Released on July 23, 1990, 'Aashiqui' was one of highest grossing films of the year. All the songs in the film became equally popular, namely 'Jaane Jigar Jaaneman', 'Main Duniya Bhula Doonga', 'Ek Sanam Chahiye', 'Nazar Ke Saamne Jigar Ke', 'Tu Meri Zindagi', 'Dil Ka Aalam', 'Ab Tere Bin', 'Dheere Dheere Se' and 'Mera Dil Tere Liye'. Here's a look at the team behind the film which is now considered a classic...
Rahul Roy: When 'Aashiqui' released in 1990, Roy became an overnight sensation; his long flowing hair became a style statement. Roy did a few more films after that, but never managed to touch the heights of his debut film again. He briefly came back into the limelight, winning 'Bigg Boss' in 2007 before disappearing back into oblivion
Anu Aggarwal: Like Roy, Anu's career also received a major boost from 'Aashiqui'. But, she too couldn't sustain her popularity and quickly faded away. Anu was last in the news when she met with a near-fatal accident in 1999 from which she made a full recovery. She wrote a book about her ordeal following the accident, in 2015, and has made a few public appearances since then
Deepak Tijori: His supporting role in the film was highly appreciated, following which he went on to bag big films like 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar', 'Khiladi' and 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa'. The good times however did not last long for Tijori. He turned director in 2003, but all his films haven't fared well at the box office. Interestingly, Deepak was also a contestant on the first-ever season of 'Bigg Boss' along with 'Aashiqui' co-star Rahul Roy
Kumar Sanu: 'Aashiqui' was the making of Kumar Sanu. He had sung a few films before, but this romantic blockbuster catapulted him to unimaginable fame. Sanu sang as many as nine songs in the film, each of which was a super hit, and remains extremely popular even today. Sanu and Udit Narayan went on to dominate male playback singing in the 90's, before the newcomers took over, and confined him to the backburner
Anuradha Paudwal: She had already tasted success before 'Aashiqui', but even for her, the popularity of the film's music was unprecedented. Paudwal sang eight tracks in the film, mostly with Sanu, and their pairing was successfully repeated in many more films. Following a few controversies, however, Paudwal shifted focus to devotional signing
Nadeem-Shravan: 'Aashiqui' made their careers as well. The duo composed melodious tunes for the movie and even won the Best Music Director Award. Following this success, Nadeem-Shravan became the most sought-after music-director duo in Bollywood. However, things took a turn for the worse when Nadeem was named as a suspect in the Gulshan Kumar (producer of 'Aashiqui') murder case in 1997. Nadeem was acquitted in 2002, but by then their careers were all but finished
Mahesh Bhatt: He was already an acclaimed director by the time he took on the challenge of 'Aashiqui'. But, he was known more for his sensitive films like 'Arth', 'Saaransh', and 'Sadak'. The director's handling of a romantic saga like 'Aashiqui' was equally adept.Although he stopped directing movies long back, Bhatt continues to produce films, which border on the erotic
Sameer: The film gave a major fillip to the lyricist’s career as well. Sameer (centre) wrote unforgettable lyrics for seven songs in 'Aashiqui', and went on to form a formidable partnership with Nadeem-Shravan in the decade. The downfall of the music-director duo coincided with the slide of Sameer's career
Gulshan Kumar: 'Aashiqui' was among the most successful movies produced under Kumar's T-Series banner. The film set the tone for T-Series' success as a music label. Kumar was set to take further strides in Bollywood when he was gunned down in 1997
A poster of 'Aashiqui' depicting lead stars Rahul Roy, Anu Aggarwal and singer Anuradha Paudwal
On the occasion of 'Aashiqui' star Rahul Roy's birthday, we felt it was an apt occasion to recall the forgotten stars of the classic 1990 film
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