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It was a simple story of a small town cab driver falling in love with a rich woman in Dharmesh Darshan’s Raja Hindustani that connected with the audience. The Bollywood film hit theatres in the year 1996 and went on to earn huge moolah at the box office.
As the Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor starrer Bollywood film Raja Hindustani steps into another year of glory, we take a look at some lesser known facts about this love story helmed by Dharmesh Darshan.
#1. Pardesi Song: The very first thing that comes to mind about this film is its song, “Pardesi Pardesi Jana Nahin“. From its meaningful lyrics to video and Aamir’s heart-wrenching emotions, the song has everything in it. Nadeem-Shravan’s music made it even more soulful. Mala Sinha’s daughter Pratibha Sinha was Dharmesh’s childhood friend. When he wanted someone to be a part of the Pardesi Pardesi song, he had only Pratibha in mind.
#2. That “Kiss": The famous kiss between Aamir and Karisma is considered as one of the longest in a Bollywood film. And Dharmesh was worried about the scene, he did not want it to look vulgar and therefore aesthetically shot with less music, minus any drama.
#3. One of the Highest-Grossing Films of the 90's: The film proved to be a blockbuster at the box office and went out to become one of the highest-grossing films of the 90s. It swept of all the leading awards at 42nd Filmfare Awards that year, with Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor winning the Best Actor and Actress Awards respectively.
#4. Karisma’s Stunning Makeover: Karisma Kapoor stunned everyone with her look in the film. She sported both the Western and Indian costumes and looked stunning in both of them. Her look in the film became quite a rage and trend during that time. Who can forget her red dress in one of the sequences and blue saree from the song “Poocho Jara Poocho“? And, did you know that she was not the first choice for this role? And also, this was the first and last time Aamir and Karisma were paired in a movie.
#5. The Music: Raja Hindustani is also remembered for its music. Nadeem-Shravan’s heart-touching music was the soul of the film. Not just Pardesi Pardesi, all the other songs of the film became chartbusters within no time of its release. The album is one of the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack albums of all times.