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

Yaadon Ki Baaraat
Yaadon ki Baaraat.jpg
Directed byNasir Hussain
Produced byNasir Hussain
Written bySalim-Javed
Nasir Hussain
Zeenat Aman
Vijay Arora
Tariq Khan
Neetu Singh
Ajit Khan
Aamir Khan
Music byR. D. Burman
CinematographyMunir Khan
Edited byBabu Lavande
Gurudutt Shirali
Distributed byNasir Hussain Films
United Producers
Release date
  • 2 November 1973 (1973-11-02) (India)
Running time
168 minutes
Box office5.5 crore ($7.1 million)

The film was influential in the history of Indian cinema. It was 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 as an adult.[8]

It is still remembered fondly for its Hindi soundtrack, composed by music director R.D. Burman. The track "Chura Liya Hai", sung by Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle, is particularly well-known. The film was later remade in Tamil as Naalai Namadhe, in Telugu as Annadammula Anubandham, and in Malayalam as Himam.[9]


The film popularized the now familiar Bollywood theme of siblings separated by fate.[10] Gangland killers assassinate an honest man who defied them, killing his wife as well. The couple's three sons flee the massacre and lose contact with each other. They grow up in entirely different circumstances and are re-united only when one of the sons, sings the song that their mother taught them at their father's birthday at the hotel.

Shankar (Dharmendra), Vijay (Vijay Arora), and Ratan (Tariq Khan) 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. As fate may have it, 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 recognize 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 successful actors in Bollywood made his acting debut as child artist at the age of eight with this film appearing in the title song.[11][12]


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 have slight resemblances to the English song, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium from the soundtrack of the 1969 film of the same name.[13] Apart from the title song, the other best remembered numbers are "Lekar Hum Deewana Dil" and "Meri Soni Meri Tamanna".[14][15]

Track listing
# Song Singer(s) Length
1 "Yaadon Ki Baaraat Nikli Hai" Lata Mangeshkar, Padmini Kolhapure & Sushma Shrestha 3:51
2 "Yaadon Ki Baarat Nikli Hai" Mohammed Rafi & Kishore Kumar 3:24
3 "Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko" Mohammed Rafi & Asha Bhosle 4:49
4 "Lekar Hum Deewana Dil" Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar 5:58
5 "Aap Ke Kamre Mein Koi Rehta Hain" Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle & R. D. Burman 8:46
6 "O Meri Soni Meri Tamanna" Asha Bhosle & Kishore Kumar 4:31


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.[16] This was equivalent to $7.1 million in 1973,[n 1] and is equivalent to US$40 million or 255 crore[18] in 2016.


21st Filmfare Awards


  1. ^ 7.742 Indian rupees per US dollar in 1973[17]


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  3. ^ Kaushik Bhaumik, An Insightful Reading of Our Many Indian Identities, The Wire, 12/03/2016
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  10. ^ "How film-maker Nasir Husain started the trend for Bollywood masala films". Hindustan Times. 30 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Birthday Special: The 47 Faces of Aamir Khan". Rediff.
  12. ^ "The Most Ambitious Project of Aamir's Career". Rediff.
  13. ^ "RD Burman and the X factor". THe Hindu. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  14. ^ Rachel Dwyer, British Film Institute One hundred Bollywood films 1844570983 – 2005 – Page 247 "Apart from the title song, the other best remembered numbers are 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil', again partly for the picturisation on the pin-up girl, Neetu Singh, and Asha and Kishore Kumar's duet, 'Meri Soni Meri Tamanna'. "
  15. ^ Ganesh Anantharaman Bollywood Melodies: A History of the Hindi Film Song 0143063405 2008 Page 109 "With 150 films behind him, Majrooh could still write something as youthful as 'Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein Aayi' (Kishore, Buddha Mil Gaya), 'Lekar Hum Deewana Dil' (Kishore—Asha, Yaadon Ki Baaraat) and 'Yeh Ladka Haaye Allah Kaisa Hain Deewana' (Hum Kisise Kum Naheen)"
  16. ^ "". Retrieved 16 March 2012.
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  18. ^ "Yearly Average Rates". OFX.

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