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Directed by Lawrence D'Souza
Produced by Sudhakar Bokade
Written by Reema Rakesh Nath
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Madhuri Dixit
Salman Khan
Kader Khan
Laxmikant Berde
Reema Lagoo
Music by Nadeem-Shravan
Sameer (lyrics)
CinematographyLawrence D'Souza
Edited byA. R. Rajendran
Distributed by Eros Entertainment
Goldmines Telefilms
Release date
  • 30 August 1991 (1991-08-30)(India)
Running time
182 minutes
Box officeest.18 crore [1]

Saajan (lit.'Beloved') is a 1991 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Lawrence D'Souza and produced by Sudhakar Bokade. It stars Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan, with Kader Khan, Reema Lagoo and Laxmikant Berde in supporting roles. Nadeem–Shravan composed the film's music whereas Sameer wrote the lyrics of them. Saajan grossed ₹18 crore worldwide. It became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1991.It was unofficially remade in telugu as Allari Priyudu.



During childhood, Aman is an impoverished and lame orphan who is luckily befriended and adopted by a very wealthy family headed by Mr. Varma. Mrs. Varma has one son called Akash.

As Akash and Aman grow up as brothers, they bond very closely. Akash's personality is more care-free, flexible, gregarious and he turns into a Roadside Romeo, and a womaniser, while Aman grows up to be more of a serious-type person, and has a fond hobby of writing marvelous poems which are successfully published and turn into best-sellers, all under the pen name Sagar.

Gradually, Aman becomes popular and well-known all around town and has millions of fans. One of his fans is a pretty young woman by the name of Pooja Saxena, who frequently writes letters to correspond with her idol - Sagar. In her letters, she writes of how much she admires him, is in love with him and his poetic abilities and even wishes to meet him one day if possible... which she does, but does not recognise him, but he recognises her.

One day, as a twist of fate, none other than Akash meets Pooja (and being the vivacious womaniser) falls head over heels in love with her.

When Akash meets Aman in private, he explains to his brother Aman that this time he is really in love - and discloses a photo of Pooja. Aman is shocked and shaken at this, as he also was head over heels in love with Pooja, but now in order to help his brother, to reciprocate his feelings in an attempt to help, Aman suggests to Akash to pose as Sagar.

At this point, Akash does not know that his brother Aman writes poems under name of Sagar.

When Akash does this, Pooja is fooled and overjoyed that she has met her idol finally. Little does she know that the one posing as Sagar is Akash (Aman's younger brother). She is not aware that Aman is sacrificing his love for his younger brother.

An insecure and heartbroken Aman looks on, as he knows that many fans (including women) like his poetry, but they will never come out openly and love him when they see his handicap.

Gradually, Akash gets really tired of posing as a poet, he messes up the lines many times! Also, Akash discovers that Aman truly loves Pooja and that his brother, is actually Sagar – through a string of events triggered by a Pankaj Udhas show.

Akash musters up enough courage and comes to his senses about what is going on, then he confronts Aman (and brings Pooja with him secretly) with all the above and then Aman admits that he loves Pooja.

Pooja witnesses this encounter (behind a curtain) and then after Aman confesses that he loves Pooja (his fan) very much, Pooja comes out of hiding and becomes upset with both Akash and Aman and leaves their house in an emotional frenzy, confused about this whole fiasco.

Later, she meets up with Aman and tells him that she still can't forget him and that she would have loved him if he had revealed the truth that he is Sagar and cries a lot on his shoulder. Eventually, Akash decides to unite Pooja and Aman and sacrifices his love for Pooja.



Aamir Khan was the initial choice for Aman's role. Despite liking the story, he did not connect the role to his satisfaction and upon his refusal, Sanjay Dutt was cast.


The film was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1991 [1] After two decades, the director has also planned to make a sequel for the film. [2]


The music was composed by Nadeem-Shravan, with lyrics by Sameer and Faiz Anwar. The album became the highest-selling of the year. [3] The movie also fetched Nadeem-Shravan their second Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. Kumar Sanu, who sang for Sanjay Dutt's character won his second Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai". SP Balasubramanyam, Pankaj Udhas, Anuradha Paudwal and Alka Yagnik also rendered their voice for the album. All the singers were nominated for Filmfare Awards.

Soundtrack album by
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Venus Records & Tapes
Producer Nadeem Shravan
Nadeem Shravan chronology
Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Track listing
1."Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Paagal Hai" Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik 05:25
2."Bahut Pyar Karte Hain (Male)" SP Balasubramanyam 03:05
3."Dekha Hai Pehli Baar"SP Balasubramanyam, Alka Yagnik06:13
4."Jiye To Jiye Kaise"Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal & SP Balasubramanyam06:38
5."Bahut Pyar Karte Hain (Female)"Anuradha Paudwal04:25
6."Tum Se Milne Ki Tamanna Hain"SP Balasubramanyam05:30
7."Tu Shayar Hain"Alka Yagnik06:30
8."Jiye To Jiye Kaise (Solo)" Pankaj Udhas 03:30
9."Pehli Baar Mile Hain"SP Balasubramanyam06:16
10."Jiye To Jiye Kaise (Solo II)"SP Balasubramanyam06:40
Total length:47:32


AwardCategoryRecipients and NomineesResults
Filmfare Awards Best Music Director Nadeem-Shravan Won
Best Male Playback Singer Kumar Sanu for "Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Paagal Hai"
Best Film Sudhakar Bokade Nominated
Best Director Lawrence D'Souza
Best Actor Sanjay Dutt
Best Actress Madhuri Dixit
Best Lyricist Sameer for "Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Paagal Hai"
Best Male Playback Singer Pankaj Udhas for "Jiye To Jiye Kaise"
S. P. Balasubrahmanyam for "Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai"
Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik for "Dekha Hai Pehli Baar"
Anuradha Paudwal for "Bahut Pyar Karte Hai"


Saajan 2 was announced by director Lawrence D'Souza. [5]

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