25 Life Lessons From Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! On Its Silver Jubilee

Pragyan Mohanty
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A still from Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
A still from Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!

Twenty five years ago when action and masala films dominated Bollywood, a three and a half hour long family drama with 14 songs, and no sex or action, released on this day. This endearing film about familial bonding and hearty celebrations, bolstered by a superlative soundtrack and a winsome lead pair was lapped up by the audience. Theatres ran house full and people jostled to snag exorbitantly priced tickets. Many who watched would return for an encore.

Hum Aapke Hain Koun! defied industry norms, records and went on to become one of the highest grossing films of Hindi cinema. Its cultural impact was far more sweeping – the film's games and charades melded into family functions, seamsters were badgered with requests to replicate Madhuri Dixit's enviable range of costumes, and HAHK gave Bollywood a new style – initialism. Moreover, a great deal of contemporary Bollywood's vibrant aesthetics can be attributed to this family entertainer.

On its silver jubilee, we look back at this sweet, simple story about an affectionate people, an adorable dog, and everything in between that makes HAHK a Bollywood phenomenon whose legacy endures. Here are some nuggets of wisdom from the film.

1. Pets are family. And family does stuff together.

2. Keep the romance alive in your relationship.

3. Why walk through life when you can roller skate?

4. Sibling bond rocks.

5. Good friends make everything in life better.

6. Always read the labels properly lest you wanna eat salted halwa.

7. It's cool to talk about former crushes and exes.

8. Know your worth and negotiate hard.

9. Uncle, please sit – said this smart little miss long before Sansa Stark.

10. The principle of give and take a.k.a Joote de do, paise le lo.

11. Invest in good quality furniture. Because unruly youngsters can strike anytime.

12. Books make the greatest gifts.

13. Each one teach one.

14. Self care is important.

15. There's no such thing as enough chocolates.

16. Love thy family and don't shy away from expressing it. Even if it means painting it on a jeep door.

17. Make impromptu plans and enjoy the little moments.

18. Always make time for some music.

19. Don't suffer conceited classists.

20. Watch your step.

21. Grieving is a process.

22. Responding to half-heard conversations can be disastrous.

23. Sometimes love demands sacrifice.

24. Embrace surprises.

25. Finally, keep calm and trust the dog.

[Screengrabs courtesy: Rajshri Productions]