Films in Bollywood are not just scripts. They are a platter full of acting, songs, drama packaged together for a roller coaster ride. Music holds an important place in the film industry and it is sometimes the music, not the story that connects a movie to people. And guess what, sometimes, movies flop but make sure their music stays. You will be surprised to know that these 12 Bollywood movies actually tanked at the box office and yet their songs were superhits.

1. Lamhe (1991)

The Anil Kapoor starrer had a storyline that did not sit well with people. But the songs did. Be it the title song “Yeh Lamhe” or the iconic “Kabhi Main Kahoon” or “Chudiyan Khanak Gayee”, Lamhe had a timeless playlist.


2. Raju Chacha (2000)

Though Raja Chacha managed to strike a chord with the kids, it surprisingly did not do well at the numbers. But what stayed with us is the romantic number “Tune Mujhe Pehchana Nahin” or the title song “Raju Chacha”.


3. Yaadein (2001)

Subhash Ghai‘s movies seldom disappoint you, especially when it comes to music. While Yaadein got a mixed response, its playlist with the title song “Yaadein”, the sensuous number “Jab Dil Miley” or every girl gang’s favorite “Eli Re Eli”, topped the charts.


4. Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005)

The Emraan Hashmi starrer had literally no reason to not please the public. Be it the sizzling number “Aashiq Banaya Aapne” or “Aap Ki Kashish“, the music for this one had always been larger than the movie.


5. Anwar (2007)

The Indian thriller by Manish Jha was a little difficult for people to grasp but they never stopped humming the songs from the movie. Till date, “Maula Mere Maula” and “Tosey Naina Laage” have their own little space in our hearts.


6. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)

The only reason we remember this movie was the larger than life playlist it had. Had it not been Rahat Fateh Ali Khan‘s “Bol Na Halke Halke” or Shankar Mahadevan‘s title song, the movie would not have existed in our mind space.


7. The Train (2007)

Another Emran Hashmi starrer, The Train had some beautifully penned down songs, “Beete Lamhein” and “Woh Ajnabee” to name a few. The former was widely remixed and remained on top charts for a very long time.


8. Saawariya (2007)

Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s movies take music very seriously. Saawariya may have suffered at the box office for its parallel release to Shah Rukh Khan‘s Om Shanti Om, but the movie thrived, courtesy its playlists with “Saawariya“, “Jab Se Tere Naina” and “Masha-Allah“.


9. Yuvvraaj (2008)

Another Subhash Ghai production, Yuvvraaj was inspired by the Hollywood movie Rain Man. A musical in itself, people loved the track “Tu Mera Dost Hai”  much more than the movie.


8. Yaariyan (2014)

Divya Khosla‘s directorial debut did not sit well with the new age, despite being a coming-of-age romantic film. But, one could always expect some good music from a T-series production. And the movie didn’t fail us, giving some spectacular numbers with “Baarish” and “Sunny Sunny“.


9. Roy (2015)

We are yet to find why a movie like Roy, starring two extremely talented actors with Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal would suffer in numbers. But, the movie managed to find a place in our music list. Think about “Sooraj Dooba Hain“, “Tu Hai Ki Nahi“,  “Boond Boond” and the unforgettable “Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan” and you would know what we mean.


10. Dilwale (2015)

Dilwale brought back the evergreen pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol but the movie still lacked the convincing it had promised. But, when an on-screen pair that has given us a “Sooraj Hua Madham”, comes back again, songs like “Gerua” have to happen.


11. Fitoor (2016)

Perhaps, movies like Fitoor should be known only for the songs, thanks to the lyrics penned down by Swanand Kirkire. Amit Trivedi’s “Haminastu” takes you to Kashmir in a matter of seconds and let us just not touch creations like “Pashmina” or “Fitoor” with words here.


12. Raabta (2017)

The list should close with this one. Even though the tried and tested formula of reincarnation failed here, the filmmakers were careful enough to keep the songs peppy and relatable. Be it the revamped “Boyfriend Girlfriend” or the romantic number “Ik Vaari Aa” or the already tested “Raabta“, people fell in love with the songs for sure.


What other movies do you think are still breathing because of their movies?