THESE FILM TI­TLES ARE ON A SONG!

Nam­ing films on retro songs is one Bol­ly­wood trend that re­fuses to die. Ex­perts de­bate if it’s a recipe for suc­cess

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shara Ashraf shara. ashraf@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Bol­ly­wood’s ob­ses­sion with pick­ing up song lines as movie ti­tles is only grow­ing stronger. A bevy of re­cent film ti­tles are inspired by songs from retro films. While Ab­bas-Mus­tan’s latest film, Kis Kisko Pyar Karoon is inspired by a song from Tumse Achha Kaun Hai (1969), Baar Baar Dekho di­rected by Nitya Mehra is inspired by another clas­sic song Bar Bar Dekho, Hazar Baar Dekho from China Town (1962). Karan Jo­har’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is also named af­ter a song from C.I.D (1956). Another re­cent film di­rected by Mo­hit Suri, Hamari Ad­huri Ka­hani, picked up its name from the more re­cent Bheegi Bheegi Si Hai Raaten from Gang­ster (2006).

Film­mak­ers say it’s the re­call value of the song that makes such ti­tles click. “There are songs that never die. No mat­ter how old they are, they re­main in our sub­con­scious. Nam­ing films on clas­sic songs es­tab­lishes an emo­tional con­nect with peo­ple. It also helps re­vive the time­less trea­sures of In­dian cin­ema,” says di­rec­tor Ab­bas Bur­mawalla. Di­rec­tor Mo­hit Suri too, says that songs make for good movie ti­tles. “Songs al­ways res­onate longer than films. My film (Hamari Ad­huri Ka­hani) was about un­re­quited love, so the name made per­fect sense to me,” he says.

How­ever, some be­lieve that song-inspired ti­tles are a no-suc­cess for­mula. “DDLJ sparked off this trend. With a song based ti­tle, it’s easy for the film to get no­ticed. It also saves the pro­duc­ers from the headache of choos­ing a name But the film could also en­ter the risky zone, the way Ek Hasina Thi (2004) did,” says di­rec­tor Sub­hash Ghai. Some also be­lieve such ti­tles re­flect a lack of imag­i­na­tion among film­mak­ers. Trade ex­pert Amod Mehra says, “It’s sheer lazi­ness. It shows a ‘kuch bhi chalta hai’ at­tiude. There’s an ab­sence of cre­ativ­ity. Retro songs have faded from our mem­o­ries, and the younger gen­er­a­tion doesn’t know about them un­less they do a Google search, so there is no point nam­ing films af­ter them. Also, of­ten there is hardly any sync in the ti­tle and the sto­ry­line.” “It would be nice to see film­mak­ers come up with mean­ing­ful, orig­i­nal ti­tles,” adds Mehra.

The ti­tle of Karan Jo­har’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil star­ring Aish­warya Rai Bachchan, Ran­bir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma picks lines from a song from CID (1956)

Ab­bas-Mus­tan’s Kis KisKo Pyar Karun draws it name from a song from Tumse Achha Kaun Hai (1969)

The name of Ka­t­rina Kaif and Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra’s up­com­ing film Baar Baar Dekho is inspired by a song from China Town (1962)

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