Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (transl. I found a treasure called love) is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film written and directed by Sooraj Barjatya, produced by Rajshri Productions and distributed by Fox Star Studios. The film stars Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles. This is the fourth collaboration between Barjatya and Khan after their previous films Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, and Hum Saath Saath Hain. In the film, Salman Khan plays a double role for the second time in his career after Judwaa. With a budget of ₹1.80 billion (US$25 million) (including print and advertising costs), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is one of the most expensive Hindi films.
The cinematography of the film was done by V. Manikandan, which was edited by Sanjay Sankla. Himesh Reshammiya composed the soundtrack and Sanjoy Chowdhury composed the score. Principal photography began on 26 June 2014 and completed on 2 September 2015. The film was released worldwide on 12 November 2015. With earnings of ₹4.32 billion (US$61 million) worldwide, the film emerged as a commercial success as well as the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2015 and one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films. Indian media outlets reported that it was inspired by the South Korean film Masquerade (2012), which was loosely based on the 1894 novel The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope.
Yuvraj Vijay Singh (Salman Khan) is a wealthy crown prince of Pritampur, who is soon to be crowned as king (honorific, as there are no official kings and kingdoms in modern India). He is engaged to Maithili (Sonam Kapoor), a princess from the royal family of a neighboring kingdom. However, due to his stiff and stubborn nature, Vijay faces many problems with Maithili as well as with his brother and sisters.[vague] His rich half-sisters, Rajkumari Chandrika (Swara Bhaskar) and Rajkumari Radhika (Aashika Bhatia), live in a separate rented bungalow outside the royal palace with Chandrika working as an accounts head in a municipal school, and have filed a case against Vijay for a share in the royal property, because they felt their mother (Lata Sabharwal) (a poet and later mistress to the late King) was wronged by the Queen (Karuna Pandey) when she disgraced her in the presence of all of the King’s children. Furthermore, Chandrika and Maithili, who were best friends during school times, find their friendship shattered owing to her engagement with Vijay. Similarly, his half brother Yuvraj Ajay Singh (Neil Nitin Mukesh) vows vengeance and has been wanting to kill him and take the crown for himself. He enlists the help of his manager Chirag Singh (Armaan Kohli) and Vijay’s secretary Sameera (Samaira Rao), Chirag is misguiding Ajay at every step while betraying him at his back. Vijay barely escapes an assassination plan coordinated by Ajay and Chirag to kill him but is badly injured. He is hidden in a secret chamber maintained by two doctors.
Meanwhile, Vijay’s doppelganger Prem Dilwale (Salman Khan), a love guru, a perky, lively and carefree stage actor who falls in love with Princess Maithili, reaches Pritampur to meet her along with his friend Kanhaiya (Deepak Dobriyal). At a bus stop, the Security Head of Pritampur Palace, Sanjay (Deepraj Rana), notices him by chance and takes him to Diwan Sahib (Anupam Kher). Upon witnessing the striking resemblance between Prem and Yuvraj Vijay, Diwan asks Prem to take Yuvraj Vijay’s place while Yuvraj recovers from coma. Prem acts as Yuvraj Vijay but with his simple, caring nature, he impresses Maithili who earlier wanted to break up with Vijay and falls in love with Prem unknowingly. Prem also attempts to reconcile with Vijay’s sisters by bringing them back to the royal palace; he prepares legal documents handing over all of the royal family’s properties to them. His half-sisters are so moved by this gesture that, with a little push from Maithili, they eventually have a change of heart and decline to deprive the prince of his fortune and reconcile with him as his sisters.
Meanwhile, Yuvraj Ajay and Chirag find out that Prem is only playing the part of the prince and thus they kidnap the real Vijay. Chirag decides to double cross Ajay, as he frees Vijay and feeds him false information to pit him against Ajay and Prem. Vijay and Ajay get involved in a sword fight when Prem and Kanhaiya intervene and clear the confusion. Chirag tries to shoot them down but falls to his death. Ajay regrets his deeds and Vijay reconciles with him. Maithili is shocked to know the truth about Prem not being Yuvraj Vijay after Prem has left to return to his home and is left heartbroken. In the end, the royal family reaches Prem’s house to reunite Prem and Maithili, and they happily marry along with Kanhaiyya and Sameera.
Salman Khan in a dual role as Prem Dilwale, a resident of Ayodhya, and as Yuvraj Vijay Singh, the crown prince of Pritampur.
Sonam K Ahuja as Rajkumari Maithili Devi Singh, a crown princess of a neighbouring kingdom.
Neil Nitin Mukesh as Yuvraj Ajay Singh, Vijay’s half-brother and enemy
Anupam Kher as Diwan Sahab/Bapu[clarification needed]
Armaan Kohli as Chirag Singh, C.E.O of The Pritampur Empire Properties
Deepak Dobriyal as Kanhaiya/Musoorie, Prem’s friend
Samaira Rao as Sameera, Chirag’s and Ajay’s agent and Musoorie’s love interest
Swara Bhaskar as Rajkumari Chandrika Singh, Vijay’s half-sister
Aashika Bhatia as Rajkumari Radhika Singh, Vijay’s smaller half-sister
Deepraj Rana as Sanjay, head of security of the Royal Palace
Sanjay Mishra as Chaubey, head of the drama troupe
S M Zaheer as Doctor 1
Micky Makhijja as Doctor 2
Manoj Joshi as Mr. Bhandari, advocate of the Pritampur royal family
Lata Sabharwal as mother of Radhika and Chandrika. She is a deceased singer and courtesan of the Royal Family. She is depicted in flashbacks.
Karuna Pandey as Maharani/Mrs. Singh,[clarification needed] Ajay’s mother, Vijay, Chandrika and Radhika’s stepmother. She is depicted in flashbacks.
Suhasini Mulay as Dadisa, Rajkumari Maithili Devi’s grandmother
Namrata Thapa as NGO worker
Sameer Dharmadhikari as King of Pritampur, Vijay, Ajay, Chandrika and Radhika’s father. He is depicted in flashbacks.
Bikramjeet Kanwarpal as Estate Agent
Yuvika Chaudhary (cameo)
Alok Pandey as Montu