It all started in 1989 when young SURAJ BARJATYA , the assistant director to MAHESH BHATT & the grand son of TARACHAND BARJATYA , the scion of RAJSHRI PRODUCTIONS with films like AARTI, DOSTI, TAQDEER, JEEVAN MRITYU, TAPASYA, CHIT CHOR, GEET GATA CHAL & ANKHIYON KE JHAROKHON SE amongst many more, decided to cast young SALMAN KHAN & introducing BHAGYASHRI in his maiden venture MAINE PYAR KIYA (1989) and against all expectations, the film went on to smash records and became the biggest hit of that year and the decade. Though Bhagyashri prematurely retired from films after the release, MAINE PYAR KIYA made Salman Khan a star and he was flooded with many more offers but it took another five years before Suraj signed Salman Khan again and what followed in 1994 is still a mystery to many. HUM AAPKE HAI KAUN ( 1994 ) with SALMAN KHAN & MADHURI DIXIT was basically a love story revolving around a family marriage but the critics & the public were surprised as it went on to become the biggest hit of the year , of the decade and one of the all time big hits in Indian movie industry. Infact, MAINE PYAR KIYA & HUM AAPKE HAI KAUN are among the Top Ten Biggest Bollywood Hits of all time. Interestingly, Salman Khan’s name in both films was PREM and it was repeated again in Suraj Barjatya’s HUM SAATH SAATH HAIN (1999) and needless to say that it went on to become the biggest hit of the year. Putting his emphasis on family dramas , HUM SAATH SAATH HAIN was the story of a joint family and this time Salman was joined by Karishma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam, Mohnish Behl, Alok Nath & Reema Lagu amongst others and once again, the film went on to break records Suraj’s next was a disaster called MAIN PREM KI DIWANI with Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor & Abhisheik Bachchan and you guessed it right as Suraj’s hero was named PREM again but then Hrithik Roshan is no Salman Khan and the film became the biggest drubbing of Suraj Barjatya’s career. Many attempts were made but Suraj couldn’t rope in Salman again in Rajshri Productions and dejectedly, he started VIVAH with Shahid Kapoor & Amrita Rao and inspite of the story being same as HUM AAPKE HAI KAUN , it went on to smash records and became the most profitable film of Suraj’s career and yes, you guessed it right as Shahid Kapoor’s name was PREM again. Meanwhile Salman Khan, after his numerous problems with law , went on to become the biggest box-office draw of India with hits like WANTED, READY, BODYGUARD, DABANGG, DABANGG 2, EK THA TIGER & BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and surprise, surprise as he agreed to do Suraj’s next and signed PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO. Romantically paired opposite SONAM KAPOOR , Salman Khan is Suraj Barjatya’s PREM again and shares the screen with NEIL NITIN MUKESH, SWARA BHASKAR & ANUPAM KHER and needless to say, expectations are very high from this Diwali release as it’s also the solo release of the week. With BAJRANGI BHAIJJAN fetching over Rs. 625 Crores worldwide, many are predicting a huge footfall this weekend all over the world and with solid advance booking all across India, some are predicting a new record opening day collection (Shahrukh Khan’s HAPPY NEW YEAR holds the record right now) and a possible Rs.200 Crore collection in the first week. It may seem far fetched but when it comes to Salman Khan films, anything is possible as he’s the current box-office king and on the other hand, don’t forget that he’s Suraj’s PREM again and there’s always a chance that SALMAN KHAN’S PREM COULD BE FOURTH TIME LUCKY IN SURAJ BARJATYA’S PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO !!!
Bollywood celebrates Diwali !!!
DIWALI is huge in Bollywood but it seems to be getting bigger every year as SHILPA SHETTY & RAJ KUNDRA, ANIL KAPOOR, HRITHIK ROSHAN & EKTA KAPOOR hosted Diwali parties but the ‘ Mother of All Diwali Parties ‘ was undoubtedly the one hosted by BACHCHANS at JALSA as almost all of the bollywood turned up to mingle and enjoy Diwali. From Shahrukh-Gauri Khan to Shatrughan-Komal-Sonakshi Sinha and Ranbir Kapoor-Katrina Kaif to Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone , they’re all dressed intraditional Indian attire to impress each other as Kangana Ranaut , Raveena Tandon , Preity Zinta & Aditi Rao mingled with Dino Moreo, Karan Johar, Ayushmann Khurana & Sajid Khan. Akshay-Twinkle were there with Dimpla Kapadia and it’s safe to say that except Aamir Khan-Kiran Rao (busy shooting film DANGAL in Punjab) & Salman Khan (for obvious reasons), the entire bollywood industry was welcomed by Amitabh-Jaya-Aishwarya Rai & Abhisheik Bachchan for the biggest Diwali Party of the year!
DVD of Punjabi film Angrej releases !!!
The biggest Punjabi hit film of the year and decade, Aman Khatkar’s ANGREJ released in original dvd and the response is phenomenal. Starring Amrindar Gill , Beenu Dhillon & Sargun Mehta, the film has been well received all over the world and the producers intend to make the sequel soon. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Diwali release of Suraj Barjatya’s PREM RATAN DHAN PAYO, which is expected to make a few more records and could become the biggest hit of 2015. With that, it’s time to say good bye but not before reminding you all to watch this week’s YAADEIN on Sunday, Nov.15nth at SMC #116 at 1 PM, which is a tribute to all the FALLEN SOLDIERS ! KVP Entertainers wishes you all a very HAPPY DIWALI!
Kamal Sharma, president of Kamal’s Video Palace, the biggest Indian video store in North America and concert promoter since 1994, is a popular TV host on Shaw Multicultural Channel of “Kamal’s Top 5 Hits” and “YAADEIN,” the longest running South Asian TV shows for more than 31 years.