Hum Aapke Hain Kon Review
Prem and Nisha fall in love at the wedding of their older siblings. However, their relationship is tested when Nisha's sister passes away, leaving behind a baby.
It has been over 25 years since the release of the classic and unforgettable movie "Aapke Hain Koun!" This film showcased the lives of ordinary people realistically and featured some of the greatest Bollywood stars, including Tuffy the Dog.
With a runtime of 223 minutes (roughly 3 hours and 40 minutes), the movie managed to keep its audience engaged until the end. Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, and Tuffy delivered great performances that captivated viewers.
Cast and Crew
Inflation Boosts Movie Revenue
Life is often associated with love, planned weddings, and love marriages. Sooraj Barjatya's musical film, which offers a good mix of romantic comedy and drama, is an excellent example. Even after 25 years, the movie still generates profits from television screenings, which is quite impressive.
During its release in August 1994, Hum Aapke... earned Rs 72.46 crore from ticket sales and was even shown in certain theaters for over two and a half years. According to a media source, the family drama's box office receipts would have amounted to about Rs 973 crore if adjusted for inflation today. The film quickly became the highest-grossing movie in India.
Unfortunately, I could not watch this movie until 25 years after its release. I noticed that the movie had a lot of product placement, such as Sallu Bhai's cap labeled 'BOY' and Alok Nath's character having an exaggerated reaction to the idea of a wedding. The dog, Tuffy, was also an essential character in the film.
The movie had some enjoyable scenes featuring Madhuri Dixit and her unique chemistry with Salman. However, the lengthy song and dance performances, including one where the groom's shoes were prominently featured, were not worth the time. As a result, all 14 songs were fast-forwarded. A review of the lives of the female characters
Pooja, played by Renuka Shahane, and Nisha, played by Madhuri, are sisters. Pooja gets married to Rajesh, portrayed by Mohnish Bahl, while Nisha develops romantic feelings for Rajesh's younger brother, Prem, played by Salman. Although Prem and Nisha have strong feelings for each other, Pooja and Rajesh seem sincerely in love despite being more reserved.
The sudden passing of Pooja has profoundly impacted her family, love story, and personal relationships. Despite her innocence, she left behind a young child who needs a mother figure due to societal norms. Fortunately, her younger sister Nisha is a suitable candidate to care for the child as she is young and single.
Nisha mistakenly thinks she is getting married to her boyfriend Prem, but due to misunderstandings and uncertainty, she decides to marry her brother-in-law Rajesh instead. Prem knows the situation, but Nisha remains confused until the wedding day. Prem has lost his passion for Nisha and allows the events to unfold with a "bros-before-hoes" attitude.
Fast-forwarding to the movie's conclusion, Nisha hears her groom's name spoken for the first time. Nisha completes a 180-degree turn when expected to denounce this spontaneous incestuous behavior. She decides to proceed with the wedding like a model of a sacrificed mother goat.
No other options were available, which led to the decision to call upon Tuffy for help in resolving the situation.
In Bollywood, tragic love stories are not familiar. Therefore, it was considered inappropriate to request Nisha to act as a mother to her nephew while secretly marrying her brother-in-law and living in the same house as her former boyfriend.
Tuffy, the dog, enters the scene as Nisha sends a handwritten message to Prem about the necklace her sister gave her when she confided in her about her relationship with her brother-in-law. The message, written on a handkerchief, is in Tuffy's mouth with a request to deliver it to Prem.
Tuffy, who wants to be seen as a good person, gives the bomb to Rajesh bhaiya. Per the sacrificial goat tradition, Rajesh cancels his wedding and chooses Prem as the groom for the day. However, Nisha takes care of the child because "a child also needs a mother's love."
I fast-forwarded through the movie because it was filled with cliches and music, making it feel like a wedding video. It only took two hours to watch, but now I am affected by the unrealistic expectations portrayed in Bollywood films. I'm waiting for my friend Prem, who prioritizes his friends over romantic relationships.