Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, a romantic musical directed by Sooraj Barjatya, is a film that defined a generation. However, after its premiere, it did not get a favorable response. Barjatya was discouraged by the response, but director Aditya Chopra was sure that it could be saved with just a few tweaks.
Sooraj Barjatya recalled that he experienced dissatisfaction at the ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ premiere in the recently released Netflix documentary series ‘The Romantics’.
“We had a show (for the industry) at Liberty. That show was a disaster.” But Aditya Chopra called him to tell him how much he liked the movie. He told Barjatya, “Sooraj, it’s a damn good film. Don’t worry.” When the director told him about the audience’s reaction to the film, Aditya suggested, “Cut two and a half songs from the film and it will fly!”
Barjatya followed his advice and took the songs ‘Chocolate Lime Juice’ and ‘Mujhse Juda Ho kar’ off of the ‘Hum Aapke Hai Koun’ movie. After the movie release the songs were then aired on television and radios for the audience.
According to Indianexpress.com, Barjatya had previously discussed ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’s first setback. The director remembered how many people left the theater after listening to each song during the film’s first night. Barjatya claimed he did not understand why the movie did not succeed in captivating the audience. He said, “I learnt it very early with Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! because I thought I had made the greatest film, but when we had the premiere people weren’t liking it! I clearly remember the audience walking out with every song! I thought I had made a good but then I started wondering, ‘Ye kya ho gaya’ (what has happened).”
“However, after 5-6 days of the film’s release, it started attracting word-of-mouth attention and eventually went on to become a blockbuster. “Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! taught me that I just have to make movies and present them. You never know what is going to happen on that Friday and you cannot blame the public that they don’t know anything about cinema. They know everything.” He added.
Meanwhile, In honour of renowned director Yash Chopra, YRF’s heritage, and its influence on Indian popular culture over the past 50 years, the much awaited Netflix docuseries ‘The Romantics’ premiered on Valentine’s day. The four-part docuseries stars Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Karan Johar, and others.
Smriti Mundhra, who has been nominated for an Oscar and an Emmy and is the creator of popular shows including Indian Matchmaking and Never Have I Ever, is the director of ‘The Romantics’.
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