Saathiya (Hindi: साथिया, English: Companion) is a 2002 Indian Hindi 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 opposite Vivek Oberoi in lead roles. The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman. It is a remake of the Tamil film Alaipayuthey, which was directed by Ratnam and also had its music composed by Rahman as well.
The film was released on 20 December 2002. It features cameo appearances by Shahrukh Khan, Tabu and Aditya Srivastava. Box Office India declared the film a "Hit" in India.
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 an 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.Rani Mukerji as Suhani Sharma Sehgal
Vivek Oberoi as Aditya Sehgal
Tanuja as Shobhana Sharma
Satish Shah as Om Sehgal
Sharat Saxena as Chandraprakash Sharma
Swaroop Sampat as Shanti
Sandhya Mridul as Dina Sharma
Anju Mahendru as Prema
Shahrukh Khan as Yeshwant Rao (extended appearance)
Tabu as Savitri Rao (extended appearance)
Aditya Srivastava as IAS Officer
Shamita Shetty in a special appearance in song 'Chori Pe Chori'
Aarya Mehta as Pinky (Pinks)
There are 9 songs composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics by Gulzar. A. R. Rahman re-used most of his compositions from the Tamil soundtrack of 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. The soundtrack of Saathiya was considered for the Best Music Direction nomination for the 50th National Film Awards, however, since the music was reused from Alaipayuthey the jury dropped it. Saathiya won most of the music awards, though having tough competition. 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.Filmfare Awards
Saathiya won six awards at the Filmfare Awards.Critics Award Best Actress - Rani Mukerji
Best Music Director - A.R. Rahman
Best Lyrics - Gulzar
Best Male Playback - Sonu Nigam for "Saathiya"
Best Dialogue - Gulzar
Best Screenplay - Mani Ratnam
Zee Cine Awards
Zee Cine Award for Best Music Director - A.R. Rahman
Zee Cine Award for Best Lyricist - Gulzar
Zee Cine Award Best Playback Singer- Male - Sonu Nigam
Best Sound - Robert Taylor
IIFA Best Music Director Award - A R Rahman
IIFA Best Male Playback Award - Sonu Nigam
Best Composer - A R Rahman
Best Lyrics: Gulzar
Best Singer (Male) - Sonu Nigam
Bollywood Music Awards
Best Male Singer - Sonu Nigam
Bollywood Movie Awards
Best Actress (Critics' Award) - Rani Mukherjee
Best Music Director - A. R. Rahman