Oh !! yeah. I just completed watching Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. Certainly this is not the first time. It was probably nth time but its been atleast 5 years ever since I watched it. When it was released, it was Superhit Muqabla that announced the arrival of HAHK to me. And all I saw was Salman trying to hit Madhuri’s back with a catapult while chewing something very exaggeratedly. Cut. The guy in the audio store told me, “Sir, super paatu ellam. totally 14 songs sir.All top class”. Cut. My philips recorder repeatedly plays HAHK casette which I bought for 20 bucks. I still have it. Madhuri and Salman in a black dress on yellow background, the costume they wear during the song, Dhiktana Dhiktana. Salman’s leg raised upward and Madhuri to his left in a similar pose. Whoof !! What memory you should think. There are several movies, I couldn’t forget. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun is one of the topper in that list. Ask my sister and she would nod YES, alongwith me.
Noone could possibly write a review on HAHK. It isn’t a movie. It’s a musical and has all the ideal items to be packed in a commercial movie. It never pretended to be a movie elevating the artistry of cinema. It was just an hyperbolic version of a North Indian family. I had an ideal mom, ideal dad, ideal uncle, just a little not-so-ideal aunty and idealistic etcetras. The movie was idealistic to India. Indian films for many years have been hypocritical and idealistic to a large extent. We don’t like to have an incest uncle or a gol-maal daddy. Everyone are just as expected. Sooraj Bharjatya just ensembled those idealistic characters in one movie and presented it. We loved it. There was no villain except the stairs and the bad aunty. The stairs make Renuka Shahaney slip and she eventually dies. The aunty keeps jumping to sky in ego until our maama gives her/us a surprise slap. She is silenced after that like a bharathiya naari. Not just ideal human, even Krishna(our lord krishna) makes a cameo. Except for the magical ray from Krishna’s idol to the dog tuffy, they ring the bells and play a devotional BGM when the dog runs to collect courier from Madhuri which serves as the twist for the climax. These miraculous event knocks off the word kaun from Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and plesantly completes the movie as Hum Aapke Hain !!
Well, if you are thinking, I’m subtly mocking at the movie, I am. But I love it. I am pretty sure of my liking. Some people don’t like to accept they like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. Its like reading Sidney Sheldon all along and concluding him to be a trashy writer within friends. Infact, I have no idea to write anything more about the movie. I have enough to boast of about my HAHK experiences than talking about what size of banian Salman was wearing in the song, Pehla Pehla Pyar Hi, when he was effortlessly lifting Madhuri from the billiards board.
Infact, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun wasn’t released in parallel at Chennai. It came after 7 or 8 weeks and you know what, it saw more than 2 Diwalis in Chennai, meaning nearly 2 years. I was just completing my schooling and I went the first time to watch HAHK. All I know then about Surat Bharjaathiya was that he was the director. With violence occupying the bollywood scene at that season, HAHK was a breath of fresh air. It was like heaven to many. Pay 10 bucks, go inside watch a peaceful family. No big fights, no big aderanline pumping suspense, no gyrating manmatha raasa hips and ofcourse no big tearjerker story. Before I saw the movie the first time, I heard all the 14 songs, more than atleast 100 times, saw enough clips on TV and so I was expecting a treat. I got it. Though I felt, which bloody family has a swimming pool and a fountain inside the house, SPB and Madhuri took me by a storm. I couldn’t resist watching it again and again. In the 2+ years it ran, me and my friends used to go for a movie theatre to watch a new flick. Luckily we had some cousin’s friend or some landlord’s brother-in-law’s sister working in every theatre. So we got tickets we wanted. If not, NO PROBLEM. We came back to watch Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. I think it was more than 10 times in 2 years that I watched the movie just in theatre. Its more than 10 times, I’m positive because we counted. On my thoughts, I’ve seen Thalapathi more than 14-15 times in theatre. The last time, me and my friend couldn’t sit through Thalapathi. We knew every single shot, every single syllable uttered, every camera movement and the Mani Ratnam flick had nothing more to offer us. So we came out even before the intermission and handed over the tickets to two rag-picker boys and sent them inside the theatre for free. I saw Roja 8 times, Bombay 6-7 times, Alai Payuthey 6 times, Thiruda Thiruda 10 times[10 weeks; 10 times] and Gentleman 12 times. Why all that, I even saw Evanaairundhaa Enakenna 3 days in a row, in the same Sangam theatre and worse, same seat. I ain’t bragging. I’m positive. I was such a movie freak. Even before friends, I went to movies with noone. I went alone even during my 8th grade. 5 rupees in my pocket and I’m waiting first in the queue from 9:30 am in Shakthi Abirami to watch Anjali. Next day, same 5 rupees, Kizhakku Vaasal. Anjali again the very next day. Thanks to my mom who shed 5 bucks a day and cursed herself for unable to make me stop watching films. Neverthless, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun was something that I could never forget.
Sitting for a matinee inside a hot chennai movie theatre, with atleast 500-600 people, it was only in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, I think I understood the essence of movie making. There are no technical lessons to learn. But I think I consciously started to loose myself for cinema with HAHK. It absorbed me. Transported me to the dreamy world. Threw me out of the teenage worries of school and college. And I owe Sooraj Bharjatya for that. The last few times, we started when Renuka was still rolling down from the stairs. If you always why do people start after the final song is over, they are the repeat audience and I was one with HAHK. HAHK was the talk of the day. Salman and Madhuri were teenage icons and if couldn’t sound the perfect ‘huh huh !!’ to a girl, you are a loser. I never could. But after the 5th time, when every single line of the song lyrics was on my mind, I started watching the other actors in a scene. Lets say in a scene, Madhuri is getting dressed and is the focus of the shot, I would be watching the girl sitting next to her. Because I knew what Madhuri was doing and wanted to know what the rest of the cast was upto in this largely over-populated movie that was a succes in a over-populated country.
My friend used to say, nearly everyone in Delhi saw Hum Aapke Hain Kaun twice. And I think it could be true. Even today when comparing to DDLJ which was another commercial potpourri with the legendary Shahrukh and Kajol, I think the songs and the entire spirit of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun is simply unbeatable. A movie, a classic, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun is.
Selected Reading –
Official Website of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
IMDB entry for HAHK
Memoirs on HAHK – Sooraj Bharjatya
HAHK Box Office – Did 2,341 shows in 847 days of its run at Mumbai’s Liberty cinema. It ran 105 weeks in regular shows and 16 weeks in noon shows.
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun Soundtrack –
Maye Ni Maye – Lata Mangeshkar
Didi Tera Devar Deewana – Lata Mangeshkar, SP Balasubramaniam
Mausam Ka Jaadu – Lata Mangeshkar, SP Balasubramaniam
Chocolate Lime Juice – Lata Mangeshkar
Joote Dedo Paise Lelo – Lata Mangeshkar, SP Balasubramaniam
Pehla Pehla Pyar – SP Balasubramaniam
Dhiktana – 1 – SP Balasubramaniam
Mujhse Juda Hokar – Lata Mangeshkar, SP Balasubramaniam
Samdhi Samdhan – Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu
Hum Aapke Hain Koun – Lata Mangeshkar, SP Balasubramaniam
Wah Wah Ramji – Lata Mangeshkar, SP Balasubramania
Lo Chali Main – Lata Mangeshkar
Cast (in credits order) –
Madhuri Dixit as Nisha Choudhury
Salman Khan as Prem
Mohnish Bahl as Rajesh
Renuka Shahane as Pooja Choudhury
Anupam Kher as Prof. Siddharth Choudhury
Reema Lagoo as Mrs. Choudhury (as Rima)
Alok Nath as Kailashnath (as Aloknath)
Bindu as Aunt
Ajit Vachani as Aunt’s Husband (as Ajit Vachhani)
Satish Shah as Doctor
Himani Shivpuri as Razia (Doc’s wife)
Sahila Chaddha as Rita
Dilip Joshi as Bhola Prasad
Laxmikant Berde as Lalloo Prasad
Priya Arun as Chanda’
Tuffy as Tuffy (The Dog)
25 responses to “Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamaana…”
all i can say is…wow!
Excellent writing lazy, sounds straight from the heart with no cool analysis.
Envy you !! .. reminded me of your earlier blog “My car, the atheist”.
I have the same feelins as you when i watch DDLJ. It was on TV last week and i again watched it probably 100 or more times.I never get tired of watching that movie.In my opinion DDLJ outperforms HAHK in almost every department.
whew !!!! it gave me another experience of watching HAHK…
seriously, as said by an previous comment, it sounds right from the heart..
HAHK was the very first Hindhi movie i watched , and i did understand it fully even when i didnt know any single word of Hindhi 😀 so now u’l know why it ran for 2 yrs in Chennai..
fyi, it ran for 1 yr in madurai
Kalakals…Simply superb post. All the lines just reflects the inner feelings of the reader. Seriously such a big post amazing.
One more from my side is HAHK was the first Hindi movie I went with my parents 🙂
Nice review.Yes HAHK is the best of all good things about an indian family.This is one movie where you wont say ‘ohhh no another song’ rather every next song delights you and makes you more happier than the previous one.It is a movie that brought out the joy of simple things that happen in a family, whether its an anthakshari or a cricket match.And yes DDLJ was no were near it.It definitley lacked the spirit.BTW SRK and kajol, legendery??.
We’ve seen many people say “cinema is nothing but realism exaggerated”. HAHK is a wonderful and probably the best of such exaggerations. Everything in it was grand, including the chappals (joote)..
90s had a few milestones commercially. Started in end of 80s with ‘Qayamat se qayamat tak’, continued with “Maine pyar kiya”, then was “HAHK” followed by “DDLJ”. Special aspect is that all these touched atleast the 1 yr run in southern belt, where hindi wasn’t well known. Cinema transcending barriers… Hmm, the golden 90s.. (as it was with 80s and 70s…) 🙂
While I would root for DDLJ rather than HAHK, I certainly agree that HAHK brought in the trend of clean/happy/mushy-mushy movies in Hindi cinema. It paved the way for other movies of similar style – like DDLJ.
Of course music was the highest point the movie.
What I don’t understand is why RamLakshman, who scored great music for the Bharjatyas, did not shine in any other movies?
did u say “5 bucks to watch Anjali”?
nowadays – with 5 bucks u cant even watch the slide
shown in the interval (“pugai pidikkadeergal!!”).
The tickets are too expensive today and I really doubt if u wud have managed to watch those movies 14 or 15 times (in theatre and not in thirrutu VCD/DVD!!),
Is somene doing anything about this!
wow. can’t believe that you guys are praising an absolute crap movie that is one long chitrahaar…this is the pits…so, lazy has seen many movies many times. so what. grow up guys…
IMO, HAHK is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. as you’d have probably guessed, i dislike idealism, be it realistic or exaggerated. 🙂
i respect ur opinion. but i have to say i’m shocked. HAHK is the worst movie of all times. i remember running out of woodlands symphony in 40 minutes..unable to bear the movie anymore.
don’t watch it any further. im concerned about your health now 🙂
Watching a worst movie,that much times, really u have to be patient. My friend told me in simple terms about HAHK. Oru Kalyanam, Oru Karumathi, again oru Kalyanam, thats all in this film.
idhukku yenga kalyana video ve thevalaam….kevalamaana padam guru…yean idha pathi yellam yezhudhareenga…
indha barjatya vukkku humaare tumaare aapka sanam mohabbat kaun koya sa karta hai..vutta vera padam yedukkave theriyaadhu…
A very interesting post abt one of my fav movie and I could not agree with U more. Though I cannot beat ur records, HAHK is the only movie that I watched 5 times in the theatre. I also have a VCD at home and me & my mother would have watched it atleast 25-30 times already. There is something really special abt that movie. But I have noticed one thing, there are only 2 possible opinions abt this movie. People (like U & me) completely love it and others totally despise it. Anyways, who cares…I have immense fun watching HAHK every single time. I enjoy it!
Shub/Anti/Dream weaver. Thanks a ton.
Vidya, Romba thanks.
Madhu, The DDLJ and HAHK fight is a perpetual one. don’t worry.
Yaatrigan/Narsi/Senthil/Bart, Thanks again.
Raga, The DDLJ and HAHK fight is a perpetual one. don’t worry.
Vikram, Good point you made here. Those days, when I started to watch movies alone the first class tickets or balcony as they call it was 6 bucks. Second class and the mass class was 5 bucks. they also had 2.90 for the front benches.
Anons, Lets all grow up. BTW, Keep them coming. You rock dudes !!
Ishwar, Too idealistic, right ?
Hawkeye, You are missing something. If you have watched it entirely and telling its horrible, I can understand. Watch it. you are certainly missing something. it could be cool or crap, still watch it.
Nisha, Call it Bharjatyaa’s weakness but yeah he was quite successful considering the recent hindi flicks.
Preethi, Join the club !!
HAHK was the first of the idealistic senti romantic movies followed by DDLJ, Dil To Pagal Hai and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Superhit Muqabla was the one that introduced me to HAHK too. Instantly became a fan of Didi Tera Dewar and Pehla Pehla Pyar. Somehow did’nt like other songs, sounded quite the same. It was good to watch it for the first time then, probably I would’nt have the same enthu as you these days to watch HAHK.
Did HAHK run for 2 Diwali’s continuously, I remember it stopped somewhere in the 450 day mark (Woodlands if am right?). Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was the movie that crossed the 730th day mark in Melody (ads came in Friday Features 1st page, even for the 730th day :O). Don’t think HAHK made a continuous run in Woodlands that time.
You inspire me to write about Mouna Ragam, Sindhu Bhairavi, one I watched some 20+ times in DD/cable TV alone :).
Are you trying to say “Hum Aap Adikarthukae Porandhirkom”…super kalaasal of the movie…I also remember seeing it 6-7 times all for tamil conversion purpose, since I was the hindi speaking guy in the tamil gang, and unlike the later hindi movies which were dubbed in Tamil(Junoon/Pidivaathan Tamil to be exact)..did this movie have a dub? If so it will be helpful so that I can tell my friends to watch that version, instead of me sitting thru it and converting.
Review: good writing
Film: Utter rubbish
hum appke hai koun is the best movie..my fav..i luv madhuri and salman….i luvvvv this movie..i watch is like 5 times a week and listen 2 the songs everyday…i have the whole movie memorized..its fantastic, mindblowing, just simply wonderful