This Is How Sooraj Barjatya Came Up With Salman’s Iconic Screen Name

Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya
Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya

For Barjatya, the journey to arrive at the name which would later become a signature mark for all his films, was a thought-out process.This we all definitely know that the superstar Salman Khan was known as ‘Prem’, but do you know how this name got originated.

Who gave Salman Khan his screen name

Actually this popular screen name was given by filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya. 1989′s “Maine Pyar Kiya” was the film from which Barjatya made his directorial debut, which starred Khan as Prem, in what went on to become his breakout film. As per the reports, the film had collected 28 crore at the box office at that time. The duo then came together for films like “Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!”, “Hum Saath-Saath Hain” and “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”, in which all of Khan’s characters were called Prem.

After these hits even in the two Barjatya’s directed films without Sultan, “Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon” starring Hrithik Roshan and “Vivah” featuring Shahid Kapoor, he retained the name Prem for the male protagonist. Been asked in an interview how he came up with this iconic name Barjatya said, ”‘Prem’ signifies a man who has his basics right, who’s traditionally rooted, has fun but loves to be with his family and is good at heart”.

How the name PREM started to be used in many films

Director also said, “That time our Rajshri Productions’ biggest hit was ‘Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye’ (1977). Prem Krishen ji was the hero and his name was ‘Prem’ in that film”. “So we all thought if that became a hit, let’s use the name for this film too in the hope that this would become a hit too. So that’s how this name started and has stayed till now,” he added.

Sooraj also revealed that, “When we were working on the script of ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’, we were thinking about the name we should give to the hero. There were options like ‘Pratap’, ‘Gaurav’ and even ‘Raj’. This is before Shahrukh Khan came. So, ‘Raj’ was also there as an option”.

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