Johar's tribute to lyricist-filmmaker Amit Khanna

Aug 8, 2006 Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Aug 8 (IANS) Prolific writer-filmmaker, cineaste and industry spokesperson Amit Khanna, who was once closely associated with Dev Anand, has an unlikely fan in Karan Johar.

"Both my titles for 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham' and now 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' (KANK) are taken from lyrics written by Amit Khanna. The former was a phrase out of the song 'Uthe sab ke qadam' in the film 'Baaton Baaton Mein' while 'Kabhi alvidaa na kehna' was a line from Amit Khanna's song 'Chalte chalte mere yeh geet yaad rakhna' in the film 'Chalte Chalte'," Johar told IANS.

Interestingly, "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (DDLJ), which was the title of Johar's pal Aditya Chopra's mega-money spinner, was also a popular line from chartbuster film "Chor Machaye Shor".

Recalls Johar: "We went through hell trying to get a title song. Jatin-Lalit composed a title song for Adi's DDLJ and they came up with several tunes. The tune that was finally selected as DDLJ's title track surfaced in the Salman-starrer 'Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai' as 'Hum tumko bhagakar le jayenge'. There was finally no title song in DDLJ.

"I guess I was luckier. I was able to get title songs for both my films although they were part of very successful songs in the past."

Johar is very proud of the music in KANK.

"Anyone who has ever been lost in love will love the tracks specially the title track and 'Mitwa'."

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