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Jhalak, Madhubala, Diya Aur Baati..., Iss Pyaar Ko..: Numerous TV Shows Named After Bollywood Songs!

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Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Madhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Diya Aur Baati Hum, Is Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Bade Achhe Lagte Hain... what first comes to our minds when see these names? Yes, without doubt, theses are some of the most ardently followed TV shows. But in our obsession with our favourite TV programmes, we often do not realise one other thing. The names of these popular hindi TV shows have been inspired, or rather, copied, from famous Bollywood chartbusters!

It is shocking when we learn that practically every TV show that is aired, or has been aired on TV in the last half a decade has its name drawn from a hindi song. As if borrowed concepts weren't enough. Some of the songs featured in TV show names are old melodies, while many are latest Bollywood hits.

The reason for this fetish of the programme makers could be in order to gather the audience's curiosity, or just to ensure that the show has a good reception in its early days. With so many shows getting shelved within a few months of launch, may be the channels find it a safe idea to name TV shows after Bollywood chartbusters so that the audience can connect better and familiarise themselves with the concept of the show.

Of course, these shows did grab a lot of eyeballs within the first couple of weeks of launch and have been the highest TRP gainers ever since. Their success has also led to a domino effect, with every newly launched TV show having an adopted name. However, not all of them have emerged victorious in winning the hearts of the public.

Here is the shockingly long list of hindi TV soaps with adopted names...

Diya Aur Baati Hum

The title is inspired from famous song 'Jeevan Saathi Hum...Diya Aur Baati Hum' from Anil Kapoor starrer Virasat.


The title of Colors TV's Beintehaa with Preetika Rao and Harshad Arora as leads has been ripped from Race 2 song of the same name.

Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon

The high TRP garner with Drashti Dhami and Vivian Dsena as the leads is a dedication to 100 years of Bollywood, and one can't help but notice the name's similarity to Katrina Kaif's song Madhubala from Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.

Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon

The superhit TV serial shares its name with not-so-superhit song from Tushar and Kareena Kapoor's flop movie 'Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai'.

Bade Achhe Lagte Hain

A melodious track from film Balika Badhu.

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

The very popular YRKKH's title is drawn from a song of the same name from Tabu starrer 'Meenaxi- Tale Of Three Cities'

Jhalak Dikhla Jaa

The popular dance reality show's concept is borrowed from Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars and it shares its name with the song from 2006's Emraan Hashmi starrer Aksar.

Sasural Genda Phool

The tremendously popular serial shares its name with Delhi-6's song composed by Oscar winner AR Rahman.

Nach Baliye

This celebrity dance show, which led to the mushrooming of similar shows on various channels has its name drawn from the foot tapping number choreographed by Shiamak Davar, from 2005 movie Bunti Aur Bubli.

Mahi Way

Though differently spelt, the name is neverless the same. What first comes to mind is Queen Bee Rani's latkas and jhatkas in KHNH.

Sadda Haq

This controversial song from Ranbir Kapoor's Rockstar became a youth anthem, and subsequently its name was picked by Channel [V] for its serial Sadda Haq.

Ek Hazaron Mein Meri Behna Hai

No one can forget this evergreen song from Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka, Sabka Kehna Hai...

Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai.....

The name is obviously copied from Mere Brother Ki Dulhan's Qawwali number.

Tere Liye

This blockbuster serial shares names with not one, but two chartbusters - 'Tere Liye' from Veer Zaara and Prince.

Kasamh Se

The soap made Prachi Desai a household name. A famous song from Karisma Kapoor and Akshay Kumar starrer Jaanwar is of the same name.

Ek Hasina THi

The unforgettable tunes of Karz's Ek Hasina THi...

Chaand Chupa Baadal Mein

The beautiful romantic song picturised on Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan in HDDCS.

Bairi Piya

Another melody, sung by nightingale Shreya Ghoshal in Devdas...

Zor Ka Jhatka

Shahrukh-hosted Indian version of Japanese game show Takeshi's Castle was named after the awesome song from movie Action Replay.


The critically acclaimed Anurag Kashyap film lent its name to Star's serial.

Do Hanson Ka Joda

Lata Mangeshkar's masterpiece from old hit movie Ganga Jamuna gave its name to NDTV Imagine's serial..

Sapnon Se Bhare Naina

The song is from Zoya Akhtar's pathbreaker Luck By Chance..

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