Maine Pyar Kiya  
Producer: Rajshri
Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Starring: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree, Alok Nath, Reema Lagoo
Music: RaamLaxman
Lyrics: Dev Kohli, Asad Bhopali
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, S.P. Balasubrhmanium, Usha Mangeshkar, Sharda Sinha and Shailendra Singh
Audio On: HMV-Saregama
Number of Songs: 10
Released in: 1989
Reviewed by: Rakesh Budhu
Reviewer's Rating: 9 out of 10

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If there is anything that aided the Barjatya group in their film’s successes it is the music. Though their films always had “safe” content (the stuff any family would go back to watch), their music was always sweet, syrupy and in one word- excellent. Raam Laxman always gave them their best and with Maine Pyar Kiya, the biggest hit of 1989, their music was such a delight that well, you can’t help but not love it.

Lata Mangeshkar and S.P. Balasubrhmanium made an excellent vocal duo in this soundtrack. They complimented each other’s vocals excellently matching each other’s step to step. Whether it is in their respective solos, “Dil Deewana” or in the upbeat lovable number “Aaja Shaam Ho Ne Aaye” and “Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate”. Dev Kohli’s playful lyrics are quite enjoyable amongst RamLaxman’s melody.

Dil Deewana” was probably one of the first tunes to hold the title before Sameer started using it over and over again in his future projects. Still with that being the case we have no reason not to appreciate the lovely duet. Especially when it is repeated twice on the soundtrack. Asad Bhopali penned some wonderful tunes here, this being one of them.

Kabootar Ja Ja”, a song situational to the film ends up being so loveable that it’s a tune one would hum on a spring day chasing away the pigeons. Sound corny? Lata Mangeshkar sounding as sweet as ever will surely convince you otherwise.

Lively, smiling and dancing, the Barjatya motto? “Aaye Mausam Dosti Ki” surely says that, a chummy song about friends that flows well with the happy tunes on the soundtrack with Lata, her sister Usha, S.P. and Shailendra Singh singing to match the mood. Asad’s lyrics here are fun.

Maine Pyar Kiya” penned by Asad Bhopali and “Aata Jaate Hanste Gaate” penned by Dev Kohli are the two title tracks. The latter is just as sweet though clearly ripped off from the American jazz tune “I Just Called To Say I Love You…” Either way R-L have done a good job copying the tune! The former is a qawaali styled track opening up with the harmonium and leading us into an infectious ditty with S.P. leading the song straight through! The eighties styled song will without a doubt have you saying, “Maine Pyaar Kiya... Pyar Kiya… Pyar Kiya…

Describing the depth of a man’s love is “Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali” a song that once again relies on S.P. to take it to heights that hit the right notes. Asad’s lyrics stand out more than anything. A lot of dramatic intervals and the piano take precedence in what is a good solo.

It’s been a common practice until the recent Hum Saath Saath Hain to have a semi-classical, semi-shaadi number in the soundtracks of Barjatya’s films. The songs are most likely not on the cassettes or CD’s released nowadays but serve a purpose more for the film. “Kahe To He Sajna” is this film’s classical tune. Sharda Sinha sings for the tune.

Ending it all off is another “Made-For-Barjatyas”- Antakshri. These even come around now (and we wonder if they will be in their next release). A mixture of the best of the best it’s a stroll down memory lane brought to us by Lata, S.P., Shailendra and Usha.

There is an element of excellence and true melody in each of these tunes. Not only do the songs become so loveable and memorable but also they make us want to see the film over and over again. Maybe that’s why the Barjatyas’ are hit directors.