Mohnish Bahl
Renuka Shahane
Laxmikant Berde
Anupam Kher
Music byRaamlaxman
CinematographyRajan Kinagi
Editing byMukhtar Ahmed
StudioRajshri Productions
Distributed byEros International
Release date(s)5 August 1994
Running time206 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Box officeINR135 crore (US$24.57 million)[1]

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (English: Who am I to You..!), also known as HAHK, is a 1994 Indian musical romantic comedy family drama film directed by Sooraj R. Barjatya, and produced by Rajshri Productions. It is a remake of Rajshri's earlier film Nadiya Ke Paar. The film tells the story of two Indian families and the relationships between them, celebrating Indian culture using modern production values. Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit did the lead roles. The soundtrack was scored by Raamlaxman, while the lyrics were penned by Ravinder Rawal and Dev Kohli.[2] The film was dubbed into Telugu as Premalayam.

Earning over INR135 crore (US$24.57 million) worldwide,[1] the film became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time and held the record for 7 years until Gadar: Ek Prem Katha surpassed it in 2001. After adjusting for inflation, it is still one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever. It was the first Hindi film to gross over INR100 crore (US$18.2 million) worldwide.[3] The film was included in "The Biggest Blockbusters Ever In Hindi Cinema" list compiled by Box Office India.[4]

During the 1995 awards season, the film won 5 Filmfare Awards as well as the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

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Plot

It tells the story of a young man, Prem (Salman Khan), and a young woman, Nisha (Madhuri Dixit), who are both very fun loving, cheerful and mischievous. Prem has lost his parents at an early age. He lives with his elder brother Rajesh (Mohnish Bahl) and uncle Kailashnath (Alok Nath). Rajesh manages his business with great flair and his family is on the look-out for a suitable bride for him. Professor Siddharth Chaudhary (Anupam Kher) and Mrs. Chaudhary (Reema Lagoo) have two daughters, Pooja (Renuka Shahane) and Nisha. The Chaudhary couple and Kailashnath are old friends who meet again after several years. They arrange a marriage between Rajesh and Pooja. From their first meeting, Nisha and Prem start arguing and fighting with each other, although in a lighthearted manner. The fun and mischief continues throughout Pooja and Rajesh's wedding.

Prem gets along well with his kind and affectionate sister-in-law. In course of time, Pooja and Rajesh discover that they are expecting a child. Professor and Mrs. Chaudhary are unable to come to Kailashnath's house for the ceremony marking the impending arrival of the baby. So they send Nisha instead; and she stays there until Pooja's delivery. In the meanwhile, Nisha and Prem fall in love with each other. Pooja gives birth to a son. Professor and Mrs. Chaudhary come over to Kailashnath's house to celebrate the birth of their grandchild. When it is time for them to leave, everybody is sad, especially Prem. He and Nisha promise to each other that they will soon get together for ever.

Then, one day, Pooja gets invited to stay at her parents' house, and Prem takes her there. When they arrive, Pooja finds out that Prem and Nisha love each other. She promises to get them married and gives Nisha a necklace as a token. Then the phone rings and Pooja goes to answer it. She is happily hopping down the stairs when her foot accidentally slips. She dies from a head injury after falling off the stairs. Everybody is shattered by the tragedy.

Nisha takes good care of her dead sister's son. Hence, her parents and Kailashnath feel that Nisha will be a great mother to the baby. They decide to get Nisha married to Rajesh. Nisha overhears her parents talking about her marrying into Kailashnath's family. She mistakenly thinks that they are discussing her marriage to Prem. Later, at a pre-nuptial ceremony, she finds out that she is actually supposed to get married to Rajesh.

Prem and Nisha agree to sacrifice their love for Rajesh and the baby. Moments before the wedding is to begin, Nisha sends Prem the necklace that Pooja had given her, along with a letter. The letter and necklace fall into the hands of Rajesh. He realizes that Prem and Nisha love each other. He confronts both of them. In the end, Nisha and Prem marry each other with the consent of their families.

Cast

Box office

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! is one of the biggest grossers ever in the history of Hindi cinema. Made on a budget of around INR5 crore (US$0.91 million), it went on to collect INR123 crore (US$22.39 million) in India[5] and INR135 crore (US$24.57 million) worldwide.[1]

Adjusted for inflation, the film has grossed over INR309.26 crore (US$56.29 million)[6] at the domestic box office, thus becoming the second highest grossing Hindi film of all time.

Reception and legacy

The film received generally positive reviews. Avinash Ramchandani of Planet Bollywood wrote, "No bloodshed, no violence, no gore, no lafra (meaning "quarrel"),[7] no nada (meaning "a quantity of no importance")![8] Just a simple, well directed entertaining story with excellent songs by Raamlaxman."[9] Carla of Filmi Geek said that despite its length and typical Bollywood humour the film was "wholesome, delightful, and fun". She observed that the film contained "full of exaggerated characters, each more loveable than the last."[10]

Tuffy the pet dog was included in the "Best pets in Hindi films" list compiled by Daily News and Analysis.[11] Nowrunning.com selected him as one of Bollywood's best animal heroes.[12]

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! influenced many Hindi films that followed. Avinash Ramchandani observed that the film was released at a time when most Hindi films contained violent plots. He wrote, "This movie changed it all. Since then we have had movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Akele Hum Akele Tum which have continued the trend towards non-violent love stories.[9]

Filmmaker Karan Johar named it as the one film that changed his life. He said, "After seeing Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! I realized Indian cinema is about values, tradition, subtlety, romance. There is so much soul in it. After watching this film I got the answers to all the questions I had in my mind. I decided to go ahead and be a filmmaker only after watching this film."[13]

According to Anees Bazmee, his film Ready, also starring Khan was influenced by Barjatya films like Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! and Hum Saath-Saath Hain.[14]

Soundtrack

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
Soundtrack album by Raamlaxman
Released5 August 1994
GenreHindi film soundtrack
LabelSa Re Ga Ma
ProducerRaamlaxman

The film's soundtrack was composed by Raamlaxman and features veteran playback singers. It included an unusually large number of songs at 14.[15] The film also uses another song, "Hasta Hua Noorani Chehra" from the film Parasmani when the characters play a game. The track "Didi Tera Devar Deewana" is said to be inspired by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's song "Saare Nabian".[16] The soundtrack became very popular upon release, becoming the best selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year by a wide margin.[17]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Maye Ni Maye"  Dev KohliLata Mangeshkar4:21
2."Didi Tera Devar Deewana"  Dev KohliLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam8:01
3."Mausam Ka Jaadu"  Ravinder RawalLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:01
4."Chocolate Lime Juice"  Dev KohliLata Mangeshkar4:29
5."Joote Dedo, Paise Lelo"  Ravinder RawalLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:35
6."Pehla Pehla Pyar"  Dev KohliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:25
7."Dhiktana (Part 1)"  Ravinder RawalS. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:19
8."Babul"  Ravinder RawalSharda Sinha3:44
9."Mujhse Juda Hokar"  Dev KohliLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam6:01
10."Samdhi Samdhan"  Ravinder RawalLata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu5:50
11."Hum Aapke Hain Koun"  Dev KohliLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam3:58
12."Wah Wah Ramji"  Ravinder RawalLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:14
13."Lo Chali Main"  Ravinder RawalLata Mangeshkar2:54
14."Dhiktana (Part 2)"  Ravinder RawalLata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Udit Narayan, Shailender Singh8:08
Total length:
01:11:00

Awards

Filmfare Awards

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! won several awards that year, including:

Lata Mangeshkar, who sang more than 10 songs in the movie, had long retired from accepting awards, but the public demand for the song Didi Tera Devar Deewana was such that she received the Filmfare Special Award that year.[18]

National Film Awards

References

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