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Lawrence D’Souza to help sequel to his 1991 hit ‘Saajan’

Indian cinema may be heading in new, brave new directions but for Bollywood it is still a painfully zone trek, it seems with filmmaker Lawrence D’Souza reportedly set to make a sequel to his classic film ‘Saajan’.

The 1991 hit starred Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan, and was inspired by a 19th century French poem about a gifted young man trying to contend with a physical deformity.

Sanjay Dutt plays a crippled orphan who is a talented poet.  When a beautiful fan of his poetry asks for a meeting, Dutt’s character sends in his wealthy and good-looking friend – played by Salman Khan – in his place.

The film was the biggest box office draw in 1991 and featured a critically praised and widely loved soundtrack, which included such iconic hits as “Dekhi Hai Pehli Baar” and “Mera Dil Bhi Kitna”.

D’Souza told the Press Trust of India that the follow-up will feature a “younger cast of known actors”  and will hit cinemas sometime next year. 

“The scripting is done. The basic idea of the film is the same — a love triangle — two heroes and a heroine. We want big stars for this film. We would go with a younger lot of known actors. We do have few names in mind,” D’Souza said.

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