Ever wondered how Bollywood films get their names? Here are some answers!

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Pop quiz: Two movies, both with huge star casts and impressive stories are releasing on the same day. Which movie would you pick for your weekend watch?

Here’s a quick way to settle this; a good old ‘Clash of the Titles’.

A title decides the fate of the movie to a great extent. A good measure of time and effort is spent on choosing an appropriate title for a movie even though it may seem otherwise for some. And just like in the real world, a reel ‘name’ can change the game.

A movie is, for all cinematic purposes, the filmmaker’s baby. But have you ever thought of what goes into naming a film? Fret no further. Here’s a quick look at some approaches that have been used over the years:

1. Protagonistic

Seeta Aur Geet Movie Poster, Veer-Zaara Movie Poster
Posters of Seeta Aur Geeta & Veer-Zaara.

One of the easiest ways to title a film is by championing the lead characters. Whether it is Seeta Aur Geeta or Veer-Zaara, these titles tell you upfront about the film’s protagonists. Although they leave little to the imagination, some titles keep you guessing about the character’s role. For instance, Ghajini was the name of the villain in the movie. As you can see, it helps to add some ‘character’ to your movie title.

2. Snapshot

Pyar Ka Mandir Movie Poster, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Movie Poster
Posters of Pyar Ka Mandir and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Some prefer a title to be crafted in a way that clearly gives viewers a snapshot of what the movie is about. One could easily guess that Pyar Ka Mandir is the story of a close-knit family living in absolute harmony and fighting all odds together. Similarly, Judaai is likely to be about the pain of separation, while a Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is probably about the hidden emotions of a lover pining for another.

A title as clear as day for a grand opening night!

3. The Metaphor

Lamhe Movie Poster, Chaar Din Ki Chandni Movie Poster
Posters of Lamhe and Chaar Din Ki Chandni.

Then there are titles that will make you think twice because they appear to have no apparent connection with the movie. But when you watch the movie, something clicks. Lamhe, for instance, had a heart-wrenching story that recreated moments spent with loved ones. On the other hand, Chaar Din Ki Chandni suggests a proverbial short period of bliss; however, the comic movie is literally about a character called Chandni and the hilarious events from four days of her life.

Who said deep metaphors are only meant for serious cinema?

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