Sooraj Barjatya: The man who made family films all interesting and fun

No one in the Barjatya family had thought or imagined that there would be someone who would be creatively involved in the production of films - Ali Peter John

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No one in the Barjatya family had thought or imagined that there would be someone who would be creatively involved in the production of films. The closest he came to the creative process was when Rajkumar Barjatya took an active part in the production of some of the films of Rajshri Productions. And so when young Sooraj Barjatya showed interest in directing films, they were all surprised, but none of them made any effort to stop him.

Sooraj Barjatya's Surprising Journey

Sooraj Barjatya joined Mahesh Bhatt as his 13th assistant when Mahesh Bhatt was making 'Saraansh' and he was a very cool learner when he decided to direct 'Maine Pyar Kiya' with Salman Khan and Bhagyashree. So, it was another big surprise for him and the Barjatya family because what they had learned during the making of "Saaransh" and what they were making with "Maine Pyar Kiya" were two different subjects and treated them in two different ways. "Saraansh" was an emotional saga and "Maine Pyar Kiya" was a musical love story and it was difficult to say which film was more successful. But Sooraj Barjatya was established as a director with his very first film, "Maine Pyar Kiya" and Salman and Bhagyashree were overnight stars and so was the music.

This Sooraj who belonged to the earth took his time to shine and make his films and hence he had to make his next film "Hum Aapke Hai Kaun...!" It took more than five years to build. The result was that this film was a super hit and ran for many years and established a new style of filmmaking in India.

Sooraj followed his school of filmmaking and made other successful films like "Hum Saath Saath Hain", "Vivah" and "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo" and gave a break to new actors, technicians, writers, and composers. There was a sudden change in the way films were made and emphasis was placed on technology rather than content, but Sooraj did not change his way of making films under any pressure.

He took his time and then he announced his new film just before the pandemic, which was another big surprise. He didn't cast any Khan or Kumar or Devgan, but he did cast senior actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa, and Boman Irani and people in the filmmaking business said that the intelligent Sooraj was passing through an eclipse. Sooraj didn't even listen to what people said about him and he cast Parineeti Chopra and the versatile Sarika in other lead roles and started shooting on locations in Nepal and people again said "Sooraj went crazy".

Sooraj, however, continued shooting at locations and studios in Mumbai and has now made up for the time he lost during the pandemic and completed the film “Uunchai”. Which performed well at the box office.

Who can stop a person who can make the sun his guru and inspiration from reaching his heights?


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