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. The film was a huge box office hit and went on to become the top grossing Bollywood film of the year. It proved to be a successful launch-pad for Sooraj Barjatya’s and Salman’s careers and built the foundation to their professional association.
‘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.
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.
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.
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 criticised by some for its lack of drama, the film’s simple love story struck the right chords with many.
After winning hearts with his performance in ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, Salman Khan is back with a bang as ‘Prem’ in Sooraj Barjatya’s directorial ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ that reunites him with the director after 16 years. Salman’s heroine is Sonam Kapoor, who looks classy in colourful and traditional wear in the film.
The movie’s vibe is desi, and Salman has dual looks 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.