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Happy Birthday Sooraj Barjatya!

Today is the birthday of the director who has always written and directed those movies that we all love watching with our entire family! We're talking about none other than Sooraj Barjatya!

Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 1:00:00 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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It's time to call all your family members as we get together to wish this great director a very happy birthday! Reason? Today is the birthday of the director who has always written and directed those movies that we all love watching with our entire family! We're talking about none other than Sooraj Barjatya!

Little is known about Barjatya's personal life as he always kept it to himself. However, we can tell you that he was born in Mumbai and attended St. Mary's School followed by The Scindia School. He is married to Vineeta Barjatya and they have three children named Devaansh, Avnish and Eesha.

Barjatya began his career as a director at the young age of 24 when, encouraged by his paternal grandfather Tarachand Barjatya, he wrote and directed Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989), which launched several careers, including his, Salman Khan's, and Bhagyashree Dassani's. The movie was about two families and how their young ones fall in love even though the fathers are against it. The film became a cult classic with many youngsters wearing the "Friend" cap several years later.

Barjatya then went on to write and direct Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994), again with Salman Khan in the lead role. This movie went on to become an all-time blockbuster and, when adjusted for inflation, still ranks in one of the top ten movies of Bollywood. Barjatya won the Filmfare Award for Best Director and Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for that movie. In fact, one song of the movie, "Didi Tera Devar Deewana", became so popular that Filmfare awarded Lata Mangeshkar a Filmfare Special Award just for that song. Even today that song is a hit and a must at every Indian wedding along with all the other wedding songs of the movie.

Riding high on the success of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Barjatya's next movie also starred Salman Khan, this time as part of a large extended family in Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999), which also became a hit. Even the controversy surrounding some of the actors of the movie couldn't mar the movie's success and Barjatya officially became known as the "Family Director" as his movies were always the type you could sit and watch with your family.

Though Barjatya's next movie, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003) did not do so well at the box office, he soon returned with another hit in the form of Vivah (2006) starring Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao. It was Barjatya's fifth movie and Shahid and Amrita's fourth movie together. The songs of the movie were and are still much appreciated by audiences. Also like his previous four films, the lead character's name was Prem. The film was nominated for more than 15 awards and it is also considered to be one of the top ten films of Bollywood, inflation adjusted.

Barjatya's last venture was Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi (2009), but this time he was only the writer of the movie. The film did not do well as it was considered to be a remake of a cult movie Tapasya (1976) starring Rakhee and was also considered to be a spin-off of Vivah. Barjatya will soon be returning in 2015 with a new movie tentatively named Bade Bhaiya and tentatively starring Salman Khan.

On the birthday of this great director, we have put together a playlist of some of his top songs:
  1. "Dil Deewana" - Maine Pyar Kiya
  2. "Kabootar Ja Ja Ja" - Maine Pyar Kiya
  3. "Didi Tera Devar Deewana" - Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
  4. "Pehla Pehla Pyar" - Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
  5. "Mhare Hiwda" - Hum Saath-Saath Hain
  6. "Yeh To Sach Hai Ke Bhagwan" - Hum Saath-Saath Hain
  7. "Bani Bani Prem Diwani Bani" - Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon
  8. "Kasam Ki Kasam" - Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon
  9. "Do Anjaane Ajnabi" - Vivah
  10. "Mujhe Haq Hai" - Vivah
  11. "Mujhme Zinda Hai Woh" - Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi
  12. "Dekhe Akele Humne Solah Mele" - Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi
 
From this BollyCurry writer and all the others, here's wishing Sooraj Barjatya a very happy birthday and all the success in the future! May he continue to entertain audiences with many more family movies!
 
 
Writer: Shreya S.
Editors: Siona M. and Gunia M.
Graphics: Shikha.
 
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Posted on: 27 February 2014 at 2:53am
Sooraj Sir, best wishes and like all your movies especially those with Salman Khan :)

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Posted on: 23 February 2014 at 6:32pm
The song from issi life mein rocks..Tere pyaar mein ..

Actually that movie itself rocks.. kudos to shifali for getting me into it.

Overlooked movie that rocks.

Anyways happy bday sooraj ji! .miss his movies. Mans better than bhansali for sure.

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Posted on: 23 February 2014 at 11:55am
Wish you a very Happy Birthday ...My all time favourite director :))))))
waiting for your next movie with salman khan :))))

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Posted on: 23 February 2014 at 11:49am
happy bday suraj ji loved vivah love shahid amrita :)

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Posted on: 23 February 2014 at 10:42am
happy birthday! cant wait for his movie with salman! the original prem will be back

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Posted on: 23 February 2014 at 6:31am
happy birthday to sooraj barjatya...

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Posted on: 23 February 2014 at 12:53am
Happy Birthday to Sooraj Sir

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Posted on: 22 February 2014 at 7:11pm
Happy Birthday to Sooraj Ji! I love all his films starting from MPK to EVAB...I just LOVE it! He is the reason I fell in love with Salman Khan and the character "Prem" in each film. Sir wish you a very happy birthday. May you have a wonderful year ahead and years to come. God bless you !

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Posted on: 22 February 2014 at 4:55pm
Happy Birthdayyy to Bollywood's BEST OF BEST director ever.

Thank you for giving us Prem.. <3 It's a treat to watch EVEN TODAY.

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Posted on: 22 February 2014 at 4:15pm
Happy Birthday to the Most traditional yet the most beautiful directors of the Bollywood. Your movies are truly worth watching.

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