Emily in the comments just asked if there are hit songs that come out of flop movies, and of course I took that as a writing prompt! But I need you all to help me in the comments, because I can’t think of as many songs as I know there are.
First one that leaped to mind, the easy one, was “Chamma Chamma”. Massive hit, all time classic, from the movie China Gate which no one really remembers.
And then there’s “Kaal Dhamaal”, which was made on purpose to be a hit song in a flop movie. Karan could tell that the movie was going to flop, so he and Shahrukh and Farah through together this last minute song video.
Oh oh! Another Shahrukh one! “Marjaani”, big big hit song, from the not-so-much-a-hit movie Billu.
Here’s an old school one, I have no idea if this movie was a hit or a flop, but I know for sure this song is way bigger a hit than the movie. Because it is such a big hit! You see and hear it everywhere and no one watches the movie. “Piya tu” from Caravan.
I know Dil Se was a hit overseas and a cult favorite, but it wasn’t actually successful in India. This song was what most people knew, “Chaiyya Chaiyya”.
We all love this movie, but The World did not love this movie, they just loved this song “Dreamum Wakeupum”
Oh, this is a super fun one! From Yash Raj’s flop film era, “Kachchi Kaliyaan” from Laage Chunari Main Daag.
Oh! Another super important one! “Sheila Ki Jawaani”!!! Terrible flop movie, great song.
And the most important one, “The Medley”. This movie flopped (which makes no sense, because I love it) but this song sequences gets constant play.