Maine Pyar Kiya (1989): Sooraj Barjatya made his directorial debut with Maine Pyar Kiya starring Salman Khan and Bhagyashree. The film redefined friendship and love and garnered the status of a cult classic romance. Maine Pyar Kiya was a huge box office hit and went on to become the top-grossing Bollywood film of the year.
Maine Pyar Kiya proved to be a successful launch-pad for Sooraj Barjatya and Salman's careers and built the foundation to their professional association. The film was a milestone in Salman's career and after it released, he became popular as Prem the loverboy.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun? (1994): Hum Aapke Hain Koun? is fondly remembered as one of the most endearing love stories Bollywood has to offer. This 14-song musical celebrated Indian values, traditions and family relationships and presented it through the story of Prem and Nisha. It changed the way marriages are celebrated in India, and now, not a wedding goes by without including songs from the film.
Besides Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit, the musical family drama featured Mohnish Bahl, Renuka Shahane, Anupam Kher, Reema Lagoo, Alok Nath, Laxmikant Berde, among others. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! was a modern take on Rajshri Productions' 1982 film Nadiya Ke Paar. The film won several awards including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999): With an ensemble cast featuring names like Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Karisma Kapoor and Tabu, 'Hum Saath-Saath Hain' was an out-and-out family film. Interspersed with Sooraj Barjatya's signature song and dance sequences, the film portrayed the challenges faced by living in joint families in India.
The film was a huge success at the Box Office and declared All Time Blockbuster. Well, did you know Hum Saath-Saath Hain was also dubbed into the Telugu and released with the title Premaanuraagam.
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003): A remake of the 1976 film Chitchor, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon was Sooraj Barjatya's first failure at the box office.
Besides the poor script, the film was marred by some overacting by Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, and some underplaying by Abhishek Bachchan.
Vivah (2006): Sooraj Barjatya re-united the beloved Ishq Vishk couple Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao in Vivah. The romantic musical tells the story of two individuals and narrates their journey from engagement to marriage.
Though criticized by some for its lack of drama, Vivah's simple love story struck the right chords with many.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015): Salman Khan was back with a bang as 'Prem' in Sooraj Barjatya's directorial Prem Ratan Dhan Payo that reunited him with the director after 16 years. Salman's heroine was Sonam Kapoor, who looked classy in colourful and traditional wear in the film. This one too was "all about loving your family".
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo's vibe was desi, and Salman Khan had double in it. With Barjatya's signature palatial sets, fancy costumes and a larger than life canvas, the movie was a Diwali treat for Salman's fans and did wonders at the Box Office.
In picture: Producer and directors (L/R) Sooraj Barjatya, Tarachand Barjatya and Kamal Kumar Barjatya at an event in 2011. (Picture courtesy/AFP)
As Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! completed a silver jubilee in the Hindi film industry on August 5, we revisit the director Sooraj Barjatya's trademark family-oriented films and endearing love sagas in Bollywood
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