Saathiya (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shaad Ali
Produced by Bobby Bedi
Yash Chopra
Mani Ratnam
Aditya Chopra
Written by Mani Ratnam
Screenplay by Mani Ratnam
Starring Rani Mukerji
Vivek Oberoi
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Anil Mehta
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed by Kaleidoscope Entertainment
Madras Talkies
Yash Raj Films
Release date
  • 20 December 2002 (2002-12-20)
Running time
139 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 75 million (equivalent to 200 million or US$2.8 million in 2017)[1]
Box office 291 million (equivalent to 790 million or US$11 million in 2017)[1]

Saathiya (Hindi: साथिया, English: Companion) is a 2002 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Mani Ratnam and Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film stars Rani Mukerji and Vivek Oberoi in lead roles, with Shah Rukh Khan and Tabu appearing in extended special appearances. The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman and the lyrics are penned by Gulzar. It is a remake of the Tamil film Alaipayuthey, which was directed by Ratnam and also had its music composed by Rahman as well. Box Office India declared the film a Hit.[2] Additionally, the film won six Filmfare Awards.


Aditya (Vivek Oberoi) and his friends are searching for Aditya's wife Suhani (Rani Mukherji). She has been missing for hours, a few days after having a fight with Aditya about their failing marriage. But Aditya now realizes that he loves her more than anything and is devastated that he can't find her.

The film goes into a flashback, where it is seen that Aditya and Suhani meet each other at a wedding. Aditya immediately falls in love with her and pursues her. Suhani at first believes that he is simply flirting with her but later, both realize that they love each other. However, Aditya's rich lifestyle and Suhani's middle-class lifestyle creates a rift between their parents. Aditya and Suhani elope and get married in a small ceremony. At first, they live in their respective homes and keep their marriage a secret. However, when a proposal comes for Suhani's elder sister, the truth comes out. Aditya and Suhani then move to a dilapidated house and start their married life together.

Soon, marital problems threaten to drive them apart. A misunderstanding causes Suhani to think Aditya is having an affair and they get into a major argument. Suhani then gets involved in a car accident. As she is crossing the street, a car hits her, almost fatally injuring her. Aditya has no idea of this and waits for her to return home, happily thinking that they will patch up. Meanwhile, Suhani is in the hospital, on the verge of death.

The film returns to the present, where Aditya has realized that Suhani is missing and is frantically looking for her. It is revealed that Savitri (Tabu) is the one who hit Suhani with her car. Scared to own up, Savitri calls her husband, who is an IAS officer. Her husband, Yeshwant Rao (Shah Rukh Khan), arrives at the hospital and tells the doctor that Suhani is his wife and he wants her operated. Aditya finds out about the incident and reaches the hospital. Suhani falls into a coma. Yeshwant explains to Aditya, and takes the blame and tells him that he had caused the accident. Aditya threatens Yeshwant and leaves. Savitri meets Aditya and tells him that it was she who caused the accident and she is feeling guilty.

The two shed tears together, until Yeshwant comes and picks her up. Soon, Suhani regains consciousness. Aditya runs in and expresses the pain and suffering he went through in the hours of separation. Suhani also expresses her own love and feelings for him. The film ends as Aditya and Suhani finally make up and hug each other on the hospital bed.



Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 29 October 2002
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Feature Film soundtrack, Ambient
Label Sa Re Ga Ma
Producer A.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
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There are 9 songs composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics by Gulzar. A. R. Rahman re-used all of his compositions from the soundtrack of the Tamil film Alaipayuthey, with the exception of two songs, "Mere Yaar Mila De" and "Naina Milaike" which replaced their Tamil counterparts "Evano Oruvan" and "Alaipayuthey". The soundtrack turned out to be one of the strong points of the film. Saathiya won most of the music awards, though having tough competition.[3] A. R. Rahman and Sonu Nigam received awards for Best Music Director and Best Male Playback for "Saathiya", respectively. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 20,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's second highest-selling.[4]

Song Artist(s)
"Saathiya" Sonu Nigam, Dominique Cerejo, Clinton Cerejo, Benny Dayal
"Chalka Chalka Re" Richa Sharma, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Vaishali Samant, Shoma Banerjee
"Aye Udi Udi Udi" Adnan Sami
"Chupke Se" Sadhana Sargam, Murtaza Khan, Qadir Khan, A. R. Rahman
"O Humdum Soniyo Re" Kunal Ganjawala, A. R. Rahman, KK, Shaan, Pravin Mani
"Mere Yaar Mila De" A. R. Rahman
"Naina Milaike" Sadhana Sargam, Madhushree
"Mangalyam" KK, Shaan, A. R. Rahman, Kunal Ganjawala, Srinivas
"Chori Pe Chori" Asha Bhosle, Karthik, Blaaze


Filmfare Awards

Saathiya won six awards at the Filmfare Awards.

Zee Cine Awards
MTV Immies
Bollywood Music Awards[5]
Bollywood Movie Awards[5]
Sansui Awards


  1. ^ a b "Saathiya - Movie - Box Office India".
  2. ^ "Saathiya". Box Office India.
  3. ^ "Devdas bags laurels at IIFA 2003 Awards". The Times of India. 17 May 2003. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Bollywood Awards". Retrieved 25 July 2008.

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