‘Maine Pyar Kiya’. A movie that became the epitome of cult romance, and that of a beautiful friendship blooming into the purest of love. The movie had many firsts, a director who wanted to carry forward the legacy of Rajshri; Suraj Barjatya, and two fresh faces; a dashing Salman Khan, and a coy Bhagyashree. Though more than two decades have passed since the release of the movie, yet, the music, the scenes, the dialogues, and the intense chemistry between the two leads, everything feels alive in us, the fans of the movie.
As the movie completes yet another feat of 27 years, here’s taking a look at some facts about it that you will love.
And that's how Salman became 'Prem'
Salman Khan was referred for the lead role to Barjatiya by Shabina Dutt, a model who first auditioned for the lead role (female) for "Maine Pyar Kiya', but failed the screen test. Khan & Dutt had worked in a TV advertisement and connected as real good friends.
Before 'Maine Pyaar Kiya', Bhagyashree co-starred with now-director Ashutosh Gowariker in the TV serial 'Kachchi Dhoop', Amol Palekar's adaptation of the novel 'Little Women'.
The 'FRIEND' cap
The Film 'Maine Pyaar Kiya' gained so much popularity and momentum that its props went for sale, like the cap that read 'FRIEND'. This happened for the first time in any Bollywood film.
The Barjatya favourites
Many of the film's cast went on to become Barjatya regulars, appearing in at least one more Barjatya film - Alok Nath, Reema Lagoo, Ajit Vachani, Rajeev Verma, Mohnish Behl, Laxmikanth Berde and, of course, Salman himself.
The award spree!
'Maine Pyaar Kiya' held the record for the maximum Filmfare Awards, winning seven out of 13 nominations. Until 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' came along in 1995, took over with 10 wins.
No offers to Salman for a whole year
Despite 'Maine Pyaar Kiya' being a super hit movie, Salman Khan did not get any film offers for a whole year after its release.
The first take of the movie
The first scene that was filmed was the one between Salman and his father, played by Rajeev Verma, in the office. Filming took place in Mumbai and Ooty.
Salman Khan wasn't the first choice for 'Prem'
Salman Khan wasn't the first choice for 'Prem'. Apparently, Vindoo Dara Singh, Deepak Tijori and Faraaz Khan (Son of Yusuf Khan - The criminal Zabisco in Amar Akbar Anthony) were offered the role of Prem in 'Maine Pyaar Kiya' after which Khan was finalised. Unbelievable, right?
Salman Khan & Mohnish Bahl
Salman Khan and actor Mohnish Bahl auditioned for 'Maine Pyaar Kiya' together. While Khan bagged the lead role of the film, Mohnish was given the negative role. In two subsequent Barjatya productions, they played brothers - 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!' and 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.
The vamp, Pervin Dastur
Actress Pervin Dastur was picked from the Mumbai theatre to play the vampy Seema. She only appeared in one other film, 1997's little known 'Dil Ke Jharokhe Mein'.
It was not Salman Khan's debut film
'Maine Pyaar Kiya' was not Salman Khan's debut film. The actor made his acting debut with a supporting role in the 1988 film 'Biwi Ho To Aisi' in which his voice was dubbed by someone else.