Sooraj Barjatya was born in a Marwari Jain family in Mumbai. He attended St. Mary’s School, Mumbai and The Scindia School in Gwalior. He married Vineeta Barjatya in 1986 and the couple has three children, Deevansh Barjatya, Eesha Barjatya, Avnish Barjatya.
Encouraged by his paternal grandfather, Tarachand Barjatya, he directed his first film ‘Maine Pyar Kiya‘ starring Salman Khan for Rajshri Productions at the young age of 24. The film was financially successful and launched both his and Salman’s careers. The film also won him the Most Sensational Debut of the Year award.
He teamed up with Salman again for ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!’ (1994) which became one of the highest-grossing films of all time and ‘Hum Sath-Sath Hain: We Stand United’ (1999) which was successful as well.
His fourth film was ‘Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon’ starring Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan which was his first critical and commercial failure. He again made his charismatic comeback with ‘Vivah’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Amrita Rao.
In 2015, Sooraj again collaborated with Salman Khan in 2015 for family drama ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’, the film was critically acclaimed and commercially blockbuster.
The family showman Sooraj Barjatya took last breath on 21st February 2019.