Oct 27 2016

Films that had titles inspired by hit songs

by   Mayur Lookhar

As Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil hits the theatres, we look at how films which borrowed their titles from hit songs have performed.

1 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

Yash Chopra’s son Aditya made his directorial debut with this romantic drama. Shah Rukh Khan was the hottest star at the time. He had already worked with Yash Raj Films in the smash hit Darr (1993). The title DDLJ was inspired by the track 'Le jayenge le jayenge dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge' from the Shashi Kapoor-Mumtaz starrer Chor Machaye Shor (1974). DDLJ turned out to be an all-time blockbuster garnering Rs1.22 billion worldwide. Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai still runs one show of the film every day, 21 years after its release.

2 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)

Aditya Chopra returned to direction after eight years with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. As with his earlier films — Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and Mohabbatein (2000) — he roped in his lucky charm, Shah Rukh Khan. The title was inspired by the track 'Teri rab ne bana di jodi' from the Amitabh Bachchan-Rekha starrer Suhaag (1979). The film introduced Anushka Sharma to the world. The script was unrealistic, but layman Surinder Sahni (Khan) won over everyone. Made at a budget of Rs22 crore, the film was a blockbuster bagging over Rs150 crore worldwide.

3 Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

Like son Aditya, veteran Yash Chopra took eight years to return to direction, and took everyone by surprise making Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The title was based on the dramatic song 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar in Sholay. Tragedy struck when a month before the film's release, Chopra died of dengue. Public sympathy helped Jab Tak Hai Jaan to an extent, but the film was mired in a tussle at the box office with Ajay Devgn’s Son Of Sardaar. While YRF claimed the film to be a hit, the returns (approximate Rs115 crore) for a film made on a budget of approximately Rs80 crore weren’t encouraging. Critics, too, were not impressed.

4 Baar Baar Dekho (2016)

An average performer at the box office, Shammi Kapoor's China Town (1962) is today better remembered for the timeless 'Bar Bar Dekho' track by Mohammad Rafi. Many decades later, this became the title of Nitya Mehra’s time-travelling tale Baar Baar Dekho. However, those who watched the film once swore never to repeat the mistake. Production costs and marketing spends stretched the budget to over Rs50 crore, but with meagre returns of Rs57 crore, the film was declared a flop.

5 Lekar Hum Deewana Dil (2016)

Nasir Husain’s Yaadon Ki Baraat is one of Hindi cinema’s classic musical thrillers. RD Burman composed some timeless tracks like 'Chura Liya', 'Meri Soni', and 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil'. In 2016, Saif Ali Khan co-produced Lekar Hum Deewana Dil and launched Ranbir Kapoor’s cousin Armaan Jain. From Karishma, Kareena, and Ranbir, the entire Kapoor clan came out to back the new talent. Sadly, that wasn’t reflected in his performance and the film itself was a bore. For a film with young actors, it had an impressive 1,300 screens but the box-office collections were not flaterring. Armaan Jain hasn’t got a single film after the disastrous debut. 

6 Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (2011)

In a rare occurrence, a contemporary song became the title of a film the very next year. Madhur Bhandarkar picked 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji', a track from Ishqiya (2010) as the title for his romantic comedy starring Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, and Shruti Haasan. However, the child-like comedy failed to amused fans with the collection amounting to a mere Rs28 crore.

7 Dum Maaro Dum (2011)

Dev Anand fought to not let his song title from the classic Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) be abused by Rohan Sippy. Dum Maaro Dum was the anthem of hippies, but Sippy managed to convince Anand to let go of the title. However, he could never get the soul of the Dum Maaro Dum track or of Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Made on a decent budget of Rs35 crore, Sippy’s Dum Maaro Dum barely recovered that cost.

8 Om Shanti Om (2007)

The chant was given a touch of rock by Laxmikant-Pyarelal in Subhash Ghai’s reincarnation drama Karz (1980). Twenty-seven years later, director Farah Khan used the song title for her reincarnation drama Om Shanti Om. Vishal-Shekhar composed 'modern retro' tracks for the film which marked the debut of Deepika Padukone. Shah Rukh Khan was still at his prime. Om Shanti Om turned out to be the quintessential masala entertainer. The film stomped competition – Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya – and set new box-office records. A film that cost Rs40 crore to make earned Rs1.5 billion worldwide, a true blockbuster.

9 Ek Hasina Thi (2004)

Three years before Farah Khan, Sriram Raghavan took the Karz track 'Ik Hasina Thi' as the title of his revenge drama. The film itself was inspired by the Hollywood film Double Jeopardy (1990). Despite the critical acclaim, especially for its lead artistes Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar, Ek Hasina Thi was in jeopardy the moment it hit the screens. The net India collection barely crossed Rs2 crore.

10 Yamla Pagla Deewani (2011)

It was the 'Mai Jatt Yamla Pagla Deewana' song from Pratigya (1975) that melted Hema Malini’s heart both on and off the screen. Soon Dharmendra and Hema Malini were married. In 2011, the great man revisited the madness of the track by making two films titled after the famous song. The first was a hit but the second flopped.

11 Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)

Kishore Kumar crooned a classic rock track 'Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani' from the film Jawani Diwani (1972) starring Randhir Kapoor and Jaya Bhaduri. In 2013, this became the title of Ayan Mukerji’s romantic drama starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. The film was a hit earning over Rs180 crore in India collections.

12 Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998)

'Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya', the song was the every essence of the classic Mughal-e-Azam (1960). Thirty-eight years later, Sohail Khan cast elder brother and star Salman Khan along with Kajol in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kiya. With domestic collections of just Rs16 crore, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya's performance was average. But the light-hearted romcom remains one of Salman Khan’s better films.

13 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007)

Manna Dey had such power in his voice that he could popularise a classical track for both the classes and the masses. The 'Laga Chunari Mein Daag' song remains a hit even today. In 2007, Pradeep Sarkar used the song as the title of his feminist film Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. It had a stellar cast of Rani Mukerji, Jaya Bachchan, and Konkona Sen Sharma, but the film turned out to be a big bore and a box-office dud.

14 Rang De Basanti (2006)

There have been many films on legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, none more endearing than Manoj Kumar's Shaheed (1965). The film had many great tracks, including 'Mera Rang De Basanti Chola', sung by Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar and Rajendra Mehta. In 2006, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra decided to name his modern youth and patriotism revival drama Rang De Basanti. The film starring Aamir Khan in the lead was made on a budget of Rs25 crore and bagged Rs92 crore worldwide.