Advice from Salman Khan’s father, Salim Khan, saved Hum Aapke Hain Koun: “Cut those 2 songs”
Millennials remember Hum Aapke Hain Koun like the movie which is steeped in song and dance routines and although the film’s album has 14 songs, not all of them made it to the final cut. Hum Aapke Hain Koun’s runtime was over three hours when the film was first shown to industry insiders and few have had the patience to sit across starring Salman Khan-Madhuri. Dixit.
In a 2014 video uploaded by Rajshri in which director Sooraj Barjatya and lead star Salman Khan recalled making the film on its 20th anniversary, Barjatya said only two people in the industry had really liked the movie – Salman Khan’s dad, veteran writer Salim Khan and YRF’s Aditya Chopra.
Sooraj recalled that at the time of the making of the film, there were 14 songs. “We’ve had so many tries, 50-70 tries. Two people really loved it, one was Uncle Salim, the other was Aditya Chopra. I had this great trial at the Liberty cinema and the whole industry was there, ”he recalls. It was at this show that Sooraj saw people get up and go during the songs. When he came out after the screening, he asked some shopkeepers to come up to him and offer him some kind of condolence: “They said: ‘Yeh sabke saath hota hai (this happens with all filmmakers), you start working on your neighbor ‘. I knew this movie was doomed to fail.
Sooraj recalled that soon after, Salim Khan called him and asked him to delete two songs – Chocolate Lime Juice and Mujhse Juda Hokar. Thanks to the many reruns on satellite TV, these two songs were shown on television several times, but not all theater audiences at the time had the chance to see these songs on screen.
What happened next changed the fate of Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Sooraj recalled, “I cut (these songs) on the third day and that’s when the collections increased.”
At the time, Hum Aapke Hain Koun became the highest grossing film of all time. According to Bollywood Hungama, the film earned over Rs 72 crore at the domestic box office (without adjustment for inflation), and was also a huge hit in the overseas market.
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