'Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!': Some fun facts as the iconic film completes 27 years

As Bollywood celebrates 27 years of 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!', here are some fun facts about the classic film

A still from Hum Apke Hain Koun,
A still from Hum Apke Hain Koun,
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Subhash K Jha

As Bollywood celebrates 27 years of Hum Aapke Hain Koun, here are some fun facts about the classic film:

1. After Maine Pyar Kiya, Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan decided they would come together for another love story, this time a full-blown musical with 14 songs. Salman was not sure if that would work. Initially when the film opened audiences complained about its length. So two of the songs were removed. But when the film went on to become the biggest box office hit in the history of Hindi cinema, the two edited songs Chocolate lime juice and Mujhse juda hokar were restored on public demand.

2. Lata Mangeshkar whose voice is the soul of Hum Aapke Hain Koun, recorded 10 songs in 4 days, as she had to leave the country for a concert tour. She recalls Sooraj Barjatya being part of every recording. “He knew exactly where and how he wanted the songs. He had the music mapped in his mind,” she remembers. One reason why Hum Saath Saath Hain, the follow-up to Hum Aapke Hain Koun flopped is because Lataji’s voice was missing.

3. When Sooraj was ready with Vivah in 2006, I asked him if it would be as big a hit as Hum Aapke Hain Koun. He replied, “I can't remake Hum Aapke Hain Koun because that part of my life is over. It's never thought of. It just happens. I've always gone by instinct. No one can do that, not even me. Every project dictates its own vision. At 40 I can look at the man-woman relationship with some detachment. Unlike my earlier films Vivah isn't about the festivities connected with a marriage. It's about the definition and dynamics of a marriage. I feel youngsters are losing touch with the beauty of relationships.”


4. Sooraj and Salman have done 4 films together. Sooraj represents everything that is good kind and humane in Salman. From the time they made their debut as leading man and director in Maine Pyar Kiya, they've shared a very spiritual relationship. Although they're the same age, Salman looks up to Sooraj Ji. Their friendship struck a rough patch during Hum Saath Saath Hain (when the black buck incident happened). But that's in the past now. Today Salman is closer to Sooraj and his family than ever before

5. I had asked Sooraj Barjatya to name some of his favourite contemporary films. He named Veer-Zara and Black. He said he couldn’t connect with Bunty Aur Babli and Page 3. “I don't think I could make films like those. I can't bear to sit through the complexities of life in Page 3. Tabu keeps telling me to watch Madhur Bhandarkar's Chandni Bar. But, I can't bear it. I couldn't watch the little boy in the first half of Koi Mil Gaya suffer. I feel as a filmmaker it's my duty to give audiences hope. Even today when I sit through Hrishikesh Mukherjee's film, I feel happy.”

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