New Delhi: It has been two decades and a half since Bollywood romance flick ‘Saajan’ was released into theatres, prompting people to experience a subtle romantic movie without all the agonizing vicissitudes of family life and the fecal matters of the society.
Saajan was released on August 30, 1991, when actress Madhuri Dixit had all hearts etched with her name. And Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt, veterans in their own regard during the time of the release, starred opposite the elegant beauty. And much to the credit of the movie, the song “Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Paagal Hai” by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik ringed through every radio station and barbershops in the country.
‘Saajan’ should be praised for trying to introduce poignancy in romance in Indian cinema. The plot of the movie is based around Aman Verma (Sanjay Dutt), a poet under the pseudonym Sagar, who becomes famous when his poems get published. Aman, though born in financial despair, is adopted by Akash’s (Salman) family, mainly pertaining to the fact that Aman is physically disabled and walks with a crutch wherever he goes. When Aman’s poem becomes famous, he starts exchanging confessional letters with a girl named Pooja (Madhuri) under the pseudonym Sagar. But when time comes for physical confession of their feelings, Aman hesitates, doubting that his disability might not be welcomed by Pooja. And then he tells his playboy brother Akash to play the role of Sagar, to reiterate the lines of the poem to woo Pooja. However, Akash soon realises that Aman has feelings for Pooja and in turn, knows more about Aman than he had ever known his life. What transpires then becomes the iconic personality associated with every man with Sanjay Dutt-like quality, immersed in self-reproach and unrequited love.
‘Saajan’ was the highest grossing Bollywood film of 1991 and now has a strong cult following.