Movie poster for Saawariya
|Directed by||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Produced by||Columbia Tristar & SLB Films|
|Written by||Prakash Kapadia, based on the short story White Nights by Fyodor Dostoevsky|
|Music by||Monty Sharma
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
|Cinematography||Ravi K. Chandran|
|Editing by||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Pictures (worldwide)
SLB Films (India)
|Release date(s)||November 9, 2007|
|Running time||128 Minutes|
|Language||Hindi/Urdu and English|
|Budget||40 Crore INR
10.18 Million USD
Saawariya (Hindi:सावरिया, Urdu: ساوریا, English: Loverboy) is a Bollywood film based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story, "White Nights". Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film was released by Sony Pictures Entertainment on November 9, 2007 and has thus become the first Indian movie to be co-produced and distributed by a Hollywood production house. The stars are Ranbir Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh's son), Sonam Kapoor (Anil Kapoor's daughter), Salman Khan, and Rani Mukerji, with veteran actresses Zohra Sehgal and Begum Para in supporting roles.
Ranbir Raj (Ranbir Kapoor), a free spirited idealist – dreamer, arrives in a dreamy surreal town and joins as a lead singer in its swankiest club 'RK'. Here he bumps into Gulabji (Rani Mukerji), a prostitute, who immediately falls for his naivety and innocent charm. One night he notices a mysterious girl standing alone on a bridge holding an umbrella. As he tries to strike a conversation, she shies away. But he still keeps following her and both end up becoming friends. This mystery girl, Sakina (Sonam Kapoor) forever carries a sadness in her eyes which leaves Ranbir intrigued. But so mesmerized he is with her that his every minute goes into discussing her with his land lady, Lillian (Zohra Sehgal) and Gulabji.
Just when Ranbir is about to express his true feelings to her, she reveals the reason behind her unhappiness. She tells him she is waiting for her love, Imaan (Salman Khan) to return. A year back before leaving, he had promised that he would be back and meet her on the same bridge that he saw her waiting. And then Raj confesses his love to her. At first, she resists, but gradually their love begin taking shape.
Then that same night as the two are together, Iman returns on the bridge and is spotted by Sakina. Sakina is helpless; she returns to the bridge to be with Iman, leaving Raj to return home by himself.
- Ranbir Kapoor ... Ranbir Raj
- Sonam Kapoor ... Sakina
- Salman Khan ... Imaan
- Rani Mukerji ... Gulabji
- Begum Para ... Nabila, Sakina's Grandmother
- Zohra Sehgal ... Lilian
- Executive Producers: Kuldeep Singh Rathore & Deepak Sharma
- Producer: SLB Films and Columbia Tristar (Sony Pictures Entertainment India)
- Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
- Screenplay: Prakash Kapadia & Sanjay Leela Bhansali, based on the short story White Nights by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Dialogues: Niranjan Iyengar
- Editor: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
- Music Director: Monty Sharma & Sanjay Leela Bhansali
- Background Music: Monty Sharma
- Choreographers: Pappu-Mallu, Ganesh Hegde & Shiamak Davar
- Lyricists: Sameer, Nusrat Badr & Sandeep Nath
- Cinematographer: Ravi K. Chandran
- Art Directors: Omung Kumar Bhandula & Vanita Omung Kumar
- Sound Designer: Resul Pookutty
The soundtrack for the film was released to mixed reviews on September 19, 2007. Indiafm gave the music three out of five stars, stating that "the title song would be remembered for months to come, if not years, the others do not really go that extra distance"
|Studio album by Monty Sharma|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Sanjay Leela Bhansali|
|Monty Sharma chronology|
|Saawariya||Shail Hada||02:45||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Rani Mukerji|
|Jab Se Tere Naina||Shaan||04:44||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor|
|Masha-Allah||Kunal Ganjawala & Shreya Ghoshal||05:28||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor|
|Thodi Badmash||Shreya Ghoshal||03:19||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor
Lyrics: Nusrat Badr; Composer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
|Yoon Shabnami||Parthiv Gohil||05:15||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor
Lyrics: Sandeep Nath
|Daras Bina Nahin Chain||Richa Sharma, Shail Hada & Parthiv Gohil||04:45|
|Sawar Gayi||Shreya Ghoshal||03:42|
|Jaan-e-Jaan||Kunal Ganjawala & Shreya Ghoshal||05:59||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor|
|Pari||Kunal Ganjawala||05:19||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Rani Mukerji|
|Chhabeela||Alka Yagnik||05:23||Picturised on Rani Mukerji & Ranbir Kapoor|
|Saawariya (Reprise)||Shail Hada||03:06||Picturised on Ranbir Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor|
- Best Promising Newcomer Male- Ranbir Kapoor
- ^ "Rani plays a prostitute in Saawariya", 2007-01-08. Retrieved on 2007-04-30.
- ^ "Saawariya to release on Nov 9, 2007". Retrieved on 2007-09-30.
- ^ "Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Saawariya", 2006-03-27. Retrieved on 2007-04-30.
- ^ "Rani Mukherji to play courtesan in Saawariya", 2006-11-09. Retrieved on 2007-09-30.
- ^ "Rani plays a prostitute in Saawariya", 2007-01-08. Retrieved on 2007-09-30.
- ^ mid-day.com. Saawariya Debuts in New York Times. Retrieved on 16 September 2007.
- ^ "'Saawariya' first screening held". Retrieved on 30 October.
- ^ "Music review", 2006-03-27. Retrieved on 2007-09-21.
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