Now Pathaan, once Hum Aapke Hain Kaun created magic
Mumbai: Sooraj Barjatya and his Rajshree Productions have given Hindi cinema many superhit and memorable films. Sooraj Barjatya got to see a different and unique form of love along with the country’s traditions, family values and rituals in every film made under his banner.
Sooraj Barjatya started his career with Salman Khan. The only difference was that while Salman made his debut as the lead hero, Sooraj Barjatya turned director. Sooraj Barjatya, who started his career as an assistant director, directed Salman Khan in his first film Maine Pyar Kiya. He gave many hit films to Bollywood as a memorable legacy. But there was also a film which was watched by more than 7 crore 39 lakh people.
There was great enthusiasm in every village about this film. People reached the theater full of tractor-trolleys to watch this film. There was a huge crowd and the enthusiasm of the people was overwhelming. Even after 29 years, no South or Hindi film has been able to break the record of this film. Sooraj Barjatya’s 58th birthday was on 22nd February. The special thing is that Salman Khan was also a part of this film. The name of this film is ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’, which was released in 1994. Apart from Salman Khan, the film had many stars including Madhuri Dixit, Anupam Kher, Alok Nath, Renuka Shahane, Mohnish Behl and Reema Lagoo.
Premiere at Liberty Cinema, created history in Telugu
‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ was premiered at the Liberty Cinema Hall in Mumbai, which was watched by a crowd of lakhs. It is said that more than seven crore people had reached to see this film of Sooraj Barjatya. The film ran for 125 weeks at the Liberty Cinema Hall. Seeing the blockbuster success of ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’, it was released in Telugu language as ‘Premalaya’. There also this film created panic. According to reports, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ in Telugu language ran for around 200 days. ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ was also dubbed and released in Tamil language. At the same time, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ had created panic in foreign countries too. The film had earned Rs 20 crores overseas.
First Hindi film to earn 100 Cr, overseas
‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ is considered to be one of the highest-grossing films of all time in the history of Indian cinema. According to the Box Office India report, made on a budget of Rs 6.25 crore, it is the first Bollywood film to earn Rs 100 crore. The film completely changed the face of the film business in the country. In the first week, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ collected Rs 68 lakh nationwide. Hum Aapke Hain Koun earned Rs 70 crore in the first 20 weeks after its release. With this earning, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ became the highest-grossing film of that time in the country.
More than 7 crore people came to watch in the theater
7 crore 39 lakh and 62 thousand people reached the theaters to watch it. Not only this, the film also broke the record of Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Sholay’ released in 1975 and became Bollywood’s highest-grossing film. When ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ was released in 1994, it sold more than 74 million tickets across the country alone. This was the only film that millions of people reached theaters to watch. No Hindi film had done such a feat since the nineties.
‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ ran for 75 weeks abroad
On the other hand, when ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ was released at the Alwyn Theater in Toronto, it broke the record of Hollywood films there. Sooraj Barjatya’s film ran for 75 weeks at the Alwyn Theatre. No Hollywood film had stayed in the theater for so long.