Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
Stars: Salman Khan, Bhagyashree, Alok Nath
Plot: An old fashioned musical love story. A rural auto mechanic, Karan (Aloknath) decides to travel abroad inorder to earn more money, he entrusts his pretty 18-year-old daughter, Suman, (Bhagyashree) to the care of his childhood friend (Rajiv Varma), a self-made multimillionaire. His son, Prem falls in love with Suman but due to the difference in status between the two families they have to face several obstacles.
Contrary to popular belief, Maine Pyar Kiya wasn't Salman's debut film. Salman made his debut in Bollywood with a supporting role in Biwi Ho Toh Aisi that starred Rekha and Farooque Sheikh in the lead roles.
When the director Sooraj found that Salman had already made his debut in another film he nearly fired him because he was looking for a novice actor to appear in the film. However luckily for Salman the movie 'Biwi Ho Toh Aisi' flopped and other members of the cast convinced him that no one would remember him from that movie.
Many newcomers from the industry had auditioned for the role of Prem including Vindoo Dara Singh, Deepak Tijori and Faraaz Khan. Reports also suggest that Faraaz Khan, was almost finalized for the role but was replaced at the last minute due to health issues.
Mohnish Behl, who played the negative lead in the film is the son of veteran actress Nutan. She wasn't keen about the idea of her son playing a villain but the makers assured her that Monish's character will be remembered for a long time to come. The prophecy indeed turned out to be true.
The film was dubbed in English as When Love Calls. The dubbed film was a big hit in the Caribbean market. The film was later also dubbed as Te Amo in Spanish.
Laxmikanth Berde, who was a big name in Marathi cinema, made his Hindi debut with the film. Comedians, Dilip Joshi and Raju Shrivastava also debuted with small roles in the film.
Many of the film's cast went on to become Barjatya regulars, appearing in at least one more Barjatya film. Salman and Monish also shared the screen space in other Barjatya projects – ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun' and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain' – where they were brothers.
Costumes and props used in the films became so popular that they went on sale as merchandise - like the cap that read 'FRIEND.'
Shabina Dutt, a model auditioned for the lead role. She was the one who first referred Salman to the film-makers for the role of Prem. The two had worked together in a TV advertisement.
The jacket worn by Salman Khan in the film was an homage to a similar one worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun(1986)
It took director Sooraj Barjatya three months to finalize the antakshri song in Maine Pyar Kiya.
Until Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge came along in 1995, Maine Pyar Kiya held the record for the maximum Filmfare Awards
Bhagyashree refused to do any kissing scenes for the film. She was from a very conservative family and her father only allowed her to wear Chudidars, it was the first time in her life that she had won Jeans and one piece dress.
Bhagyashree got married during the shooting of the film against the wishes of her parents so her wedding was attended by Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan.
Hip Hop artiste King Syze sampled the song " Kabootar Jaa" for his song " Haters Beware" featuring Planetary.
Actress Pervin Dastur was picked from the Mumbai theater scene to play the role of the Vamp, Seema. She only appeared in one other film, 1997's little known Dil Ke Jharokhe Mein.
Although the movie was a huge hit, Salman did not get any film offers for a year after it was released.
A number of songs were reportedly plagiarized from other artists without permission. Mere Rang Me - The Final Countdown (Europe) Aate Jaate - I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder)
Bhagyashree made her debut with this film. She had previously worked in a TV show - Kachchi Dhoop directed by Amol Palekar. It was an adaption of the novel Little Women by Louisa Mary Alcott
Bhagyashree married Himalaya after completing the film. She reportedly agreed to work in films only if her husband was cast opposite her. They made three films together - Qaid Main Hai Bulbul, Tyagi and Payal that were unsuccessful. After that she semi-retired from films.