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Suhani Sharma (Rani Mukherjee), a paediatric student in Mumbai Medical College never thought she could fall in love. But one day, a chance meeting with Aditya (Vivek Oberoi) on a morning train changes everything. It is love at first sight and despite opposition from their parents the two get married. Suhani gladly accepts whatever Aditya has to offer - a dingy room with unplastered walls, rickety furniture and a makeshift kitchen. The stresses of finances and daily life begin to drive a wedge between the happily married couple. But when Aditya arrives home to find Suhani gone from their apartment he becomes frantic... he cannot live without her!
Persons of interest
- Vivek Oberoi .... Aditya Seghal
- Rani Mukherjee .... Suhani Sharma
- Sandhya Mridul .... Dina
- Satish Shah
- Sharat Saxena
- Shahrukh Khan .... Special Appearance
- Tabu .... Special Appearance
- Tinnu Anand
- Swaroop Sampat
- AR Rahman .... Composer
- Gulzar .... Lyricist
- Mani Ratnam .... Screenwriter
- Sampooran Singh Gulzar .... Screenwriter
- Shaad Ali .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Saathiya official movie sites:
- Awards and film festivals:
- Filmfare Awards 2003: Critic's Award For Best Actress, Best Male Debut, Best Screenplay, Best Music, Best Lyrics, Best Male Playback Singer (Sonu Nigam)
- India Screen Awards 2002: Special Jury Award, Acting (Rani Mukherjee); Most promising male newcomer (Vivek Oberoi); Best female playback singer (Sadhana Sargam)
- Zee Cine Awards 2002: Best lyrics; Best music; Best male playback singer (Sonu Migam); Best sound recording (Robert Taylor); Most promising male newcomer (Vivek Oberoi)
- NB: English and Hindi languages with English language subtitles
- Studios and distributors:
- MG Distribution
Special Agent Matti
Well, the only other Bollywood film I've seen is Kaante, the singing and dancing adaptation of Reservoir dogs, so I don't have any expectations of what a Bollywood film should be like. That said, I do try to base my reviews on what I think the film is trying to do rather than what I would like it to be, and I think that I achieve this: even when I don't like a film I'll give it a high score if it does what it sets out to. But enough about me, let's talk about Saathiya.
[About time - Director of Intelligence]
Saathiya is a small domestic romance. Small because there are no ships sinking in the background or bitter feuds between two houses. Domestic because a lot of it takes place in the kitchens and lounge rooms of India. Romance because boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl - tissues are required.
Vivek Oberoi is disarmingly attractive and shockingly intense. I found myself staring at him even when he wasn't talking, just to see what he was doing. Rani Mukherjee is also disarmingly attractive and shockingly intense. She plays an unsympathetic character ("Love is for people who have nothing better to do") with an almost brutal passion and ends up winning you over completely.
Sure, there are complaints that Saathiya is too long, but in Bollywood you have to give the audience their money's worth, hence the production numbers. Of these, the opening wedding sequence is the best, being bright, colourful, cheeky and sexy.
Sexy is always good.
If you can, see Saathiya in a cinema with a bunch of Indian-Australians, the audience participation is apparently worth the price of admission all on its own.
Security censorship classification
M (Adult themes)
138 minutes (2:18 hours)