indian cinema


The year was 1994 and the month was August. Yes, that was the time when there were no fancy and over-the-top marketing & publicity of Bollywood. Even the trailers of the movies used to be prolonged footage of the songs. A time when mostly action flicks or family revenge dramas were releasing and ruling the charts, Hum Aapke Hai Koun surely didn’t stir much anticipation. In one of the old publication of a filmy-magazine, a close source of the leading lady was quoted saying, “I don’t know, maybe the consecutive songs in the movie may bore people”.

Upon release, it was a slow show but with positive word of mouth and the melodious music, it managed a stronghold. And the rest, as they say, is history…..or rewriting history. Bollywood currently is going gaga over the 100 crore club, but, do you know it was HAHK back in those days that made even more than 100 crores?

I remember it watching it in Rajmandir, Jaipur (Rajasthan) which was decorated like the set of the movie. As a kid, I was fascinated and still am. A simple family and love saga – this movie is surely something that will always release your tensions. Like all the Barjatya movies, this one is also made without any slight touch of violence and in all the frames, you will find only positivity. After 25 years of its release, it has become a wedding album, a handbook of Indian culture and traditions, and a benchmark which many aspiring directors look up to.

I feel like they are my family and as it enters its 25th year – I am in a jovial mood. The celebration must be a special one and for that one needs to revisit the magic created by this gem of a movie.

  1. I don’t know it happened before HAHK or not but the name of the leading lady appeared before the lead actor. Back in those days, Madhuri Dixit was a golden name that saw superstardom which none of the leading ladies of today can even imagine. This movie gave her the strongest foothold in Bollywood and among the millions of cine-lovers.
  2. The magic it spread couldn’t even leave M.F. Hussain. He admitted it how he is besotted by the grace and beauty of Madhuri Dixit. He went on painting her in many shades and immortalized her perhaps.
  3. Many say that this kind of family doesn’t exist anywhere but then why is it such a loved movie? Maybe because it cannot be seen in real but in a part of the mind, everyone wants to be a part of this kind of family. What say?
  4. The servants of this family were never treated like servants. They were treated equally and loved dearly and that’s how it should be always. One should respect another on the grounds of humanity and this movie is amazing in that aspect.
  5. The beautiful home décor shown in the movie is another point to be talked about. With the splurge of nuclear families, all we see these days is smaller space and furniture or décor all are made to suit those smaller areas. Back in those days when big Indian families were still relevant, the palatial space shown here is no less than a kingdom. The big bejeweled chandelier or the sofa set, the bog swimming pool or the garden – everything is so well-maintained (I surely want to live here). Special mention is Madhuri Dixit’s room where yellow is the theme color and the walls speak of her innocent beauty. The spacious terrace where she has an armchair, fan, and all other things to relax – that’s something like a dream to many!
  6. The costume is another thing worth mentioning. Who can forget that purple saree with that diamond or rhombus cut blouse? That became (and still remains) a rage among the girls across the country. All want to have that kinda saree or look like her. That pink dress with a big crystal earring and pearl necklace (pehla pehla pyar hai) is another favorite. How can she manage to look drop-dead gorgeous all the time? The white net dress (dhiktana song), red dress (ye mausam ka jadoo), or those oversized multicolored coats – all were sensational. Her costumes were partly western and partly Indian and that midway really rocked.
  7. Nisha wears a golden-colored lehenga for her wedding. Why do you think that was the chosen color? Well, I guess, because golden color symbolizes wisdom, courage, compassion, knowledge, and generosity that’s why. She dares to sacrifice her love, the wisdom of a good human being, compassion towards the family, generosity to own someone else’s child and be a wife to someone she doesn’t love, and knowledge that what she is doing is right. On the other hand, she wears purple during “Didi Tera Dewar Deewana” song. Purple is linked with creativity, extravagance, mystery, and grandeur and she embodied all that in that song.
  8. Tuffy became the most-loved dog in Indian cinema I guess. If that wouldn’t have dropped the letter with the necklace to the wrong guy (Mohnish Behl), the story would have remained tragic for Prem & Nisha. And Karan Johar still asks “What was the name of the dog in Hum Aapke Hai Koun?” in all his seasons of KWK. In a way, Tuffy was the real star of HAHK.
  9. Anupam Kher and his recipes looked so yum. Kachori or Ragda Patties – they are superbly put into the fun flair of the movie.
  10. However cool or happy you are – there will always be a “not so happy relative in your family. In HAHK, it was the mami who is materialistic and selfish. All she knows is money and she has no sense of “what and when to talk”. Those people really need a slap to get things right which is what she got towards the end.
  11. When you fall for someone, you want to know the favorite food of that person because you want to win over that person. That’s what Nisha did by asking Lallu about Prem’s favorite food items. She cooks like a PRO and again makes us realize how important good food is in building a relationship. (On the other hand, Rita doesn’t know the difference between salt and sugar and we all disapprove of her – right?)
  12. Love comes in the most unexpected places and sometimes when you expect it too strongly. Rita never thought she could settle for someone like Bhola. Her Prince Charming was Prem who is handsome, well-built, funny, sporty, and modern in outlook. Bhola is someone who is researching on Shakuntala of Kalidas. Rita, on the other hand, is a “hip and happening” girl who enjoys kittie parties and loves everything modern and fashionable. But Bhola sees the Shakuntala in her and eventually, Rita also falls for the simplicity of this man.
  13. The other name of love is sacrifice and patience. Prem and Nisha both were ready to sacrifice their love for the sake of the family.
  14. Last but not the least, this movie also shows – family is everything. In crisis and happiness – no one can be with you like the way family members are. And that’s truly what we call being Indian – isn’t it?

Years will pass and followers of this movie will keep on increasing. There cannot be another Hum Aapke Hai Koun because magic happens once.