Monday, August 06, 2007

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work.”
–Mark Twain

'Maine Pyar Kiya' (1989) was one of the first Bollywood movies that I saw in the era that I refer to as post-KK, meaning after Kishore Kumar passed away on October 13, 1987 (yes, I took it that hard). I plan to blog about that dark time soon but for today's music selections we look back at this soundtrack that puts a smile on my face to this day. This movie was a blockbuster hit and catapulted Salman Khan into stardom and even though Bhagyashree never had another hit movie, she is still fondly remembered for her role in the film. It garnered four Filmfare awards including Best Movie, Best Music Director, Best Lyrics (Dil Deewana) and Best Singer (Dil Deewana). Salman Khan also got a nomination for best actor for only his second starring role but was beaten out by Jackie Shroff for his role in 'Parinda' - an amazing movie in it's own right.

It's obvious now that the filmmakers just caught the mood of a generation where you didn't have to do everything your parents told you and that love could indeed conquer all. I remember watching the movie with my brother (Anand) and just bursting out into laughter at the line "I love you so much it hurts". It still is a corny line but looking back I realize that they really did feel that and it is that feeling that made the movie so memorable. For a more in depth analysis of the movie please visit our friend Carla's site, Filmigeek, as we are doing another joint review today.

The first song selection for today is Dil Deewana that is sung by both leads in the movie at different times. And even though the male version sung by S.P. Balasubramaniam won the Filmfare Award, I much prefer the version that was voiced by Lata. See the song with all it's sweetness and goofiness intact (LOVE Salman's matching yellow sweater with Bhagyashree's yellow sari!) here. The second song is the other major hit from the movie, Kabootar Ja Ja Ja in which our heroine dispatches a pigeon (kabootar) bearing a note with the words that all of secretly long to hear one day if we haven't yet already ~ "I love you so much it hurts".

P.S. For those of you wondering when these two will be on the screen again, wonder no more and check out this link.


Beth Loves Bollywood said...

What do you think of the actor/voice pair of Salman and Balasubramaniam? I hated it - it just struck me as totally wrong. Not either one independently, but as a pairing.

I looooved Bhagyashree here. I had no idea she was in Humko Deewana Kar Gaye and would definitely consider seeing it just for her.

Sanket Vyas said...

I first heard Bala's voice in 'Ek Dujhe Ke Liye' starring Kamal Hassan & I was very underwhelmed. I just cannot stand that kind of nasally singing voice so I am biased when I agree with you and say it sounded off. Some actors need to be paired with certain singers (i.e. Amitabh with Kishore Kumar) or it just doesn't LOOK right.

And Bhagyashree is just too cute for words - for her to have just one memorable hit that people remember her for... we should all be so lucky!

Interval said...

Maine Pyar kiya is an amazing flick...

In case you haven't seen it, enjoy it here are along with any other Bollywood movies you want to see:

relax, take a break at