The year 1995 saw one of the greatest hits of the decade, well at least for many Salman and Shah Rukh fans as the stellar epic Karan Arjun
available to the public. The movie starred Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan
, Mamta Kulkarni
, and Amrish Puri
in the main leads. For many, this
film was about the two of the biggest Khans working together for the
first time, but it was so much more beyond that.
Directed by Rakesh Roshan
(and assisted by son, Hrithik Roshan
), Karan Arjun
captured the attention and eyes of many viewers. From the script to the
songs to the acting to the star cast, everything was perfect. It had
elements that a good Bollywood movie should have.
movie revolves around two poor brothers Karan (Salman Khan
) and Arjun
(Shah Rukh Khan
) who are raised by their mother Durga (Rakhee Gulzar) and
are eventually killed by the devious Durjan Singh (Amrish Puri
) when he
learns that the brothers know of his crime of killing their father for
property. In actuality, their father is the son of the wealthy thakur
who becomes disowned by going against the wishes of his father and marrying Durga. However, whilst the thakur
on his death bed, he expresses his wishes of handing his property and
wealth to his grandkids. When Durjan learns of this plan, he kills him
and Karan and Arjun in front of their mother. A mother's heart unable to
accept her sons death, Durga prays to God to return her kids to her and
as her prayers are heard, both boys are reborn but with a twist. They
are born in different families and with no recollection of their past
life. However, 20 years later, circumstances become such that the two
come back to their village and with many twists and turns, the two
regain their memory and take revenge for the
atrocities committed against their family.
film garnered a lot of success and went on to be the second biggest hit
of that year, earning itself the title of a blockbuster hit. It was
nominated in various categories at the Filmfare Awards, including the
Best Actor award for Salman Khan
. It went on to win two awards for Best
Editing and Best Action.
Eighteen years later, Karan Arjun
may have been forgotten but the onscreen chemistry of two of India's
most talented actors is still the talk of town. A lot of fans still
desire to see the two rocking the screen together and have been granted
their wish in the form of Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam
and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
, co-starring Madhuri Dixit Nene
and Kajol respectively. Karan Arjun
was a movie that showed the strong and eternal bond between two
brothers that that transcended to eal life as well, albeit for
a little while. However, we all still have our fingers crossed and still
continue to hope.
Did you know:
- Ajay Devgn was the first choice for the role of Karan (played by Salman Khan)
- Kajol's role of Sonia was originally written with Juhi Chawla in mind
- Nagma was the choice for the role of Mamta Kulkarni
- The title of the movie was first going to be Kaynaat but later went on to be Karan Arjun
As Durga said in the movie "mere Karun Arjun aayenge..", we too hope
that one day there will be a Karan Arjun reunion. Until then, we can
only wait and hope the two superstars sort out their differences soon.
Author: Rani S.
Editors: Hershi J. & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Virina R.
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