On Salman Khan’s 52nd Birthday, Let’s Talk About ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’
So, let's talk about Bhaijaan’s first blockbuster- Maine Pyar Kiya. This movie released when I wasn't even planned. I hear the film was a huge hit back then and not just that, it was #relationshipgoals , #friendshipgoals and #everypossiblegoal for everyone who grew up in the ’80s. This was enough to get me curious about Salman Khan’s first blockbuster. I had honestly never imagined this macho bhai that you see on screen today play a romantic chocolate boy. It’s an avatar of Salman’s that I had never seen, so I got myself to watch Barjatya’s 1989’s “chitrahaar” for the first time.
Suman is a naive but educated gaon ki ladki. Suman’s father decides to go to Dubai to earn more money - kyunki beti ki shaadi bhi toh karani hai- he leaves Suman at Kishen’s palace. Kishen kaun? Babuji ke bachpan ka dost. Kishen’s son is Prem, a rich but sanskaari beta. The film has shitloads of sanskaar, I guess that’s because it also stars Alok Nath- image ka sawaal hai.
So, thanks to these sanskaars, Prem and Suman take one hour of film time and a 15 minutes Antakshari sequence to say “I love you”.
Just when you think it’s like any other poor-girl-meets-a-rich-boy, they fall in love and live happily ever after film - it’s not. This is different! You ask why?
Because the real hero of this film is a kabootar - from delivering love letters to directing the hero to the heroine’s village and helping him take revenge in the climax - this kabootar does it all. It’s definitely the most well sketched character in the film.
Did I mention the deep lyrics of some of the songs in the film? Listen to “tum ladki ho, main ladka hun, aaya mausam dosti ka” from Maine Pyar Kiya right now and you’ll know what I’m talking about. I bet you must not have heard something as profound as that... ever!
Anyway I’m still not sure if this film was meant to be a romantic film or comedy. Watch the film if you haven’t, not for #relationshipgoals or #friendshipgoals, but just for the humour it carries. You won’t be disappointed! For now, enjoy this video.
Edit: Veeru Krishan Mohan
Camera: Sanjoy Deb
Producer: Divya Talwar