Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994)

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Prem and Nisha meet and fall in love at the wedding of their elder siblings, but their plans to be together are put in jeopardy when Nisha's sister dies, leaving behind a baby.


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4 September 2004 | ChiBron
10
| Among Bollywood's greatest entertainers of ALL TIME!
Once I finished watching HAHK for the first time in 1997(3 years after its original release), I had absolutely no doubt as to why this movie became the highest grossing Hindi film of ALL TIME. HAHK is a case where everything comes perfectly together - direction, acting, music, cinematography, sets, costumes and that extra indescribable "magic" every classic has.

HAHK's story in itself is nothing special. Heck, it doesn't even have much of a plot to talk about. But what keeps us hooked to this 3 hour+ saga is a crisp screenplay, and the charming way in which everything is presented. In a movie where there are barely any conflicts and everybody loves everybody else, the audience could've easily been turned off by the excessive sugar. But HAHK's greatest achievement probably lies in the fact that it NEVER feels fake. The cast's chemistry is so natural and there's such generosity behind the emotions that you can't help yourself but fall in love with this world of theirs. This is something none of the HAHK copy-cats(to this day!) could accomplish. So many movies tried to recreate that magical family atmosphere, but none(especially Barjatya himself!) could really pull of that feeling of genuineness.

Moving on, HAHK doesn't have a single "boring" or "lets fast fwd. this scene" moment in the movie. And that's what it ultimately is - a super entertaining musical dealing with two families and two irresistible characters in Prem(Salman Khan) and Nisha(Madhuri Dixit). These are career performances from two of Bollywood's finest looking people. People forget that Salman Khan started off being a fairly solid actor. Not only could he easily enact the typical Bollywood emotions, but his unique mischievous 'ada' and natural charm went well with his good looks and lean physique(buffing up was the worst thing he did to himself). 1994 was still a time when we could count on him to deliver a likable performance. And Salman isn't just likable here, his infectious energy and charm makes Prem utterly irresistible. I don't understand why Madhuri has always been seen as the show stealer in this movie. Salman matches her all the way. Speaking of Madhuri, she just glows in every frame here. Her charming performance was simply intoxicating. Who wouldn't fall in love with Nisha? Salman-Madhuri share terrific chemistry. One of the best ever in fact. Prem and Nisha's romance develops slowly and beautifully. Every scene shared between them is memorable and believe me, their moments will bring you back to watch this movie again.

The strong supporting cast in HAHK definitely provides the movie with the ideal stability and mood to further enhance our impression of these sweet characters as believable. The casting crew hit gold because every actor looks perfect in the role he/she is portraying. The music is also BRILLIANT and the song picturizations/choreography remains unsurpassed. Barjatya cleverly keeps the narrative flowing with each song. AND that was a HUGE key because 14 songs could've easily slowed the movie's pace down.

Bottomline: HAHK to me is the quintessential Bollywood entertainer. The movie, despite being unrealistically sweet, never feels fake(something no other movie has been able to recreate, not even the director himself). Every actor in the cast adds something to make the movie special. The leading stars to this day haven't given more likable performances. If you look up the word chemistry in a Bollywood dictionary, a pic of Salman/Madhuri from HAHK should be there. Overall, just an incredibly charming movie that you can't help but fall in love with.

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Trivia

The film was originally released in only a small number of theaters that agreed to upgrade their facilities. Due to widespread demand for the film after release, many other theaters upgraded in order to get the film. As a result ticket prices were raised, and more people came back to theaters who had been lost to television.


Quotes

Prem: People say that when beatiful girls lie they become even more beautiful.


Crazy Credits

In the end titles, the initial 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!' shortens to 'Hum Aapke Hain...!'.


Alternate Versions

A month after the film was released, it was taken out of theaters and replaced with a different print that included 2 new songs, Chocolate, Lime Juice, and Mujhse Juda Hokar. This is the most common version of the film. Both versions are available on EROS video. Later that year, the film was once again rereleased, this time with a few more dialogue scenes. It included a scene with Nisha's parents giving Tuffy the dog a gift, an alternative ending of the end of the song Yeh Mausum Kah Jadoo Hain Mitva, An extra scene in the temple, a scene with Nisha and Prem's brother before the ladies function, and an extended ending. This print is available on the video "Hum Aapke Hain Koun:The Original Video" (its in a red box) but it is not an original print, but a pirated one, which means the sound is muffled. Also, the print from which this was taken from was deteriorated to a certain extent, cutting out many of the ends of some of the scenes between Nisha and Prem (The kitchen scene before the engagement, and the pool scene after the ladies function). Some prints have an alternative Intermission logo (lightning strikes and the word Intermission appears, while the original print simply has the word fade in and out).


Soundtracks

Yeh Kaun Sa Mor Hai
Written by
Dev Kohli
Composed by Vijay Patil
Performed by Lata Mangeshkar and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam
Courtesy of Saregama HMV

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Plot Summary


Genres

Comedy | Drama | Musical | Romance

Details

Release Date:

5 August 1994

Language

Hindi


Country of Origin

India

Box Office

Budget:

INR 45,000,000 (estimated)

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