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When superhit songs inspired these movies titles

Last updated on: October 20, 2010 14:55 IST

When superhit songs inspired these movies titles

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Kirron Kher suggested the title Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge for Aditya Chopra's directorial debut. But this phrase was originally a part of the famous song Le jayenge le jayenge, dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge from Chor Machaye Shor.

 

Chor Machaye Shor had Mumtaz and Shashi Kapoor in the lead roles. The film did well commercially and so did the song. Little did Aditya Chopra realise DDLJ would set a trend and long film titles would become the norm. 

 

Here's taking a look at the superhit songs which became film titles over the last two decades.

 

Jhoota Hi Sahi

 

For the generations who have seen Dev Anand's films whether on the big screen or on TV, almost all of them absolutely adore him in this superhit song 'pal bhar ke liye koi hame pyaar kar le, jhoota hi sahi' from Johnny Mera Naam.

 

The song was picturised on Dev Anand and Hema Malini with music by Kalyanji-Anandji. Exactly four decades later Abbas Tyrewala has called his second directorial venture Jhoota Hi Sahi.

 

Let's hope the film does as well as the song after which it has been named.


Image: A scene from Jhoota Hi Sahi

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Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

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But Abbas Tyrewala's first film was also named after a popular number. The song tera mujhse hai pehle ka naata ko...jaane tu ya jaane na from Aa Gaale Lag Jaa (1973) is often played on radio stations even today.

Picturised on Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore, the music was by R D Burman. 

More than three decades later Tyrewala's Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na fared really well at the box office. Guess in all probability his third film will be called Pappu Can't Dance Saala.


Image: A scene from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

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Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

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Basu Chatterjee's Khatta Meetha (1978) wasn't a huge hit but rarely did Basuda's films flop. The family audience loved his uncomplicated romance dramas about Mumbai's middle-class.

Rajesh Roshan did the music and the song uthe sab ke kadam...kabhi khushi kabhi gham (a sweet lilting number stayed on top of the charts for many months) is remembered even today.

So did Karan Johar, who's always loved long titles grabbed this for his second film. And KJo's film went on to become a superhit.


Image: A scene from Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

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Ta Ra Rum Pum

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Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra may be friends but they are also competitors.

While Karan picked up the line Kabhi khushi kabhi gham, Aditya Chopra went ahead and picked up the next line from of this song ta ra rum pum pum but unfortunately the song didn't prove lucky for him.

Ta Ra Rum Pum with Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherji was a box office disaster. The title song by Vishal Shekhar wasn't appreciated either. Well even Aditya Chopra gets unlucky sometimes.


Image: A scene from Ta Ra Rum Pum

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Jhoot Bole Kauwa Kate

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Hrishikesh Mukherjee films generally had one word titles -- Mili, Anand, Golmaal are just a few of his superhit films.

But his last directorial venture Jhoot Bole Kauwa Kate was a song from Raj Kapoor's Bobby. Picturised on Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor, jhoot bole kauwa kate... played on Cibaca Geetmala for almost a whole year.

Unfortunately Hrishikesh Mukherjee's film flopped badly at the box office.


Image: A scene from Jhoot Bole Kauwa Kate

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Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega

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Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega (2000) had Salman Khan in the lead role, a man who must choose between the woman he loves, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherji.

But almost forty years ago the line har dil jo pyaar karega was part of a song from one of Raj Kapoor's biggest hits Sangam.

The skeletal outline was similar; Sangam had one heroine (Vyjantimala) who must choose between the man she loves and the man who loves her.

The music of course was by Shankar Jaikishen. Raj Kapoor's Sangam was a megahit. Salman's film didn't flop but didn't set any box office records.


Image: A scene from Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega

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Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

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When Shah Rukh and Aditya Chopra were teaming up for their third film it obvious they would try to recreate the DDLJ magic.

And they opted for the title Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. But teri rab ne bana di jodi was a song from Manmohan Desai's Suhaag (1979).

The original song had the distinct bhangra feel.  A nice touch to the new film was Bobby Khosla (Vinay Pathak) humming the original number in his own voice.


Image: A scene from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

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Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost

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Abhishek Bachchan was the lead actor of Apoorva Lakhia's Bambai Se Aaya Mera Dost. But a song of the same name was picturised on Vinod Khanna in Aap Ki Khatir (1977).

Apoorva Lakhia's film has been forgotten by all. But the original number is still popular and often used as caller tunes and ring tones.


Image: A scene from Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost

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Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna

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It's almost an unwritten rule that Karan Johar's films will have a long title. And after the resounding success of K3G, Karan for Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.

This was originally a line used in Chalte Chalte (1976). The music was by Bappi Lahiri and the song was Chalte chalte mere yeh geet yaad rakhna, kabhi alvida na kehna...

The song picturised on Simi Garewal was a bigger hit than the film. And surprisingly Karan's film and the title song were much appreciated.


Image: A scene from Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna

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