Now I think it is time to take a bigger movie in sense of budget and box office collections.
The year was 1994 when it was my last year in middle school. All the movies then come with romancing around the trees, happy endings, lots of violence, anti-hero, bits of sex and some odd kind of music. That was a time when one think that nothing good is coming out. Those were the days when I discovered there are horror movies and Jacky Chan movies too. Bruce Lee and Arnold were the same to me. All the movies from them were from Hollywood.
And all of a sudden it all changed. Rajshri Productions, a leading production house got a film that redefined Indian cinema. ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…!’ or ‘Who am I to you…?’ changed the face of India in many ways. It was the first Indian film to collect $ 20 Million (or better Rs.1,00,00,00,000/-) on the box office that too with limited release and very less publicity.
Discarded by the critics as a mare marriage video, HAHK ran straight into the hearts of any Indian because it showed rich family values, a rich lifestyle with a lot of emotions and some catchy and family friendly music.
All the marriage functions which were shortened in India from 3 days to almost one day by regular work from social activists with years of hard work and activeness was washed away with this film.
Now after HAHK, everyone out in there who wanted to get married decided to have lavish marriage functions with all the long forgotten rituals and fun activities.
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994)
HAHK is a story about two carefree youngsters Prem (Salmaan Khan) and Nisha (Madhuri Dixit) who could not resist to fall in love with each other. Nisha’s sister Pooja is married to Prem’s brother Rajesh.
The day Pooja comes to know that the young people are having something in their hearts and want to share with the family; she just cannot control her happiness. She rejoices the moment and the feeling. But before giving this good news to anyone, she trips on the stairs of the house and dies.
Now, Prem and Nisha are broken. Both the families are in pain and grief. To support the toddler of Pooja and Rajesh, family decides to marry Rajesh with Nisha.
It is a tough decision that needs to be taken by both the young hearts. To tell the feeling of their heart to their families or remain silent and do scarifies of a lifetime. They opt for the second option.
What happens in the end is not a mystery as it was an Indian family film and a happy ending is a must for this.
All the songs were a rage and till now you can find people humming the songs or on radio.
The choreography was outstanding, especially of “Joote Dedo Paise Le Lo”, “Chocolate Lime Juice”, “Pehla Pehla Pyaar Hai”, and “Wah Wah Raamji”.
Directed by Sooraj Barjatya, HAHK is superb collection of old Indian values and today’s rich lifestyle. As for Madhuri and Salmaan, it was a movie of a lifetime and they will be remembered for their Nisha and Prem.