SYNOPSIS - HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN
("WHO AM I TO YOU?")
- The family has a cricket match. Aunt Bhagavanti
is hurt by a stray ball. She's upset; she hates cricket. She's in
a tizzy because she's brought a proposal for Rajesh, the older brother
of Prem (SALMAN KHAN). The girl she proposes to be his wife is Sweetie,
her niece, the older sister of Rita (the pitcher in the cricket game).
When it's pointed out that Sweetie flunked out of college and has
already broken two engagements, Bhagavanti grows zealous in her defense,
pointing out how very wealthy her brother's family is and what a wonderful
dowry Sweetie would bring. After she leaves, though, the family agrees
they don't want some spoiled, wealthy princess - they want a simple,
sweet, good-natured daughter-in-law who will preserve the tranquility
of the house.
- Prem and Rajesh, orphaned at an early age,
have been raised by their uncles. Uncle Kailashnath, in particular,
has done everything for them, even sacrificing marriage and a family
of his own in order to build a fortune for his nephews. His efforts
are paying off; Rajesh is a highly respected businessman, and Prem
has just finished at the top of his MBA class. Now an uncle has found
another prospect for Rajesh, Pooja Choudhary, and surprisingly, Kailashnath
knows this girl's father; they were great friends in college. However,
there's a problem. Rajesh refuses to countenance talk of his marriage,
so how will he ever agree to meet Pooja? When Prem learns that the
Choudharys have gone on pilgrimage to Ramtekri for the week, he has
an idea: they, too, will go to Ramtekri, where they can arrange an
"accidental" meeting between Rajesh and Pooja.
- Ramtekri. Prof. Choudhary is fixing a dish
in secret that will tempt his wife to break her fast. Pooja warns
him that if he's discovered, Mom will be really angry. The Professor
nearly learns the truth of this first-hand.
- Nisha helps the manager of the lodge to total
his accounts. While he's gone, she can't help but don his accoutrements.
When Prem shows up asking her father's whereabouts, she assumes he's
a loafing student come to curry favor at exam time, and scolds him
- Kailashnath and the Professor meet. The Professor
is thrilled at the idea of their children getting married. Rajesh
meets the family. He is especially impressed by Pooja's paintings,
since he paints a little himself. Later, he agrees to marry Pooja.
The engagement ceremony commences. SONG: WAH WAH RAMJI.
- The doctor, a family friend of the Kailashnaths',
is very upset that they've chosen a bride without consulting him,
but a glimpse of her photo soothes him. It moves him to compose a
ghazal. Meanwhile, the doctor's wife, a doctor herself, teased Prem
that it's now time to find him a bride. Rita overhears and resolves
to snare him.
- Rita determines that she will make sweets
to impress Prem. Unfortunately, she grabs salt instead of sugar, and
Lallu and Chameli, the servants she's been abusing, don't feel compelled
to reveal her mistake. Later, when Aunt Bhagavanti shows up complaining
about Rajesh's match and boasting that he'd have gotten a much better
dowry from her own niece, the servants encourage her to try Rita's
snack - with the predictable results.
- The Choudharys pay a visit (minus Pooja, because
tradition says a bride should never have visited her groom's house
before the wedding day). Nisha meets and charms Lallu and Chameli.
Prem shows her Rajesh's paintings, and Nisha gives him the gift that
Pooja has sent along. Later, the Professor reveals that Kailashnath
used to have a crush on his wife, and proposes that he sing an ode
to her. After much encouragement, Kailshnath finally agrees. SONG:
AAJ HAMARE DIL MEIN
- The wedding. Pranks ensue as the girls try
to steal the men's shoes and hold them hostage for money. In one attempt,
one of the little girls distracts Prem on the phone, claiming to be
Suman, the girl he fell in love with in his previous birth. Prem jovially
asks her how Nisha looks for this one. Unfortunately for the girls,
the dog is on Prem's side. When the bargaining session finally begins,
the girls demand a large amount for the shoes - 1001 rupees - and
Prem agrees only if they will return the shoes first. Nisha goes to
get them - and discovers that Prem has replaced them with a string
of jasmine and a note that says, "A beautiful gift for a beautiful
girl." SONG: JOOTE DE DO PAISE LE LO
- The marriage is finalized and the newlyweds
depart. SONG: BABUL. Prem asks Nisha, in terms of utmost respect,
for forgive him if he's done anything wrong. Nisha is smitten.
- Bhagawanti's upset when she learns that the
family has rejected Pooja's dowry because they find her priceless.
Later, the ritual presentation of gifts to the bride. Pooja writes
home to tell her family that her in laws are wonderful and she's very
- Cricket game. Rajesh enlists Prem to get Pooja
to play. She's a natural. SONG: DIKHTANA. Pooja is pregnant.
- Preparations underway for god bharaa'ii ceremony
(think of it as a non-secular baby shower). When Prem and Pooja call
the Choudharys to ask when they're arriving, they are shocked to learn
the Choudharys may not be able to come at all. Exams have been postponed,
so the Professor must stay in Pune. However, the Professor proposes
sending Pooja on her own. Prem offers to pick her up and take her
- Nisha's overslept and Prem is coming. Mrs.
Choudhary warns Nisha that the time for her own wedding is not so
far off, and that her days of chocolate and ice cream are finished.
SONG: CHOCOLATE LIME JUICE. Meanwhile, Mrs. C. is not pleased with
her husband, considering him responsible for the fact that she will
miss her daughter's god bharaaii. He promises to bring her in style
when their grandchild is born.
- In the car. Nisha wants to know why Prem brought
her flowers. He says, "Because we always fight." "Why
did you apologize?" "To make an impression. Actually, because
I felt bad since you were so sad." Nisha admits that Prem is
nothing like she first thought. He wants to know what he's like, then.
She says she'll figure that out later, when she has nothing better
to do. Prem, in return, gives her chocolate. She asks if this is some
special day or something. "Yes," he says, "ti's the
first time a girl has sat in the front seat of my seat." SONG:
MAUSAM KA JADU.
- Prem's uncle is astonished to notice that
Nisha and Prem are now friends. Nisha gives Kailashnath the suit her
father has had made for him so they can both wear identical clothes
when their grandchild is born.
- Before the ceremony. The doctor recites a
ghazal. Prem is wowed by Nisha's appearance. He asks the doctor to
repeat the ghazal as she enters. The guys are glum since males aren't
allowed at the god bharaaii ceremony. Kailashnath tells Prem how he
used to sneak in, wearing women's clothing, and watch. Thus encouraged,
Prem & co. sneak in and get busted - twice. SONG: DIDI TERA DEWAR
- Later, Nisha askes Prem if her mockery of
him was offensive. He says he likes everything she says and does.
She asks him why, if that's true, did he hit her with a slingshot??!
She advises him to think twice before hitting other girls with one,
because to do so is considered bad manners. He says he has no time
to think of hitting other girls with one - just her. "Why?"
she asks. "What am I to you?" "Shall I tell you?"
- Rajesh must leave for final talks with the
foreign business partners in the company he's establishing for Prem.
Prem feels guilty that Rajesh is leaving at this critical point in
this wife's pregnancy for his sake. Rajesh tells Pooja of Prem's feelings,
and she tells Prem that they all have this dream of the company for
him, and anyway, with him around she won't need to worry about anything
- Mr. K's impressed by Nisha's cooking. Rajesh's
work is almost done; he'll soon return. Pooja, before retiring, asks
Nisha to call and find out how late Prem will be at the office. She
calls; he tells her to have Lallu cook something for him. When he
does return, he's touched to discover that Nisha has stayed up and
made food herself. He asks her why she stayed up for him. She says
he has a bad habit of talking too much while he eats. He earnestly
apologizes, causing her to add that he has another weakness: believing
people's words too quickly. He says, "You're a wonder: when I
want to ask you something, you stop me. When I stop, you're remorseful.
Now I'll ask you something: What am I to you?" SONG: PEHLA PEHLA
- Pooja has a boy. SONG: DIKHTANA
- Rajesh returns. The Choudharys announce they're
leaving. Prem is in a panic. The Choudharys agree to stay on a little
longer, on one condition: they must have a party.
- The party. A game of "musical pillows"
ensues, with the loser forced to perform for the group. Rajesh praises
Nisha, calling a sister-in-law a "half-wife." Later, Prem
makes her sing something original. SONG: MAYE NI MAYE
- The Choudharys prepare to leave. Everyone
wants a photo with Nisha. Prem will take it. In private, Nisha asks
him why he stopped her yesterday. He says, to talk about two things.
The first: when the factory starts up, I'll propose marriage. And
the second: SONG: MUJHSE JUDA HOKAR.
- The factory has started. Prem will take Pooja
home for a visit. Pooja wants a sister-in-law; Mr. K. gives her leave
to pick a wife for Prem. Prem confesses to her that he's in love with
her sister. Pooja calls to give Rajesh the good news, but he's not
in. Pooja wants Prem to pin a pledge necklace on Nisha. But Nisha's
shy; she won't come down, so Pooja says, let's go get her! SONG: LO
- When the phone rings, Pooja, thinking it's
Rajesh, runs to get it. Trips and falls down the stairs. Dies.
- Everyone is very concerned for the fate of
Pooja's son. Rajesh is ailing, and the doctor feels sure it is due
to his worry over the baby's motherless fate. He says there is only
one cure: for Rajesh to marry again. A mom is needed for the baby.
Aunt Bhagawanti suggests to Rajesh that he marry Sweetie - her only
condition is that a maid tend to the baby. This provokes huge opposition,
and she demands to know what girl would willingly raise another woman's
son? She challenges Dr. Choudhary: would you give your daughter
- Later, Rajesh refuses the idea of a step-mother
for his baby. Mr. K. agrees: how could they give a piece of their
hearts to some strange girl? Rajesh asserts that Pooja's memories
are enough for him and the baby. Professor Choudhary sadly disagrees:
one day you'll have to marry again. Everyone is here now, loving and
tending him, but we won't always be around, and raising a kid is a
huge responsibility. A woman will come that will be a true mother
to him. And then he adds to Kailashnath: What if Nisha took Pooja's
place? She's always talking about this place, and about the baby.
Marry her, Rajesh - only a sister can take a Pooja's place. Prem steps
aside, shocked, but as someone who knows firsthand what it is like
to grow up without a mother's love, he gives his consent.
- Nisha misunderstands, thinking that she is
to marry Prem, and accepts joyfully.
- The marriage is this week. The invitations
are printed. A girl reads the invitation aloud to Nisha, who thinks
there must be some mistake. When she finally does realize what she's
committed herself to, she faints.
- Rajesh sends a letter to Nisha, thanking her
for what she's about to do but urging her to tell him if there's any
doubt in her heart, since nothing is more important than her happiness.
Nisha calls Prem, and his acceptance of their duty helps her to resign
- Wedding day. Lallu prays to Lord Krishna to
prevent this travesty from happening, saying that while Prem has sworn
Lallu to secrey and rendered him helpless, God is not... The dog,
in the grip of a higher power, takes action.
- Nisha writes a letter to Prem: "Pooja
crowned the bond of our love with this necklace. She wanted her sister-in-law
to wear it. I am returning it." She gives the package to the
dog and tells him to take it to Prem. The dog gives the bundle to
Rajesh, who reads it and is shocked.
- Rajesh confronts Nisha and Prem. He tells
Pooja's picture, "Look at what these two were about to do. What
answer would I have given you if this step had been taken?" He
gives the letter to their parents to read. "Dad, this darling
of yours, who always came to me for everything, made me an outsider
in this matter. Prem, you did wrong. Mom - after Pooja died, I had
only one desire: that the baby shouldn't ever miss his mother. I ask
you, Nisha - if you had been the baby's aunt, would your love have
been any different? Tell me, Nisha...Silly girl - you were trying
to ruin your whole life and happiness..." Kailash tells him not
to be angry with them. "They did what they thought was their
duty." Rajesh: "Now I'll do my duty - and complete Pooja's
dream. It's my fault for not understanding what Pooja tried to tell
me before going." To Professor Choudhary, he says: "My one
request is that you give Nisha to Prem." Professor Choudhary
says: "I have clearly done some good in a past life, to be blessed
with such son-in-laws." SONG: DIKHTANA. Happy ever after.