When Bhagyashree Denied To Kiss Salman Khan On-Screen, This Is How Sooraj Barjatya Convinced Her

Once Bhagyashree had denied kissing Salman Khan on-screen for the film, 'Maine Pyaar Kiya'. Here's how the director convinced her and shot the scene!


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When Bhagyashree Denied To Kiss Salman Khan On-Screen, This Is How Sooraj Barjatya Convinced Her

Whenever we think of revisiting some of Bollywood’s iconic love stories, Maine Pyaar Kiya makes it to the list. The Salman Khan and Bhagyahree starrer film still gives us nostalgia, goosebumps and some happy childhood memories. With kabutars passing on Salman’s love letters to Bhagyashree’s shy take on romance, the film is a great watch, and one can anytime re-watch it over a cup of chai and a plate of pakoras

However, the famous dialogue from the film “Ek ladka aur ladki kabhi dost nahi ho sakte,” still stirs a debate between the millennials and Gen-Z audience. And if you don’t know, the director, Sooraj Barjatya wanted to include a kissing scene in Maine Pyaar Kiya. But, Bhagyashree had denied doing it with Salman Khan. Then, after much forethought, Sooraj made the kissing scene happen but with a twist. 

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Bhagyashree hails from a royal family of Sangli in Maharashtra. At that time, she was just 18 years old and was in a serious relationship with her then-boyfriend and now-husband, Himalaya Dasani. When she got the opportunity of playing the lead actress in Maine Pyaar Kiya opposite then-debutant, Salman Khan, she grabbed the film with open arms. However, when she was asked to perform a kissing scene with the actor, Bhagyashree clearly denied it because of her family restrictions. In an interview with The Indian Express, director, Sooraj talked about the incident and said:

“It was to be a kiss. I think there was a reservation, if I clearly remember from Bhagyashree and her family… because they came from a very conservative family.”


Further, in the conversation, Sooraj said that his main focus was shooting the scene while keeping Bhagyashree’s boundaries in mind. He said that at that time, kissing scenes were shot with a flower coming into the screen. But he did not want to do that. He said:

“My issue was how do I shoot it? Aur uss samay toh shoot vaise hote the kissing scenes ki phool aa jata tha saamne. But I did not want to do that.”

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Fortunately, once he stumbled upon a glass door on the film’s sets and got a new idea for shooting the kissing scene. He said that they used a glass door creatively in between Salman and Bhagyashree to shoot the scene successfully. Sooraj could be quoted as saying:

“On the set, fortunately, was this glass. Script mein nahi tha. I came one day kaise karein, kaise karein? The door was closed and I remember I was entering aur door mere saamne aa gaya and I didn’t realise that the door was there. So I just stood there ki agar beech mein aa jaye, toh how will we know? So two people came (closer) and by chance the glass is there. And that’s how we did that.” 

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Earlier, in an interview with SpotboyE, Bhagyashree had revealed that when she was asked to hug Salman Khan in a song for Maine Pyaar Kiya, she had got scared and started crying. The actress mentioned that she was just 18 years old at that time and was about to get married to Himalaya. Yet, it was Salman who finally convinced her to do the hugging scene, and she couldn’t say no. In her words:

“I was just 18 years old and thought I was in love at that time and going to get married, I had never even hugged a guy till then. So, I got worried, and I started crying after hearing that I will have to hug Salman. In fact, for half an hour, Salman Khan and Sooraj Sir were scratching their heads to figure out a solution because they had to showcase Suman and Prem’s love in some way. After half an hour, Salman came up to me, I was teary-eyed and he innocently requested me. I couldn’t say no, and that’s how I finally got convinced to do that hug sequence.”



On the personal front, Bhagyashree tied the knot with her childhood boyfriend, Himalaya Dasani, and they are blessed with two kids, Abhimanyu and Avantika. 

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