Yaadon Ki Baaraat

Yaadon Ki Baaraat (transl. Procession of Memories) is a 1973 Indian Hindi-language masala film, directed by Nasir Hussain and written by Salim–Javed (Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar). It featured an ensemble cast, starring Dharmendra, Vijay Arora, Tariq, Zeenat Aman, Neetu Singh and Ajit.

Yaadon Ki Baaraat
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Directed byNasir Hussain
Written bySalim–Javed
Nasir Hussain
Produced byNasir Hussain
Vijay Arora
Zeenat Aman
Neetu Singh
CinematographyMunir Khan
Edited byBabu Lavande
Gurudutt Shirali
Music byR. D. Burman
Nasir Hussain Films
Distributed byNasir Hussain Films
United Producers
Release date
  • 2 November 1973 (1973-11-02) (India)
Running time
168 minutes
Box office₹5.5 crore ($7.1 million)

The film was influential in the history of Indian cinema. It has been widely identified as the first masala film, combining elements of the action, drama, romance, musical, crime and thriller genres.[3][4] The masala went on to become the most popular genre of Indian cinema,[5] and Yaadon Ki Baaraat has thus been identified as "the first" quintessentially "Bollywood film."[4] It also launched the careers of several actors, as the commercial breakthrough Hindi film for Zeenat Aman and Neetu Singh, who became leading actresses of the 1970s,[6][7] and as the debut film for Nasir Hussain's nephews Tariq Khan and Aamir Khan, the latter a child actor who grew up to be one of the biggest movie stars in Hindi cinema.[8]

It is still remembered fondly for its Hindi soundtrack, composed by music director R.D. Burman. The film was later remade in Tamil as Naalai Namadhe, in Telugu as Annadammula Anubandham, and in Malayalam as Himam.[9]


Shankar, Vijay, and Ratan are three brothers. On their father's birthday, their mother taught them a song titled Yaadon Ki Baaraat which they held dearly to their hearts. One day, the boys' father witnessed a robbery by Shakaal and his henchmen. To protect their identity, Shakaal decided to kill the boys' father before he could go to the police. So one night, he and his men storm into the boys' father's room and kill both their mother and father. Shankar and Vijay witness the act and flee. They make their way to a passing train, where Shankar is separated from Vijay.

Several years pass by and the boys have grown up. Shankar is haunted by the memory of his parents' murder and is now joined by his friend Usman on a crime spree around the city. Vijay was adopted by the groundskeeper to a wealthy man, and he falls in love with the rich man's daughter Sunita (Zeenat Aman), and Ratan, was raised by the boys' maid, and changed his name to Monto. With his new identity, Monto started a band and does gigs at hotels for a living and is also in love with a co-singer (Neetu Singh).

The brothers meet several times, yet do not recognise each other. However, when they finally do, they cannot contact each other. Shankar gets caught by his boss, who is the real murderer of his parents. As the movie progresses, Shankar finds out the truth and leaves Shakal to die, while his foot gets caught in the changing lines of railway tracks. Shaakal is killed by the coming train and the brothers unite.



Nasir Hussain's nephew Aamir Khan who went on to become one of the most successful actors in Bollywood made his acting debut as child artist at the age of eight with this film appearing in the title song.[10][11]


Yaadon Ki Baaraat
Soundtrack album by
GenreFilm soundtrack
ProducerR. D. Burman (composer)
Majrooh Sultanpuri (lyrics)

The music and soundtrack of the film was by R. D. Burman, with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. The opening lines of the hit song, "Chura Liya Hai Tumne" were inspired from the English song, "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" by Bojoura from the soundtrack of 1969 film of the same name.[12] Apart from the title song "Yaadon Ki Baaraat Nikli Hai" that appears multiple times in the film, the other best remembered numbers are "Lekar Hum Deewana Dil", partly for the picturisation on the pin-up girl Neetu Singh, and Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar's duet, "Meri Soni Meri Tamanna". Child singers Padmini Kolhapure later became a noted actress, while Sushma Shrestha, also known as Poornima, became a successful playback singer.

Song Singer
"Yaadon Ki Baaraat Nikli Hai Aaj Dil Ke Dwaare" (Female) Lata Mangeshkar, Padmini Kolhapure, Sushma Shrestha
"Yaadon Ki Baaraat Nikli Hai Aaj Dil Ke Dwaare" (Male) Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi
"Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko, Nazar Nahin Churana Sanam" Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
"Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, Phirte Hai Manzil Manzil" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
"Meri Soni, Meri Tamanna, Jhuth Nahin Hai Mera Pyar" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle
"Aap Ke Kamre Mein Koi Rehta Hai, Hum Nahin Kehte, Zamana Kehta Hai" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, R. D. Burman


Box officeEdit

The film became a box office hit. It was one of 1973's top five highest-grossing films in India, grossing 5.5 crore.[13] This was equivalent to $7.1 million in 1973,[n 1] and is equivalent to US$41 million or 255 crore[15] in 2016.


21st Filmfare Awards


The film popularized the now familiar Bollywood theme of siblings separated by fate.[16]


  1. ^ 7.742 Indian rupees per US dollar in 1973[14]


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  11. ^ "The Most Ambitious Project of Aamir's Career". Rediff.
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  16. ^ "How film-maker Nasir Husain started the trend for Bollywood masala films". Hindustan Times. 30 March 2017.

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