November 9, 2007
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
MPAA Rating: PG (for thematic elements, brief nudity, some language and incidental smoking)
Screenwriter: Prakash Kapadia
Starring: Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor
Official website: SonyPictures.com
"Saawariya" (Beloved) is a musical based on the short story "White Nights" written by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It is the story of a shy dreamer, Raj (22 years old), who spent most of his time isolated in his apartment, creating riddles and finding answers to them, jabbering poetry or arguing with his foolish landlady Miss Disa, with whom he shared a love/hate relationship. Raj was loved by one and all, for he always brought happiness to the people around him. Destiny plans a magical tale for Raj over the next four nights of his life that shall change his entire being. "Saawariya" is the story of a couple's chance encounter and the advance of their parallel obsessions over four successive nights. An impromptu romance is initiated in a remote town in the serene beauty of picturesque Simla, a quaint hill station in Northern India that was once the summer capital of India under the British Raj, known for its lakes, mist, heavenly snowfall, rains and the tall swaying pine trees. The bright, fun-filled winding streets of the mall come alive with singing clubs, rustic folklore, dancing, love ballads, flourishing colonies of artists and weavers, and chants from the monastery- all woven in perfect harmony into a magical dream. It is here that the dreamer finds the 'lost' self in himself.