There are films that are instantly recognisable, not only because of their star actors or chartbusting music but also because of their catchy and sometimes, dreamy titles. Where do we start? There’s Mughal-e-Azam, Yaadon Ki Baraat, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Jab We Met, Karthik Calling Karthik and many more. Often, a film’s title is the first introduction that the audience gets to a film.
Way before the lead cast is announced or the trailer is released, the audience creates an idea of the movie from the title itself. Take Heera Mandi or Gangubai Kathiawadi, for instance. Sure, they already have the added privilege of being Sanjay Leela Bhansali releases but the names evoke a sense of mystery and of the arcane. It’s carnal, magical and divine – all at once.
However, while there have been some pretty good movie titles in Bollywood’s 100 years, there have been some atrocious titles as well. These films aren’t remembered for their story, their music or even their sex scenes – they are our go-to films of choice while playing dumb charades. And why is that? Because these titles are lame at best and atrocious at worst.
Check out these few weird movie titles:
1. Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty (1975)
Is it a wonder that this film has a 4.5/10 rating on IMDb?
2. Sasti Dulhan Mahenga Dulha (1986)
With a rating of 4.9/10, this film will be a mega-hit at your next game of dumb charades.
3. Bandook Dahej Ke Seenay Par (1986)
The premise of this movie is pretty neat – it is based on the societal problem of dowry demands. But, with a title like that, we aren’t sure if it managed to get the point across.
4. Mehandi Ban Gayi Khoon (1991)
This title is giving us flashbacks to Khoon Bhari Maang which was actually a pretty great film.
5. Tu Bal Bramhachari Main Hoon Kanya Kunwari (2003)
You have, of course, heard of this movie. It does a ring to it.
6. Mr. 100% (2006)
The only reason we know about this movie is that we heard that this was the story of a gigolo and we were teenagers who had just begun to experience a cocktail of hormones.
7. Sone Ka Dil Lohe Ke Haath (1978)
Talk about a winning combination!
8. Allah Meharban To Gadha Pehalwan (1997)
Well, the movie title does have a point – after all, we are all at God’s mercy – but did they have to be so crass about it?
9. Raja Rani Ko Chahiye Pasina (1978)
You’ve heard about Raja Rani ko pyaar ho gaya, now get ready for …
10. Guru Suleman Chela Pahelwan (1981)
We round out this list by picking an iconic Dara Singh movie with a self-explanatory title.
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