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Catchy lyrics live on!

Hit songs make hit movie titles? Not really.

Sure, there are instances of a chartbuster turning into a blockbuster. Similarly, there have been times when a popular lyric of an acclaimed melody fails to strike a chord as a motion picture.

In either scenario, a film title inspired from the verse of a famous song bears considerable appeal and curiosity.

Like Farah Khan's soon-to-be released, Om Shanti Om, which revives memories of Rishi Kapoor's jazzy jig in gold for Karz. While Sudhir Mishra's Khoya Khoya Chand is reminiscent of Dev Anand's poetic overtures in Kala Bazaar. profiles other such examples.

Ek Haseena Thi

The song: Laxmikant Pyarelal's immortal composition, Ek Haseena Thi just before the grand climax of Subhash Ghai's reincarnation drama, Karz had all the elements of a terrific 'payback time' track -- drama, anguish, anger, resentment and revenge. On screen, the glamorous duo of Rishi Kapoor and Tina Munim provided the perfect foil to reel vamp, Simi Garewal.

The film: For his directorial debut, Sriram Raghavan put this compelling title to good use. His script, inspired by Sidney Sheldon's novel If Tomorrow Comes, revolved around a independent yet gullible girl (Urmila Matondkar) who gets taken for a ugly ride by seemingly innocent-faced boyfriend (Saif Ali Khan).

Text: Sukanya Verma

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