|Directed by||Anurag Basu|
|Produced by||Mahesh Bhatt|
|Screenplay by||Amol Shetge|
|Music by||Anu Malik|
M. M. Keeravani
Raju Rao (background score)
|Distributed by||Vishesh Films|
Saaya (translation: Shadow) is a 2003 Indian Hindi supernatural fantasy romantic thriller film directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Mahesh Bhatt. It is an adaptation of the 2002 Hollywood film Dragonfly.
Akash "Akki" and his wife Maya are doctors. When malaria strikes India on the Burmese border, pregnant Maya rushes over to help, despite Akki's disapproval. Akash soon receives the news of her death caused by a bus crash. The bus crashed into water at heavy rains.
Akash believes that on looking at the face of the corpse, one would be able to trace out the mentality of that person at the time of death; and so he desperately searches for the corpse of Maya. However he could not succeed. Akash cannot accept Maya's passing away and believes strongly that she did not die. Akash himself has paranormal experiences where he feels that Maya's soul is trying to communicate with him. He tries to communicate with her through the hospital patients who have faced a near-death experience. Every patient draws a strange symbol, and one corpse starts talking to Akash when he is alone. Tanya, a close friend of Maya, tries to console Akash, because when her lover died in an accident it was Akash who treated her. Now, she believes it is her turn, and she believes he is hallucinating.
With the help of a nun called Sister Martha and clues, Akash decides to go back to where it all began – the border. There, with the help of a guide, he tries to find out about Maya but is not very successful, following which Akash jumps off a waterfall near the crash site and finds the sunken bus. He sees Maya's spirit beckoning him, and she shows him her accident and the incidents that followed. He goes to the nearby village tribe and asks if they saved Maya. They say she died, but they saved her soul. They take Akash inside and show him a surprise – though Maya died, she gave birth to their daughter. Akash thus realises that Maya was teaching him to trust, because their baby survived among the tribe without any medical attention despite being premature. He also realises that Maya's spirit was trying to reach him so that he could meet their daughter. He takes their child home and lives happily ever after.
- John Abraham as Dr. Akash "Akki" Bhatnagar (voice-over by Viraj Adhav)
- Tara Sharma as Dr. Maya Bhatnagar, Akash's wife
- Mahima Chaudhry as Tanya
- Zohra Sehgal as Sister Martha
- Rajendranath Zutshi as Moses
- Shreya Ghoshal - special appearance in song "Har Taraf"
- Akshita Mutreja - special appearance in the end as Akash's daughter
- Vishwajeet Pradhan as Dr. A. Mehta
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||23 May 2003|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The music has been composed by Anu Malik and M. M. Keeravani. The lyrics have been written by Sayeed Quadri. The soundtrack mostly consists of soulful tunes composed by Anu Malik and M. M. Keeravani. The ghazal "Kabhi Khushboo", composed by Anu Malik, was a hit. The soundtrack is remembered for its decent numbers. Not only does Shreya Ghoshal sing the song "Har Taraf", she also makes a cameo appearance in the film as a school girl singing the song on screen. Also, K.K. was credited in "Har Taraf" in the original CD's, the male vocals of which are originally provided by Kunal Ganjawala. The song "O Saathiya", sung by Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan, was originally recorded for the 1998 film Zakhm and song is written by Anand Bakshi, but was included in this album since it couldn't be used there. The same music was applied in the tracks "Aai Jo Teri Yaad", sung by Ghoshal, and its separate male version sung by Sonu Nigam.
|1.||"O Sathiya"||Anand Bakshi||M.M. Kreem||Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan||04:59|
|2.||"Aai Jo Teri Yaad"||Praveen Bhardwaj||Anu Malik||Sonu Nigam||05:32|
|3.||"Aye Meri Zindagi"||Saeed Quadri||Anu Malik||Udit Narayan||06:28|
|4.||"Seena Pada"||Saeed Quadri||Anu Malik||Shreya Ghoshal||07:08|
|5.||"Har Taraf"||Saeed Quadri||Anu Malik||Shreya Ghoshal, K.K., Kunal Ganjawala||06:18|
|6.||"Kabhi Khushboo"||Saeed Quadri||Anu Malik||K. K.||08:40|
|7.||"Aye Meri Zindagi"||Saeed Quadri||Anu Malik||Shreya Ghoshal||06:29|
|8.||"Seena Pada"||Saeed Quadri||Anu Malik||Udit Narayan||07:08|
|9.||"Aai To Teri Yaad" (Female version)||Praveen Bhardwaj||Anu Malik||Shreya Ghoshal||05:31|
|10.||"Aye Meri Zindagi" (Sad version)||Sayeed Quadri||Anu Malik||Udit Narayan||02:23|
- Actress Katrina Kaif was supposed to make her debut with this film, but she was dropped out after two days of shooting and instead starred in Boom.
- Singer Shreya Ghoshal has made an on-screen appearance in the song "Har Taraf".
- The title of the movie was originally named Nastik (Atheist), But later it was titled Saaya.